New City Christian School was founded in 2006 in response to a persistent community problem in Asheville of an academic “achievement gap” between white and African-American students. That year, almost 60% of black children in Asheville City Schools in grades 3-5 failed their end-of-grade tests in reading and math. The high school drop-out rate for African-American males was estimated to be as high as 70%. Our founder, Coral Jeffries, recognized that minority families with limited resources also had severely limited educational options. (See NC School Report Cards for additional statistics on Asheville City and Buncombe Country Schools). When you look at the statistics you will find that the problem of low academic achievement for minorities has only worsened in recent years.