Welcome! If you are looking for a community where your child can get a rigorous education, explore the outdoors, create art, and grow to their best selves, you are at the right place. At TLC we believe in the joy of childhood and the importance of discovery. Our program strives to educate the whole child, preparing them for the world beyond TLC.

If you have more questions, please contact us at 828.686.3080.

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Admission to TLC is a conversation.  When considering an independent education, we understand that finding the “right fit” is an important part of your decision.  We also want to make sure that we can support your child along their educational journey.  While we do have class size limits to ensure an excellent educational experience, we will consider admission during the school year. 



During this phase we want you to get to know us. We invite you to come to campus either for an Open House or private tour. We’ll answer any questions you may have and start the application process.

Tours are held every Wednesday from 9 – 10 am.

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At this time, we’ll ask you to complete a formal application for admission to TLC. We’ll gather some information from you such as academic records, any special education accommodation documents, and discuss your educational goals for your child. You’ll also be asked to provide contact information for teacher recommendations from your child’s current school. We require at least one classroom recommendation and one other teacher recommendation for applicants in grades 1-8. Kindergarten applicants will be given information requirements for their applications.


Once the application is complete, the Admissions staff will review the information. We will then invite your child to visit and schedule a meeting with your family.

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Once the application process is complete, the Admissions Review Committee will look at all applications received. Invitations to join TLC are sent in late February for the following school year.