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About This School

Arthur Morgan School is a private middle school in Burnsville. The principal of Arthur Morgan School is Michelle Rehfield, who can be contacted at 27 students attend Arthur Morgan School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Arthur Morgan School is 2:1. East Yancey Middle is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Bicycling
    • Rock climbing
    • Soccer
    • Swimming
    • Ultimate Frisbee
    • Wrestling
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 87%
Black, non-Hispanic 4%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4%
Hispanic 4%
Asian 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Multiracial 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Two of my 3 grand daughters Michelle and Lisa are teachers at AMS and they and their students have been on an 18 day trip of learning and exploring. I was fortunate enough to attend a Progressive school (UCLA Elementary Training School) from 3rd-6th grades and I have such great memories of those years very similar to those comments from your current and past students. Best wishes always Louella Rehfield

  • (4 years ago)

    Ams is the perfect place to send your teen during those rough years when the 'breaking away from parents and becoming an autonomous being' process has started......Nurturing with an iron fist a wonderful mix of academics and life (on the frontier!).....Technology lain by the side of the road alongside a crumpled sack of junkfood......Public school was never kind to my daughter....She being of the quirky thoughtful curious artsy and sensitive type...She can finally rest here at ams...Thank you.

  • (4 years ago)

    AMS has been a great experience for our daughter. AMS serves the whole child. I believe we will come to appreciate more and more as years go by what AMS has contributed to her personal growth and development. I am so comforted by the support and real connection all the faculty make with each student. This is so evident when we receive long written evaluations of our daughter's performance at school. AMS has always been on the mark regarding our daughter's strengths and weakness. It is so gratifying to see our teen taking responsibilty for her own education. We are happy her edcuation includes taking part in a living and learning community. AMS is an experience every teen deserves!

  • (4 years ago)

    Sending our son to AMS for 3 years was the best thing we could have done for him. He learned the most important lessons that one is responsible for oneself that relationships with the environment are reciprocal the value in sharing with community. The natural mountain ambiance healthy lifestyle and food loving staff huge range of experiences including travel community service hiking camping exposure to crafts/arts and life skills and diverse social contacts were all added perks. He came away 'over the hump' of those uncomfortable irritable adolescent years was prepared socially academically and emotionally for high school and life in general. 7th-9th grade is a critical time of life and the staff at AMS knows how to guide and support students through it. We will be eternally grateful for them and the experience they provided for our son.

  • (4 years ago)

    At AMS students discover who they are as individuals while learning how to live productively in community. The middle school years seem early for boarding school but it's the perfect time for them to learn these lessons. As an AMS graduate my daughter knows from experience that she can do anything she sets her mind to. She also appreciates her responsibility to others and to the world. I was surprised to find that AMS improved my relationship with my daughter permanently; this is because she is now so happy within herself. She graduated two years ago and went on to a very academically competitive high school and is doing well thanks to having learned hard work and self-organization at AMS. Sending her to AMS is the only parenting decision I've ever made that I'm certain was totally right.

  • (4 years ago)

    AMS is absolutely perfect for our active middle-schooler. She's constantly learning both inside and outside the box which is (obviuosly) the way they want it. It's very difficult to call anything they do 'extra' curricular because it's all part of the experience part of the learning.

  • (4 years ago)

    It helps young people become self affirming yet modest.

  • (6 years ago)

    AMS has been a wonderful nontraditional school experience for our son. It's small size and student to teacher ratio make this a loving and supportive community. The campus is located in the most beautiful mountain area of the state. Our son has particularly enjoyed the hiking biking and service learning opportunities. We see such growth and maturity especially in areas of personal responsibility and relationships. We especially like the idea that he is being exposed to an alternate lifestyle a simple way of living in harmony with nature with thought to the impact of his actions on both his small community and the world. Healthful food and no technology are a plus. We feel that sending him was the best decision for this crucial time in his development. Our other children are jealous we wish we had discovered AMS years ago for them.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is wonderful! My daughter Samantha was a student there about 10 years ago and now is an intern there while taking a couple of years off before going to vet school. She is teaching math and Shakespear. The school is experiential and teaches kids that they are responsible for learning and for their behavior. They live in small group homes where they help manage the budget. This means that these kids will not grow up into adults with credit problems. They also raise much of their own food. While some of the homes are vegetarian they raise chickens and turkeys which they slaughter and dress themselves - so they learn that food doesn't just come in packages. The learning environment is rich and encourages creativity. The result is developing well-balanced kids with a sense of their part in the world. Academically my daughter was well prepared and graduated cum laude in Chemistry.

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