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SAIS Featured School: Christ School, Asheville, NC

Wednesday, August 22, 2018  
Posted by: Christina Mimms
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Christ School is a college preparatory school affiliated with The Episcopal Church. Our mission is to produce educated men of good character, prepared for both scholastic achievement in college and productive citizenship in adult society. We achieve this mission through a four-fold process. First, we challenge and encourage each student – in the nurturing environment of a close-knit campus – to develop academically to his maximum potential. Second, through competitive sports, student self-government, and extracurricular activities, we help each student to develop his physical fitness and leadership skills, and his respect for others. Third, by involvement in the care of our campus home, students learn civic duty, along with the dignity of honest labor. Finally, through religious instruction and regular participation in chapel activities, each student learns the sustaining value of faith and spiritual growth throughout his life.


The student body is comprised of 290 boys (194 boarding and 96 day) in grades 8-12. They come to our 500-acre campus outside Asheville, NC, from 19 states and seven countries.


Our varied curriculum includes courses in engineering, world languages, and fine arts. Our faculty is comprised of 47 teachers, 28 of whom hold advanced degrees. The average class size is 12 students, and the student-to-faculty ratio is 6:1. Christ School offers 18 Advanced Placement (AP) courses in all core subject areas, in addition to 30 honors courses and options for independent study.


Leadership is emphasized through a training curriculum for each grade, culminating in leadership opportunities for juniors and seniors. The Honor Council, an independent committee with elected representatives from all grades, hears cases involving infractions of the Honor Code. Seniors have extensive leadership and proctoring responsibilities across campus. Senior prefects are selected based on their leadership, character, and integrity. Duties include supervising residential houses, serving on the Judiciary Council, and leading all underclassmen in the Student Work Program. Other leadership positions include proctors (who assist prefects in the residential houses), job stewards (who assist in overseeing the work program), and Sacristan and Verger (who run the chapel program).


Our service learning program encourages students and faculty to interact with various communities in meaningful ways, to foster civic engagement, to more fully engage in the classroom learning environment through thoughtful discussion and critical thinking, and to create forums for interdisciplinary collaboration. International service trips offer students opportunities to serve others while developing language skills and honing cultural competencies.


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