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.
Jeffries also recognized there were successful educational models focused on the unique needs of children of color from under-resourced families. She determined to offer a new option to Asheville families, a private Christian school designed for children arriving at kindergarten under-prepared. This school would utilize curriculum which had proven effective in helping minority children from similar backgrounds catch up with their peers. It would offer small class size so a high level of attention could be given to each student. There would also be a spiritual focus to provide a hopeful framework for life’s challenges. You may continue reading Our Story here.
Coral Jeffries, the founder of New City, and Rev. John Brewster, a long-time board member, talk about the beginnings of New City Christian School and the impact that it is having on students' lives.