From its founding by Mary Vardrine McBee in 1909, Ashley Hall has remained faithful to its original mission: To produce educated women who are independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence. This mission is realized in everything we do, from campus traditions to our innovative curricula and teaching philosophy. It inspires both faculty and students to engage in a vitally enriching educational community. From boys 2 years to 5 years and girls 2 years to twelfth grade, our curricula, instructional methods, co-curricular programs, and facilities are designed to foster in all of our students, at every stage of their development, those qualities of mind and character implicit in our mission statement.
Ashley Hall Hallmarks
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging
We celebrate that our community is built on the strengths and talents of every student, teacher, parent, alumna, and staff member, and that every individual in the Ashley Hall community has a unique and valuable contribution to make to our collective pursuit of integrity and academic excellence. We believe that our differences contribute to a more purposeful campus discourse that honors and includes many perspectives and that an authentic sense of belonging depends on building a culture of agency, trust, and respect. Furthermore, we assert that diversity that is inclusive and woven into the fabric of our School is essential to achieving educational and academic excellence. Thus, we strive to cultivate a community that values and embodies inclusivity, equity, respect, belonging, and engagement. Click on the button below to read the full statement.
NEW FOR 2021-2022: BUILDING A DYNAMIC CAMPUS COMMUNITY TOGETHER!
A strong positive relationship between Ashley Hall and the School’s families is important to the success of our community. With this in mind, Ashley Hall is excited to introduce a newly designed Family Partnership program. Click on the button to learn more.
An All-Girls' Education
Ashley Hall is The Only All-Girls’ Independent Private School in South Carolina.
As the only all-girls’ independent private school in South Carolina, Ashley Hall is uniquely positioned. Our exceptional program is intentionally tailored to the way girls learn best—through collaboration, discussion, and individualized attention. Click on the button below if you are interested in learning more about the advantages of attending an all-girls’ school.
Consider a school FOR girls instead of a school WITH girls?
- Does your daughter’s current school encourage her to find her voice?
- Does your daughter’s school inspire girls to pursue their passion even in areas traditionally dominated by men?
- Do the girls in your daughter’s school hold leadership positions? Are they class president? Are they the editor-in-chief of the yearbook?
- Do they value girls’ athletic teams as much as the boys teams?
Head of School
Ashley Hall’s current Head of School, Jill Muti, carries on Miss McBee’s dedication to single-gender education and is fully committed to providing young women every possible opportunity to acquire the skills and knowledge they need to become twenty-first century citizens of the world. Beginning in 2004 and over the course of her tenure, Mrs. Muti has overseen the completion of a Master Plan that has transformed the campus as well as the arts and academic curricula of Ashley Hall. The Rivers Library, the Hoshall Science and Math Center, the Dining Commons, Warren Street House, the Intermediate Program building, the Student Life Center, and the Elizabeth Rivers Lewine ’54 House for Global Studies are all evidence of Mrs. Muti’s leadership and determination to establish Ashley Hall as a leader in purposeful education for young women.
Head of School Search
Ashley Hall is currently engaged in a search for a new Head of School to lead its distinguished curricular program dedicated to girls’ education. The school anticipates a year-long national search that would culminate in a new Head of School joining Ashley Hall beginning the fall of 2023. Please reference this page for all updates on this important and exciting transition for Ashley Hall.
Class of 2021
The 46 outstanding young women of this year’s graduating class were accepted by 111 of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the nation and around the world. The Ashley Hall community is proud of all they have accomplished! Click on the button below to see the full list of this year’s college acceptances!
The School’s ongoing stability is derived in large part from a continuity of campus culture rich in tradition and a respect for the past which steadies our stance in the present and enables us to plan for the future with confidence in our ability to, in the words of our school prayer, “know that which is worth knowing, to love that which is worth loving…with true judgment to distinguish things that differ….” Our resolve is further buttressed by our collective dedication to the Ashley Hall Hallmarks, habits of mind and action which all of us at Ashley Hall—students, teachers, staff, parents, and alumnae—strive to cultivate in ourselves: to be intelligent, creative, compassionate, discerning, collaborative, purposeful, and worldly.
Board of Trustees
Stewarding this mission and working closely with the Head of School is a Board of Trustees composed of established leaders in education, business, and community service. The Board works to ensure that Ashley Hall continues to flourish and exercises its counsel and energies to plan for the School’s immediate and long-range stability.
Chair | Anne Frances Bleecker ’76
Vice Chair | Philip L. Horn, Jr.
Secretary | Mark Fava
Treasurer | Hugh C. Lane, Jr.
Past Chair | Artie I. Richards
Dr. Jianzheng Cen
Emmie Aichele Dawson ’70
Sara E. DeWolf
Mark C. Fava
Elizabeth B. Fort
Mela Thompson Haklisch ’67
Kendra Y. Hamilton ’76
Laurie Arnold Host ’73
Lenna S. Kirchner
Rhett Ramsay Outten ’82
Karen Jenkins Phillips ’79
Eric P. Strickland
Dr. Ann Riopel White ’83
Mary Agnes Burnham Hood
Martha Rivers Ingram ’53
Patricia T. Kirkland
Elizabeth Rivers Lewine ’54
Heidi Ward Ravenel ’74
Dr. Jerry Reves
Conrad Zimmerman, Jr.
Faculty + Staff
Considered one of the most impressive independent school faculties in the Southeast, Ashley Hall’s teaching staff are dedicated to the success of each and every student.
Ashley Hall Publications
Ashley Hall produces many different publications throughout the year to connect with its community. Please click on the button below to view our past pieces.
Thank you for your interest in employment at Ashley Hall. Click on the button below to view available positions and to access the application process.
If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:
Lynsey Barrows | Human Resources Manager | [email protected] | (843) 720-2880