2018-19 Open Enrollment

Tuition-free  :  Public Charter  :  Kindergarten through 8th Grade

BEGINS: January 1st, 2018
ENDS: April 20th, 2018

All completed applications must be turned in by Friday, April 20th, 2018-3:30pm


Tuesday, November 14th, 4:00-6:00pm (drop in)
Tuesday, February 27th, 4:00-6:00pm (drop in)


Tuesday, May 1st, 6:00pm (open to the public-TMCS Campus)

Click HERE for an application OR call the TMCS school office at 696-8480

Thank you to all our GNAR participants!

The Gnarliest Kids Adventure Race took place Sunday, April 29, 2018. Click HERE for more information!

Mission Statement

The mission of The Mountain Community School is to create an educational environment where students are inspired to academic excellence and discovery. Teachers, parents, students, and the community work together to honor individuality and diversity, nurture respect for self and others, and foster a life-long love of learning.

Our school at a glance



We serve 193 children in kindergarten through 8th grade.  Our student population is primarily comprised of children from Henderson, Buncombe, Polk, and Rutherford Counties.


The Mountain Community School staff has over 170 combined years of classroom experience.  10 out of 13 teachers either hold a master’s degree or a national board certification. Our dedicated and experienced support staff team-up with our classroom teachers to provide support and instruction throughout the school day.

Our Campus

We are located in Hendersonville, North Carolina nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  Our campus borders Jackson Park, a beautiful 212 acre green space that we utilize daily for outdoor education, field ecology, and athletic activities.



Family involvement is at the heart of our school community.  School families commit to volunteering each month and help out in classrooms, the office, on school projects or on field trips.  An active Parent Teacher Council supports our teachers and staff by coordinating fundraisers, volunteers and teacher appreciation activities.

Welcome to TMCS

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about who we are and what makes TMCS a special place to all the children we serve. We are a charter school, comprised of approximately 200 students, located in the mountains of Hendersonville, North Carolina. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 16th year of providing quality instructional programs to our students. We are committed to not only an integrated challenging curriculum but we also recognize the importance of providing a safe climate where children feel free to express and explore their creative spirits.

What you will witness at the Mountain Community School:

A dedicated, experienced staff that put the individual learning needs of their students first. The TMCS staff committed to providing a sound curriculum that is engaging, challenging and fun. Our staff understands the importance of establishing a positive climate where children feel safe to take risks and are empowered to take their education to the next level.

Our students are kind, respectful and engaged in their learning. All TMCS students are encouraged to strive to be the best they can be and have a great deal of enthusiasm and pride in their work. Extra-curricular activities are also part of our program. Students can compete in athletics, join the math team, compete in the Destination Imagination competition and more. We are always adding activities to make the overall school experience positive and rewarding.

Our school community is filled with parents that support our mission and all the efforts of the staff and students. We have a high level of volunteerism among our parents. They have a vested interest in the school and work hard to partner with teachers and students, helping to making their child’s educational experience a success. We are truly grateful for the support our parents provide. Their level of dedication and commitment is paramount to the overall success of our school.

Happy, engaged students, a caring dedicated staff and committed parents who support our mission. These are the key ingredients that make The Mountain Community School a special place. We are all proud to be part of such a wonderful program where children are honored and life-long learning is instilled.

In Gratitude,
Denise Pesce, TMCS Principal

TMCS embraced my child where she was at and with an open mind and positive energy. This school has given us hope and has challenged my child to be her best self.

Daphne Kirkwood

I choose TMCS because it’s a small school with great staff. I like TMCS because of the family feeling and the opportunities for parents to be involved.

Blanca Daniels

We love TMCS because it allows us to be very involved in our children’s education. They provide a loving and supportive learning environment which helps build the confidence of the children that they are expected to achieve and they will achieve.

Donecia Santana

I cannot imagine a better school for my children than TMCS. The sense of community, the attention the students receive, and the academic excellence that we have experienced over the last six years is astounding.

Chris Grose

We love this school. It is a strong community of students, teachers, and parents who value academics as well as character and kindness.

Holly Robinson

We love being a part of the TMCS family!! The educational offerings, the field trips, the great sense of community, expectations of personal responsibility and so much more make this a perfect fit for our family.

Natalie Broadway

The teachers and staff here are so invested in the students; their love for teaching and the kids really shows. Plus, the field trips are amazing!

Wendy Elis

TMCS is a place where my children, each with their own learning style, have been embraced, encouraged and recognized as individuals with their own unique gifts. The school has created an environment that emphasizes the importance of academics, as well as character, compassion, empathy and responsibility to the world around us.

Kelli Stike

The classroom and resource teachers at TMCS are innovative and committed to helping students succeed. The teachers’ freedom to incorporate their choice of enriching activities and field trips into the curriculum has been significant in sparking my kids’ academic interest, even in subjects they thought might not be “their thing”. I feel indebted to TMCS and the wonderful teachers for their commitment to their students.

Susan Danos

I am so thankful my son had the opportunity to attend TMCS for 9 years.  He had the foundation to prepare him for academic success, leadership, self esteem and knowing the value of community. I feel he was well prepared for the next steps in his education and is now in his third year at Chapel Hill.

Deb Phillips

Denise’s Corner

April 13th Expedition Night

  Dear TMCS Community: I’m sure you have heard by now that we are hosting an Expedition Night Wednesday, April 13th from 4:00pm – 6:00pm.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our community to see first-hand how Learning Through Expeditions, our curricular model, encourages critical thinking in all disciplines.  Our students will be showcasing their...

2015-2016 TMCS Community Survey

Family engagement is strong at The Mountain Community School but we’d like to make it even better and make sure our program meets the needs of families, students, and teachers. You can help us form a better partnership between school and home by answering the questions on the 2015-2016 Community Survey. The data we collect...

Open Enrollment 2016-2017

Tis the season… that would be Open Enrollment Season The Mountain Community School is now accepting application for the 2016-­‐2017 school year. At TMCS learning is  Active, Challenging, Collaborative, Individualized, and Meaningful. If you feel that your child would thrive in classes that are engaging where they can experience their learning TMCS may be the...

Upcoming Events

June 2018

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