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Buncombe County Early College is changing possibilities and changing the future – for students who will graduate well-prepared for a world that needs confident thinkers, effective collaborators,  and engaged citizens like never before. This small, innovative school sets expectations high for all students, with an accelerated approach that blends high school with the first two years of college. Students have the opportunity to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate’s degree or college credential– all at no cost to their families.
Application eligibility: 
Students apply to attend Early College in the spring of their 8th grade year. 

Students from any of our six attendance districts in Buncombe County Schools can apply. Also, 8th graders who are residents of Buncombe County, within one of our six attendance districts, and attend a private, charter, or home school may apply.

Each year, a maximum of 60 ninth grade students will be selected to attend through an application and lottery process based on selection criteria.  Those who are not selected by the lottery will be placed on a waiting list.

Application Period 

The application period for the 2022-2023 school year will be open from February 1 - April 1, 2022. 

Early College 2022-2023 Application 

Tours/Parent Nights/Open Houses 


 1/24 at 8:25 and 9:50
2/1, 2/2, 2/3 at 8:45
2/7, 2/8, 2/9 at 8:30 and 10:00
2/15, 2/16, 2/17, 2/18, 2/22, 2/23 at 10:15
3/2 at 8:45 and 10:10
3/4 at 8:25 and 9:50

Tours above are scheduled specifically for BCS middle school 8th grade students to tour as a school.  Anyone is welcome to join if you are an 8th grade student living in one of our six BCS school districts. 

Visitors, please call our main office in advance of the tour to get more information on how to participate.

Parent Nights
will be in-person at 6:00pm at the following BCS middle schools:
Owen 1/27
Valley Springs 2/3
Erwin 2/10
North Buncombe 2/17
Enka 2/24
Cane Creek 3/3
Reynolds 3/10

Students who are not currently enrolled in a Buncombe County School are welcome to join any district parent night noted above. Please keep in mind that applicants must be in his/her 8th grade year and must reside in one of the six Buncombe County School Districts (not the Asheville City School District).

Open House dates are:  March 22nd and 24th from 6-7:30pm. This is not a drop in event, please plan to arrive by 6 pm. 

Applications are due by midnight Friday, April 1st

Visit our 
Wakelet to learn more about Early College