Founded in Asheville, North Carolina in 1900, Christ School is a boys’ college preparatory school affiliated with the Episcopal Church. Christ School’s mission is to produce educated men of good character, prepared for both scholastic achievement in college and productive citizenship in adult society. They achieve this mission through a four-fold process. First and most important, students are challenged and encouraged, in the nurturing environment of a close-knit campus, to develop academically to their maximum potential. Second, through competitive sports, student self-government, and a variety of extracurricular activities, each student develops his physical fitness and leadership skills, and his respect for others regardless of their origins, cultures or beliefs. Third, by involvement in the care of the campus, civic duty is learned, along with a sense of the dignity of honest labor. Finally, through religious instruction and regular participation in Chapel activities, each student learns the sustaining value of faith and spiritual growth throughout his life. Although it is an Episcopal school, Christ School welcomes students of all faiths and backgrounds.
The curriculum at Christ School prepares its students for the most competitive colleges in the nation. A blend of a positive learning environment, small class size, and individualized attention provides structure and encourages study as part of campus life. Honors level and Advanced Placement courses add significant challenges and rigors to the curriculum. Gifted students are attracted to Christ School’s high standards, which enhance the positive academic environment. Classes are small but demanding and are built around critical thinking, thorough research, analysis, and skilled writing. Distinctive fine arts, including impressive drama productions, choral and instrumental music, art, photography, and poetry, create opportunities for students to explore their abilities. Many discover incredible talents they never knew they had.
PGDF Founder Peter Dodge is an alumnus of Christ School’s class of 1995 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2013. A five-year Community Grant from PGDF was awarded in 2014 to support a named scholarship in honor of Peter’s father, David T. Dodge. A second Community Grant for the calendar years 2019-2021 will fund Gardner House, an honors dormitory.