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.

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 attend a private, charter, or home school AND who are residents of Buncombe County may apply.

Each year, 60 new students will be selected to attend through an application and lottery process.  Those who are not selected by the lottery will be placed on a waiting list.


The application period for the 2023-2024 school year will be open from February 1 - March 31, 2023. 

BCEC 2023-2024 Application 

Our team will be visiting Buncombe County Middle Schools from February 3rd to February 28th.

Tours for Interested Students

 2/13 - AC Reynolds Middle School

2/23- Erwin Middle School

2/24 - Valley Springs Middle School

3/1 - North Buncombe Middle School

3/3 - Enka Middle School

3/14 - Cane Creek Middle School

Tours above are scheduled specifically for BCS 8th grade students. 

We will also host four open house events for any interested students and families. These events will start at 6:00 pm at our main school building, BIRCH, on the AB Tech campus. Open house dates are:





Students who are not currently enrolled in a Buncombe County School are welcome to join any Open House 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).

Applications are due by midnight Friday, March 31st