(pictured above, Sara Stephenson, Ashley Hall Director of Admission and Enrollment Management)

Dear families and friends,

As a newcomer to the Lowcountry, I’ve just experienced my first hurricane evacuation. A friend here in Charleston described it as “being chased by a turtle”—I thought this was a wonderful analogy. My family and I left for our old home in Cleveland, where we still own a house. While the week was filled with visits with friends and a welcome dose of cool, early fall temperatures, we were focused on the question, “When can we go home?”. In just six short weeks (and even after four years of living in a close-knit community in Cleveland), Charleston has become the only place that we want to be. Ashley Hall has formed the basis of this welcome truth: I have quickly put down roots here and already feel that this is my school home. The unique welcome and authentic sense of belonging that Ashley Hall has offered me, and to all of you, are what bind us to this community with pride and enthusiasm. Pure and simple: Ashley Hall is a place like no other.

In my role as Director of Admission and Enrollment Management, I am fortunate to welcome new students and help existing families recommit to Ashley Hall each year. This is work about which I feel deeply passionate and perpetually excited. I look forward to hearing your stories as I get to know you and your daughters and young sons personally.

As the admission season begins, and we start to welcome families who are looking for their new school home, we understand that you, our current parents, are, by far, our most genuine and important cheerleaders. Your stories are the ones that inspire other families to consider Ashley Hall for their children. Your voices are compelling, resonant, and authentic. Please consider sharing your Ashley Hall memories and experiences with a friend, neighbor, or colleague. We want to meet them and to learn more about their children. We have a special welcome waiting for them in the admission office—please encourage them to contact us so that we may have the opportunity to show them the Ashley Hall difference.

Although the summer is barely behind us and this year’s back-to-school routine is only just completed, I am already thinking ahead to the 2019–2020 school year. As we get closer to re-enrollment season, I will be in touch again to share some important information about securing your spot for next year quickly and easily. In the meantime I wish you a wonderful fall and look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the weeks and months ahead.

Warmly,

Sara Stephenson
Director of Admission and Enrollment Management
stephensons@ashleyhall.org | (843) 965-8514