Rainbow Community School

A Leader in Holistic, Whole-Child Education

Providing the Best School Experience for Students for over 40 years

Rainbow Community School is an independent private school in Asheville, NC. It is part of the National Association of Private Schools. RCS offers alternative educational programs for preschool through middle school. It draws from the best in current educational methodolgy, as well as incorporates holistic models of child development for whole child learning. Rainbow is recognized nationally as a leader in contemplative and mindfulness education.

Scroll down to find out why Rainbow Community School is voted THE BEST private school in Western North Carolina.

Child-Centered Education

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.

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. Our whole child approach makes for an exceptional learning experience from the early elementary years through middle school.

OUR MISSION

We develop accomplished, confident, and creative learners who are prepared to be compassionate leaders in building a socially just, spiritually connected, and environmentally sustainable world.

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High Expectations. 7 Domains.

With our rigorous curriculum, expectations are high. From science fairs to presentations, in-depth lessons that tie history, math, and language arts together, our curriculum incorporates the 7 Domains.

Physical Domain

Expressed through movement, dance, physical education, sports and tactile activities

Domain Profile for Student Learners

Thinks

In movements and through somatic sensations

Loves

Moving, touching, running, jumping, dancing, building, and creating

Learning Needs

Physical games, movement, hands on experiences, and opportunities to build and create

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Book a Tour

See our Seven Domains Model in Action

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West Willmore

Meet our Admissions Director to see for yourself what sets Omega apart.

Phone: 828-258-9264 ext. 135
Email:west.willmore@rainbowlearning.org

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Natural Domain

Expressed through time in nature, caring for the environment, gardening & animal husbandry, observation, inquiry and discovery

Domain Profile for Student Learners

 

Thinks

Through the senses and through connection with nature

Loves

Moving, touching, running, jumping, dancing, building, and creating

Learning Needs

Physical games, movement, hands on experiences, and opportunities to build create

I am fortunate to have both of my children attend this incredible school. As soon as you step on campus you feel you are in a special place. The teachers are truly engaged with each child. Our family loves that Rainbow helps the whole child develop- emotionally, physically, artistically and academically. I fully recommend taking a tour of this exceptional school!

-Rainbow Parent

Social Domain

Expressed through dynamic governance, peer relations, community celebrations, and collaborative learning experiences

Domain Profile for Student Learners

 

Thinks

Through the senses and through connection with nature

Loves

Moving, touching, running, jumping, dancing, building, and creating

Learning Needs

Physical games, movement, hands on experiences, and opportunities to build and create

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Meet Some of Our Alumni

Each year, we invite our alumni back to share about life after Rainbow and the education they received at Rainbow

Our students become confident and creative learners in which they are prepared to be compassionate leaders in building a socially just, spiritually connected and environmentally sustainable world.

With a curriculum that ties language arts, math, history, science and specials subjects together, students receive a broad education that allows them to pursue special interests. We allow them to think big and to tackle projects of great meaning to them. They regularly share their learning with the greater Rainbow community, staff, and families. 

Take a look at how our students do after they graduate:

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Emotional Domain

Expressed through reflective exercises, open dialogue, conflict resolution and the arts

Domain Profile for Student Learners

 

Thinks

With their heart and deeply inside themselves

Loves

Reflecting on and talking about feelings, sympathizing and  listening to others

Learning Needs

Ritual and routine, centering, class meetings, and conflict resolution

Creative Domain

Expressed through drawing, painting, dance, music, theater, sculpture, poetry, creative writing, storytelling, fine-art appreciation and play

Domain Profile for Student Learners

 

Thinks

In images, visuals, rhythms and melodies

Loves

The arts-drawing, designing, sculpting, creating, singing, music, playing an instrument, dancing, acting, role-playing

Learning Needs

Inspiration, time, space and supplies/materials to create

Want to know more?

RCS provides a holistic curriculum in an open classroom setting. Creativity, imagination, critical and divergent thinking, problem solving, as well as appreciating a world of various cultural and spiritual values, are central to our curriculum. We continually refine our approach to teaching in learning to support a culture of belonging that celebrates individual authenticity and our shared humanity.

View and download our K-8 Parent Handbook. Learn about our school: the elementary program, the Omega Middle School program, and so much more.

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Mental Domain

Expressed through logic, engineering & technology, puzzles & strategy games, experimenting & questioning, reading, writing and research

Domain Profile for Student Learners

 

Thinks

In words, patterns, through reasoning and problem solving

Loves

Reading, writing, stories, word and number games, logic puzzles, problems to be solved, experiments

Learning Needs

Academically challenging and  inquiry based learning opportunities

Come See Our Campus

See the magic of Rainbow

Book a tour today!

 

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Want to know more?

RCS provides a holistic curriculum in an open classroom setting. Creativity, imagination, critical and divergent thinking, problem solving, as well as appreciating a world of various cultural and spiritual values, are central to our curriculum. We continually refine our approach to teaching in learning to support a culture of belonging that celebrates individual authenticity and our shared humanity.

View and download our PreK Parent Handbook. Learn about our school: the elementary program, the Omega Middle School program, and so much more.

Spiritual Domain

Expressed through personal beliefs, myth making, ceremony,  religious studies, states of grace & jubilation, the ‘big’ questions and contemplative practices (ie; meditation, yoga, tai chi, blessingways)

Domain Profile for Student Learners

 

Thinks

Through reflection and contemplation

Loves

Centering, mindfulness, contemplative and reflective practices

Learning Needs

Time alone, quiet, space, and reflection

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Parent Testimonials

Feedback from Omega and Rainbow families.

Omega Middle School is a well-kept secret for parents looking for a great middle school alternative for their child. It is located in the heart of West Asheville on a beautiful 5 acre campus with an artful playground and full-size athletic field. The campus also has an auditorium with a great sound system and stage for the performing arts. Class sizes are small and the students get to choose from a variety of electives in addition to the core curriculum. The teachers are all amazingly gifted and dedicated to meeting your child’s needs in a wholistic manner. Students are mostly in a combined gender setting but also separate at times for in-depth discussions of gender identity and all that it entails. We all know that middle school can be a very challenging time for the adolescents experiencing it — Omega Middle School meets that challenge by supporting and expanding the minds and spirits of all students.
Sarah Corley

Omega Parent

My son has been at Rainbow since preschool, and is graduating 8th grade tomorrow. The moment we walked in the door for preschool orientation, our family became a part of the greater school family. Since then, we have strengthened those bonds through countless gatherings and by volunteering at school events. Over the years the teachers at Rainbow have encouraged and inspired my son by their own passion for life-long learning. Their well thought out lessons are aimed at teaching the whole child, and my son has blossomed from that approach. The community at Rainbow Community School has loved my son into the amazing young man with limitless potential he is today, and I will be forever grateful for that.
Maria Baker

Rainbow and Omega Parent