Meet the Admission Team

Our Admission Team is eager to meet you and introduce you to Carolina Day School. We share a love for this school and we bring a wide range of experiences and perspectives to the admission process.  

Some of us are current parents of a Carolina Day School student, while others are parents of graduates who began as students here at all different points. One of us is an alum and a parent of a current student, while one of us is new to Asheville!  

We appreciate being part of the Carolina Day School community and are also active in our home communities here in Western North Carolina. We see ourselves as lifelong learners.

We look forward to learning more about your student and your aspirations for your student's education.


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Carole Hilderbran

Faculty Information
Location(s) Upper School, Admissions Office
Title(s) Assistant Director of Admission, Financial Aid, Upper School
Other Information

Carole Hilderbran has been on the Admission team at CDS since January 2014; prior to that, she led Human Resources in the Business Office at CDS for 10 years. Before moving to Asheville, Carole worked in Charlotte as a fee-only financial planner and a relationship manager at a bank. Originally from New Orleans, Carole attended an independent school – Isidore Newman – from K through 12. She is the parent of two Carolina Day School students.

Get to know Carole Hilderbran:

What do you like most about your job at CDS?

I have THE BEST JOB! I get to share all of the challenge, excitement, fun, innovation and engagement happening in the classrooms, on the fields, in the gyms and on the stage at Carolina Day School.

In your opinion, how does the CDS community inspire students to be courageous and curious, wonder about things that they don’t understand, try new things, and develop individual passions?

At CDS, we ensure that every single one of our students gets exactly what he needs...and then we offer even more. Whether it is an individualized, advanced-level math class, assistance with the journey to college athletics, an independent study in a specific area of interest or a leadership opportunity, our default answer when asked by a student “May I try this?” is most often “yes.”

What is your favorite quote about education, mentorship, children, and/or learning?

“Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.” - Henry Ford

What personal passion brings balance to your life?

"I love spending time outside, especially running. On weekdays I run before the sun rises, so no matter what happens all day long, nothing can take that run away from me. On the weekends, I like to hit the trails -- and enjoy the light of day -- for my run."

Contact Information
School Email
School Phone
(828) 274-0758   x141
Degree(s) B.G.S., Louisiana State University
M.B.A., Wake Forest University
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