School Details

Clyde A Erwin High

60 Lees Creek Road, Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 232-4251

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 1263 students 16 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


End of Class Tests (EOC)

In 2013-2014 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Mathematics, English II, 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.
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  • Buncombe County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

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About this school

Clyde A Erwin High is a public high school. The principal of Clyde A Erwin High is Dr James Brown, whose e-mail is 1,263 students go to Clyde A Erwin High and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 60% of the 1,263 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Clyde A Erwin High is 16:1. Eliada Academy 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

  • German
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 75%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 6%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Hispanic 16% 13%
Asian 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.7% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60% 56%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Poor leadership disrespectful to students and employees monstly immature teachers who argue with students and make them feel less than human and very poor curriculum.

  • (1 year ago)

    Most of the teachers and the administration are rude and take out the insecurites on the students

  • (1 year ago)

    I am a graduate of Clyde A Erwin High and I am currently attending college at UNCC. The key so far to the success that I am having here is a direct result of my parents involvement with the school and with the helpful teachers and coaches that I had the four years I attended there. I was always encouraged to support my school by participating in sports and to also be apart of the clubs and orgainizations that the school offered. I graduated with honors not because I was super smart or anything but because my parents stayed in contact with my teachers and coaches to ensure that I kept my grades and homework up and ontime. I am thankful for all the help they gave me to do my best on the field and in the classroom.

  • (1 year ago)

    We had a son graduate from Clyde a Erwin High school and we currently have a daughter that attends there. Our son is a sophomore in college and Erwin not only prepared him to be accepted to college but helped him achieve academic success once he got there. The coaching staff was a huge part of his life and they all maintained levels of leadership that we trusted. The teachers and administrators were always helpful and would willing to return emails or phone calls on a timely manner. Our daughter is on that same track of academic success in the classroom and in athletics with this school and we are fully confident that this school is performing at a level to equip her with any and all necessary skills to make certain of that as well.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son attended Clyde A. Erwin High school and he graduated in 2012 with academic honors! He was a three sport letterman and with a team effort on and off the field my son learned the valuable lessons that has made him the young man he is today as a full time college student and full time employee. Thanks to the teachers and parent volunteers of that school and community you get what you put in!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a daughter that has gone to Erwin for 3 years and I could not be happier. The teachers and coaches are very helpful as well as concerned about each child. My child is in honors classes as well as athletics and loves the school. She has a GPA of 4.6 and has been approached by several college recruiters for scholarships. The school is community oriented and has a wide variety of courses to choose from. I m so glad we transferred her from another school.

  • (5 years ago)

    As a student can only say that this school has it's problems but what school doesn't .. I believe that Erwin gets a lot of Negative things thrown at it when really the school has improved greatly. The freshman academy isn't easy but it only increases a students drive to succeed. Thats what happened with me. I struggled last year as a Freshman but Now as a sophmore I have a stronger drive more then i ever have before and thats due to not only being in Career Academy but having excellent Teachers. This school deserves so much more credit because at least they are trying. Drop outs have decreased in the last year and test scores went up. NOBODY should judge Erwin unless they are a student. I have respect for you parents who dont like erwin i just simply disagree. Everyone has a different experience Keep an open mind

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a daughter getting ready to graduate this year from Clyde A Erwin HS. This school has near complete disregard and respect for the students and families. I can't tell you the name of the principal or other key personnel at this school because you simply don't see or hear from them. My daughter struggled so much at this school and went through some tough times and even went to a guidance counselor at one point (at my request). But rather than try to help her (and her parents and siblings) cope with whatever she was going through and our needs I was told these matters were confidential even though my daughter was a minor. I was never given any insight at all nor referrals on where to turn. She consistently scored poorly and made poor grades at this school. Teachers and personnel rarely returned phone calls or emails.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child is getting ready to graduate from Clyde A Erwin High School. I am thankful I don't have another child to endure a family-unfriendly environment uncaring & cold administrators disorganization and overall a school that is designed to set children up for failure. The overcrowding chaos lack of the ability for parents to collaborate and poor leadership are perhaps only a few things that contribute to this school's poor academic achievements. My suggestion is for the administration and faculty at this school to learn and implement one of the basic foundations of school success communicate with parents now and then and realize that just because these are high school students they are still children with parents who would like to know something about their children's school experiences now and then.

