Admission Overview

The Heathwood Experience

We invite you to explore our website to learn more about the unique journey that awaits each student at Heathwood - in classrooms, science and tinker labs, in art studios, on stages, playing fields, and climbing towers.

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, proud traditions, and students who are well prepared for college and beyond. Our students thrive while creating not just successful lives, but lives of joy and meaning.

We encourage you to spend some time exploring our website, talking to students, parents, and alumni, and visiting our campus. What you will discover is a school culture and a student journey that go beyond the ordinary independent school experience. Heathwood is often described as a “school with a soul,” where young people learn to think critically and creatively, develop leadership and social skills, and put service to others over the pursuit of self-interest.

What truly distinguishes Heathwood will not be found fully in the descriptions of its curriculum or its extracurricular program. Heathwood’s spirit is found in the strength and warmth of its community, in everyday interactions between students and teachers, in our emphasis on ethical leadership, and in the way that we appreciate and celebrate our students.

The best way to get to know Heathwood is to visit our campus. Please call the Admission Office at 803.231.7719 to schedule a campus tour. We look forward to sharing our unique learning community with you.

The Admission Team
Suzanne, Jessie, Rikki, and Alison

  • Suzanne Nagy

    Suzanne Nagy

    Assistant Head for Enrollment and School Advancement

    803-231-7718
    snagy@heathwood.org (link sends e-mail)

    Suzanne 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, and later as the Middle School Head. Suzanne brings a love for Heathwood and the community to her new role of Director of Enrollment.

    Suzanne is married to Greg Nagy, and is the mother of two Highlanders, John ('23) and Anna Reid ('26).

  • Jessie Garlinghouse

    Jessie Garlinghouse

    Director of Admission and Financial Aid

    803-231-7796
    jgarlinghouse@heathwood.org (link sends e-mail)

    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 the proud parents of future Highlander Caroline.

  • Rikki

    Rikki Bost

    Enrollment and Advancement Services Coordinator

    803-231-7719
    rbost@heathwood.org (link sends e-mail)

    Rikki joined the Admission Office as an Admission Associate in 2016. She works closely with parents to usher them into the Heathwood community and ensure a smooth transition from year to year.

    Rikki 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 community 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).

  • Alison Edwards

    Alison Edwards

    Admission and International Student Coordinator

    803-231-7741
    aedwards@heathwood.org (link sends e-mail)

    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 ('27) and Arthur ('29). In her spare time, Alison enjoys hiking, attending local sporting events, and traveling with her family.

STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO

8:1

COLLEGE ACCEPTANCE RATE

100%

SAT - TOP QUARTILE AVERAGE

1460

AVG. YEARS TEACHER EXPERIENCE

18