School Details

Asheville High

419 McDowell Street, Asheville, NC 28803
(828) 255-5352

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1006 students 11 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English I, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Asheville City Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Asheville High is a public high school in Asheville. The principal of Asheville High is Ms Carol Ray, whose e-mail is 1,006 students attend Asheville High and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 44% of the 1,006 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Asheville High is 11:1. School Of Inquiry And Life Science is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 57% 59%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 30% 26%
Asian 2% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.1% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 47%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    They will take a good care of their own! Politics and low integrity can lead to low motivation and self-esteem which is the opposite of what they promise. It is bad that we entrust the most precious in our lives - our children whom they can inflict life long damage.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter is a Freshman at AHS. She absolutely love it here and say her teachers are the best she has ever had. There is a strong sense of comrodery amoungst this diverse group of kids and they truly care for each other. She has never seen bullying is academically challenged (she takes honors level classes) and really appreaciates how hard the faculty and staff work to accomodate each kid's needs. As a parent I can't help but think what this (and other NC) schools could do if there hadn't budget cuts by the governor and legislature.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm sorry but I gotta give this a lower rating just because my time there wasn't all that great. Of course There were some students that went there and had the time of there life couldn't be happier. It's just that some of those students aren't the best kids in the whole world. What I mean was there was a lot of bullying. Mostly these were kids from I'd say the ghetto and it just seemed like they had nothing better to do than tease other kids for no good reason. And the reason why there are so many police officers there is just because of the amount of fights that go on there. By the time I left there was a cop around every corner because a fight happened pretty much everyday. The only reason I'm rating it as high as two stars is because everything else about it is amazon. The faculty education and programs they had were pretty awesome.

  • (2 years ago)

    I liked the school but a lot of the classes are below average and I was just not impressed.

  • (3 years ago)

    I absolutely agree with the review below Asheville High is the best combination of diversity and quality I have ever experienced. It's a microcosm offering students a taste of the real world those who have and those who have not; but with educational choices including AP offerings that beat the regions top private schools Mandarin Chinese with a journey to Beijing and Shanghai. Yet kids who are going straight into the workforce have amazing opportunities as well through connections with the local hospital and 2 year college. As a parent of a sophomore I could not be happier. Asheville High is an American treasure!

  • (3 years ago)

    The point to remember when looking at the ratings is that some schools are simply more diverse than others. Asheville High is one of those schools. They track your kids meaning if you have a super bright kid they will be in classes with other bright kids. If your kid has special needs they will be in a class with other special needs classes. If your child is gifted and scholarly very college minded this is the place for you. Lots of AP classes. If your child is handy and wants a trade background with no plans for college this is the place for you. Great training and preparation. I sent three kids here. One was bookish and went to the Ivy League one was a jock and went on to Carolina one wasn't academic but went to a cooking school and is happy owning her own cafe. They were each well-served by this gorgeous diverse school. The reason the scores are lower (it's ranked a 4) is because ALL types of kids go here. It's not a warehouse for rich kids or poor kids like other high schools in the county. ALL types of kids attend here. They end up getting together in the extra curricular areas. Racial diverse just terrific. It's what public school should be the great equalizer.

  • (5 years ago)

    Faculty is wonderful. An extraordinary array of Advanced Placement classes. Bill Sanderson's AP biology class is reason enough by itself to attend Asheville High. Guidance Department however seems overwhelmed and listless although there are exceptions (Mrs. Walker; Ms. Gilliam)

  • (5 years ago)

    Abundance of AP classes offered. Amazing theatre department. Strong supportive and creative inner city school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a student recently graduated from AHS and couldn't have imagined going to any other school in Western North Carolina. The teachers are amazing helpful and engaging. The school itself is one of the most beautiful and the city surrounding it is one of the best to raise a child.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have recently transferred to Asheville high and the student to teacher ratio is excellent the teachers and administrators are extraordinarily friendly and there is police officers inbetween class changes and at lunch. there is a lot more diversityand the ppoeple there are very accepting.

  • (8 years ago)

    I graduated from Asheville High in 2002. The AP course track prepared me exceptionally well for college. The teachers were wonderful.

  • (10 years ago)

    I actually am not a parent but a student that just graduated and has gone on to college. My teachers at Asheville High prepared me well and were still very understanding and caring at the same time and were always willing to help and even offer advice. This school also provides a wide variety of classes that can meet anyones interests.

  • (10 years ago)

    Asheville High school adequately prepares high schoolers for college or work. They combine the rare qualities of caring faculty with a rigorous curriculum. Teachers are always available and encouraging.

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