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The Appalachian School 

Penland, North Carolina 

A country day and boarding 

HOME SCHOOL for little children, under 

the auspices of the Episcopal Church 




Trie site of the Appalachian School, three 
thousand feet above the sea, in a region of pure 
water and invigorating air, where every mountain 
trail and bridle path is lined with forest and 
flowers of surpassing beauty, is like an enchanted 
land. One feels that long ago treasures were 
implanted in these mountains to give to those who 
may sojourn here, health and happiness, and to 
inspire love and reverence for everything beautiful 
and for the Maker of it all. 

June, 1933. 



COMMITTEE ON EDUCATIONAL 
INSTITUTIONS 

Mr. Haywood Parker, Chairman, 

Asheville, N. C. 

Mr. William L. Balthis . Gastonia, N. C. 

Mrs. Fred W. Thomas . . . Asheville, N. C. 

Miss Clara Holmes Asheville, N. C. 

Mr. Sheldon Leavitt. . . .Asheville, N. C. 

Rev. Edgar Neff Fletcher, N. C. 



THE distinctive feature of the school 
is to provide for young children the 
freedom and happiness of a good 
home, combined with thorough instruction 
and wise training. 

The purpose underlying all activities of 
the school is the development of character 
and personality in an environment of health 
and. happiness. Individuality and inde- 
pendence are encouraged but the child 
learns to be courteous and thoughtful by 
adapting himself to the wishes and needs 
of the group. 

Resident pupils are limited to those who 
add to the happiness and well being of the 
group. 











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HE school property consists of two 
hundred acres of mountain land, 
fields, pastures, orchard, and wood- 



The girls and youngest boys have living 
quarters in the House of the Good Shepherd, 
a comfortable steam heated building with 
wide porches for sleep and play. Chapel, 
dining room, kitchen and playrooms are 
also in this building. The twelve oldest 
boys sleep and dress at Laurel cottage. 

Other buildings are Ridgeway, where 
lessons are taught; Morgan Hall, now used 
as a residence by members of the weaving 
department; the farm house, the shop, and 
two barns. 



THE curriculum includes a thorough 
study of the regular English branches 
as required in the North Carolina 
State Course of Study for Elementary 
Grades. Bible study, nature study, music, 
folk dancing, sewing and manual training 
have been added to the course. 

The regular term of nine months begins 
in September and ends in June. The sum- 
mer term of ten weeks begins in June and 
ends in August. There is two weeks vaca- 
tion at the end of each term and at Christ- 
mas. Standard Classification and Achieve- 
ment Tests are given at the beginning and 
end of the regular term, and during the 
summer session individual instruction is 
given to those who have failed to complete 
the grade work. 

In the activities of the class room and 
the playground together with those of gar- 
dening, cooking, housekeeping, care of farm 
animals and of pets, and of one's own 
clothes according to one's years, the children 
gain the experience which is the very best 
preparation for life. 





child has a physical examina- 
upon entrance and periodic 



EACH 
tion 

examination thereafter. Immuni- 
zation against smallpox, typhoid and dip- 
theria are required. The children are 
weighed and measured regularly and results 
furnish a guide for feeding and care. Sleep- 
ing porches, recreation on sunny play- 
grounds and classes meeting out of doors 
whenever the weather permits insure a 
maximum of sunshine and fresh air. 

The food w T hich is prepared by a trained 
dietitian is simple but wholesome and ap- 
petizing. Cereals and vegetables are pro- 
duced on the farm, as well as fruit, eggs, 
milk and some meat. The school owns a 
fine herd of Holstein cows which are housed 
and milked in a modern dairy barn. 

Water is piped to the buildings and the 
storage tank from springs high up on the 
mountain. There is no dwelling on the 
water shed and no chance for the springs 
to become contaminated, but to insure a 
pure supply samples of the water are sent 
periodically to the state chemist for exami- 
nation. 



THE beautiful memorial chapel is the 
heart of the house and there twice a 
day the family gather for a few 
minutes of prayer and praise. A clergy- 
man comes twice a month to hold service. 
In Church School, in week day classes, and 
through religious pageantry the children 
become familiar with the story of the Bible 
and with church history. 

The outdoors is the Penland child's 
playground and there he spends most of his 
leisure time. Swings, bars, sand piles, trees 
to be climbed and huts and camps in the 
woods all require his attention. Astride the 
pony or a fat farm horse he trots up and 
down. He gathers nuts in the fall, coasts 
and slides and makes snow forts in winter, 
plays marbles and jacks in season, and 
during the hot summer days finds relief in 
the swimming pool. There are picnics and 
parties, camps and hikes and at the end of 
each summer a much looked forward to and 
long remembered camping trip to a nearby 
lake. 





RATES 

Boarding Pupils 

Tuition, board, laundry, mending 

and personal care $5.00 a week 

(It is required that four weeks 
tuition be paid at the time the 
child enters school, and that sub- 
sequent payments be made in 
advance.) 

A five dollar deposit should be 
made for incidental expenses, hair 
cuts, shoe repair, spending money 
and the like. 

Day pupils $3.00 a month 

The Appalachian School has a limited 
number of scholarships. 

Persons interested may secure informa- 
tion or application blanks by writing to — 
THE SUPERINTENDENT 

Appalachian School 
Penland, North Carolina 



Appalachian School 
Summer Camp 

A Summer Camp for Sixty Boys 
and Girls Under Twelve 

In the Mountains of Western 
North Carolina 




APPALACHIAN SCHOOL 

PENLAND, N. C. 



