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.


COVID-19 Update | Ashley Hall School

“We are all part of the strong Ashley Hall community, and our connections with each other are a vital part of our shared experience during this time. Celebrating the many talents and endeavors of our community is not dependent upon a specific location or time frame but rather our ability to join together through the spirit of community.”

—Head of School Jill Muti

COVID-19 Response

Ashley Hall Celebrates 110 Years

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

An All-Girls' Education

The Spirit of Ashley Hall | Charleston, South Carolina

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?
  • 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?

Class of 2020

Congratulations Ashley Hall Class of 2020 | Charleston, South Carolina

The 42 outstanding young women of this year’s graduating class were accepted by 83 of the country’s most prestigious colleges and universities, garnering $2 million in merit scholarships. The Ashley Hall community is proud of all they have accomplished! Click on the button below to learn more about the Class of 2020 plus see the full list of this year’s college acceptances!

Ashley Hall’s Class of 2020


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.

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.

  • Chair | Kenneth W. Harrell
  • Vice Chair | Philip L. Horn, Jr.
  • Secretary | Anne Frances Bleecker ’76
  • 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
Trustees Emeriti
  • Mary Agnes Burnham Hood
  • Martha Rivers Ingram ’53
  • Patricia T. Kirkland
  • Elizabeth Rivers Lewine ’54
  • Dr. Jerry Reves
  • Conrad Zimmerman, Jr.

Faculty + Staff

Ashley Hall Upper School | Charleston, South Carolina

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


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:

None at this time.

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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.