Ashe County’s five public schools offer students a safe and dynamic environment in which to learn. The School Board operates three elementary schools – Westwood, Blue Ridge, and Mountain View. These three schools feed into the Ashe County Middle School and eventually into Ashe County High School. The entire system serves approximately 3,200 students in five modern facilities, with the most recent being built in 2004. Ashe students consistently score well on the North Carolina State Assessments. Ashe County High School ranks in the top 10 percent of schools in the nation according to US News and World Report. In North Carolina, Ashe County High School ranks 18 out of 115 school systems in overall proficiency.
The Ashe County School System has 51 personnel who have achieved national board certification. Additionally, the Ashe County Sheriff’s Department provides a School Resource Officer for each of the five schools to ensure student safety.
In supplement to the terrific K-12 public education offered in Ashe County, students also have a variety of options for post-secondary learning. The Wilkes Community College System offers numerous classes and degrees at their three facilities, the Ashe Campus near West Jefferson, Alleghany Campus in Sparta and the main campus in Wilkesboro. Also, nationally-recognized Appalachian State University in nearby Boone is only a short 35-minute drive from West Jefferson, and offers a multitude of undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Ashe County also enjoys close proximity to Wake Forest University, which is approximately an hour and a half drive from West Jefferson.