Our Community


As our name suggests, we are a learning community. Use the drop-down menu under the “Our Community” link to stay up-to-date with what is happening around school and in our classrooms!

Mission Statement

The Learning Community School engages all community members in strong academics and the arts through dynamic teaching and transformative experiences in a supportive outdoor learning environment. 

Vision 2027: The 10-year View

  • TLC is known for providing an outstanding whole-child education
  • Our spirit of community remains essential, and we continue to enhance our diversity and inclusivity 
  • The musical and performing arts remain integral
  • Outdoor education remains fundamental
  • Our middle school program is distinctive and competitive within the Asheville/Black Mountain area
  • Our campus and facilities help us achieve programmatic goals
  • We remain financially stable and secure, and have a strong sense of longevity
  • We enhance our financial aid program
  • We undertake appropriate expansion and growth
  • We stay true to our values by continuing to cultivate a culture of appreciation and gratitude 

TLC Strategic Plan

A word from one of our parents

When she was very young, we worked hard to homeschool our child. But after she turned 7, we realized that — while our child definitely loved learning — we didn’t have the time or skills to keep up with her curriculum-based needs. A year at a less-excellent school almost killed that love of learning, and it proved that she needed a more thoughtful educational environment, an environment where she would be challenged to develop academically, socially, and emotionally. We hoped for a school where she could be assessed and appropriately tasked for HER growth, so that her weaknesses could become skills. This all seemed impossible. Thankfully, it wasn’t impossible at all…it was right down the street in Black Mountain. TLC has been the best educational decision for our child, hands down. We are thankful for the individual attention, for the specific goal setting and attendant growth arising from it. We are thankful for the community of active seekers raising thoughtful challenge-loving kids. We are thankful that her teachers are doing the hard curriculum work of preparing her for advanced academic rigors. We are thankful that she is able to spend her early adolescence in a place where it is safe to be irony-free…to be a child discovering the world.

-Chris Craig, Attorney


A Community Striving For

Personal Growth

Talk it out

Everyone counts

Appreciations, not putdowns

Make it fair

Fostering A Culture Of


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

    – Kiersten

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

    – Alexandra



Get In Touch With

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