Our students thrive while creating not just successful lives, but lives of joy and meaning. At Heathwood, you will find what you expect from a strong Episcopal school:

  • Innovative instruction from highly qualified teachers
  • A challenging curriculum featuring opportunities for hands-on, experiential learning both on- and off-campus
  • Robust extracurricular offerings and proud traditions
  • Students who are well prepared for college and beyond.

Admissions Process

We encourage all families to come to Heathwood for a tour. Parents have told us that the Heathwood experience really comes alive on campus.

The admission process looks a little different depending on the age of the prospective student. The information below will explain the admission process for each of our different grade-level groups. 

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Early Childhood Admission Process

For Ages 2-4

The following steps must be completed prior to an invitation to enroll. The Admission team will work closely with each prospective family to ensure a smooth process.

Application

The application is available using the button-link above and is sent electronically from the website to our office. There is an $80 application fee.

Applicants to the Early Childhood 2’s program must be 2 years old by September 1 of the year they enter school.
Applicants to the Early Childhood 3’s program must be 3 years old by September 1 of the year they enter school.
Applicants to the Early Childhood 4’s program must be 4 years old by September 1 of the year they enter school.

Student Visit

In an effort to minimize risk of exposure during the Covid-19 pandemic, we are temporarily suspending our student visits. If and when we are able to host prospective students, we will contact families to schedule their child’s visit.

In lieu of student visits, Heathwood Hall requires teacher recommendations for our applications -- one for students applying for EC3 through first grade, and two for students applying for 2nd grade and up. The teacher recommendation forms will be shared with families once they have submitted the application for admission.

Records and Transcripts

The school may contact teachers of young children applying to early childhood classes to help further understand each child’s prior school experience and individual gifts. Occasionally, the Head of Early Childhood may also observe an applicant in his/her current preschool in order to gain additional insight.

Admission Decision

An admission committee, including the Head of the Early Childhood and early childhood teachers, reviews information gathered from a young candidate’s visit along with any additional information provided by parents and previous teachers. Decisions are communicated to each candidate’s family, with enrollment forms and information emailed to those candidates who are invited to enroll.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Heathwood Hall admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic origin. All students have the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded and made available to students at the school. Heathwood does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Lower School Admissions Process

Rising K through 4th Grade

The following steps must be completed prior to an invitation to enroll. The Admission team will work closely with each prospective family to ensure a smooth process.

Application

The application is available using the button-link above and is sent electronically from the website to our office. There is an $80 application fee.

Records and Teacher Recommendations

Applicants in rising kindergarten and 1st grade must submit one teacher recommendation. Applicants in rising 2nd – 4th grade must submit school records and two teacher recommendations from his/her current school. Once an application has been submitted, you will receive an email from the Admission office with a link for the requested forms. Applicants’ parents are responsible for requesting this information and ensuring its delivery to Heathwood. Please note that information provided on the teacher recommendations will be used as part of the admission decision; however, in order to honor the integrity of the admission process, we are unable to share specific details of the information given.

Student Visit

All prospective students will spend some time visiting at their appropriate grade level. Heathwood teachers observe each candidate’s cognitive, physical, and social/emotional development and assess literacy and math skills. The visit also provides the prospective student the opportunity to experience “a day in the life” of a Heathwood student.

Visiting times vary by grade level as follows:

Rising Kindergarten 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. Rising 1st grade: 8:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in a Kindergarten class room Rising 2nd - 4th grade: 8:30 a.m. – 3:05 p.m. in their current grade level

Non-Discrimination Statement

Heathwood Hall admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic origin. All students have the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded and made available to students at the school. Heathwood does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

ADMISSION DECISION

An admission committee reviews information gathered from each candidate’s visit along with other appropriate documents. Decisions are communicated to each candidate’s family, with enrollment forms and information emailed to those candidates who are invited to enroll.

Middle and Upper School Admissions Process

Rising 5th through 12th Grades

The following steps must be completed prior to an invitation to enroll. The Admission team will work closely with each prospective family to ensure a smooth process.

Application

The application is available using the button-link above and is sent electronically from the website to our office. There is an $80 application fee.

Records, Teacher Recommendations, and Supplements

Each applicant must submit school records and two teacher recommendations, preferably from the student’s current English and math teacher. Once an application has been submitted, you will receive an email from the Admission office with a link for the requested forms. Applicants’ parents are responsible for requesting this information and ensuring its delivery to Heathwood. Please note that information provided on the teacher recommendations will be used as part of the admission decision; however, in order to honor the integrity of the admission process, we are unable to share specific details of the information given. Rising 5th through 8th grade applicants will complete a student questionnaire and, upon request, will be asked to complete a writing sample. All rising 9th through 12th grade applicants are required to submit a writing sample (completed during their current school year) and supplemental questionnaire in support of their application.

