Carolina Day School Announces New Admission Process
Posted 09/11/2015 10:22AM

ASHEVILLE- Carolina Day School announced this week a new admission process effective now for enrollment in the 2016-17 school year. “We worked hard over the summer to streamline our process for interested families. We want to encourage families to learn more about the school’s inquiry-based curriculum and inclusive culture, apply online, and reach out to us about affording a Carolina Day School education,” says new Director of Admission Debbie Ashe. Ashe was hired this summer from Columbia University in New York City.

The changes include the following:

  • No application fee for applications submitted by October 31
  • No application fee for families relocating to Asheville
  • Quick Start Application and all forms available online
  • For applicants to Pre-K and Kindergarten

○       September 1 birthday cut-off date

○       Group playdates with our Pre-K and Kindergarten teachers

○       Rolling decisions after November 15

  • On-campus standardized testing (ISEE) for applicants to Middle School
  • Opportunities for applicants to Grade 9 to meet with peers in Grade 8 and attend Grade 9 classes
  • For applicants to Grades 1-11

○       January Decision if application completed by November 15, or

○       March Decision if application completed by February 1


Families interested in finding out more about Carolina Day are invited to begin the conversation in a number of ways:

  • Attend a private Quick Start Conversation with the Head of School and Principal
  • Attend a Fall “Inside the Classroom” or Open House on campus

○      September 24, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. - Grades 6-8

○      September 28, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. - Grades Pre-K/5

○      September 30, 9 a.m.-10 a.m. - Grades 9-11

○      Tuesday, October 6, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. Grades 6-11)

○      Thursday, October 29, 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Grades Pre-K/8)

○      October 28 & 29, 8 a.m.-9 a.m., Key School Open Houses

○      Thursday, November 5, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Upper School Open House

  • Call the Office of Admission directly at 828-407-4402 or email 
  • Visit our website:


“In 2016-17 we are looking forward to unveiling our new Lower School and Library,” says Head of School Kirk Duncan, “There is a lot of excitement around that and our inquiries are up, which is why it’s important for families to begin the conversation about Carolina Day for next year right now.”


For more information about Carolina Day School, call 828-407-4402 or visit


Carolina Day School’s admission team (left to right): Debbie Ashe, Michelle Nailen, Carole Hilderbran, Lynne Pennington, Trip Cogburn

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