It’s almost that time of year again and everybody is gearing up for the school year! To help out, we’ve put together a couple of quick checklists for you to make sure that you aren’t forgetting anything. The first is for kids in grade school and the second is for the young adults getting ready to go off to college. We know how stressful this time of year can be so we hope a good checklist will help take just a little bit of the edge off. Feel free to save it to your phone or print off a copy and take it with you to the store.
What makes Asheville a great place to live in? Well we can tell you one thing – it isn’t its lack of amazing places that you can go grab a beer. So sit back, relax, read, and then call yourself a cab to go check out each of the places we have on this list. Trust us, you won’t regret it!
Burial Beer Co. is a no-frills joint with a laid back atmosphere. The staff is super friendly and very knowledgeable on their 12 house-brewed beers. As soon as you walk in, it’s sure to become one of your favorite places to grab a cold one.
Wicked Weed is known for their prowess in funky beers such as wild ales, sours and more. As soon as you walk in, it’s apparent they truly care about the quality of their beer, the aesthetic appearance of the brewery, and the quality of food. It’s a complete package.
Always considered a local favorite, Green Man Brewing is a friendly and relaxed place to have a beer with some friends. It’s a smaller place, but they have a wide selection of house-brewed beers for patrons to choose from. They also have a covered, dog-friendly patio outside and nice captains chairs at the main bar inside – a small touch that goes a long way. It’s really something more bars should do.
This fan favorite is three bars in one, with an American bar, a Belgian bar, and a cocktail bar all melded together into one amazing place. They have great food and friendly service that’s sure to get you to order second and third rounds.
The Wedge is a great summer hangout spot with a large outdoor seating area. The place has plenty of character and fits in very well with the surrounding art district with most of their furniture being made out of old scrap metal. They have ales, pilsners, IPAs, Belgians and more. There is something there for every kind of beer drinker.
One World Brewing is a tucked away treasure that makes you feel like you’ve hit the jackpot when you walk in. They consistently have live bands playing, and an ever changing beer menu. If you live in Asheville and haven’t been here before, then you need to see what all the buzz is about for yourself.
Twin Leaf Brewery is a cool spot with an old German beer hall feel crossed with a modern American warehouse. They have long picnic tables throughout which makes it great for mingling with new friends. The beer selection is phenomenal as well with lagers, pale ales, wits, saisons and more making it an enjoyable place no matter what your tasting preference is.
Okay, so it’s not actually in Asheville, but it would be a shame for it to not make this list. Sierra Nevada Brewery is considered by many to be one of the nicest breweries out there – and it’s one of the biggest I’ve ever been to. They have a cool outdoor section with games and comfortable seating all over; this is accompanied by a stage for live performances. Plus they have a mighty selection of fresh brewed delicious beers. It’s a definitely ‘must-go’ if you’ve never been.
People may have heard of them and even tasted them in other states, but once you have tried grits in North Carolina nothing will compare – you may be sour if you order salted grits elsewhere. We know the pain.
11. Hiking the Blue Ridge Mountains
Source: Blue Ridge Mountain Wikipedia
Fresh mountain air filling your lungs as you hike the endless wilderness trails or slowly float down an undisturbed river. If only you could bottle the experience and bring it with you.
10. The Picturesque Carolina shore
Sun, sand and crashing waves, what more can you ask for? The beautiful N.C. shore is always a place that you can escape from the hustle and bustle and relax.
9. Cook-Out Won’t be a Staple in Your Diet
Being founded in N.C., Cook-Out actually understands what North Carolina bbq is. They just have to hurry up and expand to all 50 states.
8. People Understanding Your Sayings and ‘Accent’
“Bless you heart” and “ya’ll”, surprisingly enough, aren’t part of everyday language in other parts of the country. Crazy! We know.
Square footage, architectural design, yard, access to parks and great restaurants–of all the factors that home buyers consider when buying a home, the school district is one of the most important. Buying a home in a good school district means there will always be a demand for your property and your home value is less likely to be significantly affected by fluctuations in the housing market.
Do Your Research
As you plan your move to the Triad, Triangle, or Charlotte area make sure you do your research. There are numerous websites that provide rankings of schools, as well as other helpful information to help you evaluate the district, like teacher-to-student ratio as well as reviews from parents.
Great Schools is another helpful site that rates area schools, public and private, by standardized test scores, but also has a “community” feature that allows parents to rate their children’s schools.
Many schools now have FaceBook and Twitter accounts. “Like” or start following the schools that you are interested in so that you can get a feel for their culture. You can also set up Google alerts to let you know when the school (or anyone affiliated with it) is featured in the news.
