The Learning Community School l Asheville, NC l 828.686.3080

What Makes TLC Unique?

Experiential Learning

TLC classes are filled with hands-on, inquiry-based lessons that encourage students to make discoveries. 

I love that my child learns math using hands-on methods. It helps the learning come alive for her! She really understands what she is doing and why in a way that I never did.

TLC Parent

Personalized Instruction

Due to our small classroom size and our low teacher-student ratio, no child can fall through the cracks. The TLC staff realizes that the “one size fits all” approach to instruction is not effective; just as every student is different, each student’s approach to learning is different. Their uniqueness is embraced, encouraged. Students are allowed to develop and grow as individuals. 

When my daughter was struggling with writing and spelling, the TLC teachers were knowledgeable and resourceful. They helped us put into place the supports needed for our child to succeed. 

– TLC Parent

Low Student-to-Teacher Ratio

Our low student/teacher ratio gives students the opportunity to excel academically. Academic lessons in language arts and math are held in small groups, and students are continually supported by direct, individual instruction.

I like that I know all of my students on an individual basis. I know what to expect from them in almost any situation… whether we are in a math lesson or on a field study. Because our class size is limited, I get to know their parents well, too, which is something I’ve come to count on!

– Ms. Mitzi

Family and Community Engagement

Because we are a small community, families get to know each other through various events, such as morning parent socials, Authors’ Parties, holiday celebrations, and the all-school musical.

My children are part of a supportive and nurturing school community at TLC. The school is a big part of our family’s everyday life; we know the parents of our children’s friends as our own friends.

– TLC parent

TEAM Conflict Resolution

In the summer of 2000, The Learning Community School was one of the first schools in the area to adopt a new conflict mediation curriculum developed by the Asheville Mediation Center. Not only does this curriculum involve weekly lessons and exercises/games on developing listening skills, anger management techniques, and conflict mediation skills, but also the TEAM format that is introduced to the children provides a successful mechanism for handling most conflicts or problems that might arise at school. The TLC Board and the faculty feel that the skills learned in the TEAM curriculum support and embrace the community focus of our school; therefore, we intend to continue to utilize and integrate this important knowledge into our school day. 

My kids use “TEAM language” at home when working through issues. They remind each other to “talk it out” and “give appreciations, not putdowns”. It’s pretty impressive!! 

– TLC parent

High Academic Standards

Academic standards at TLC School are set high; students are given the opportunity to work above grade level in every subject. Students are supported in all areas of their academic life. This includes small class size, individualized instruction, and tutoring. 

Graduates of our program are prepared for advanced placement courses in area high schools, including The Asheville School, Owen High, Asheville High, SILSA, Christ School, and Reynolds High.

Our daughter entered Asheville High’s gifted program and was more than prepared for all of her academic classes… in fact, some of them were actually too easy for her. The instruction she received at TLC was above and beyond what I expected. My daughter continues to benefit from the lessons she learned there. 

– TLC parent

Multi-age Classes and Mentorship

Our multi-age classes give students opportunities to foster their leadership skills during years when they are the oldest in the class. Every student has a buddy in each of the four homeroom classes. These buddies play TEAM games together, honor each other on birthdays and Valentine’s Day, and in general, enjoy seeing each other around campus. 

I appreciate my buddy because he always says hi to me and plays ball with me on the playground. –First grader giving an appreciation for his 5th grade buddy

TLC School is located on a 40-acre campus with ponds, a rushing stream, an open playing field, forested mountainside, and lots of room to play and grow. 

On any given day, my students enjoy the out-of-doors, whether they are reading under a tree, hiking a trail, tagging monarch butterflies, or playing basketball at recess.

– Ms. Julie

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

    – Kiersten

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

    – Alexandra



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1220 Bee Tree Rd
Swannanoa, NC 28778