Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network

Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network

The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network is a partnership between Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County, University of North Carolina Asheville and representatives of more than 50 health, social service, higher education and youth services community partners who work together towards to shared vision that:

  • All schools and partner programs are safe, welcoming and compassionate.
  • All families and neighbors have the support and tools they need for healthy and successful lives.
  • All students graduate high school--ready for college, career and community.


Representatives from the partner organizations are also active members of three workgroups: 

  • Early Warning and Response System - responsible for system-wide leadership including design, implementation planning, training, evaluation and continuous quality improvement.
  • Shared Professional Learning - mapping existing professional learning opportunities, coordinating wider cross-organizational access to those learning opportunities, and developing new learning opportunities where there are gaps in current offerings. 
  • Results Based Accountability - supports the Middle Grades Network members in using reliable and community-specific data - coupled with the wisdom of students, families and community members - to guide how our school and community partners are working together to achieve measurable results.

For more information about these workgroups, or to express interest in joining a workgroup, please contact

Community Collaboration for Collective Impact

The Asheville Buncombe Middle Grades Network consists of the following partner organizations:

  • A.B. Tech
  • ACCESS Family Services
  • Asheville City Schools
  • Asheville City Schools Foundation - In Real Life (IRL)
  • Asheville Housing Authority
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC
  • Bounty & Soul
  • Boys & Girls Club of Buncombe County
  • Buncombe County Health and Human Services - Community Engagement Team
  • Buncombe County Schools
  • Buncombe County Schools Graduation Initiative
  • Children First / Communities In Schools
  • City of Asheville Youth Leadership Academy
  • College Foundation of N.C.
  • Delta House
  • Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Girls Scouts Peaks to Piedmont
  • Goodwill Industries
  • Girls on the Run WNC
  • Green Opportunities
  • Helpmate
  • Journeymen
  • Land of Sky Regional Council 
  • Literacy Council of Buncombe County
  • Mission Health
  • My Daddy Taught Me That
  • My Sistah Taught Me That
  • On Track WNC
  • Open Doors of Asheville
  • Our VOICE
  • Pisgah Legal Services
  • RHA Health Services
  • Self Help Credit Union
  • UNC Asheville
  • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
  • Warren Wilson College
  • Western Carolina University
  • YMCA of WNC
  • YTL Training Program
  • YWCA of Asheville