The Learning Spiral
Under the guidance of Head of School, Jill Muti, Ashley Hall has developed a comprehensive teaching philosophy to guide and shape its educational programs and practices. We call this philosophy “The Learning Spiral” in recognition of the fact that the processes of childhood development are not linear but recursive: children learn by incremental repetitions. Nurturing that continuity of experience is one of the principal intentions of the purposeful curriculum development and instructional methodology at Ashley Hall.
Conscious of our commitment to serving the intellectual, emotional, physical, and spiritual needs of each student in every phase of her development and to do so in a manner consistent with our mission to “produce an educated woman who is independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence,” we at Ashley Hall have worked deliberately to translate these philosophical principles into effective curricula, methods, and support programs from our Early Education Center (co-ed 2 years-5 years) all the way through grades kindergarten to twelve. The Ashley Hall Learning Spiral is conceptualized by the nautilus shell.
To learn more about the Learning Spiral, click here to read a story excerpted from a recent Perspectives magazine, the magazine of Ashley Hall.
Hover over the nautilus below to explore our program.
The Nautilus illustration is copyrighted by Jane Pelland and can not be reproduced.
The Ashley Hall academic program is based on a classical curriculum firmly rooted in the traditions of scholarship and the arts yet seek innovation and experimentation. From the Ross Early Education Center to the Upper School, our differentiated approach ensures that students are challenged according to their skill levels and learning styles.View More
Beyond the Classroom
Rigging a sail and measuring wind speed. Working alongside medical professionals in a scientific laboratory. Standing awestruck in a French Gothic cathedral as part of the study of European history. These are just some of the hands-on learning opportunities open to Ashley Hall girls.View More
Ashley Hall’s athletic programs are designed to provide each student with a broad range of opportunities to help every girl achieve her potential while building confidence, camaraderie and spirit.View More
Creativity is a hallmark of the Ashley Hall girl and one that inspires and fuels her spirit. Ashley Hall boasts a strong tradition of nurturing the skill of young artists by offering a comprehensive mix of classes in the fine arts including visual arts, dance, chorus, drama and music.View More