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Elly Reed
· October 10, 2017
It was the best experience of my life. It challenged me and pushed me every second I was there and I wouldn’t change it for the world. The relationships I made both with friends and teachers have been... lasting and wonderful! I’ll always be thankful for my Asheville School family! I cannot wait to go back and visit! See More
Kennedy Wesley
· October 9, 2017
Going to the Asheville School was one of the best experiences that I've had. I wouldn't have wanted to be anywhere else. The friends that I made there are still some of the closest people in my life. ...The knowledge that I gained is invaluable. See More
Alice Johnson
· August 14, 2017
My favorite memories of all time happened on this campus! Love watching how much it has grown since I graduated and can't wait to see what the future has in store for Asheville School.
Burton Milnor Jr.
· October 29, 2017
Absolutely an incredible experience in all aspects. I am part of the Class of ‘91 and my oldest child is part of the Class of ‘17. Legacies rule!
Lauren Brown
· October 23, 2016
Some of the best years of my life were spent at the Asheville School. The challenging, yet rewarding academics, and the open, supportive and inspiring nature of all the students and faculty made for a... wonderful community for which I will always be grateful. The Asheville School is a place where students are not only able to receive an excellent education, but is also a place where we all were exposed to many novel experiences and ideas through interacting with peers and faculty. I give credit to the four years I spent at the Asheville School for helping me discover many new passions, interests and values that I still hold close to me today. It is a place where I grew to think independently, while simultaneously respecting the thoughts and ideas of others. Receiving an education at AS is undoubtedly one of the best things that has ever happened to me :) See More
Erik Davies
· October 23, 2016
I've been pleased to see that AS has gone from an excellent, if lesser-known, school, to a leader in its field in a matter of a few short years. It deserves its excellent reputation among peer institu...tions. But rankings and metrics don't speak to the school's emphasis on character growth.

I think there's something to be said about an intimate setting where teachers and students know one another, for their strengths and flaws in totality. The school is stacked with faculty members who are at once complex, brilliant, and kind. On a recent visit to campus, I had a chance to meet current students, and it was obvious those same traits are reflected in the them. I'll sing this school's praises to my grave!
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Kate Evans Seeling
· October 23, 2016
I attended Asheville School for all 4 years. There, I was enriched with an outstanding education while being able to play sports every season for 4 years. As a day student, I had to find the balance b...etween finishing work at school and at home between practices, games, and matches. The teachers were terrific, empathetic, and understanding - encouraging me to speak up more (which was a big challenge) and to do my best.

I did not break out of my shell until I was in graduate school so AS was not always the ideal place for me. I was shy, anxious, and compared myself to my classmates when it was not necessary. If I could give advice to the future students, it would be to relax. AS is an intensive learning environment but if a student does not find ways to have fun and relax, it will be a stressful place with few enjoyable memories. It took some personal maturing to realize that I should've blazed my own trail and stopped comparing my grades and interests to others.

I think it is natural to have these "in hindsight" moments in order to reflect on past experiences, but AS was excellent and continues to be excellent. Recently, AS has allowed my brother and me to use desk space on campus in order to work/study for my physical therapy boards - without their help, I may not have passed or it would have been more difficult to study at home. In 2 weeks, AS will allow my fiancé and me to take post-wedding pictures on campus. So naturally, the people you met and this placed we all once called our first or second home remains a safe haven for future opportunities, study spaces, work places, or volunteer work.

