Asheville School



Spiritual Life

Asheville School - School Life

Asheville School aims to create an atmosphere that nurtures character and fosters the development of the mind, body and spirit.

The spiritual life of the campus is influenced by our heritage as a non-denominational Christian institution, and our weekly chapel and vespers services reflect that tradition. We are open to a broad exploration of each individual's spiritual journey, and an emphasis is placed on tolerance and understanding within the context of that journey. Students of any faith are welcome. 

With its quiet serenity and beautiful windows, The William Spencer Boyd Chapel has long been a beloved spot on campus. The doors of Boyd Chapel are always open. 

Senior Talks

All Asheville School seniors can address the school community on a topic of importance to them during a Senior Talk. Student speakers plan the entire service for the day, including the music selection and any readings. Seniors speak in Boyd Chapel or Graham Theater. 

Special Observances

At a time when much of the world is torn by conflict related to religious affiliation, it is important to educate and to expose students to the major religions of the world. Throughout the year, the school community observes major holy days of various world religions. Invited speakers raise issues relevant to our students' understanding of themselves and the world around them. Most often these observances take place at convocation during the week.

A senior addresses the student body during her Chapel Talk

Meet our Chaplain

Chaplain 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. Prior to joining the Asheville School community, Rev. Sell has worked with teenagers in congregational ministry, in outdoor recreation, as a lacrosse coach, and as a teacher and school chaplain. Rev. Sell believes that every student he encounters is a beloved child of God, worthy of dignity, respect, and care. He sees hospitality as a central part of faith and is eager to help all students on their spiritual journeys.