School Profile


99 Lake Eden Road

Black Mountain, NC  28711

Telephone:  828-686-3852

Fax: 828-686-8442

Our Mission: To assure every student graduates by providing MORE: M – model responsible behavior and communication. O – offer diverse and relevant learning opportunities. R – relate to the community and the world. E – Empower students to think critically and succeed in a supportive school environment.

Our School:  Charles D. Owen High School is a public school which is accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges as well as the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.  Approximately 800 students are enrolled in grades 9-12. Approximately  48% of our student population received free and reduced lunch and were designated as economically disadvantaged. We have 65 faculty members with 30% being National Board Certified.  Forty percent hold advanced degrees.  All faculty members are instructing within their area of certification with an average of sixteen years of teaching experience. Owen High fields 18 different athletic teams and is a member of the 2-A Western Highlands Conference of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

The Swannanoa Valley Community:  The Charles D. Owen High School district is located in the Swannanoa Valley, twelve miles east of Asheville, NC.  It includes one high school, one middle school, three elementary schools, one charter school and one alternative high school. There are also two small Presbyterian colleges nearby along with the University of NC-Asheville and Asheville Buncombe Community College. Approximately 14,000 people live in this rural community and earn their livelihood in professional, high technology, manufacturing, agricultural and tourism careers. Many Owen High School parents are employed at the company headquarters of Ingles Markets, which is located very close to the school. Our local community has suffered from the economic downturn with several large textile and manufacturing plants closing in the last several years. We have lost over 200 students in the past five years but are now “holding steady” at around 800.

Our Extended Community:  The Buncombe County School System consists of six comprehensive high schools (grades 9-12), eight middle schools, two intermediate schools, 23 elementary schools and three special needs schools making it the eighth largest public school system in North Carolina.  Both Asheville City and Buncombe County are noted for diversity in the areas of cultural arts, higher education and environmental resources which include Pisgah National Forest and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Graduation Requirements:  Buncombe County requires 28 credits in order to graduate from its traditional high schools: 4 English, 4 Math, 3 Science, 3 Social Studies, 1 Health and PE and 13 Electives.  Courses are offered at the standard college preparatory level as well as Honors and Advanced Placement. AP Courses are offered in English Literature, English Language & Composition, Statistics, Calculus AB, World History, US History, and Studio Art, with AP Biology and AP Chemistry alternating years as well as American Government and Psychology alternating years. AP classes are “singletons” being offered once per school year due to our small school enrollment. For students in Band, Journalism, Choral Performance, Dance and Studio Art  there are indeed scheduling conflicts.  Foreign Language is offered through French III Honors and Spanish III Honors. Students may also take online college courses through the College and Career Promise program at Asheville Buncombe Community College however these course opportunities are now extremely limited due to the cost of enrollment. Students must have “college ready” scores to gain admission to academic dual enrollment courses. Owen students earn their credits through a 4/4 semester schedule, totaling eight credits per academic year.

Students must be in attendance for 85 days of the 90 day courses and complete a mandatory Graduation Research Project. They also have to pass the NC State End of Course exams in Algebra I, English II and Biology.

Post Secondary Pursuits: Owen High graduates in the past five years have chosen to further their education at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, NC State University, Harvard, Duke, Oberlin, Davidson, Wake Forest, New York University, University of Chicago, Washington University in St. Louis and Georgetown along with many others. However, recently more and more of our Honor level students are choosing to begin their post secondary careers at the community college level due to the economic downturn and the excellent articulation agreement with all NC public universities.

Grading Scale: A = 4.0 – 3.5, B = 3.4 – 2.5, C = 2.49 – 1.5, D = 1.49 – 1.0 

Testing Statistics for 2012: Owen High SAT Scores: Math – 534; Critical Reading – 522;

Writing – 493  with a 60% participation rate.

Scholarships and Post-Secondary Plans: The Class of 2014 earned close to $500,000                                        in scholarships and grants for the 2014-2015 school year. Students plans were: 45%  Two Year College, 37% Four Year College, 11% Work Force, and 5% Military. These percentages are vastly different than previous years where the per cent going to Four Year Colleges was equal or higher than the number going to community colleges! This is a reflection of our local economy as well as the quality of our community college’s Two Year College Transfer Program.

Administrators:                                              Counselors:


Principal:         Margaret Turner                        9th Grade – Allyn Adcock (AP Testing)

Asst. Principal:  Diane Mcentire                       11th Grade- Jennifer Abshire (Scholarships) 

Asst. Principal:  Jim Lewis                               12th Grade -James Rumbaugh (college apps)

Asst. Principal:  Gina Toomey                         10th Grade - Students A-F:   Ms. Abshire

                                                                                             Students G-O:   Mr Rumbaugh

                                                                                             Students P-Z:    Ms. Adcock

                                                                          Career Development Coordinator: Lisa Roberts



IMPORTANT NOTICE: – The state of NC has adopted a new database system, Power School, which has created some difficulties with the accuracy of GPAs and weighted quality points during the 2013-2014 School Year while transitioning from the former system. We are confident that all reporting will be accurate this school year but please notify us immediately if for some reason the transcript does not go through to your office or if there is any other concern or issue. Thank you so much for your patience.

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