The Learning Community School (TLC) is a 23-year old K-8 school, located on the grounds of Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC near Asheville.. The school offers a strong liberal arts focus and successfully integrates core educational subjects with outdoor education and performance art. The annual all-school musical acts as the school’s primary fundraiser and provides the community with an opportunity to see children of all ages perform together. The school’s setting allows for a full outdoor education experience, including but not limited to swimming, canoeing, hiking, camping and primitive skills-building. TLC students can sing, dance, work in teams and do "leave no trace" camping by the time they graduate. In addition to these skills, the school’s social-emotional learning curriculum fosters self-advocacy, self-awareness, and conflict resolution, starting in Kindergarten and continuing, with age-appropriate content, all the way through 8th grade.
Having our campus on the grounds of Camp Rockmont has allowed us to offer a unique outdoor experience for students in which hiking and eating lunch outside are possible. While the school sees these offerings as an integral part of what an education at TLC means, the facilities currently available to us on the grounds of Camp Rockmont are limiting our growth in other areas. For example, we would like to expand our middle school, update our classrooms, and develop additional programming. Expanding into other facilities at Camp Rockmont is not an option as the camp has its own year-round functions. They do not have any other facilities available for our use. In order to fulfill the vision laid out in the the school’s strategic plan, grow and expand our income opportunity, the school has made a decision to purchase a property. Keeping the mission of the school as our guiding principle, we envision our property having acres of beautiful Western NC forest and streams as well as an indoor, multi-purpose venue which can be used for performance arts, community gatherings, and income-generating opportunities. The school is now in the process of buying a property that meets these needs and is launching a capital campaign to finance the building of our multi-purpose space.
Over the history of the school, our board has consistently focused on planning for the future of our children. Thus, our financial situation is very favorable for the initial purchase of a facility. In order to finance improvements, including the building of a multi-purpose event space, a capital campaign is needed. There are two phases of funding needed to accomplish the school’s goals.
Phase One requires funding the necessary renovations to the existing structures in order to move our school into this space in August of 2019. The current needs include additional safety features for fire code regulations as well as road access expansion and septic system upgrades. Our facilities inspection team has preliminary cost estimates for Phase One completion at $500,000. While the school has some financial reserves, there are not enough funds to cover the total cost of Phase One.
Phase Two focuses on building our multi-purpose community space. Necessary functionality for this space includes winterized space for a regulation sized basketball court and school musical rehearsal space. There are opportunities for enhanced amenities that would add to the facility’s event usability. Enhancements such as a commercial kitchen and indoor plumbed bathrooms would require additional upfront cost. Preliminary cost estimates for Phase Two completion range from $300,000 for a basic winterized gymnasium shell up to $600,000 for a more elaborate multi-purpose space (including kitchen and bathrooms).
Spring 2019 (March/April): purchase of the property, fundraising for the project
Spring-Summer 2019: Phase One renovations
August 2019: move in to new facility and start 2019-20 school year
Fall/Winter/Spring 2019-2020: Phase Two funding completion and build out of multi-purpose facility
We appreciate Kiersten for helping settle the K/1 classroom into their new handwashing routine each morning; John, Dan, and Meggan for helping in the morning carline; and Daisy for her office/recycling/trash support!
-H and K
TLC is even more of a home this year than it used to be!
I would like to appreciate Mitzi for her calm, sweet, peaceful, and patient way in the K/1 classroom. She is the best!
I feel so grateful for this school. My kids come home happy each day!