THE PILLARS OF CHRIST SCHOOL LIFE
Who We Are
Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville, North Carolina, Christ School is an Episcopal boarding school founded in 1900 with a full college preparatory curriculum for the more than 290 boys enrolled.
Hallmarks of the Christ School experience include small classes (10-12 boys per class), Advanced Placement and honors courses in all subjects, extensive extracurricular opportunities, and an outstanding faculty. The 500-acre campus and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains are home to Christ School's nationally recognized Outdoor Program. The athletic program features 19 teams in 11 sports. The Junior Varsity level puts emphasis on mastering the fundamentals, while the Varsity level focuses on providing a competitive level of play within our athletic conference. Graduates attend leading national universities.
Our mission is to produce educated men of good character, prepared for both scholastic achievement in college and productive citizenship in adult society. We achieve this mission through a four-fold process. First and most important, we challenge and encourage each student, in the nurturing environment of a close-knit campus, to develop academically to his maximum potential. Second, through competitive sports, student self-government, and a variety of extracurricular activities, we help each student to develop his physical fitness and leadership skills, and his respect for others regardless of their origins, cultures or beliefs. Third, by involvement in the care of our campus home, civic duty is learned, along with a sense of the dignity of honest labor. Finally, through religious instruction and regular participation in Chapel activities, each of our students learns the sustaining value of faith and spiritual growth throughout his life.
The Four Pillars
• Academic Rigor: We provide a curriculum that engages, stimulates, and challenges each student to discover his own academic gifts and to develop their academic potential to its maximum. Our engaged faculty leads, mentors, and guides our students through a rigorous college preparatory curriculum.
• Leadership: We provide programs and venues for boys to demonstrate their leadership skills outside of the classroom. Through our multi-level program, which includes athletics, community service, residential life, drama, outdoor, work program, and debate programs, boys have the freedom to lead, to serve, and to hone their skills as members of this unique community.
• Spirituality: All boys are on a spiritual journey, sometimes at different paces and with a variety of focus. We are an inclusionary community where all world faiths are recognized and welcomed. Each student participates in our Chapel Program which meets regularly and allows them to share their gifts to further enrich our community.
• The Dignity of Manual Labor: No task is too small or unworthy of a Christ School boy. We believe that involvement in the care and maintenance of our campus fosters a sense of ownership, pride, and service. The dignity of manual labor is a tradition and ethos not lost on the Christ School boys of today.
Rich with Tradition
Christ School History
Christ School was founded in 1900 by Father Thomas Wetmore and his wife Susan Allen Wetmore as a mission of the Episcopal Church. Mrs. Wetmore's family gave them four acres of hilltop land just south of Asheville, North Carolina for the purpose of educating the rural mountain children of the area at a time when there were no public schools. In addition to academics, the mission school also taught students a trade, such as industrial arts, crafts like weaving, basketmaking, and cabinetmaking, and nursing for the girls. These trades helped support both the school and the families of the students. The Wetmores had a tremendous outreach into the poor rural community, providing nursing care and clothing. When Father Wetmore died in 1906, Mrs. Wetmore became Principal and continued her fundraising efforts on behalf of Christ School for another 40 years.
Christ School was co-ed until 1927 when public schooling became available and provided transportation for the children of the area. At this point, Christ School became a true college preparatory Episcopal boarding and day school for boys.
The school has grown to over 500 acres of academic and residential buildings, athletic fields, wooded trails, and green space. Christ School currently has over 290 boys in grades 8-12, and students come from all over the United States and across the globe, adding cultural depth to the rigorous academic education. The school is still affiliated with the Episcopal Church as an unfunded mission and accepts boys of all faiths. St. Joseph's Chapel at Christ School is the longest continuously operating Episcopal church in western North Carolina, and the tradition of a Chaplain conducting regular Chapel services has continued unbroken for over a century.
What is a Greenie?
From "Dishwashers" and "Warriors" to "Greenies"
In 1917, the Christ School baseball team defeated the Bingham Military Academy 2-1 to win the Western North Carolina baseball championship. As a reward, the team earned new uniforms and J. Mitchell Taylor ’19, a player/manager ordered green ones to replace the mismatched hand-me-down uniforms the teams received from other schools.
The team first wore green in 1919 and since then Christ School’s athletic teams have been known as “The Greenies.” Prior to that, the teams had sometimes been called the “Warriors” but more frequently the “Dishwashers,” alluding to the necessary work each boy had to do.