Charles T. Koontz Intermediate School, conveniently located in South Asheville, serves students in grades 5 and 6 who live in the T.C. Roberson High School District. As a “Leader in Me” school, we explicitly teach and promote the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People throughout our building in coordination with our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program. Our building is LEED certified and enhanced with an abundance of natural lighting, conservation features and rainwater collection cisterns.
Our faculty and staff are committed to standards-based instruction focused on 21st Century skills and collaboration within a 1:1 device platform, data analysis within Professional Learning Communities, and meeting students’ diverse individual learning needs in a safe, inviting and respectful environment.
As one of the three LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) schools of Buncombe County Schools, our LEED project goal is to create a healthy environment that supports education through teacher, student, and staff performance. The LEED Project was introduced by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) in March 2000 and credits points to LEED schools based on sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, and innovation & design process. One feature of this building is the Energy Efficiency Education Dashboard (EEED), which is an interactive learning lab with continuous coverage on the building’s environmental conditions, energy usage, carbon offsets, and status of water storage.
Some of the site features include solar thermal panels, day-lighting monitors in the classrooms, a cool roof membrane, an outdoor classroom with amphitheatre, rainwater cistern and garden, green screen trellises, storm water filtration, and LED site lighting.
Koontz Intermediate is equipped with state of the art technology, including interactive boards in every classroom and mobile laptops in a wireless environment. Other electronic devices include electronic readers, student response systems, a media retrieval system, and small video cameras. The focus is to prepare students through an integrated approach of weaving global skills, leadership & character traits, individual goals & accountability, problem-solving, and life skills within the common core and essential standards, in order to maximize the level of overall achievement in every student.