Student Visit

All prospective students will spend an entire school day shadowing a current student in the appropriate grade level. This step is as important for the applicant as it is for our admission committee. Heathwood teachers observe each candidate’s cognitive, physical, and social development while the prospective student has the opportunity to experience “a day in the life” of a Heathwood student. Please note that out of town and summer applicants will be handled on an individual basis.

Standardized Testing / Additional Assessments

Standardized testing is required for all applicants and helps our admission committee determine levels of academic ability and achievement. Testing may also be administered on campus if standardized testing is not available or does not provide sufficient information as part of the applicant’s current record.

Admission Decision

An admission committee carefully considers offering enrollment to each student candidate. Students who have clearly demonstrated the ability and the desire to succeed as citizens and students at Heathwood Hall are invited to enroll. Decisions are communicated to each candidate’s family, with enrollment forms and information emailed to those candidates who are invited to enroll.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Heathwood Hall admits qualified students of any race, color, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic origin. All students have the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded and made available to students at the school. Heathwood does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, nationality, or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

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Read more about Suzanne Nagy

Suzanne Nagy

Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and School Advancement
snagy@heathwood.org

Suzanne Nagy

Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and School Advancement

snagy@heathwood.org

Suzanne Nagy has spent most of her life on Heathwood’s campus, beginning in preschool and graduating with the Class of 1990. Suzanne attended Furman University, earning a B.A. in English. Upon graduation in 1994, she returned to Heathwood to teach English in the Middle and Upper schools. In addition to teaching, Suzanne has worked in the Heathwood Admission Office and coached basketball and tennis for the Highlanders. Suzanne earned an M.Ed from the University of South Carolina. In 1999, Suzanne was invited by Governor Jim Hodges to serve as the Director of Caring for Tomorrow’s Children and as the coordinator for the Spartanburg County Foster Care Review Board. She has also taught English at Charlotte Latin School, worked as Director of Admission and Marketing at Episcopal Collegiate School in Little Rock, Arkansas, and earned an M.Ed in school counseling from the University of Arkansas. Upon returning to Columbia in 2008, Suzanne worked as the Assistant Head of Heathwood’s Middle School for five years, returned to the English classroom for three years, served as Middle School Head and Director of Enrollment, and is now Assistant Head of School for Enrollment and Advancement.

Read more about Jessie Garlinghouse

Jessie Garlinghouse

Director of Admission and Financial Aid
jgarlinghouse@heathwood.org

Jessie Garlinghouse

Director of Admission and Financial Aid

jgarlinghouse@heathwood.org

Hailing from Washington, D.C., Jessie joined the Heathwood community in 2018 when she moved to Columbia to lead Heathwood's Extended Learning program. Jessie spent most of her career in Washington as a lower school teacher, department chair, and instructional coach. Her passion for independent schools, child development, and lower school curriculum are invaluable to families as they navigate all the best that Heathwood has to offer.

Jessie grew up in Kansas where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology at Kansas State University. She also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree from the University of Southern California and a Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California. 

Jessie and her husband, Graham, are avid travelers and the parents of future Highlander Caroline ('39).

Read more about Alison Edwards

Alison Edwards

Upper School & International Student Admission Associate
Assistant to the Head of School
aedwards@heathwood.org

Alison Edwards

Upper School & International Student Admission Associate
Assistant to the Head of School

aedwards@heathwood.org

Alison has worked in administration at Heathwood Hall since 2017. She joined the Admission Office in the summer of 2019. Alison works closely with Upper School families during the Admission process, as well as serving as our International Student Family Liaison.  Prior to her work at Heathwood, Alison worked as a project manager for an environmental firm and as an analyst in a laboratory.    

Alison grew up in Columbia and earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Presbyterian College in Clinton, SC. She is married to Will Edwards, and is the proud mother of two current Highlanders: Liam (class of '27) and Arthur (class of '29).  In her spare time, Alison enjoys hiking, attending local sporting events, and traveling with her family.

Read more about Rikki Bost

Rikki Bost

Admission Associate
rbost@heathwood.org

Rikki Bost

Admission Associate

rbost@heathwood.org

Rikki joined as an Admission Associate in 2016. She is a native of Chattanooga, TN and a graduate of the historic Girls Preparatory School. She then went on to receive her BS degree in Education, Health, and Human Sciences from the University of TN.

Prior to joining Heathwood, she spent several years in the financial services industry, from financial advising assistance to insurance underwriting. Rikki is very involved in church activities as well as charitable efforts and volunteering. She loves tennis and running in her spare time.

She is the mother of two Highlanders, Sloane ('29) and Dallas ('32).