Why Boarding School
Immerse yourself in a place abuzz with meaningful connections—around dining tables, along shaded paths, and on the field. A place where every day brings boundless opportunity for discovery. Here, you will learn and grow alongside peers, teachers, and mentors even after the academic day ends. In this place, you will know everyone, and everyone will know you. You will never get lost or lose yourself.
At Asheville School, the opportunities before you are boundless. This community is a tapestry of our students' curiosity, passions, and dreams. Over 123 years of unique experiences are forever woven into our fabric. Learn from students and faculty who have discovered their place in this special community.
Boarding students live in one of three dormitories, with hall parents never far away. Our faculty is a grounding presence, here to celebrate a student's success, give counsel, or simply listen.
We gain a better understanding of what the world is like by being around other people, handling different situations, and being part of a community. Being immersed in a place with so much going on prepares us for the real world.
Every night, walking to the dining hall as the sun is setting, it’s hard not to be reminded of how cool of a place this is. The outdoors are built into the school culture. My experiences here have given me a different perspective and lifestyle that I never would have gotten had I stayed in New York.
Asheville School is an engaging, inclusive place. There are groups here for everybody. I don’t see cliques like you would in a normal high school setting.
Students come here from around the world. You meet people from Korea, Iceland, Brazil—it’s a really international place in a small town. And you’ll keep in touch with the friends you make throughout your life.
One of the things you can find here that you can’t find anywhere else is how to live independently at such a young age. It provides a skillset going into college that a lot of kids don’t have, but boarding school kids do. And the relationships you make at a boarding school are invaluable.
From film editing to beekeeping, our students lead a club for every passion. Find yours—or try a few on for size.
- The Ashnoca
- Beekeeping Club
- Student Poverty Outreach
- Research Club
- Cooking Club
- Latin x
- Philosophy Club
- Students for Cameroon
- Language Club
Guided by former college and professional coaches, our student athletes learn the power of teamwork. Some leave our pools, gyms, and fields to compete in college; others simply inherit a lifetime love of mindful movement.
The mountains are quite literally at our fingertips. On any given afternoon, rock climbers grip to the craggy side of a cliff and mountain bikers whiz down twisting trails. Horse hooves clop along campus paths while kayaks slice through rapids. How will you explore this special place?
As they grow into their most mindful, compassionate selves, our students learn the profound value of service to others.
All students experience the enrichment of volunteerism by engaging in a variety of service projects, both on campus and across the greater Asheville community, before completing an independent service project by the start of senior year.
Students Shoulder-to-Shoulder (SStS)
This nonprofit offers dynamic, experiential summer courses in service and global citizenship. Students take service learning courses in international and domestic locations, then work on projects that make a long-lasting impact.
We believe that spiritual reflection opens the door to a greater understanding and appreciation of oneself, others, and our connection to something greater. While Asheville School is rooted in nondenominational Christian heritage and weekly chapel and vespers services reflect that tradition, we welcome students of all faiths and beliefs. We encourage everyone to explore spiritual connection through multiple pathways, striving to embark on a meaningful, life-long spiritual journey.
With its quiet serenity and ethereal stained glass windows, the William Spencer Boyd Chapel has long been a beloved spot on campus since its completion in 1928. Its doors are always open.
We educate and to expose students to the major religions of the world. Our community observes holy days of various religions, inviting speakers who raise issues relevant to our understanding of ourselves and the world around us.
This I Believe
During their fourth- or fifth-form year, students explore their own spiritual worldview in this trimester-long course. After engaging with spiritual autobiographies and stories from multiple perspectives, each student pens a “This I Believe” statement, in the vein of renowned journalist Edward Murrow’s radio series.
Building upon their This I Believe course, sixth-formers culminate their Asheville School experience with an address to the school community about the values that guide their life.
Meet Our Chaplain
Chaplain Nate Sell is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary and Sewanee: the University of the South and is an ordained Minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church, USA. Believing every student is a beloved child of God and worthy of dignity, respect, and care, he sees hospitality as a central part of faith and is eager to help all students on their individual spiritual journeys.