New Parents

Meet Lynn Gilliland, Director of Parent Relations

We are glad you are part of the Asheville School family and want to make it easy for you to access the information you need. My role as Director of Parent Engagement is to keep you in the loop about what is going on. You hear from me through the weekly Wednesday e-news, on the Parent Facebook group and in person! Feel free to contact me at any time with questions, comments or suggestions. I am here to be your resource!

My connection to Asheville School began when my younger son, Matthew, arrived for the 2009-10 school year. I am delighted to say Matthew graduated in 2013, attended Davidson College and has returned to Asheville School as an Associate Director of Admission. It is great to have him as a colleague!

Thanks for sharing your student with us! If you are on campus, be sure to stop by Bement House and see me. You can also reach me by email at gillilandl@ashevilleschool.org or by phone at 828-254-6345, Extension 4075. GO BLUES!

Parent Portal

Parents should log in to the Parent Portal for enrollment forms, grades, college counseling resources, announcements and other important information. 

Asheville School Parent Portal

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

The Parent Portal will take you to secure resources for parents. There you will find calendars, daily schedules, access to college counseling resources, grades and more. 

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.

How do I know the layout of my room?

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 roo

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: KehayaLawrenceAnderson 

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 potsKeurig'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?

2019-2020:
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. 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, slips, 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 the face. 
  • Boys must be clean-shaven.

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. Classroom Dress does not include any athletic wear, hats, hoodies, rompers, jumpers, overalls, or clothing made from denim or leather.

Classroom Dress for Girls:

  • Dress shoes, skirt, dress blouse or button-down shirt, blazer or
  • Dress shoes, dress pants, dress blouse or button-down shirt, blazer or
  • Professional-style dress

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 outerwear 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. 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.

Shirts: Dress shirts are commonly collared and button-down, but loose-fitting, professional-style blouses are also acceptable.  Dress shirts must be tucked in at all times.  Dress shirts do not include t-shirts or shirts primarily made of lycra, corduroy, denim, spandex, leather, flannel, or fleece. 

Pants: Pants must be neat and properly fitting. Dress pants do not include jean-cut pants, 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: Dress skirts should be equivalent in style to dress pants.  Skirts must be no shorter than 3” above the knee when standing and seated.

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

Sweaters: Turtleneck sweaters may be worn in place of a dress shirt during the cooler months. Cardigan sweaters may also be worn with dresses and may not be oversized or extend beyond the length of the dress. Pullover sweaters may be worn with a visible 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: Professional-style dresses likely have a defined waist. They are neither tight-fitting nor billowy (they would not fly up in a breeze). They are likely made of a heavier weight fabric. Dresses that are sleeveless have shoulder fabric that reaches the shoulder edge. Dress length must be no shorter than 3" above the knee. Shift dresses are allowed only if they are the appropriate length. T-shirt dresses (made of jersey fabric and t-shirt style top) are not considered classroom dress.  

Classroom Dress for boys:

  • Classroom Dress for boys includes dress shoes, 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 outerwear 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. 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.

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 with jeans, khaki pants, khaki joggers, track suit bottoms, or dress shorts (none of which may be torn or frayed). Shorts must be 2” above the knee or longer. No athletic shorts or leggings are allowed. We wear Spirit Dress to show our school spirit; therefore, your AS spirit top must be worn on top of other layers. Feel free to wear appropriate outwear when you are walking outside buildings or doing outdoor service projects.

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, Extension 4075.

Children playing frisbee at sunset behind Bement House at the New Family Reception