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St Genevieve Memories

Preserving A Legacy

St. Genevieve

Welcome to St. Genevieve Memories, the electronic home of St. Genevieve’s College, Junior College, and School for Secretaries, of St. Genevieve’s Prep and Academy, of Gibbons Hall, and of St. Genevieve/Gibbons Hall.  As you enter this threshold, you’re invited to spend some time with former classmates and to toss balls across fields and courts with young teammates. Remember moments when you finally understood a complex science concept or scored a goal or laughed uncontrollably at long-forgotten antics.  You’ll reconnect with teachers and coaches who fostered strong learning habits and skills, promoted a desire to learn, and instilled strong values.

The schools of St. Genevieve nurtured and molded thousands of students during their eight decades as educational institutions in Asheville.  They promoted growth of mind, body, and spirit as students took formative steps toward their pursuits into the adult world as professionals and community citizens. These doors to memories created and shared in the old Victoria Inn, Lorin Hall, DePlanck Hall, Pinto Hall, Sharry Hall, and the gymnasium/ auditorium open wide as you step inside. 

You can fill this virtual campus with more complete history as you submit your own memorabilia and reflections. Please search through your albums and treasure chests, talk with family and friends, and add your personal stories and images to create an active, vibrant site that will grow steadily with remembered experiences.  As St. Genevieve’s schools contributed to you, your memories contribute to the schools’ history.  Your participation in this website produces a more complete history.

As you notice gaps in our compiled history, please share your yearbooks, class photos, and other materials so that our team can strengthen this site.

ACCREDITATION/CURRICULUM 

by Patricia Anderson

Throughout their existence, St. Genevieve schools were accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the North Carolina Department of Instruction (NCDI).  Girls attending St. Genevieve’s academy and grammar school received one of the finest educations available in the Southeast.  A charter member of SACS, St. Genevieve was the first Catholic school in the South to be accredited by the association.

The Sisters of RCE designed the various courses of study for a broad and deep culture, providing careful and exact training through a liberal education under Christian influences.

Until the Academy closed at the end of the 1971 school year, French was taught during eight years of grammar school and was offered for four years of high school.  The high school curriculum also included four years of English with six periods a week, four years of social studies, three years of science, four years of Spanish and four years of Latin.

Advanced placement courses for Academy students were offered in English, French, Spanish and Latin.  Other courses included home economics, art, art appreciation, journalism, music appreciation, speech, dramatics and physical education. One hundred percent of the Academy’s graduates attended college.

Catholic students took four years of religion and all students received instruction in moral guidance for two periods each week.

St. Genevieve maintained the largest Catholic High School library in the Southeast with more than 12,000 volumes.

Both Gibbons Hall and the St. Genevieve Prep earned SACS accreditation in 1960, the first elementary schools in North Carolina accredited by SACS...

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