Frequently Asked Questions

These are answers to our most commonly asked questions from parents of students in all grade levels.

Where do I find important information throughout the year?

Director of Parent Engagement Lynn Gilliland will send you a weekly news email from Asheville School beginning in August and ending after graduation. This e-news contains updates, permission forms, pick-up times, important dates and deadlines, and photos, videos and articles about your students! If you cannot find the weekly e-news, check your promotions or spam folders. If you need help accessing the e-news, email or call Lynn Gilliland at gillilandl@ashevilleschool.org or (828) 254-6345 ext. 4075.

You can also request to join the Asheville School Parents Facebook group, where you will find the e-news posted each week.

Throughout the year, you will receive occasional e-mails from the College Office, the Student Life Office, or other school departments. Make sure that you regularly check your email and contact Lynn Gilliland if you need to make a change to your contact information.

Another great source of information is our Parent Resources page, where you will find recent news, the parents' calendar, which has on- and off-campus events and daily activities, and the Parent Portal, which will take you to secure resources for parents.

What school supplies will my student need?

(Many of these items are also available in the School bookstore)

pens, pencils, erasers (with a pencil bag/pouch)
starter supply of paper (lined and graph)
3-ring binders: D ring with clear cover pocket on front (1.5")
a few spiral notebooks
assignment book (the Asheville School planner available in the bookstore upon arrival)
seat cushion for desk chair
ruler
backpack (wide enough to carry a few textbooks and binders at the same time)
index cards (3 x 5) for flash cards or a box of blank flash cards
Laptop cover for MacBook Air
Calculator – TI-83+, 83+ Silver Edition, 84+, or 84+ Silver Edition

Mathematics Department Calculator Policy

Calculators are an essential tool for most math and science courses at Asheville School. All Asheville School students are required to have a Texas Instruments calculator of model 83+ or 84+ (any version of those basic models). Students are required to have the calculators in class with them each day unless otherwise noted by the teacher.

What will my boarding student need to pack?

Please label all your child's items in case they are misplaced. Additionally, please think carefully before sending expensive clothing or expensive personal items with your student. Each dorm room includes: bed, mattress cover, desk, desk chair, trash can, recycling bin, and dresser.

Clothing
classroom dress (for more information about our dress code, read below)
1-2 blazers for classroom dress
clothes hangers
jeans or khakis without rips or holes (for Spirit Dress)
several t-shirts and athletic shorts
casual shorts and shirts for the weekend
swimsuit
pajamas
rain jacket and rain boots
winter coat and snow boots
hat and gloves

School Supplies
pens, pencils, erasers (with a pencil bag/pouch)
starter supply of paper (lined and graph)
3-ring binders: D ring with clear cover pocket on front (1.5")
a few spiral notebooks
assignment book (the Asheville School planner available in the bookstore upon arrival)
seat cushion for desk chair
ruler
backpack (wide enough to carry a few textbooks and binders at the same time)
index cards (3 x 5) for flash cards or a box of blank flash cards
Laptop cover for MacBook Air
Calculator – TI-83+, 83+ Silver Edition, 84+, or 84+ Silver Edition

Toiletries
shampoo, conditioner, face-wash, and body-wash or soap
deodorant
hair care supplies
shower caddy to carry toiletries to the shower
shower shoes
toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss
shaving supplies or electric shaver
feminine hygiene products
sunscreen and bug spray

Note: Any OTC medications (Advil, melatonin, etc.) must be approved and inspected by the Health Center before they can be kept in a student's room

Linens and Laundry
pillow
bed linens for Twin XL (mattress covers are provided)
towels and washcloths (at least two of each)
robe to wear to the showers
comforter/blanket
laundry bag
laundry detergent
dryer sheets

You may choose to order dorm bedding and bundles from American Made Dorm and Home, click here. This service ensures your dorm bedding (comforters, sheets, towels, mattress pads, pillows and more) will be at Asheville School when you arrive!

The school provides blinds for dorm room windows. Curtains and curtain rods are not provided by the school. If you would like curtains hung in your room, your hall parent will submit a work order to maintenance during orientation. The maintenance department is happy to properly hang a curtain rod provided by you. You should not attempt to hang the curtain rod so that we can avoid damage to our walls.

