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Rainbow Community School

Rainbow Community School is a coeducational private school for students in grades Pre-K through 8.

Institution Type: Private


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Rainbow Community School is proud to offer a private, independent and alternative educational program for preschool through middle school-aged children that draws from the best in current educational thinking and holistic models of child development. We are recognized nationally as a leader in contemplative and mindfulness education.

The 7 Domains; Our progressive program supports the development of the whole child in seven domains: mental, spiritual, emotional, moral/social, physical, natural, and creative. We do this by engaging children’s native intelligences and exposing them to other intelligences through collaborative projects. To ensure learning is a lifelong process, we help children master essential learning skills that encourage self-directed exploration.

Traditional educational models rely heavily on standardized testing and rote memorization, often dampening children’s natural love for learning. Our child-centered curriculum is designed to inspire curiosity through experiential thematic units of study. We use assessment rubrics and goal setting to encourage children to reflect on and take responsibility for shaping their own educational journey.

Our integrated program covers:

Language arts Mathematics Social studies Science Spanish Music Art Peace studies Service learning Computer literacy Physical education Character development Environmental education Global Initiatives Primary and middle school students receive regular Spanish language, art, music and physical education enrichment with specialized instructors. Equally important, these creative forms of expression and learning are incorporated in the classroom with our project-based curriculum. This multifaceted approach engages children in the learning process and makes the journey fun and relevant.

We invite you to explore our program further by reviewing our mission and vision statements, our historical summary, grade-specific program overviews, special program features, teacher biographies and testimonials.

Of course, the best way to experience Rainbow Community School is first-hand. We encourage you to make an appointment to tour our campus and discover the magic of learning.

Mission Statement

Our Mission: We develop accomplished, confident, and creative learners who are prepared to be leaders in building a compassionate and environmentally sustainable world.

Our Method: We provide an engaging, nurturing learning environment to educate the whole child using the seven domains.

We inspire academic excellence with a program in harmony with the stages of child development.

We model within our community the kind of world in which we aspire to live.

The Heart of Rainbow

Connection to self: We grow through inner discovery. Connection to community: We learn through relationships. Connection to the natural world: We serve through stewardship. Connection to the spiritual: We honor all that is sacred.

The Seven Domains of the Whole Child: Spiritual, Mental, Creative, Emotional, Social, Natural, Physical

Admission Information

Applications are accepted year-round for every grade. We hope this site has given you a sense of what makes Rainbow Community School special to the hundreds of families who have entrusted their children to us over the years. If you would like to explore the possibility of your child attending our school, please contact us to request an Information Packet and Application. Our Admissions Process is listed below. Children are accepted into Kindergarten based on their readiness. Rainbow’s cut-off date is September 30. However, we will consider admitting children with October birth dates on a case-by-case basis after an assessment has been made by our faculty and director. Admissions Process Parent contacts RCS through email or calling to schedule a tour. Tours are M-F at either 9 or 10:30 a.m. Tours are also customized to meet your schedule if this time frame is not compatible with yours. Application submitted with $50 application fee Student spends a day with current grade level as a shadow visit. Teacher recommendations and transcripts are requested Admissions team meets to evaluate candidate. If you choose to email us before submitting an application, please provide the following information in your email: A. For each prospective student 1. Child’s full name. 2. Child’s date of birth. 3. Grade about which you’re inquiring (Preschool through 8th). 4. Month and year of desired enrollment. B. For prospective parent/guardian 1. Full name. 2. Mailing address. 3. Daytime phone number/s. 4. Email address. Thanks, we look forward to hearing from you! Rainbow Community School is a nonprofit institution that does not discriminate in admissions or hiring practices. We welcome students and staff of any race, creed, ethnic origin, or lifestyle.

Tuition Information

Tuition and Fees 2015-2016 Preschool: 2 days a week: $4,640/year 3 days a week: $6,810/year 5 days a week: $8,990/year Kindergarten: $9,570/year 1st Grade: $9,850/year 2nd Grade: $10,260/year 3rd Grade: $10,450/year 4th Grade: $10,650/year 5th Grade: $11,070/year 6th Grade: $11,230/year 7th Grade: $12,270/year 8th Grade: $12,390/year New Family Entry Fee: $500 This is a one-time, non-refundable fee that is due with your enrollment contract. Annual Fees (Non-refundable) Enrollment fee: $250 Annual Volunteer Investment: As a true community school, there is a culture of volunteerism. Families are asked to volunteer 30 hours a year, or 10 hours each triad of the year (summer-October, November-February, March-May). Each family will be billed $100 per triad, minus $10/hour for volunteer work completed. Before and After School: Billed to you monthly for the previous month’s usage. Preschool $5.50/hour or $250/month maximum K – 8 $6.00/hour Before School: 7:45–9:00 am After School: until 6:00 pm One Time Only Fees Application Fee: $50 per student A complete application and non-refundable $50 fee are required for all prospective RCS students. Applications are accepted year-round, however, openings are generally announced in mid-April. Early applications are strongly recommended. Unfulfilled applications are rolled forward to the next grade level. Tuition Payments Preschool: Tuition is paid in ten installments, beginning August 1, 2015, through May 1, 2016. Families who elect to pay their balance in full by August 1, 2015 are eligible for a 2% tuition discount. K-8th: Tuition is paid in twelve installments, invoiced monthly, May 1, 2015 through April 1, 2016. Families who elect to pay their balance in full by July 1, 2015 are eligible for a 2% tuition discount. Multiple-Child Discount Families with two or more children enrolled at RCS receive 10% off the second child’s tuition and 15% off the third child’s tuition. Full rate is paid on the highest amount. This discount applies to tuition only and not to any fees. Vouchers Accepted for tuition and before- and after-school charges. Please be advised that vouchers will not cover the full cost of preschool tuition & fees; parents must be able to pay the difference. Apply for vouchers as soon as possible by calling Buncombe County Social Services, Childcare Subsidy Unit at 828-250-5500. Information is available at the Buncombe County website. Tuition Assistance A limited amount of tuition assistance is available for families with demonstrated need who would not otherwise be able to send their child to RCS. An application and procedures information sheet may be requested from the Main Office. Tuition assistance will be announced by April 7, so parents are encouraged to apply as early as possible. Please contact Business Manager, Margaret Gerleve, at ext. 125 or via email at with financial questions.



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Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 155
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Pre-K 47
1 19
2 10
3 15
4 16
5 6
6 10
7 11
8 5

Rainbow Community School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Rainbow Community School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 12 : 1
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