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Asheville District and Curriculum

The Asheville curriculum encompasses both the new Common Core State Standards and the North Carolina Essential standards. Both set of standards are taught and assessed and the goal is to prepare students to progress in school – to reach high school graduation and be prepared to succeed in their post-secondary goals.

We currently cover the following Asheville-area school district: Asheville City Schools.

Schools in Asheville include:

Isaac Dickson Elementary School is located on 125 Hill St, Asheville, NC 28801, Isaac Dickson Elementary School covers grades K-5 and can be contacted at 828-350-6800. The school is one of the six elementary schools in the Asheville City School District. Isaac Dickson Elementary School has a magnet theme of experimental education. The school believes that students learn the best when they are doing things for themselves. Students take classes in English Language Arts, math, science, and social studies. They also have specialist classes in Spanish, physical education, music and art. Interested students also have the opportunity to participate in after school clubs in karate, cooking, chess, science, swimming, mosaics, coding and more. The curriculum taught by teachers at the school includes the Common Core State Standards, and the North Carolina Essential Standards. Teachers at the school also try to make their lessons fun, meaningful, and adaptable to a variety of learning styles. Isaac Dickson Elementary School also integrates technology into their curriculum. The school has a maker space with two 3D printers, a set of 10 Sphero robots and more. Isaac Dickson Elementary School also offer a gifted program. In elementary school, students gain a foundation in the essential skills such as addition and subtraction. Having good foundational skills is important for later problem solving. For more information on how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child with 1-on-1 Mathematics tutoring, please contact us.

Asheville Middle School is located on 211 S French Broad Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, Asheville Middle School covers grades 6-8 and can be contacted at 828-350-6200. In 2016, the school moved to its current new facility. It is one of the two middle schools in the Asheville School District. The vision of Asheville Middle School is to create a strong, kind and healthy community where students can be inspired to dream big. The curriculum at Asheville Middle School involves students taking elective courses. In sixth grade, students can take digital design, journalism, a design project, computer science, chorus, visual arts, orchestra, band Spanish, AVID preparation, health and physical education or a personal character and career course. The core classes for sixth grade are mathematics, English Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. The curriculum for the core subjects includes the Common Core State Standards, and the North Carolina Essential Standards. In English Language Arts, the standards cover reading and writing, and also speaking and listening. Students analyze short stories, novels, poetry, and informational texts. Students are then encouraged to utilize critical thinking and open discussion through Socratic seminars. Asheville Middle School also organizes an annual Spring Poetry Slam. To learn more about how SchoolTutoring Academy can help your child with English Language Arts, please contact us.

Asheville High School is located on 419 McDowell St, Asheville, NC 28803, Asheville High School covers grades 9-12 and can be contacted at 828-350-2500. Established in 1929. Asheville High School also shares an address with the School of Inquiry and Life Science at Asheville. Since it was established, the school has undergone renovation updates in 1970 when an addition was made to the school and in 2006, when a new cafeteria was built. Another one of the major renovations was the addition of a state-of-the-art Arts Education facility, with a 150-seat theatre, ceramics studio, video production lab, and band, drama and chorus classrooms. Asheville High School offers a wide array of course in the departments of English, World Language, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The school also offers additional offerings in Career Technical Education, Physical Education, AVID, Arts, and Marine Corps JROTC. Grade 9 students entering Asheville High School participate in the Freshman Experience (FX) Project. The goal of the product is to provide a smooth transition from middle school to high school, and allow relationships to be built between students and teachers. After high school, many students make the decision to attend a postsecondary institution. For most students, this choice comes with taking SAT or ACT tests as part of the application process. To help with this, SchoolTutoring Academy offers SAT and ACT test preparation tutoring. To find out more, please contact us.

Educating Our Parents: Understanding the Asheville District Curriculum

The North Carolina State Standards of Learning emphasizes the importance of building a strong foundation as the integral step when providing children with a good basis to learning math skills. The math standard focuses on core conceptual comprehension and practice that begins in early grades. This enables teachers to take the time needed to teach core concepts so there is a clear understanding of the building blocks which ensures students a greater opportunity to excel in their next school years.

Standard level English courses fulfill the requirements of the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, including: expressive, informational, argumentative, and critical (analytical) writing, research and literacy analysis skills, and proficiency in the grammar, mechanics, and conventions of standard written English. In high school, the focus shifts to language literature, composition, critical thinking and analysis, and vocabulary development.

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I see mathematics as a beautiful, exciting, and incredibly effective in applications. As a math teacher, I aim to perpetuate knowledge and inspire learning. I believe that students need a secure, caring and a stimulating atmosphere to grow and mature intellectually, physically, emotionally and socially. To this end, as an educator acting as a guide and promoting respect for all. I help each student to discover and develop his or her potential to the fullest by providing a safe, supporting risk-taking environment.
Even though we are dealing with students in the “Tech Era”, there are basic foundations that they must have in order to be successful. Used correctly, technology can be a huge benefit for students. However, many students still need help from a “live” person. All children can learn; it just takes different strategies and tools to get the job done.
All students can learn; some just need to be able to demonstrate their understanding in a variety of ways. Standardized tests limit students’ abilities to think creatively and demonstrate understanding through problem-based assessments.

