Congratulations! You have taken the first step!

Sending your child to Arthur Morgan School is a big decision and the right one for many families. Our admissions process works to ensure that all your questions and concerns are answered. We want you to get a real picture of what your child’s life will be like as they attend AMS.

Step 2: Contact Us!

It’s hard to put everything there is to know about AMS into a single website. So much of our school is communicated through the stories of our students and experiences. We want to get to know you so before you do anything else, call us!

Our Admissions Coordinator, Nicholas Maldonado will answer all your questions and make sure AMS is the right fit for your family.

Schedule a Phone Call

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 Step 3: Fill out the Application!

To ensure that AMS is the best fit for your child, our admissions process seeks to learn as much about them and your family as we can. We know that filling out paperwork is a drag, but gathering all your information helps us determine how your child will successfully fit into our community and what special resources they will need for to achieve success.

You can download the entire application here:

Once completed, send the application to:

Admissions Coordinator
60 AMS Circle
Burnsville, NC 28714

You may also send the application via email to There is a $50 application fee. You may include the $50 application fee when you send in the paperwork or pay now by clicking the button below.

Step 4: Schedule a Visit!

Arthur Morgan School is distinctly different from most schools. Over the years we have found that a visit to the school is essential for proper assessment by you, your child, and us.

To provide applicants with a realistic feel for what life at AMS is like we require an on-campus interview.  Boarding applicants interview for two school days and one nights. Day students interview for a full school day.

Schedule an Interview

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Step 5: Interview!

While interviewing, applicants will be assigned a student host each day. They will shadow their host throughout the school day, attending their classes and activities. Applicants are expected to participate in all parts of the program to see if AMS is right for them.  At the end of the school day, applicants will go to one of the boarding houses where they will spend the night and experience boarding life first hand.

When you drop your child off for their interview, our Admissions Coordinator will give you a tour of campus and the boarding houses, answering any questions you have about our facilities.

Applicants should bring:

  • Clothes they don’t mind getting dirty
  • Sleeping bag and pad
  • Toiletries
  • Any medication we need to administer
  • Any homework they have

Applicants should not bring:

  • Cell phones
  • Laptops or tablets
  • Handheld video games
  • Pets
  • Food

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Step 6: Enroll!

After your interview, current students and staff will provide feedback about your child’s visit. If staff and students decide that AMS is a good fit for your child, we will call you with the decision and send you an acceptance letter and enrollment form.

To secure your child’s spot, we ask for a deposit: $2000 for boarding students, $1000 for day students. Once the deposit is received, your child’s spot is secured for the following school year.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Arthur Morgan School does its best to keep tuition at a minimum. Thanks to the efforts of a dedicated staff, we are able to keep our costs lower than many other independent schools. Our non-profit status means we are committed to making quality education accessible.

Tuition for the 2020-21 school year is $28,836 for boarding students and $13,517 for day students.

AMS has a strong scholarship program. All scholarships are awarded according to need. Approximately 65% of students are currently on scholarship. Families in need of financial assistance are invited to apply upon their acceptance to the school. Contact Ward McAllister in our Finance Office at 828-675-4361 for more information.