Students enrolled 794
School leader Ms Margaret Turner
Transportation options Yes
District Buncombe County Schools

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99 Lake Eden Road
Black Mountain, NC 28711

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3 stars
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August 03, 2014
I transferred here my sophomore year and loved most of my teachers at first. The good teachers will help you and defend you if you put forth an effort to pass. The Honors and AP teachers, especially. I made good grades while I was there and most of my teachers liked me even though I asked a lot of questions. However, when I got pregnant my senior year, a lot of their support went out the window despite my success at keeping my grades up. One teacher even revoked her vote for me to get a scholarship at the senior awards. My guidance counselor tried to get me to transfer to the alternative school even though I was only pregnant the final semester. She said I would be a 'distraction', even though I was not the first student to get pregnant and I definitely wasn't the last. The school itself is huge and clean and organized but the staff and student attitude is the problem.

- submitted by a student
August 02, 2014
I am so glad my 3 kids have gone to Owen High. They have all excelled in both high school and college. The teachers all care and encourage parent involvement. The principal is very visible and accessible by both students and parents. She doesn't play. Any issues are resolved immediately. Great spirit and Valley Pride. Go Horses!

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2014
I know my daughters are safe and secure here. Their teachers are the best, and everyone really cares!

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2011
I loved going to Owen. It offered numerous opportunities and played host to great clubs and athletic programs. I received a very well-rounded education and even went on to become a Morehead-Cain Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. I have accomplished a lot during my years in high school as well as in college, and I owe it to my roots at Owen High.

- submitted by a student
November 12, 2010
As a former student of Owen High, I actually hated the three years that I was there. Also, they accused my parents, and myself of several things that we had never done.

- submitted by a student
June 23, 2010
I am a former student of Owen, I graduated in 2004. I was a part of several varsity teams and did not, during my time, witness any sort of bias by the faculty toward the athletes regarding grades, though athletic participation was encouraged by the administration. I do not feel that the faculty prepares students well for college. I started college at a small private school and felt I was not prepared even for that. When I transferred to a major, well-respected university I felt completely ill-prepared. After hearing about many of my friends' high school experiences, academically Owen is far behind where it should be. They should not be trying to reach the standard set by the state they should be trying to be one of the best schools in the state. I felt there is too much emphasis on athletic excellence and not nearly enough on academic excellence.

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 01, 2010
I'm a student at Owen High School and I find the bad reviews a bit overdone. The school is decently clean and definitely not disgusting as described by some parents. The teachers are nice although I've had a harder time with some than others. We have a lot of spirit and I find it to be an overall good school. The school has beautiful scenery. I enjoy this school and look forward to the rest of my years attending Owen.

- submitted by a student
January 19, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
My child has been attending owen for three years now. At first I believed this was the best place for him to be and proud since I graduated some time ago. However, his first year started with problems with harresment that would not be handled by teachers. Next we found teachers who would show move videos, R - rated instead of teaching. Principals do not attend important functions such as Beta Club inductions when all of the parents came to see their children. I am sorry to say that I am ashamed to be living in my community with such a poorly run school. My son takes as many Ap classes as he can and we are still not sure he will make it to the college of his choice with a 3.8

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2008
I believe that it is one of the best if not the best schools in the county. It is a beautiful campus, and the size of the school is not too big while at the same time not too small.

- submitted by a community member
September 14, 2007
I go to this school right now and let me tell you one thing: I hate it. It's not a simple 'Oh, I'm a whiny high schooler, I don't want to go to school,' No. It's nothing of the sort. My school is a completely biased place and I don't feel safe here. Yes, I am pretty much an outcast, but I'm put in that position by teachers who think that everyone should be on a team. Well too bad, teachers, I can't. Being plagued with scoliosis, you'd think that they'd handle it a little more politely. Don't send your kid to this school unless you want them to be ridiculed for not having 'the name' or being on a team.

- submitted by a student
September 12, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 08, 2007
My two daughters and two other step children attended this school. The expectations of the majority of the teachers was low. Both of my daughters attended honors classes. They both felt inadequately prepared for college. They both attended well respected four year colleges and were surprised to find that they were ill prepared for a rigorous learning environment. I regret I did not send them to private schools. Owen does require a senior project for each student. I felt these senior projects would better serve the students if they required a service learning component. The biggest complaint I have about the school is the lack pf excellence in academics standards. Students are allowed to turn in sub quality work and still receive an A. The teachers consistently allow the students to turn in work months late.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 10, 2007
I am a student at Owen,and,after reading the other reviews, I feel that I must stand up for my school. I am currently not involved in any extracurricular activities, and I am not scorned for it. The school is as clean as it can be, considering the immaturity of some of the students (i.e. vandalism). Indeed, I always hear compliments on the cleanliness of the facility from visitors. Yes,there are some drawbacks. The students, and parents, are very much 'out of the loop.' We do get phone calls informing us of a certain event or an important announcement, but sometimes students do not get the message because of some reason or other, and the next day we are surprised with an exam or something to that sort. Furthermore, although not the school's doing, students at the standard level at Owen, or at any school in NC for that matter, is put under a lot of stress due to new,impractical, laws.

- submitted by a student
April 30, 2006
I attended owen and graduated in the class of 2005. I must admit that yes, i did have fun but there were alot of controling issues in that school. Most of the problem was the way the staff acted. I wouldn't really refer this school to a lot of people. Don't get me wrong, they were ok. There were a lot of wonderful teachers that I think I bonded with best. But there were quite a few that i just couldn't handle. I enjoyed my high school years, but i sure am glad they are over with. The music programs are awesome and wonderful directors. But sports is a little out of hand.

- submitted by a former student
October 16, 2005
I don't think that this is the best school. Both of my daughters were graduates and every day they would come home and complain of the dirtyness of the building. Places that children attend daily should be very sanitary and not disgusting. I myself have visited this facility and found that some of the teachers and staff to be very rude and picky with the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 25, 2005
I am an graduate of OHS. I was a student when they opened up the new building and was in the class that graduated that was the first to attend all 4 years of high school in the new building. I recently was back and was saddened by the condition of the school. It was dirty and not in a condition I felt a school should be in that was that young. I remember how clean and new it was back when I attended and it did not look like the students kept the pride of a brand new building.

- submitted by a former student
August 09, 2005
I have found that teachers and staff of Owen High School are exceptionally biased and petty, with only minor exceptions. Both my son and my brother were students and were treated with contempt and no understanding. The front office staff especially I found to be gossips and judgemental to extremes. I dread the day that my other son has to enroll. If your not a football student or parent of, they make you feel insignifigant and not worth their time. I'm disgusted!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
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- submitted by a student
February 07, 2005
Owen High School is the perfect place for your child to be formatted to follow the crowd. If you do not play high school sports or join some type of extra-curricular activity, you are automatically proclaimed an outcast. The teachers and staff simply hand those who are on the sports teams their grades, even if they haven't put forth the effort in their classwork that is needed. Owen High School is definitely building the future Youth of the Nation.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2004
I think Owen is a great school and I glad that my child is able to attend safely. I am happy about the cameras. What should students have to hide?

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2004
I think we are the best school around and we are building more to be the best and I think we have good teachers. We are improving on our test scores and we are gonna make them better. But one thing I think is dumb is that they are putting camaras in my school.

- submitted by a student
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Charles D Owen High
99 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC  28711
(828) 686-3852
Last modified Charles D Owen High is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Charles D Owen High Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top