If you would like to purchase curtains, here are the dimensions of the windows in the dorms:
- 1st Lawrence: 96 x 84
- 1st Anderson: 48 x 72
- 2nd & 3rd Lawrence and 2nd & 3rd Anderson:
single - 48 x 63, double - 96 x 63
- Kehaya: inside dimensions - 64 x 64 (rod to floor - 95")

For information about room layout, refer to these links: Kehaya, Lawrence, Anderson

Miscellaneous
alarm clock (preferably battery powered)
wrist watch
a window fan
a flashlight
batteries
water bottle
plastic drinking cup, fork, knife, spoon, mug
sealable plastic containers to store snacks
decorations for room (posters, pictures of family, small plants)
-note: posters must be put up with "FUNTAC" - no nails or tape
desk lamp (optional)
area rug (optional)
a comfortable chair for reading or lounging (optional)

You may bring sports equipment or musical instruments. Only Prefects are allowed to bring a fridge. Please DO NOT bring irons, coffee pots, Keurig's, hot plates, string lights or other heating elements!

When do students find out about their courses and schedule for next year?

For returning students, the course selection process begins in February when teachers review their students’ academic records and make recommendations for the following year. Students then review these recommendations with their advisors, at which time they can request alternative courses if necessary.

In April, parents can review and approve those courses within NetClassroom.

As new students are enrolled over the summer, our Registrar will review their previous transcripts and standardized test scores and, based upon that information, make an initial recommendation for appropriate courses. For placement into some math classes and upper level foreign language classes, new students might need to take an online placement test; our Registrar will contact those students individually with specific instructions.

Student class schedules will be available on opening day.

Over the summer, our Registrar will be working to build the academic schedule; adjustments to that schedule and to class enrollment will continue right up until the first day of school to ensure that sections are balanced and that students are enrolled in the appropriate courses.

After classes begin, all students will have the opportunity to modify their schedules if necessary. That process requires the input of the student’s advisor, the relevant teachers, and the student’s parents. The “Drop/Add” window closes after the mid-term grades are released in late October.

What is the dress code?

2018-2019:

Our goal is to maintain criteria for dress and grooming that fosters pride in self and respect for School standards and helps our students to find their places here at Asheville School based on their accomplishments rather than on their outward appearance. Students are expected to dress in clean neat clothes that fit well and are in good repair, modest in style, and appropriate for the occasion. An unkempt appearance and/or extremes of dress or appearance are not acceptable at Asheville School.

Members of the faculty and administration reserve the right to request students to comply with the guidelines or change specific articles of clothing if they believe that the students' dress and/or appearance is not in compliance with the spirit of the dress code.

Details for all dress:

  • All clothing worn during the academic day must be clean, in good taste and good condition, and not excessively revealing. Students are expected to enter Sharp Dining Hall, Mitchell Hall, and Skinner Library well groomed. All athletes are expected to have showered and/or changed clothes after practice prior to entering the Dining Hall.
  • Clothing or accessories with printed statements or symbols referring to drugs or alcohol, or containing racist, sexist, sexual, insensitive or divisive remarks may never be worn.
  • Undergarments (sports bras, bra straps, boxer shorts, etc.) should never be visible.
  • Boys may not wear earrings at any time. Other forms of body piercing are prohibited.
  • Girls may wear earrings only in their ears. Other forms of body piercing are prohibited
  • Students may not have any visible tattoos.
  • Any radical hairstyle is prohibited. Hair must remain within a slight variation of the person's natural color.
  • For boys, hair must be combed and neat. Hair should fall above chin level when hanging freely and must stay out of face.

The School has two categories to its dress code: Classroom Dress and Spirit Dress.

Classroom Dress

Classroom Dress is worn on all class days from 8 a.m. through the end of the academic day, at Sunday services and at community seated meals. Clothing for students should be appropriate for a typical special occasion. Classroom Dress does not include any athletic wear, hats, hoodies, rompers, jumpers, overalls, or clothing made from denim.

Classroom Dress for Girls:

Classroom Dress for girls includes:
  • Dress shoes, skirt, dress blouse or button-down shirt, blazer or
  • Dress shoes, dress pants, dress blouse or button-down shirt, blazer or
  • Dress with a cardigan sweater or blazer.