It’s important to do this research as your realtor will be limited in what information that they can share regarding schools because they are responsible for adhering to the Fair Housing Act. Realtors can help you search for a home within boundaries that you identify for them, but they cannot guarantee that you will be able to enroll your child in a specific school.
Conduct a School Visit
Standardized test results can only tell you so much about a school. To determine if a school is right for your child, set up an in-person visit. You’ll want the opportunity to gauge the engagement levels of both teachers and students. You’ll also want to make sure that the school feels safe and fosters an environment that will inspire your child to excel academically and socially.
Make a list of questions to ask before your visit. Does the school adhere to a particular educational philosophy? What extracurricular activities are offered? How does the bus system work? Is there early and or after-care options to assist working parents? Are there advanced placement and special needs offerings?
Seek out Local Resources
If you’re moving for a new job, find out if you can email your colleagues for recommendations on neighborhoods with great schools. You may even end up with some new carpool friends!
Danielle Hegedus is a home decor writer based in Atlanta, GA. She writes for websites such as Modernize.com.
North Carolina currently operates 591 high schools that are then divided into 148 school districts. Within this education system more than 28,000 full-time teachers shaping the youth of tomorrow. The nearly 450,000 strong student body represent their state very well in the national rankings. 140 of the state high schools received medals of bronze or higher, according to U.S. News Best High school rankings. Based on average proficiency scores in Math and English (indexed levels 1-4) and relative college readiness scores, here are the 5 Best High Schools in North Carolina.
1. Raleigh Charter High School
A relatively small school of only 540 students RCHS is classified as a charter school and hosts grades 9-12 in a large city setting, boosting a teacher to student ratio of 13:1. With an average algebra proficiency score of 2.9 and English score of 3.2, RCHS ranks the highest in all the state for college readiness at 94.1 and ranks 37th nationally. Students leaving this fine establishment are well equipped for their next steps in life no matter what they may aspire to be.
2. The Early College at Guilford
Established in 2002 as a partnership between Guilford College and Guilford County Schools, the school became the first early college high school in North Carolina. This unique partnership allows students to graduate with a high school diploma and as much as two years of credits at Guilford College. With only 195 students, the school is a very tight knit community that has countless community involvement programs. Although their math proficiency score was unavailable, it is not hard to see why they have a college readiness score of 92.2 when they have a 3.6 English proficiency score.
3. Woods Charter
The home of the wolves is where many youngsters from Chapel Hill will spend their entire primary and secondary school careers. From K-12, the school has 504 students and 11:1 student to teacher ratio allowing students to build long lasting bonds with their educators. With 2.8 and 2.9 proficiency scores in algebra and English respectively, The Woods Charter sets their students up to succeed with an 81.3 college readiness score.
4. Weaver Academy
With the lowest student to teacher ratio on the list at 7:1 the 303 9-12 graders are well supervised. With a strong emphasis on the academics as well as the arts, the Weaver Academy aims to produce well rounded students that will be leaders in their future communities. Their 2.4 and 3.0 proficiency scores give them a college readiness score of 79.9 well above the district average of 35.9.
5. Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy
The largest on our list of the 5 best high schools in North Carolina is the Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy, it has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students that occupy grades K-12. With a college readiness score 72.6 the average proficiency scores in algebra and English both being 2.9 parents can expect their children to receive a fine education at this establishment.
11. You know that a blizzard will not cancel class.
UNC has the utmost confidence in their students to be able to brave in the harshest of winter storms, either that or they don’t want to have to add days to the end of the semester for all the days that could have been canceled.
10. [B]ski’s was a staple in your diet at some point.
When it was finally time to study you headed to the UL, where you had a favorite section or spot that you definitely thought helped you study better.
8. You find Point-to-Point (P2P) kind of fun.
Having in house transportation for your campus is kind of great especially when it is probably going to be filled with your friends. Although having a transit demographic that is mainly students does make for some interesting sites.
How many unofficial college parties have their own Wikipedia page? Well, halloween on Franklin street has one that describes a growing tradition that began in the 1980’s and now boasts estimated attendance numbers as high as 80,000 people.
Everyone has heard the myth that if you drink from the well on the first day of class you are guaranteed a 4.0 GPA and everyone that says they did not do it probably snuck back that night to help boost their marks.
Our rivalry with Dook is one of the best in all of college sports. One that has seen blood, sweat and tears of its long history and never disappoints.
2. MJ, that’s all.
Arguably the best athlete of all time. The two-sport powerhouse began his legacy with the Tar Heels and cemented his name as a school great when we hit the game winning shot against Georgetown to bring home the 1982 National Championship.
1. You know that UNC is the best college in North Carolina!