Carolina Day School announces new admission process

September 15, 2015

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. 

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

       No testing

       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

      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

      Attend a Fall “Inside the Classroom” or Open House on campus

      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