Mission & Values

Every action undertaken by faculty and staff at Asheville School supports our sacred mission. That mission is:

Our Honor Code & Core Values

Honor Code

"I will not lie, cheat, or steal, and I will report any violation of the Honor Code."

In our small community, one person's actions affect everyone.

We expect our students to live by high ethical standards. The foundation of ethical behavior is honesty. At Asheville School, students agree to uphold an Honor Code. Students "pledge" and sign all independent work. And students constitute the majority of the Honor Council, the educational and disciplinary body which hears all violations of the Code. As a result, our students live with a fair measure of freedom: trusted by the adults and trusting one another.


Perseverance is the quality of sticking to the task at hand and is related to the old adage, "When the going gets tough, the tough get going." At Asheville School, students are encouraged to persevere in the classroom as well as the athletic arena. Students who persevere work to do better with each task.


Integrity involves being honest, trustworthy, and forthright. At Asheville School, students pledge to uphold the honor code of not lying, cheating, or stealing. Students recognize the importance in life of being recognized as a person of integrity.


Respectful people value people, places, and practices. At Asheville School, respect for people of all races, cultures, ethnicities, and gender orientation ensures that students will feel safe in their surroundings. Buildings and grounds will be respected and enjoyed. Religious choices and practices will be honored.


Compassion complements the mission statement's goal of developing spirit. At Asheville School compassion is manifested in our service program and in our Mitchell Cabinet, the service focused group that is the oldest organization at Asheville School. Food drives, blood drives, fundraisers for people in crisis are very visible aspects of compassion. The quiet support of a friend and the help a teacher offers a struggling student are but two examples of everyday acts of compassion.