About Us

Joe P. Eblen Intermediate
"Home of the Warriors"


In June 2008, the Buncombe County Board of Education approved the addition of an intermediate school in the Erwin district which would open in 2011. This decision was made to ease overcrowding at Erwin Middle and the Erwin District elementary schools. At the May 2010 Board of Education Meeting, the new intermediate school in the Erwin district was named, Joe P. Eblen Intermediate, in honor of the long time president of Biltmore Oil Company and for his contributions throughout the community through his charitable works. Eblen Intermediate opened its doors in January 2012.

Eblen Intermediate is a Title I school. We serve approximately 735 fifth and sixth grade students including 3 intensive intervention classrooms.

Also, as one of the two LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) schools in Buncombe County Schools, our LEED goal is to create a healthy environment that supports education through teacher, student, and staff performance. Some of the site features include solar thermal panels, day-lighting monitors in the classrooms, a cool roof membrane, an outdoor classroom with amphitheater, rainwater cistern and garden, green screen trellises, storm water filtration, and LED site lighting. Eblen Intermediate is equipped with numerous technology tools, including interactive boards in every classroom and mobile laptops in a wireless environment. Other electronic devices include: electronic readers, student response systems, a media retrieval system, and small video cameras. The focus is to prepare students through an integrated approach of weaving global skills, leadership & character traits, individual goals & accountability, problem-solving, and life skills within the common core and essential standards, in order to maximize the level of overall achievement in every student.