Asheville School - Review #1

Asheville School

About the Author:

College Enrolled Emory University
Home Town, State (Country) Sarasota, FL
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School Wrestling, Tennis, Football, Theater, Cross-Country, Golf Student Council - President Chess Club - VP Yearbook

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Required Afternoon Activities made our campus pretty special. You were forced to sign up for either a sport, music, theater, or art to take up your afternoons. It was pretty beneficial because it made people try sports or activities that they normally wouldn't try. Headmaster's Holiday. Randomly, the headmaster could announce that the following day would be a day off from school. It was like a surprise vacation and it greatly boosted school spirit. Chapel Talks. Every senior is required to give a speech about whatever he or she chooses at chapel every year. It can be motivational, reflective, religious, or anything that person likes. It helps with public speaking and gives every senior a chance to deliver a message to the school.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I think Wrestling taught me a lot about self-discipline and perseverance. It was the hardest sport I have ever done, and it was very physically demanding. Dorm live also helped develop my social skills. Living with 29 other people on my floor, I was socializing constantly, and it made me better friends than I could think possible with someone at a normal high school. We were around each other literally all day every day, so it was a great bonding experience.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
It's cliche, but don't be afraid to talk to anyone. The school is small, and people are going to know who you are regardless of what you do. You can't just stand in the shadows and go unnoticed. Particular advice: Try to know everyone's names as soon as possible. Go on the website and look at the student pictures and try to get everyone's names down. Trust me, it will help you in the long run when you know who everyone is quickly. That's the most specific advice I can think of. That, and always check wikipedia, but I'm sure they'll probably already know that.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
Dorm Life.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
Anderson Dorm was the best. 2nd Anderson in particular, but things change so who knows if it's still the same. Waking up early before class and going to waffle house with some friends is always a fun thing to do and a good change.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked having to do a senior demonstration. It was a big project that every senior had to do. The best part is that you get to choose your topic, so it's pretty much free for any category you like (science, history, literature, etc.) I also liked our study hall system. If you were on honors, you were allowed to close your door during study hall, giving you freedom to do whatever you want as long as you kept your grades up. If you were a Junior and on honors, you could go to the library freely during study hall.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
There was a lot of school spirit for athletics, whether it was football or girls cross-country. People showed up to events, which was really great. The small school meant that you would probably play a good amount on any sport you chose, but we were still competitive with other schools. Great gym too.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
The theater program was great because students were required to go to at least one of the performances. It was great because you knew everyone in the school was going to see it. The theater teachers were excellent and the stage was great.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
Student Council was great because it gave the students the freedom to try to change any big thing that they felt needed attention. When I was president, there was a big issue surrounding instant messaging that was blocked on campus. Student Council was able to get it unblocked, except for times during study hall. Overall student council was a great leadership developing opportunity.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved living in the dorm. Probably my favorite memories was having Counter-Strike LAN parties, where we would all play a computer game on the same server, so ultimately I knew the other 15 people I was playing against online. It was a spectacle and a serious competition. Lot's of fun. Also, sneaking into each others' rooms after lights out was pretty bold, I enjoyed it a lot.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
The food was generally excellent and you got to be waited on every meal. Unfortunately, sometimes you were the waiter, but that wasn't that bad. It was a good learning experience and generally delicious food. Seating assignments were changed every 2 weeks so you got to talk with different people every rotation.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Asheville is just an amazing city. It's so unique and interesting. It's quite an oddball city to be in the middle of the south. Downtown is very hip. Closer to school was nice because it wasn't too far from Ingles.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
I liked hanging out on the weekends in general. Being on hall or in the common rooms, there were bound to be people who were hanging out. It got me to get close to a lot of people, whether we were watching a movie in a common room or going out to eat on the weekends.

Daily Schedule:

7:00 AMBreakfast (optional)
8:00 AMClass
12:15 AMLunch
2:00 PMClass
3:30 PMAfternoon Activity
8:00 PMStudy Hall
10:00 PMFree time
11:00 PMLights out
11:00 AMWake up, eat breakfast
3:00 PMhang out around campus, maybe go into town
7:00 PMCheck in to dinner, go out into town
10:00 AMCheck in from going out, hang out around campus
12:00 AMLights out

Alumni Reviews
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  • Review Description
  • Asheville School Alumni #1
    Class of 2006
    5 Stars   12/16/2010
    Emory University
    Required Afternoon Activities made our campus pretty special. You were forced to sign up for either a sport, music, theater, or art to take up your afternoons. It was pretty beneficial because it. . .
  • Asheville School Alumni #2
    Class of 2006
    5 Stars   9/18/2006
    Harvard University
    What really sets Asheville School apart are the teachers and how much they care about the students. I have never seen or heard tell of another faculty as devoted to their students and to helping. . .
  • Asheville School Alumni #3
    Class of 2005
    5 Stars   12/16/2010
    Sewanee: The University of the South
    Asheville School is situated in the most beautiful area of the country. My dorm looked out over the Blue Ridge Mountains. Nothing could have been better for a teenager to wake up to. . .
  • Asheville School Alumni #4
    Class of 2000
    5 Stars   5/16/2005
    UNC-Chapel Hill
    The Mountaineering program at Asheville School is one of the best outdoors programs in the Southeast. From rock-climbing, to equestrian, to ice-climbing, to camping in the Blueridge Mountains, the Asheville School Mountaineering program offers. . .
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