Because I put in the effort at AS in being a member of this close-knit community, I was rewarded in college, in graduate school, in relationships with family, friends, and now my fiancé. We may have differing opinions or viewpoints, but AS always taught students to be respectful and to grow in mind, body, and spirit. So thank you, AS.
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Josh Perlman
· October 23, 2016
I would send my kid here in a heartbeat. Taught here for five years and was blown away by the quality of the other teachers, the beauty of the natural setting, and the tough but ethical leadership of ...the headmaster. Contrary to the review below, conservative students at Asheville School were routinely valedictorians and valued leaders on campus, and there was as much intellectual diversity, and safety in expressing diverse views, as I've seen in any of the schools I've worked at. See More
Ed Maggart
· October 22, 2016
I spent many years there as a teacher, hall parent, and mountaineering instructor. The relationships with students and colleagues, mountaineering adventures, and time in the classroom were incredible ...and form the backbone of my life. My daughter grew up on campus and is a grad, I don't think she would mind if I said the same is true for her. Anyone who has the opportunity to be part of this special community in the beautiful mountains of WNC will no doubt feel the same way. GO BLUES! See More
Sheila Coppersmith
· July 28, 2017
Asheville School is such a wonderful place to work, live, play and grow! I've never been around such a talented and caring group of educators. Go Blues!
Philip M Skillman
· November 13, 2016
If there were an ingredient you could add to your food that would make everything you ate healthier; that would extract and put to maximum benefit all of a food's nutritional elements; make you, expand your intellect and reduce the impact on you of stress, you'd likely add it to everything you ate. An Asheville School education is somewhat like that. All of life is better with an Asheville School education. All of life is better after what is frequently called: "The Asheville School experience."

The Asheville School motto, stated in Latin, is: "Vitae Excelsioris Limen." In English, it means: "Threshold to a Higher Life." I have come to understand this motto to refer to the propensity of the Asheville School experience to add value to everything one experiences in life thereafter. Asheville School doesn't merely impart information or an academic skill set to its students. It teaches them core values and a thirst for understanding. Further, while there, for over a century, students have bonded with one another to such a degree that they become like a family; and walk through the rest of their lives almost as a sort of intelligible self-supporting organism.

According to President John Kennedy, the ancient Greeks defined happiness as: the full use of your powers along lines of excellence. I believe the Asheville School experience infuses its students with a very similar view of happiness; and the will and means to achieve it. Thus, Asheville School, systemically and historically, sets its students on course to a happy life. That is why I recommend it to you.
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Sarah Elizabeth
· October 24, 2016
AS gave me the tools to flourish in medical school and beyond - the ability to converse at a high level on any number of topics, to think critically in all arenas, and instilled in me a love of physical activity. At The Asheville School I was able to excel at subjects for which I didn't necessarily have an affinity (ahem, history), but also find and follow my passions. One of the most profound and often overlooked skills I acquired at AS was efficient time management, a skill few teenagers possess! When your day is regimented from 7am until 9pm 5-6 days a week, you realize how much you can truly accomplish. Med school was a breeze in comparison! The scarcity of free time also instilled in me the desire to treat it preciously and fill it with pursuits that have meaning - stewardship of my body and mind, but also my surroundings. I have deep respect and love for so many of the faculty that helped me along the way and it wouldn't be fair to single out any one person, but I truly felt I had a collaborative relationship with most of my teachers. And don't get me started on the lasting friendships that continue to endure today! As I write this I feel the need to apologize to Jay Bonner, Van Kussrow and Mandy Helton. I'm sure my grammar and syntax are horrific! Not everything important from high school can stick with you forever! See More
Emery Anne Blackwelder
· October 23, 2016
Not a day goes by that I am not thankful to have attended Asheville School. The faculty care about every student's well-being, the workload and time management skills really do prepare you for college... (and beyond), and the people you meet are incredible. I wouldn't change any part of my high school experience, and I encourage anyone considering boarding school to look into Asheville School. Just please, do yourself a favor and ignore the 1-star, salty reviews from people who were too stubborn to appreciate this place. GO BLUES. See More
Caroline Grace Ellis
· October 24, 2016
I still annoy the friends that I made in my post-Asheville School life with stories about my time at boarding school. I talk about the friends and memories that I made and do my best to describe what was like for those four years, but nothing that I say ever really embodies the experience fully. The faculty, whether one of my course instructors or not, really cared about what was happening in my life and took an interest in me personally. The friends that I made at AS are still people that I keep in touch with, and who I know will forever be a part of who I am today. This school and my experience there is unlike any other place I've ever been, and I am thankful every day that I was able to be a part of such an amazing community. See More
Rebecca Buchanan
· September 24, 2016
I cannot thank the faculty and administration enough for helping make me the person I am today. Through successes, failures, and some of the biggest learning experiences in my life I was lucky enough be surrounded by the most extraordinary community. Asheville School is, and will always be, a place I come home to. Their investment in my education has been returned ten-fold and their support is constant, even years after graduating. Go Blues! See More
James Mayo
· October 21, 2016
I absolutely loved my experience at the Asheville School. It was a little rocky with grades at the very end of my senior year, but major props and undying and relentless thanks to Mr. Billy Peebles, m...y headmaster, Mr. Jay Bonner, my assistant head, Ms. Martha Parker, my English teacher, Mr. Eric Wall, my music teacher extraordinaire and advisor (naturally), Mr. Irvin H. Ornduff, my guidance counselor, Ms. Reid, my math teacher, Ms. Anderson, my English teacher (who helped me to fall in LOVE with mythology), Mr. Hoffman, my Latin teacher, and Dr. and Mrs. William J. Schmidt (Lois), my father and mother figures/mentors/muses (RIP both of you), and Mr. Crawford (RIP), my art teacher for giving me another chance to get it right. I would not be where I am today without their guidance, LOVE, and help. So, overall, I loved it and if I had the opportunity to do it all over again - I would (with a few modifications on my end!) Lol..