APPALACHIAN SCHOOL 

SUMMER CAMP 

July 3rd to August 28th 

The Appalachian School is an Epipsco- 
pal boarding school for boys and girls un- 
der twelve. During July and August the 
property is used for a summer camp for 
young children. Previous camps have 
been quite successful and this season's 
promises to be most enjoyable. 

Penland is in Mitchell County, sixty 
miles from Asheville and sixty miles from 
Johnson City, Tennessee. It is on the C. 
C. & 0. Railroad which connects with the 
Southern at Marion, North Carolina at 
Spartanburg, South Carolina and at John- 
son City, Tennessee. Spruce Pine, the 
nearest shopping center is six miles dis- 
tant. 

The school property which consists of 
225 acres of mountain land is well adapt- 
ed for use as a camp as it is remote from 
highway traffic and from undesirable ele- 
ments. The altitude of 3000 feet insures a 
comfortable summer climate, while the 
combination of farm land, orchards, 
woods and streams furnishes a rich nat- 
ural environment for outdoor life and an 
abundance of nature lore material. 



The older boys are housed at Ridgeway 
a rustic building where two porches fur- 
nish room for thirty cots. The girls and 
smallest boys have living quarters at Hor- 
ner Hall a comfortable modern building 
with wide porches for sleep and play. 
Both buildings have electric lights and 
baths. 

The staff of the school, teachers and 
house mothers, are assisted by counselors 
expert in the various activities. These 
young men and women, drawn from col- 
leges in different parts of the country are 
chosen for their particular fitness to deal 
with young children. The children are 
divided into congenial groups with a 
counselor at the head of each group. 

The school has its own farm and dairy 
and there is an abundance of fresh veget- 
ables, fruit and milk. The Holstein herd 
is T. B. tested and housed and milked in a 
modern dairy barn. Water is piped to the 
buildings from springs high on the moun- 
tain and the supply is under the super- 
vision of the state board of health. 

The health of the children is always a 
major consideration. Each child is weigh- 
ed and measured regularly and where 
necessary, special diet is provided. As a 
usual thing the regularity of camp life, 



the simple wholesome food, the midday 
rest hour and the mountain air and sun- 
shine are all that are necessary to bring 
an underweight child up to normal. There 
are two doctors in Spruce Pine and one in 
Bakersville and any one can reach the 
camp in twenty minutes. 

The children rise at 7, breakfast at 7 :30 
and spend the hour after breakfast in 
making beds and policing camp. Dinner is 
at 12 :30, rest hour from 1 to 2, supper at 
6 and bedtime at 8. Games of all kinds, 
hikes to nearby mountains, swimming, 
riding, playmaking and play acting, nature 
study and group singing make the days 
full A boy or girl interested in farm life 

j may help with the milking, haying, and 
vegetable gathering or assist with the 
care of the animals. There are opportunit- 

j ies for overnight camps and for "sleeping 
out". In the shop a child may work with 
wood, leather, clay and colors. Materials 
and tools are provided and an instructor 
is on hand to explain the use of the tools 
and give assistance when requested. 

The swimming pool which was built by 
throwing a dam across a creek is 36 by 48 
feet and varies in depth from 2 to 7 feet. 
"Swimming is not compulsory but is al- 
ways a popular activity and an effort is 



made to encourage each child to become a 
swimmer. 

Horse back riding could not be called a 
regular activity, but there are two farm 
horses available for the children's use and 
four ponies which give a great deal of 
pleasure. 

It is not the policy of the camp direct- 
ors to arrange a full day with every hour 
accounted for and the boys and girls 
rushed from one thing to another. Rather 
opportunities for different activities are 
provided and the child is encouraged to 
do the things which interest him and to 
interest himself in the things which will 
lead to his fullest development. The pro- 
gram is so elastic that it can be built 
around the wishes and needs of the camp- 
ers and changed to suit changing condit- 
ions. Camp life is valuable for the social 
experience it gives and it is more impor- 
tant that the child learn to adapt himself 
to the group and to do things for the joy 
of doing, than that he become an accomp- 
lished athlete or swimmer or turn out a 
perfect bit of weaving or pottery. With 
this in mind the staff hopes to give the 
children a summer rich in social exper- 
ience and in healthful, creative and joy- 
ful living. 



No special clothing is necessary. Each 
child needs a woolen bathing suit, two 
sweaters and a rain coat. Sun suits or 
gym shirts and shorts are most practical 
for boys and sun suits or camp suits for 
girls. Tennis shoes or sandals are the 
most comfortable foot wear and young- 
sters who have permission from home 
may go barefoot. All garments should be 
plainly marked in indelible ink. Campers 
are requested to bring only the simplest 
clothing and not too much of that. It is 
not necessary to bring towels or bedding 
but each child should have his own laun- 
dry bag and tin dishes, plate, spoon, bowl, 
and cup to take with him on picnics and 
overnight camps. 

Each child must have a certificate of 
health from his family physician and a 
statement from his parents that he has 
not recently been exposed to any contag- 
ious disease. Innoculation against typhoid 
fever is requested but not insisted upon. 

The charge for the eight weeks of 
camp is fifty dollars. The fee may be paid 
at the time the child enters camp or in 
two installments of twenty-five dollars 
each. A deposit of three dollars placed in 
the school bank and drawn upon by the 
child himself will take care of any other 
expenses except doctor's bills. 

The school reserves the right to return 
to his parents any child who may prove 
detrimental to the group.