Rainbow Community School is a private, independent school serving 42 preschoolers and about 120 students from kindergarten through eighth grade in Asheville, North Carolina. For more than 35 years, we have been a national leader in alternative, holistic and contemplative education. Learn more about us.

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What does a Guru do?

“A spiritual teacher/mentor’s role is unique in that the goal is not to transmit knowledge or understanding as much as it is to somehow bring about a recognition in the student of the student’s own pre-existing nature. This is a much more subtle thing than simply teaching someone a skill […]


Why Do Americans Stink at Math?

Why Do Americans Stink at Math? Check out this aptly titled article: Why Do Americans Stink at Math? Here is an except with two intriguing stories from the article that say it all: “….In the 1970s and the 1980s, cognitive scientists studied a population known as the unschooled, people with little or […]

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Nick Romanos – RCS Graduate and Web Designer

My Rainbow Experience: Nick came to the Omega program after having completed public elementary school in 2000. During his tenure at Rainbow, he formed lifelong friendships and learned skills that have continued to serve him as he’s progressed in his education and into his adult life. The best example of this would be […]

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World Travelers at Rainbow

With its holistic learning environment, and our research-based methods to elicit creative and critical thinking, many wonderful families have become part of the Rainbow family. New this year to the school is Duncan, a rising second grader. His younger brother Raleigh will attend the Rainbow Community School Pre-school beginning in […]


Geronimo Owen in the Play Henry V

It’s always exciting to hear about what our alumni are doing. Geronimo Owen (a ’13 Rainbow graduate) has two roles in Henry V, a play by William Shakespeare. He plays Boy as well as Duke of York. He was pleasantly surprised when he got these roles, never having acted before. The […]

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The Rainbow Warriors

Students who come to our school become the Rainbow Warriors. They learn about themselves, how to relate to the world, how to live sustainable lives, and how to respect all people. The Warrior is our mascot. There is a story behind the mascot. Its roots are deep in the Native […]

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