A Downtown Community School 

Home of the Gryphons

Capital Campaign

The ARS 2024-2025 lottery was on March 1st; applications may still be submitted.

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Academic Excellence . Respect . Safety.

ARS is . . . 

Core Values

Located in the heart of Downtown Statesville, NC, American Renaissance School is the best choice for education in North Carolina. We offer the best for your child in academics, fine arts, and athletics (Kindergarten - 8th grade).

About Us

ARS is a tuition-free public school dedicated to the success of all students. Admission is open to any NC resident of proper age unless demand exceeds the number of spaces permitted in a charter school agreement with the State.


As a parent, you have hopes for what you want in a school experience for your child - excellent reputation, challenging academics, competitive and innovative programs, first-class facilities, top-notch faculty. ARS combines these with an unbelievably committed community of students, parents, and staff.

Student Life

Our mission is to ensure a standard of academic excellence by providing a nurturing environment that allows each child to reach their fullest potential as students and citizens.

ARS Spirit Rock

The ARS Spirit Rock is a project by the ARSYAA. 

1 Day - $12.00
2 Days - $22.00
3 Days - $30.00

Reservations are 6 pm - 6 pm (eg, rent the rock for Nov. 14 and you can paint it after 6 pm on Nov. 13 & your message will remain until at least 6 pm on Nov. 14). Want your message to last longer? You can rent multiple, consecutive days. For Monday rentals, you can paint the rock at any point during the prior weekend. Reservations must be made at least 3 days in advance. Your reservation is only final after payment.

Thank you for your support of ARS athletics!


Renaissance Association of Parents (RAP) is a collaborative group of parents, guardians and educators who develop events that enrich the American Renaissance School (ARS).


Welcome to American Renaissance Middle Athletics. We strive to grow students in the classroom as well as on the field or court.


We want to equip you so you can thrive, today and every day.  


Gabby Parker, Class of 2014Gabby Parker is an American Renaissance School in Downtown Statesville, NC alumna.
Abigail Hill (Shuford), Class of 2007Abigail Hill (Shuford) is an American Renaissance School in Downtown Statesville, NC alumna.
David Whitlow, Class of 2003David Whitlow is an American Renaissance School in Downtown Statesville, NC alumnus.

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