The Learning Community School was founded in 1996 by a small group of parents and a teacher from Warren Wilson College, who sought to create a cooperative school for children which integrated experiential education with outdoor education, the creative arts, and community service. In 1998, TLC received its non-profit status and stopped operating as a cooperative, but maintained its cooperative spirit in that parents are an integral part of the community. The school was started on the very same campus that was home to the historic Black Mountain College in the 1930s – 1950s, which boasted the likes of Buckminster Fuller and Albert Einstein. To this day, TLC continues the tradition of experiential, innovative education on their campus on Bee Tree Road, purchased in 2019.

The Learning Community School is an independent, non-profit school registered with the North Carolina Department of Non-Public Education. We are not a charter school, do not receive any public money, nor are we subject to public school regulations. We have bi-annual inspections to assure that all regulations regarding the operation of a private school are being carried out properly.

A Community Striving For

Personal Growth

Talk it out

Everyone counts

Appreciations, not putdowns

Make it fair

Fostering A Culture Of


  • 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

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




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1220 Bee Tree Rd
Swannanoa, NC 28778