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Old 06-02-2007, 02:29 PM
 
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Does anyone have any thoughts or opinions on the Rainbow Mountain Children's School? Are there any other small, alternative elementary schools in or near Asheville that anyone would reccomend? Thanks for all the great comments on this post! I have learned so much in the few days I've been reading!
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Old 06-21-2007, 04:50 PM
 
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Hi,

My two girls go to Rainbow Mountain and I can't say enough good things about the school! We are entering our third year with my youngest in her second year of preschool and my oldest in 3rd grade. The classes are small, the teachers are world class (many have masters degrees and have distinguished themselves in community service). The curriculum is holistic, experiential, project-based and the children LOVE to learn. What a difference from our brief public school experience. The school is spiritual in a global, multi-faith, eco-minded sense, so all faiths are welcome, and mindfulness, personal responsibility and deep respect for life are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Each day starts with centering and learning how to participate in community is stressed. If you would like more info, check out the school's website at Welcome to Rainbow Mountain and don't hesitate to call for a campus tour. Namaste, Jennifer
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Old 06-22-2007, 02:47 PM
 
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My two girls go to Rainbow Mountain and I can't say enough good things about the school! We are entering our third year with my youngest in her second year of preschool and my oldest in 3rd grade. The classes are small, the teachers are world class (many have masters degrees and have distinguished themselves in community service). The curriculum is holistic, experiential, project-based and the children LOVE to learn. What a difference from our brief public school experience. The school is spiritual in a global, multi-faith, eco-minded sense, so all faiths are welcome, and mindfulness, personal responsibility and deep respect for life are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Each day starts with centering and learning how to participate in community is stressed. If you would like more info, check out the school's website at Welcome to Rainbow Mountain and don't hesitate to call for a campus tour. Namaste, Jennifer

Yuck that's why I prefer South Carolina to North Carolina. Asheville area just makes me sad.
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Old 06-22-2007, 09:03 PM
 
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Hi,

My two girls go to Rainbow Mountain and I can't say enough good things about the school! We are entering our third year with my youngest in her second year of preschool and my oldest in 3rd grade. The classes are small, the teachers are world class (many have masters degrees and have distinguished themselves in community service). The curriculum is holistic, experiential, project-based and the children LOVE to learn. What a difference from our brief public school experience. The school is spiritual in a global, multi-faith, eco-minded sense, so all faiths are welcome, and mindfulness, personal responsibility and deep respect for life are interwoven throughout the curriculum. Each day starts with centering and learning how to participate in community is stressed. If you would like more info, check out the school's website at Welcome to Rainbow Mountain and don't hesitate to call for a campus tour. Namaste, Jennifer
It sounds wonderful.Is it only for lower grades? Anything for 5th grade and older? I do hope this is the wave of the future and there will be more schools with this loving,open and mulit faith mentality.Our schools in the US are falling apart in many areas
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Old 06-25-2007, 01:22 PM
 
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Default Rainbow Rocks!

My kids both go to RMCS and I can't tell you how good it feels when they both want to go to school in the morning and want to stay in after school! It is often difficult to pry them away from the school even after they have been there all day long!

What I find the most endearing thing about RMCS is the community members... The friends we have gained as adults are fantastic!

Both of my kids have friends in virtually every class... That's saying something when you consider they are K and 2nd! And we get emails from the teachers even during the summer, just checking on the kids.

It is a great school to say the least.

-Toby
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Old 06-25-2007, 02:03 PM
 
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Default Rainbow serves preK through 8th grade

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It sounds wonderful.Is it only for lower grades? Anything for 5th grade and older? I do hope this is the wave of the future and there will be more schools with this loving,open and mulit faith mentality.Our schools in the US are falling apart in many areas
Rainbow does have an upper grades program that is quite unique. The Omega Program is a 6–8 program. Kids divide up according to developmental abilities in subjects such as math and language arts, and learn together in subjects such as social studies, art, music, physical education, environmental/service learning, etc. They have another unique program feature called Gender Mysteries and Mysteries Council where these young men and women learn what it means to be men and women by studying archetypal gender roles (such as Greek myths, multicultural traditions), exploring contemporary themes and pressures and inviting personal reflection on the sometimes challenging aspects of growing up.

Recently RMCS middle schoolers participated in an exciting pilot program put together by an RMCS teacher who has created EarthVoyage, a nonprofit teaching organization that uses Buckminster Fuller's Dymaxion map to help kids viscerally experience the distribution of global resources. RMCS students helped create kinesthetic games to be used in conjunction with the gymnasium-sized map. RMCS middle schoolers also recently took 1st and 3rd place in the Clean Air Community Trust's Air Quality IQ contest.

In their spare time, Omega kids worked with the Full Belly Project to build two peanut shellers to send to third world countries (whose economy and food supply depends largely on peanuts).

I am not saddened by Asheville or progressive, holistic education like RMCS—I am encouraged by it. I truly believe our children's and grandchildren's futures depends on the conscious and compassionate living that is valued here. Namaste, jennifer
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Old 06-26-2007, 07:21 PM
 
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It sounds wonderful,I will check it out.We were not made aware of this on our many visits to Asheville,but told of Carolina day school($$$) or "Christ school" for boys.Thanks for the info,Namaste,Annie
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Old 06-30-2007, 07:51 AM
 
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annie,

RMCS is about half the cost of Carolina Day School. Hope you do check RMCS out, I think you will be glad you did.

namaste, jennifer
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Old 11-11-2008, 07:04 PM
 
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I highly reccomend checking onto Odyssey Community School. It was founded by an original Rainbow Mountain founder, and still has the core vision. You may also want to consider other local religious and non-religious schools that abound in Asheville. Many are more affordable and have stronger academics.
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Old 11-11-2008, 09:23 PM
 
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I know a lot of fellow homeschoolers that go to odyssey for classes.

There is also Evergreen charter school and ArtSpace charter school in Black Mountain that are both supposed to be really good and a great alternative to public school
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