Overall Niche Grade
- College PrepA-
- Clubs & ActivitiesB-
- Health & SafetyA-
- Resources & FacilitiesB
School of Inquiry & Life Sciences is a highly rated, public school located in Asheville, NC. It has 351 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 25 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 77% in reading.
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Culture & Safety
Health & Safety
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
- of students agree that they feel safe at their school.7 responses
- of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.7 responses
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Free or Reduced Lunch
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
- of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses
Clubs & Activities
Clubs & Activities
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Boys Athletic Participation
Expenses Per Student
- of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
- of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
- of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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School of Inquiry & Life Sciences Reviews
This school has definitely been a large contributor to who I am today! As a Senior, looking back at how SILSA has shaped me and reminded me how important community is, I realize that I'll take that into the world and build some awesome professional relationships in the future. SILSA has a wonderful environment for friends (friends with teachers, classmates, administration, etc) and maintains that throughout all four years. My favorite things about SILSA include that environment, the ability to take ANY AB Tech class (within reason, we can't take the brewing classes, of course.), and the amazing, sometimes art-based core classes. I definitely think we have some space to improve in terms of certain teachers taking the "directing your own learning" promise a bit too far, but overall, it's a great place. Please send your children here.
In general the School of Inquiry & Life Sciences of Asheville provided good academics. One thing I can say is that in comparison to Asheville high school the teachers at SILSA were more passionate, driven and focused upon their students and their academics. Students are pushed with honors and AP classes allowing opportunities to study at the local community college. My only negative comment would be upon certain teachers that continued to display inadequate teaching methods and attitudes that confused the student body. There were specific teachers whom were continuously criticized and complained by students and teachers and nothing was done about it. In my opinion, at such a good school, standards should be set higher by administratives and followed up.
SILSA is apparently one of 'the best public high schools in America', but I find that very hard to believe. The academics and teachers are very hit or miss, I've had three amazing teachers and the rest have been terrible - I didn't learn a single thing from them except how to bs the system, which is important but I feel like I've missed out so much academically that my first few years of college will be catching up on what I missed out on in high school. That's if I even go to college, the college prep here is horrible. I got no help in applying to colleges and in the end I only applied to one school that I never heard back from because they didn't receive all the needed information from my high school. Overall, SILSA is very over rated, I would only recommend for the first two years because those teachers are pretty good, after that go to Asheville High where they have actual classes for AP's, not just online. Go to Asheville High!