School Profile

Here is a link to a Word Doc of The Owen HS School Profile for 2018-19 OHS School Profile_2018_19.doc

                               CHARLES D. OWEN HIGH SCHOOL

99 Lake Eden Road

Black Mountain, NC  28711

Telephone:  828-686-3852

Fax: 828-686-8442

Our Mission:

Empowering Students to Dream; Preparing Them to Achieve.

Our Vision:

  Excellence: Fostering Ownership & Pride in Ourselves, Our School & Our Community.


Our Belief Statements

  1. A collaborative and respectful culture promotes a productive community.
  2. Quality teaching positively impacts student learning and growth. Positive relationships foster a sense of belongingness.
  3. All students can learn and grow.
  4. Parental involvement builds a stronger school community.


Our School:  Charles D. Owen High School is a public school accredited via the AdvancedEd process through affiliation with 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.  We employ 65 faculty members, with 43% of them holding advanced degrees and 32% being National Board Certified Teachers. All of our faculty are instructing within their area of certification and have an average of 14 years of teaching experience. Owen High is a member of the 2-A Western Highlands Conference of the North Carolina High School Athletics Association (NCHSAA) and fields 18 different athletic teams.

Our Community:  The Charles D. Owen High School district is located in the Swannanoa Valley, 12 miles east of Asheville, NC.  The district includes one high school, one middle school, two elementary schools, one primary school, one charter school and one alternative high school. There are also two small independent colleges nearby along with the University of NC-Asheville and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.  Approximately 13,000 people live in this rural community and earn their livelihood in professional, high technology, manufacturing, agricultural & tourism.  The Ingles Markets Distribution Center is the largest employer in the district. A recent economic downturn in the area has left approximately 50% of our students receiving free or reduced lunch. 

Graduation Requirements (minimum): 

  • 28 credits: 4 English, 4 Math, 3 Science, 4 Social Studies, 9 Electives, 1 Health & PE, and 4 Credit Concentrations related to student interests and post-secondary goals
  • Complete a Graduation Research Project (GRP): the GRP is a service/work-based learning experience as monitored by NC state standards. It requires significant work in the community, a 10-page research paper, a portfolio, and a presentation given to a community/faculty panel

Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered:

World History             Statistics                      English Language & Composition

Calculus AB               US History                 

Biology (offered on alternate years to AP Chemistry)

Chemistry (offered on alternate years to AP Biology)


Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered through North Carolina Virtual Public Schools:

Calculus BC                Computer Science       Environmental Science           US Government

Human Geography      Music Theory              Physics I: Algebra-based        Psychology
English Literature & Composition                            

Elective classes & Career Technical Education programs offered:

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources                     Architecture & Construction

Arts, A/V Technology & Communications                Information Technology

Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics   Manufacturing

Health Science                                                            Hospitality & Tourism

Law, Public Safety, Corrections & Security              Foreign Languages – French, Spanish,


Grading Scale and Quality Points:

A: 100 – 90 = 4.0      B: 89 – 80 = 3.0      C: 79 – 70 = 2.0      D: 69 – 60 = 1.0      F: >59 = 0.0


Scholarships and Post-Secondary Plans: The Class of 2017 earned close to $500,000 in scholarships and grants. For post-secondary data, please see the next page. 50% of the class of 2018 reported to be attending a four-year university, whether it be in state or out of state, 37% to Community and Technical Schools, 11% to Employment, and 1% Enlisted in the Military.

Administrators:                              Counselors:


Principal:          Margaret Turner          9th Grade:    Franchesca Brown-Petty (SAT/PSAT)

Asst. Principal:  Bebe Tarleton           10th Grade:   James Rumbaugh (Dual Enrollment)

Asst. Principal:  Bradley McMahan     11th Grade:   Jennifer Abshire (Scholarships)

Asst. Principal:  Gina Toomey             12th Grade:   Students A-F:    Ms. Abshire

                                                                             Students G-O:   Mr. Rumbaugh

                                                                              Students P-Z:    Ms. Brown-Petty


Career Development Coordinator: Tanya Tommey

Graduation Initiative Coordinator: Sharon Fish

Social Worker 9th-12th grade: Elisa Sanchez-Tarman