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Asheville School

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360 Ashville School Road Asheville NC 28806 United States
9th to 12th
9th to 12th


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Asheville School's academics are quite heavy handed in the humanities. The english and history programs are paired together so that the course work runs parallel which I found quite helpful. The atmosphere is collegial without being competitive and pompous. In terms of college readiness, I was particularly prepared in terms of writing. I feel way more advanced in english and writing that a lot of my peers. What was lacking for me was foreign language. I felt daily behind most students in my classes and felt that there were significant holes in my knowledge of Spanish. I felt like how the school set up the atmosphere for students was ideal for molding me as a student and a person. The work load was rigorous and how the days are structured helped me with time management. The class sizes were small and all of my teachers were very hands on and had relationships with each of their students. There were services for me to use if I was having trouble with time management but I felt like there were some students that were more advanced than the material and they had no way to challenge themselves.

College Counseling

I first made a list when I was a junior. I met with the college....

Sample insights on college counseling

  • They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university...
  • For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more...

Admissions - Getting Accepted

The dress code is very conservative. Boys wear coats and ties and girls must wear....

Sample insights on admissions

  • For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents: the kids speak on the tour. Do not ask their questions for them...
  • Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transferred from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard were two of the larger feeder schools...

School Life

The campus is very conservative. Phones are only allowed in the rooms of each student, not even in the hall. Lights out ranges from 10:30 to 11:30 depending on the grade and internet access is limited. There are three chapel services a week but there is no specific religion represented. The approach to discipline is too rigid. There is absolutely no toleration of alcohol, drugs, stealing, cheating, or lying. You rarely get a second chance. Most students are from the upper middle class with the exception of the few that are on scholarship. The faculty are middle class and the....

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