Western NC

VOL12 ISS2 2017

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30 THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE — WESTERN NC | VOLUME 12 — ISSUE 2 EDUCATION Education BY STUART JAMES From daycare to K5 to high school and beyond it's never surprising that Western North Carolina garners national attention at all levels of learning. Asheville, North Carolina, is the epicenter of region (the largest city boasting the largest number of schools in the city limits as well as in surrounding Buncombe County). If you're a family with preschoolers, Asheville offers a wide variety of options. From "faith-based" preschools to Head Start Programs for children of low-income families to more alternative options like Montessori, Waldorf and Alternative Methods preschools where children are encouraged to develop problem solving, social, and time management skills at a pace uniquely catered to their needs and adjusted to the natural developmental stages of the individual child, there's a preschool that's a perfect fit for your family. In K-12 education, the Asheville area public schools have long been recognized for their achievements in academia. Ranked 8th in the state in the number of National Board Certified teachers, Asheville City Schools' students have responded appropriately by scoring 2nd in state SAT scores as well as 2nd for the number of No Child Left Behind AYP goals met. Asheville also boasts one of the most impressive arrays of private schools in the state. The Buncombe County School System (BCSS) is the largest in Western North Carolina with more than 26,000 students enrolled in 44 schools, with 3 new schools set to open in August. It is also one of only 8 school districts in North Carolina to be accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and. BCSS is also the first district to open a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) school in western North Carolina, the Discovery Academy. All students at the academy take engineering courses, and students go on field trips to observe real world applications. Henderson County Public Schools is comprised of four school districts with a total of 23 schools: 13 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 4 high schools, 1 education center, and 1 early college high school. Students from the Balfour Education Center, Early College High School East Henderson High, Hendersonville High, North Henderson High, and West Henderson High were among 100 students from 20 local high schools selected to attend the annual Student Leadership Academy. Schools that go to great lengths to maintain low teacher- student ratios, faculties with advanced degrees, and personalized college counseling programs are the earmarks of terrific private schools like Asheville School, Christ School, and of course Carolina Day School. According to Head of Carolina Day School, Kirk Duncan, "…A solid curriculum… prepares students to take the responsibility and initiative to design their own futures. Here at Carolina Day School, the only National Association of Independent Schools member, accredited Pre-K/12 independent day school in Asheville; we take this very seriously. (Our efforts) are consistently rewarded with well above average SAT/ACT scores, acceptance and success in the best 4-year colleges, and ultimately alumni with the skills and confidence necessary to lead in today's competitive world." Depending on whom you talk to or what report you read Western North Carolina actually can include and/or exceed 20 counties, so there are equally as impressive rankings and scholastic achievements in counties like neighboring Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, McDowell and others. Higher Education in the region is perhaps eclipsed only by the scenic mountains surrounding the top-notch 2-yr and 4-yr colleges and universities. Website: bestcolleges. com recently named several area schools in their top 25 lists in the state. In North Carolina's Top 25 4-year Campus School Rankings - #7 hailed from Boone, North Carolina. Appalachian State University (ASU) is home to over 18,000 students. With six undergraduate colleges the school maintains a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio. ASU is notable among colleges in North Carolina for its signature "4+1" accelerated admissions program. In the "4+1" program undergraduates save tuition monies by earning graduate credits during their senior year. This allows many to graduate with a bachelor's and master's in about five years. #12 on the list, Western Carolina University (WCU) is home to around 11,000 students on a picturesque campus in the mountains of Cullowhee, >> a myriad of stellar choices

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