Application Process

Nesbitt Discovery Academy

Nesbitt Discovery Academy is an academically challenging school that provides the nurturing environment necessary for student growth and success.  We offer a unique educational experience designed to ready students for college and careers in the STEM disciplines.  Students are exposed to a curriculum which is designed to build problem solving skills, higher order thinking, and teamwork.

Nesbitt Discovery Academy students look to advance themselves through a rigorous North Carolina high school curriculum that is flexible and connects science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Each student must possess a level of maturity and independence that will help him/her be successful in a progressive high school and college environment.

Admission Criteria:

  • Applicants must reside in one of the six Buncombe County districts (Enka, Erwin, North Buncombe, Owen, Reynolds, Roberson)
  • Personal Interest Response- Written or Digital
  • Student Grades- 7th grade final grades (*1st semester grades for 2021-2022 applicants)
  • Student Grades-  8th grade End of 1st semester 
  • 7th grade End of Grade Reading Scores (*8th Grade Reading EOG Scores for 2021-2022 applicants)
  • 7th grade End of Grade Math Scores (*8th Grade Math EOG Scores for 2021-2022 applicants)
  • Attendance- Number of days absent for the student during his/her seventh grade year.
  • Two recommendations- One from a Math/Science/Technology Teacher and one from another staff member
*Due to COVID-19, an adjustment in our application criteria in the noted areas has been made to allow for consistency year to year.  This will also delay our process in communicating with families from mid May to the first week of June as to those students selected in the lottery and our waitlist for the upcoming school year.


Note:  Consideration will be given to students who meet the target populations set forth in the Cooperative Innovative High School Application.  Under-represented student populations in STEM may include: economically disadvantaged and first-generation college students.


Nesbitt Discovery Academy is open to any student who lives in one of the six Buncombe County Schools attendance districts.  Online applications for the 2021-2022 school year will be made available February 1st.  

Notice:  Students who choose to create a video can do so from their home.  Also, just a reminder to families that only students who do not currently attend a BCS middle school will need to upload testing, attendance, and grade reports as noted on the application instructions.