Opportunities Afforded to Children Growing Up on a Boarding School Campus

Four years ago, Conrad Bruton’s growing family moved into one of the larger homes on campus and he decided he’d like to raise some type of animal in his backyard. Conrad was nine at the time. He decided after doing a little research that chickens would be the most feasible and thus began Conrad’s thriving egg business.

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How to Bring a Character to Life: Teaching Drama in an All-Boys School

At Blue Ridge School, drama is as much of a teaching tool than anything we do in the classroom or on the field. It can teach authentic expression and offer a young man a sense of his true self as expressed through genuine interest and compassion in the world in which we live. Continue reading “How to Bring a Character to Life: Teaching Drama in an All-Boys School”

For Parents of Juniors: Five Tips about the College Application Process

ONE: Keeping GPAs high is more important than standardized (ACT/SAT) test scores.

TWO: That being said, standardized test (ACT/SAT) scores are important to most colleges/universities and can be improved if students study for them.

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What’s up with the BRS observatory?

In a word, Nothing. Nothing is wrong.

Blue Ridge is actually involved with two observatories.  Up on Flattop mountain is the Blue Ridge observatory owned and operated by an enthusiastic amateur astronomer.  The school will inherit that observatory at some point in the future. Thanks to a generous grant from the Hall family, we were able to purchase the blue and white mini observatory now located near the climbing tower.  The Science department was also able to buy a laptop and an astronomical digital camera.

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What You’ll See Walking Through the BRS Academic Hallway

Small Classes. The average class size at Blue Ridge is 8, and our teacher to student ratio is 6:1. This means that in every single class students must be on top of their game and engaged every day. There is no hiding in the back row of the classroom because most classrooms have their desks arranged in a circle or in only two rows. Not participating in class is simply not an option. The smaller number of students per teacher allows our faculty to get to know students’ strengths and weaknesses, and tailor instruction to their student’s interests.

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Transitioning to Blue Ridge School Mid-Year: A Mother’s Perspective

Once you realize that the local school is not working well for your child, when do you try to make a change?  Do you wait for the school year to end, even though you know that the issues will continue, and focus on the year to come?  Or do you act immediately?  We decided it was important to act immediately, and Blue Ridge School proved ready to accommodate our needs.

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