About Ashley Hall | Private School for Girls in Charleston, South Carolina

Our Mission

Ashley Hall School in Charleston, South Carolina

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 Celebrates 110 Years

Mary Vardrine McBee, Ashley Hall Founder | Charleston, South Carolina

The founding of Ashley Hall is the story of a dream. Determined and ambitious, Mary Vardrine McBee envisioned a place of learning that would produce educated women who are independent, ethically responsible, and prepared to meet the challenges of society with confidence.

Ashley Hall Celebrates 110 Years of Educating Women

Why a Girls' School?

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.

The Girls’ School Advantage

Consider a school FOR girls instead of a school WITH girls?

  • Does your daughter’s current school encourage her to find her voice?
  • Is 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?

Class of 2019

The Girls' School Advantage | Ashley Hall

We are proud of these young women and all they have accomplished at Ashley Hall. The Class of 2019 was accepted to 79 colleges and universities across the country and the recipients of 3.3 million in merit scholarships. Click on the button below to see the full list of this year’s college acceptances.

Class of 2019 College Acceptances

Traditions

Ashley Hall School | Charleston, SC

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.

Big Sister and Little Sister Program

The Big Sister and Little Sister Program was created to encourage and build relationships among different grade levels. Each fall, sixth graders are paired with kindergartners, and new students are paired with big or little sisters in their respective grades. The girls are usually paired for the duration of their time at Ashley Hall. Several events during the school year highlight these special relationships. Other “sister” associations develop between juniors and seniors and seniors and freshmen. Click here to read more.

School Colors: Purples and Whites Competition

Beginning in fifth grade, each student becomes a member of either the Purple or White Team. If a student’s mother, grandmother, or sister attended Ashley Hall, she is automatically on that relative’s team. Team assignments for new students are chosen by lot. The goal of each team is to encourage good sportsmanship, teamwork, loyalty, and friendly competition. A student does not contribute to her team solely through athletics; points are accumulated by participation in academic and extracurricular activities as well. The Team Cup is awarded at the end of the year to the team with the most points. 

Fathers’ Morning

Since the School’s boarding days, Fathers’ Morning has been a spring break tradition at Ashley Hall. Borders would eagerly await their fathers, who had come to pick them up for the holiday, and show them around classes while introducing them to friends. Now, Fathers’ Morning is still marked by classroom visits and special programming. From dissecting a squid together in science lab to competing in a relay race on the campus lawn, it’s a special time for both fathers and daughters to spend together on campus.

The Christmas Play

A performance derived from fourteenth-century mystery plays in Chester, England, and a tradition at the School for more than ninety years, The Christmas Play was first directed by Mary Vardrine McBee, the founding Head of School, in 1924. Ashley Hall has carried this tradition into the twenty-first century by making it such a distinctive element of school life here. Each December, in the twilight and intimacy of a beautiful church sanctuary in downtown Charleston, Ashley Hall students parade as angels, jesters, kings, shepherds, and the full cast of the crèche to welcome the holiday season with Ashley Hall’s annual production of The Christmas Play. Click here to read more.

Head of School

Our current Head of School, Jill Muti, carries on Ms. 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 and desire 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, 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.

Board of Trustees

Ashley Hall Board of Trustees | Charleston, SC

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.

Officers
  • Chair | Artie I. Richards
  • Vice Chair | Kenneth W. Harrell
  • Secretary | Heidi Ward Ravenel ’74
  • Treasurer | Hugh C. Lane, Jr.
  • Past Chair | Brett Hildebrand
Members-at-large
  • Anne Frances Bleecker ’76
  • Emmie Aichele Dawson ’70
  • Sara E. DeWolf
  • Mark C. Fava
  • Mela Thompson Haklisch ’67
  • Susan J. Herdina
  • Philip L. Horn, Jr.
  • Laurie Arnold Host ’73
  • Lenna S. Kirchner
  • Kevin W. Mooney
  • Rhett Ramsay Outten ’82
  • Karen Jenkins Phillips ’79
  • Eric Strickland
Trustees Emeriti
  • Mary Agnes Burnham Hood
  • Martha Rivers Ingram ’53
  • Patricia T. Kirkland
  • Elizabeth Rivers Lewine ’54
  • J. Conrad Zimmerman Jr.

Faculty + Staff

Ashley Hall School | Charleston, SC

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 faculty + staff list

Ashley Hall Publications

Ashley Hall Spiral Staircase | Charleston, South Carolina

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. For questions regarding these publications, please contact Paula Harrell, Director of Strategic Marketing and Communications, at [email protected].

Ashley Hall Publications

Employment

Thank you for your interest in employment at Ashley Hall. Click on the button below to access the application process. You will be able to search current opportunities, submit your application, attach your application to openings that interest you, and check your applicant status.

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact:

Angela Semo | Human Resources | [email protected] | (843) 965-8485

Current Opportunities:

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Ashley Hall is a private school for girls, serving kindergarten through twelfth grade students, with a coeducational preschool in Charleston, South Carolina.
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