Founded in 1962, Arthur Morgan School (AMS) is a progressive boarding and day school for girls and boys in grades 7, 8 & 9. AMS is located on 100 acres of farm and wilderness in the Celo Community, about an hour north of Asheville, North Carolina. Students and staff learn together by living together in a safe and supporting environment—sharing work, play, study, and decision-making. Students learn to question, evaluate, think creatively and work cooperatively while participating in a community that shares the Quaker values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, stewardship and nonviolent conflict resolution.
The program at AMS, reflecting Maria Montessori’s vision of a farm school for adolescents, is specifically designed to meet the needs and interests of adolescents and to foster their holistic development. Small academic classes, internships and a wide range of electives provide close attention to individual needs, hands-on learning and opportunities for creative self-expression. AMS’ program allows students to experience success in the classroom as well as on the farm, in the wilderness, in the arts, and in our internship programs.
Through a combination of service work, study, community living and social interactions, students develop a life-long love of learning, valuable life skills, strong work ethics and respect for themselves, others and the environment. Instead of learning to compete, students learn to cooperate, care for themselves, their world, and each other. AMS is dedicated to helping students become responsible, compassionate, confident, and competent young men and women.