Shirts: Only dress, collared, button-down shirts or dress blouses with long or short sleeves are acceptable. Button down shirts must be tucked in at all times. Button down shirts and blouses must be a loose and professional fit and do not include tee-shirts or shirts primarily made of lycra, corduroy, denim, spandex, leather, flannel or fleece. No spaghetti straps and no visible undergarments.

Pants: Pants must be neat and properly fitting. Dress pants do not include blue jeans, joggers, hip-huggers, spandex, leggings or cargo pants. Pants must be worn at the waist and with a belt when there are loops in the original design.

Skirts: Skirts must be a dress skirt fit. Denim skirts and/or skirts that are skin tight are not allowed. Skirts must be no shorter than 3" above the knee.

Blazers: Blazers or sport coats must be of a professional style and worn, not carried, with pants or skirts. Sweaters or outer wear jackets may not be worn in place of a blazer or sport coat.

Sweaters: Turtleneck sweaters may be worn with dress pants or a dress skirt in addition to a blazer. Cardigan sweaters may also be worn with dresses. Pullover sweaters must be worn with a collared blouse underneath. Sweaters do not replace blazers.

Shoes: Shoes must be a conservative dress shoe or dress boot. No cowboy boots, athletic style shoes with/without any athletic logo, Vans, Uggs boots, work style boots, slippers or open toed Birkenstocks. During inclement weather, appropriate cold/wet weather shoes may be worn. Laces must be tied.

Dresses: Dresses must be a conservative and professional fit. It is preferred that dresses have a defined waist (either empire or normal); however, shift dresses are allowed only if they are the appropriate length. Dress length must be no shorter than 3" above the knee. Dresses may not be strapless or have spaghettis straps. Dresses that are sleeveless must have straps that are at least 2" wide. T-shirt dresses (made of jersey fabric and t-shirt style top) are not considered classroom dress. Finally, undergarments should never be visible when wearing dresses.

Classroom Dress for boys:

  • Classroom Dress for boys includes dress shoes, dress socks, pants, belt, button-down shirt, tie and blazer.

Shirts: Only dress, collared, button-down shirts with long or short sleeves are acceptable. Button down shirts must be tucked in at all times and must be buttoned all the way to and including the neck button when wearing a tie. Button down shirts must be a loose and professional fit and do not include shirts primarily made of corduroy, denim, or flannel.

Ties: Ties must be properly tied at the neck. Bowties are acceptable.

Pants: Pants must be neat and properly fitting. Dress pants do not include blue jeans, joggers, hip-huggers, spandex, or cargo pants. Pants must be worn at the waist and with a belt.

Blazers: Blazers or sport coats must be of a professional style and worn, not carried. Sweaters or outer wear jackets may not be worn in place of a blazer or sport coat.

Sweaters: Crew neck sweaters, quarter zip sweaters or sweater vests may be worn with a collared shirt underneath. Neckties must be showing. All sweaters must be made of knit sweater material. Sweaters do not replace blazers.

Shoes: Shoes must be a conservative dress shoe or dress boot. No cowboy boots, athletic style shoes with/without any athletic logo, Vans, Uggs boots, work style boots, slippers or open toed Birkenstocks. During inclement weather, appropriate cold/wet weather shoes may be worn. Laces must be tied and dress socks must be worn.

Spirit Dress

Spirit Dress is worn on White Fridays and Service Saturdays unless otherwise specified by the Student Life Office.

Spirit Dress for all students includes: an official Asheville School T-shirt or sweatshirt on top with jeans, khaki pants, khaki joggers, or dress shorts on the bottom. Jeans, khaki pants, khaki joggers, and/or shorts may not be torn or frayed. Shorts must be 2” above the knee or longer. No athletic bottoms are allowed. We wear Spirit Dress to show our school spirit; therefore, the AS emblem must be showing.

I have another question. Who should I contact?

Director of Parent Engagement Lynn Gilliland is here to help you find an answer to questions and listen to any comments or suggestions you might have. Contact Lynn by email at gillilandl@ashevilleschool.org or by phone at 828-254-6345, Extenstion 4075.