#GreatTeachers, #GreatAdministration, #ANumberOneBoardingSchool, #AshevilleSchool, #GoBlues!
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Emily Barnhardt
· October 23, 2016
I attribute all of my collegiate academic success to The Asheville School. Through the boarding school experience, I was better prepared for the residential and relational atmosphere of a college I met amazing friends, that I still talk to, and grew as a person. I'm most grateful for the education I received. It was extremely challenging for me academically, at times, but it helped me grow in ways I cannot explain and gave me the skills I needed to succeed in college. I will be forever grateful to the teachers in the humanities department (especially Jay Bonner, Helen Hughes Plaehn, and Sarah Wilson), for challenging me in my analytical thinking, reading comprehension, and writing skills. I remember complaining often about the Senior Demo, but it improved my research, oral, and writing skills tremendously. I've excelled in those areas ever since and it's opened many doors for me in the humanitarian/advocacy projects I've been involved with. I've received A's on every single paper I've written in higher institutions, and I am now an award-winning contributing author in 3 published books. I truly believe I would not have those accomplishments without the skills and education I received from my time at The Asheville School.

*EDIT* - To add a more personal/realistic comment, boarding school will have it's challenges for every high school student. No high schooler wants to have study hall, demerits, or regulations on bed time. I remember whining about several "inconvenient" aspects of boarding school with friends. But in hindsight, I would not take my experience there back for one second. I feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to go there. I will never forget the incredible support I received from teachers and administration, when I experienced some very difficult deaths and challenges in my personal life. The staff at this school truly invests in students- academically, emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. They believed in me, even when I didn't believe in myself.
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Victor Webster
· October 29, 2017
Best boarding school in the country. I cherish my time at Asheville School!!
Blair Marcus
· October 22, 2016
I was so Iucky to attend school here. I loved the city, the teachers, all of my fellow classmates...and just the whole place!! I especially have a lot of love for the Equestrian program with Ms. Wils...on....being able to ride my horse as an afternoon sport was absolutely a blessing!! I miss all of the staff here!!! See More
George Bumgardner
· October 24, 2016
You'll be hard pressed to find people who were members of this community and don't remember it as a truly unique and exceptional experience.
The required curriculum is rich and well considered, and s...tudents are given ample opportunity to pursue their own personal interests inside the classroom and out. See More
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Don't miss our students performing Shakespeare's "The Merry Wives of Windsor" February 22-24 in Graham Theater! Asheville School families, alumni and friends are invited to a pre-show reception in the John M. Crawford Gallery on Friday, February 23 beginning at 6 p.m.

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