November 06, 2013
This is the premier alternative, holistic school in Asheville, by far. Great teachers, wonderful curriculum, lots of hands on learning, emphasis on contemplation, environmental stewardship, social awareness, service learning and strong academics. There is a real interest in learning here, and in encouraging kids to be curious and confident. Very emotionally safe environment, strong social values about working together, helping each other, developing empathy. No cliques, no bullying, but on the contrary, kids learn conflict mediation, clear communication tools, and respect for differences. Administration and director with real vision about innovation in education. Very cutting edge and based on latest research on what kids need to thrive, but also based on the simple concept that each child is unique and will thrive if their natural curiosity and ability to grow are encouraged. The small class size makes project based, experiential learning possible, carefully tailored to the student's developmental stage and style of learning. I cannot speak highly enough of the wonderful quality education this school offers across the board. Beautiful campus too, you should see the new playground!
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