Where are you located?

The ACSF's office is located in the Asheville City Schools Preschool building at 441 Haywood Rd in Suites 208 and 209.

What is an LEF?

Local Education Funds (LEFs) are nonprofit community-based organizations dedicated to increasing student achievement in public schools and building broad-based support for quality public education.

LEFs are independent of the school districts in which they operate, have boards reflective of their communities, are professionally staffed and work with public school systems serving a significant population of low income at-risk students: an average of 53 percent of students in communities served by LEFs are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.

LEFs collaborate with school principals, teachers, administrators, boards and districts, businesses, community organizations and local citizens to develop and implement whole school improvement strategies, create model programs, leverage resources, award grants and enhance the standing of public schools in the community. The ACS Foundation is supported by individual and corporate donations, grants from philanthropic organizations, special events, product sales and fee-for-service. The Foundation administers money raised from community for its programs. All of our programs are funded entirely by the community – the Foundation simply acts as a conduit and administrator for funds going to the schools, staff, and students.

What is a magnet school?

Magnet schools are public schools with specialized courses or curricula. "Magnet" refers to how the schools draw students from across the normal boundaries defined by authorities (usually school boards) as school zones that feed into certain schools.

Who founded the ACS Foundation, why?

The Asheville City Schools Foundation was founded by a group of concerned parents, community members and school personnel to increase local concern for public education.