Thinking of Applying to Arthur Morgan School?

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.


AMS is currently accepting applications Fall 2022-Spring 2023.*

*We do not accept mid-year enrollments – the firm cutoff for new students is September 21.

Fall 2023-Spring 2024 applications will open in September 2022.**

**Rising 7th and 8th grade students are encouraged to apply. Rising 9th grade students may choose to apply pending some limitations.

Arthur Morgan School accepts new students on a rolling basis. If you are certain AMS is right for your family, please contact us as soon as possible to start the application process. Interviews start as early as October of the year prior to enrollment. The majority of interviews take place in January and February. There is often room for later interviews in April – and on occasion we continue accepting students through the summer though interviewing during the school year is ideal.

Step 1: 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, schedule a phone call by submitting an inquiry below.

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


 Step 2: 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. Gathering this information helps us determine how your child will successfully fit into our community and what special resources they will need to achieve success.

The application consists of a parent portion, student portion (to be answered by the applicant without parental editing or input), 2 references, and an application fee.

You can fill out the entire application online here:


The application for 2023-2024 will open in September.

For questions or to request a paper application, e-mail

Admissions Coordinator
60 AMS Circle
Burnsville, NC 28714

Step 3: Interview!

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 night. Day students interview for a full school day.

two middleschoolers and a teacher working and smiling

Our interview process does not consist of a formal interview – the interview is basically a day or two of experiencing Arthur Morgan School! 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, boarding student applicants will go to one of the boarding houses where they will spend the night and experience boarding life first hand.

When you bring your child for their interview, you will be invited to join our morning sing at 8:30am. At 9:00am, your child will go to class and our Admissions Coordinator will give you a tour of campus and the boarding houses, answering any questions you have about AMS. Day student applicants should be picked up at 4:15pm, Boarding student applicants will be picked up at 4:15pm the following day.

All applicants should bring:

  • Clothes they don’t mind getting dirty
  • Layered clothes for indoor and outdoor activities
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Any homework they have/a book to read

Boarding applicants should bring

  • Sleeping bag and sleeping pad
  • Toiletries
  • Any medication we need to administer

Applicants should not bring:

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

 two middle schoolers holding hands

Step 4: 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. You may pay your deposit over the phone or by clicking here.

Tuition and Financial Aid

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