  • (7 years ago)

    I graduated from this high school in 2004 with a 3.8 GPA & I now attend a state university. Since beginning college I have come to realize that Erwin High did not at all prepare me for college. When I arrived at college I was immediately placed in a remedial math class and I was also informed that my score on the writing placement test was just barely high enough to disqualify me for the remedial writing class. I am consistently amazed with the lack of basic knowledge that Erwin failed to provide me with in comparison to graduates of other NC high schools.

  • (8 years ago)

    I believe Erwin HS has a potential to produce great students but is greatly lacking in the ranking of sports verses academics. I have been to several sport functions and have been disappointed with the staff behavior during these games. Sports should be competitive but also fun. I believe the teaching of integrity and morals starts in the home but I also believe the children spend most of their time with supposedly professional teachers. My child has chosen to attend Erwin HS and I want to support my child in this decision. However I believe she will regret this decision when she begins college and realizes she has not been properly prepared. My dream is for my child to be successful in high school so that she is properly prepared to succeed in college as well. These children are our tomorrow and we should teach them as such. Kind Regards

  • (8 years ago)

    My daughter is a senior at Erwin High School. Her overall experience not just educationally has been excellent. We (her parents) feel she has gotten a quality education and is prepared for life and it's challenges as she heads to college in the fall of '07. The school has come a long way in the 10 years we have lived in Asheville and we would recommend it highly. The one negative is that there are too many parents and family members in the community who are not involved enough in the lives of their children at the school. More involvement and less griping in the grocery store will help everyone in the school and make Erwin High School an even better place for our children.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am a recent graduate of erwin high and i would never want my child to go there. I now go to a great university and learned that erwin does not prepare you for college life. In high school the course load was light and you could basically get away with murder...Not at a university. If this is how i viewed erwin then you know i'm not the only one who thinks this. Take my word don't send your child to this school!

  • (9 years ago)

    Personally I think Erwin is the best school in the U.S. I play basketball and the coaching staff is the best you could ask for. I have been going to Erwin since I was in Kindergarden. All the teachers I'va had and I know are wonderful I haven't met one bad teacher. We are full of school spirit. The games are always packed even away games. If you are thinking about coming to this school your making a good choice. - Amanda

  • (10 years ago)

    Erwin is a school with caring teachers. Most of the teachers and staff care for the children as if they were the parents. Unfortunately too much emphasis is put on football and not enough on academics safety and de-stereo-typing. the kids are rather segregated mostly by choice. The administration has been overhauled several times but badly needs to be replaced again. It is a school where it is all about who you know and needs to be about the kids not the politics. Though the teachers are mostly top notch many need to be replac3ed either becasue they are past their prime because they do not have the kids best interests at heart or because they are too political. Also the school is a dump. The football stadium is great but how about the classrooms and cleanliness?

  • (10 years ago)

    I think that Erwin is a great school to be in. The teachers are very involved in the student's academic ability. Erwin's sports program is excellent. There is so many people that show up for our football games and that shows loyality. I think that the parents are very involved with the student's extracurricular activities and with their class work.

  • (10 years ago)

    Erwin is personally my least favorite place I've ever been in my whole life. Way too cliquey way too many people way too many stereotypes nasty lunch the list could go on forever but I'll leave it at that. I'm a student and I atually DREAD going to school each day mainly because my peers who are way too quick to judge and just downright low-lives. I don't think anyone should fear going to school and I think someone more needs to be done to prevent people from acting holier-than-thou. Just my two cents.

  • (11 years ago)

    Erwin High is not like other schools I've been to. Teachers put much effort of getting us ready for the real world. They also take care of us like were kids to them guideing us talking to us if we had a problem. Erwin High is a school that comes together in time of need other words were one happy diverse school(family).

  • (11 years ago)

    Erwin is a great school in a great community. Other schools I've tried out such as North Buncombe are not as great at all. I did not like it. I also hear from many people its a bad school. So stick to Erwin. Trust me I know.

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