Middle School Programs

The YMCA offers afterschool and summer programs at no cost for students grades 5-8 in the Buncombe County Schools. Both programs are free of charge thanks grant funding from the 21st Century federal grant, United Way grants, YMCA donations, and other community grants.

Y Horizons

Horizons provides a safe and challenging environment for middle school students at the end of the school day. The program engages students in hands-on activities that promote health, wellness, academic growth, leadership skills and confidence. Participants get healthy snacks and homework help, and participate in activities facilitated by Y staff, community partners and volunteers.

Horizons partners with many community organizations to provide fun and engaging activities for middle schoolers. Youth in Horizons get to cook with FEAST or Bounty and Soul, enjoy STEM activities with the Asheville Museum of Science, participate in Bike Club with Adventure Kids WNC, and perform in the LEAF Festival with LEAF in Schools and Streets. Other group activities include sports, art, surviving the zombie apocalypse, and more. There’s something for everyone in the Horizons program.



Horizons Dates of Operation

Days: Monday-Thursday (Buncombe and McDowell)

Time: End of School Day-6:00 p.m.

Enka Intermediate (also serves Enka Middle): Sept.19-May 18

Eblen Intermediate (also serves Erwin Middle): Oct. 3-May 18

Koontz Intermediate (also serves Valley Springs Middle): Oct.3-May 18

McDowell (Corpening YMCA, serves East McDowell & West McDowell Middle, Foothills Community School): Oct. 3-May 18

Opening for registration Nov 1: 
Owen Middle: Nov. 28- May 18
Reynolds Middle: Nov. 28- May 18


Enka Intermediate, Enka Middle, Erwin Middle, Eblen Intermediate, Owen Middle, Reynolds Middle, East McDowell, West McDowell

How to Enroll

Please complete the online registration by selecting the “Sign Up” button above and choosing your location.


For more information, please email the Y.

USDA Nondiscrimination Statement

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/USDA-OASCR%20P-Complaint-Form-0508-0002-508-11-28-17Fax2Mail.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.