School Profile





North Buncombe High School is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the North Carolina State Department of Public Instruction.  It is located in Weaverville, a rural mountain community approximately ten miles north of Asheville. The current school population is approximately 1060. The faculty includes one principal, three assistant principals, three school counselors, once school social worker, one career development coordinator, and two media specialists.  We receive additional services from a school psychologist, a speech therapist, an academically gifted specialist and a public health nurse. All faculty members (68 teachers) are instructing within their areas of certification. The school follows the four/four curriculum which allows a student to complete four credits each semester or eight credits for the school year.  Classes meet for 90 minutes each day, five days per week for total of 135 contact hours per one unit of credit.


Courses at North Buncombe are designated Advanced Placement (AP), Honors (H), or Standard.  The AP and Honors designation meet the needs of students with exceptional ability and achievement.  Courses without this designation are standard courses appropriate for college or tech prep studies.


                                                                            A          4           90-100

                                                                            B          3           80-89

                                                                            C          2           70-79

                                                                            D          1           60-69

                                                                            F           0            0-59

Grade point average is determined by adding weighted points (AP=+1, H=+0.5) to the grades on a 4.0 scale.  Class rank, which is computed at the end of the fall and spring term, includes all students and all graded subjects.  Students graduating with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or better are recognized as graduating with Honors, 4.0 as High Honors, and 4.25 as Highest Honors.

North Buncombe does not furnish awards/achievements, extra-curricular activities, or curriculum-related work experience on the transcript.  This information will be supplied by the student.


            AP = 1 POINTS                                                                HONORS = .5 POINT

            AP English Language & Comp                                     English I H, II H, III H;  IV H

            AP English Literature & Comp


            AP Statistics                                                                    Algebra Math III H; Math II H; Pre-Calculus H;

            AP Calculus                                                             Discrete Math H


            AP Earth Environmental Science Physics H; Biology H, Anatomy/Physiology H; Chemistry H; Earth Environmental Science H

            AP Physics

            AP Chemistry

US History AP                                                                 US History H; World History H; Economics/Law H;

            World History AP                                                                                                                            

            AP European


            AP Studio Art                                                                  Spanish III, IV; French III, IV

            AP Music Theory                                                            Theatre III, IV; Band; Art III & IV


Numerous On-line College Level and       Selected CTE Courses

            AP Courses                                                                                       


English                                                                                 4 units

         Mathematics                                                                         4 units

a. One unit Math I

b. One unit Math II

c.  One unit Math III

d. One advanced math

Science                                                                                3 units a. One unit in Life Science b.  One unit in Physical Science c.  One unit in Earth Environmental Science

Social Studies                                                                        4 units a.  One unit in Economics/Law b.  One unit in World Studies c.  Two units in American History

Health and Physical Ed                                                          1 unit

Foreign Language                                                                  2 units

Electives                                                                              13 units

TOTAL                                                                            28 units


            ACT Test Data:                Composite: 18.75     SAT Test Data: Mean Total Score: 1090 Mean Reading and Writing Score: 550 Mean Math Score: 540


Eight-five percent of NBHS graduates are attending post-secondary institutions.  Fourty-nine percent are attending a four-year university/college, thirty-six percent are attending a two-year community college to include technical colleges, trade schools, business schools, and nursing schools.  One percent to enter the military service and fourteen percent will enter the workforce.

For more information, please call the Counseling Department at (828) 645-4332.


The Buncombe County Board of Education is committed to a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, sex, age, religion, disability, and national origin.  The policy is enacted in compliance with Federal Law, including the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX, Education amendments of 1972; The Rehabilitation Act of 1973; and the Americans with disabilities Act.