Hanger Hall’s curriculum is built on strong academics (4 years in 3 years.) It is also highly experiential program which encourages students to be active in community service.
The girls at Hanger Hall study world languages during each of their three years. They study ancient civilizations and create their own settlements. They learn math and science in the classroom and then apply it outside. With computers and Internet access, the girls quickly become computer-competent and small class sizes insure no one gets ignored or lost in the shuffle.
Our beautiful campus in the heart of Asheville allows the girls to spend clear days studying outside. Each student at Hanger Hall is encouraged to discover her own learning style and to nurture attributes which contribute to a happy and productive life. Living skills that are modeled and encouraged include:
- Listening, speaking and writing with clarity
- Respect for others
- Respect for the earth
- Appreciation for diversity
- Value of friendship
- Value of community
Hanger Hall Pledge
As a Hanger hall girl, I will be kind, honest and respectful to myself and all others.
If someone is hurting, I will comfort her.
If someone is lonely, I will be with her.
If someone is glad, I will be glad with her.
This is my pledge as a Hanger Hall girl.
Equally important to the academics at Hanger Hall is a focus on personal growth and wellness. Developmentally, children this age are differentiating themselves from their parents and peers. They are beginning to discover themselves as unique individuals. Hanger Hall offers programs and practices, which enable each student to develop a strong self-concept and awareness of personal strength. We literally wrote the book about this: “A Precious Window of Time: A Manual for teaching & nurturing middle school girls.”
What it Means to be a Woman in the 21st Century
One of the ongoing programs at Hanger Hall is the “What It Means To Be a Woman” series. During this developmental age, girls look to the community of women who surround them to find role models to help navigate their own life. With this process in mind, we invite women in the community, from many walks and styles of life, to talk to the girls and explain in their own words, through their own experiences what it means to be a woman for them. The girls get to ask questions and share their feelings about this important topic. In past years, Hanger Hall has hosted attorneys, artists, politicians, business owners, bankers, doctors, ministers and students. We have hosted single moms, married women, grandmothers, single older women, wealthy women, and financially-struggling women. In each case, the focus is to allow the girls to see what a broad range of possibilities there are for women today. The girls are encouraged to ponder and explore what it means for them to be woman today.