Our School

Asheville City Schools 
elementary schools each have 
their own magnet theme. Claxton Elementary School of Arts and Humanities provides a curriculum which incorporates art, music, drama and movement.

Vision: We, the staff of Claxton Elementary School of Arts and Humanities, will celebrate our diverse learners by utilizing a variety of teaching methods that integrate the arts so that each student will develop his or her skills, knowledge, and character.

Mission Statement: The mission of Claxton Elementary School of Arts and Humanities is to provide a safe learning environment so that each student can thrive in an arts and humanities based education that recognizes students as individuals and creates life-long learners.

Claxton Elementary School is a historic building built in 1924 and was named in honor of Dr. Philander Priestly Claxton, who was a crusader of public education and former superintendent in Western North Carolina. The school was renovated in 2004; improvements included a new cafeteria and a K-1 wing. The large classrooms are filled with natural light. Student artwork adorns the walls in the colorful hallways.

Videos: Check out Claxton’s YouTube channel for lots of great student videos:  Claxton AM Morning News

Find us on Facebook: ClaxtonElem  and Twitter: @ClaxtonElem

Student Handbook: Find out drop-off/pick-up procedures and all the other details about the school day here in the Student Handbook.


To volunteer, you may contact the teacher, submit a volunteer interest form on the ClaxtonParents website, attend PTO meetings the third Thursday of each month, and look for volunteer opportunities in Thursday flyers sent home, in weekly parent email newsletters, and on the ClaxtonParents website.

CLAXTON PARENTS – ACTIVE FAMILIESgo to this page to learn about our PTO!

Take a Tour click here to request a tour from a Claxton parent!



Playground Renovation

Update May 2016: Great news! We have broken ground on the large playground and ordered the brand new equipment to be delivered before school dismisses in June! We have enough funds to complete Phase 1 this summer for the start of the 2016-2017 school year~ There will continue to be grading and preparation of the …

Request a Tour

UPDATE–**Due to COVID-19 concerns, our tours are currently suspended. If you have questions about our school or would like to speak with a current parent, please email tourclaxton@gmail.com and we will be happy to assist you. Thank you and take care.** ———————————————– We’d love to show you around Claxton and discuss any questions you might …

What does the PTO fund?

As a non-profit organization, the Claxton Elementary PTO relies on generous donors like you. Our volunteers contribute countless volunteer hours and raise money each year for our school. Membership in the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) automatically includes all parents or guardians of children attending Claxton Elementary and all teachers and staff employed by Claxton Elementary …