I started TLC School as a young kindergartner and over my ten years there, the students and teachers quite literally became my family and my home away from home. I left for high school feeling prepared academically and socially. Everything that TLC did for me shaped me to be who I am today. TLC taught me many things, from how to graph a circle to how to build a shelter in the woods, but most importantly, it taught me to love myself and the other people in my school community.

Maddie Harms | Class of 2011, Asheville School ’15

The Curriculum

TLC’s mission is to create an environment where children enjoy learning and where the educational needs of the whole child are met. TLC achieves this by providing hands on, experiential academics in combination with outdoor education, artistic expression, service learning and TEAM, our conflict-resolution model. TLC prides itself on its ability to set rigorous academic standards without overloading students with an abundance of homework or rote learning exercises.

On any given day, you will find TLC students involved in hands-on academic lessons as well as other classes including Spanish, gardening, bucket drumming, drama, sports, knitting, chess, science labs, chorus, ukulele, or recorder. Because the majority of the students’ academic work is completed during the school day, it is imperative that students attend school as much as possible; unnecessary absences are discouraged.

Please click on the subject-area links under the Curriculum heading to find out more!

Curriculum Goals

Our goal is to integrate learning programs that interest, challenge, and encourage students. To put this simply, we strive to make learning personal, enriching, and just plain fun. Our curriculum is an eclectic blend of units of study from the North Carolina Standard Course of Study, the North Carolina Reference Guide for Integrating Curriculum, and the CORE Knowledge Series (through grade 6). Our teachers used these resources to create our three-year rotational units of study for science and social studies. The teachers continuously work to create an individualized, child-centered curriculum for the students. At their own pace, students will acquire the standard skills recommended by the NC Board of Education.


A Community Striving For

Personal Growth

Talk it out

Everyone counts

Appreciations, not putdowns

Make it fair

Fostering A Culture Of


  • TLC is even more of a home this year than it used to be!


  • 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

  • I feel so grateful for this school. My kids come home happy each day!

    – Alexandra

  • I would like to appreciate Mitzi for her calm, sweet, peaceful, and patient way in the K/1 classroom. She is the best!

    – Kiersten



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The Learning Community

We would love to hear from you. We welcome visitors to our school for tours on select Wednesday mornings at 9:00.

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1220 Bee Tree Rd
Swannanoa, NC 28778