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Keeping Informed: Recent Asheville Educational News

  • “Unbelievable!” - Is what someone said as they passed by the mural project that’s transforming the front face of Hall Fletcher Elementary School. The collaborative community project funded by Asheville City Schools is led by the River Arts District. Fourth graders and Asheville Middle School students have also participated in the mural project. The mural is anticipated to be completed by the end of May, 2013.
  • In Real Life - In Real Life, also known as IRL is an affordable, structured after-school program with four different program threads: sports and recreation, community service, arts and culture, and academic strength and enrichment. The IRL program also offers transportation for students. The program is unique because it’s designed behind the response of what students, parents and the community identified as barriers to participate in after-school programs.
  • Stock Market Game - North Buncombe Middle School students showed off their financial knowledge during the North Carolina Council on Economic Education’s Stock Market Game (SMG) competition. Students worked in teams to create the best-performing portfolio using a live trading simulation. In order to win the competition, students had to have a strong understanding of how the economy works, research various companies and products, and work with teammates to make smart decisions, while using mathematic calculations to figure out their returns.

Asheville Tutors Can Help Your Student Succeed

SchoolTutoring Academy works with young learners and students, all the way up through high school. We offer Pre-K and Kindergarten Tutoring as well as Elementary School Tutoring to build a strong learning foundation early on. We also offer comprehensive tutoring across all school subjects.

About Asheville, North Carolina

The city of Asheville is located in Buncombe County in North Carolina. Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the city is surrounded by beautiful scenery and has moderate temperatures year round. Asheville was incorporated in 1797 and was named after Governor Samuel Ashe. The architecture in Asheville is influenced by Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical Styles. The city is also known as a center for art in the region. Accolades the city has received include being named a “Top 10 Retirement City” by RelocateAmerica.com, “#1 Small City for the Arts” by AmericanStyle, and one of the “10 Most Surprisingly Vibrant Food Cities” by Livability.com.

Other attractions in Asheville include the city’s downtown area, which is home to 30+ art galleries! Tourists and residents of Asheville also enjoy the city’s live music scene. There are seasonal festivals and numerous nightclub and performance venues that perform a wide variety of live entertainment events. Adventurous visitors may enjoy the city’s position as a hub for whitewater recreation, especially whitewater kayaking. Other popular sport played in the city are disc golf and soccer.

In 2017, the population of Asheville was 91,902, making it the twelfth most populated city in the state of North Carolina. 18.4% of the population was under 18, 27.3% of the population was between 18-34, 25.5% was 35-54, 11.7% was 55-64 and 17.2% was over the age of 65. The median household income in the city was $44,946 in 2017.

The North Carolina Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum covers 434 acres of land within the Bent Creek Experimental Forest. The area is surrounded by the beautiful Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Arboretum was established as an affiliate of the University of North Carolina. Visitors can enjoy many hiking and bicycling trails, a bonsai collection, a holly garden and a stream garden. Found in the tree garden is a set of Metasequoias trees planted in 1950, which are now said to be the tallest in the Southern United States, standing at over 100 feet or 30m in height. The bonsai garden at The North Carolina Arboretum includes about 100 display trees, with more in stages of development. The species of trees include Japanese Maple and Chinese elm, as well as willow leaf fig, and American species such as bald cypress and limber pine.

Western North Carolina Nature Center

Previously called the Asheville City Zoo and the Children’s Zoo and Nature Center, the Western North Carolina Nature Center covers 42 acres and has a collection of over 100 species of animals. The Nature Center focuses on animals native to the Appalachian Mountains. The mission of the center is to connect people and animals, and teach the public about understanding and conservation of nature in the area. In 2013, over 107,000 guests visited the Western North Carolina Nature Center, with 13,000 of those guests being students on field trips. Animals at the nature center include the opossum, eastern screech owl, dorset horn sheep, coyote, red fox, and more. Most of the animals at the center live at the center because they have no fear of humans, and have not learned the skills needed to survive in the wild.

Biltmore House and Gardens

The Biltmore House was built in 1889-1895 for George Washington Vanderbilt II, who gained wealth through railroads, steamboats, and other business enterprises. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States, containing 178,926 square feet of floor space and 250 rooms. Adjacent to the house are 30+ acres of formal and informal gardens designed by Frederick Law Olmsted. One of the gardens is the Italian garden, which will make visitors feel like they are in Versailles in France. The garden has a lily-pad filled reflecting pool, filled with koi and goldfish and many varieties of aquatic plants. The walled garden rotates flowers depending on the season. In the Spring, it features 75,000 tulips.

Interesting Facts

  • In 2012, Asheville was ranked #2 on Livability’s list of “Top 10 Foodie Cities”. The city is surrounded an ecosystem of farmers, bakers, butchers and creameries, and much of the food can be locally sourced!
  • Another attraction in Asheville is the Blue Ridge Mountain. Visitors to the mountain can explore the wilderness trails, bike trails, and enjoy the beautiful waterfalls. There are also canopy tours and zipline experiences for visitors to try.
  • The tallest building in Asheville is The Arras. The building is 228 feet and 18 stories tall and contains 201,000 square feet of space.
  • Because the city is located at a high altitude, the weather is temperate and mild compared to the rest of the state and in the South.

Chalk Talk: Quick and Easy Steps to Improve Your Communication Style

Effective communication helps us resolve differences, while also building trust and respect. Here’s some helpful tips designed to improve your communication style. Listening is probably the most important aspects of effective communication but also non-verbal communication tells us a lot. Pay close attention to facial expressions, body movements, posture and the tone of voice. Stress management and emotional awareness are also key factors. Stay calm and you’ll have an easier time communicating your thoughts. Being in touch with your emotions is the foundation of gaining better understanding of yourself and the feelings of others. Try adopting these steps when communicating with your peers, your parents, your teachers or your boss, and see what a big difference you’ll start to see and feel about yourself.