Making the Most of Your Summer

As we enter a new year, and having just kicked off the month of January, you might be thinking it is too early to begin thinking and planning your summer. However, now is the time that many colleges and organizations start publicizing and sharing opportunities for high school students – such as summer internships, weeklong intensive programs and immersion courses. These opportunities help students become more familiar with a subject, figure out their own strengths and interests, earn college credit, and even experience college firsthand by taking college courses and living on a college campus.

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Trip to Haiti

Blue Ridge School made its first visit to St. Peter’s School in Berault, Haiti, exactly one year ago. This past November, Aaron O’Donnell ‘18 and Wai Kwan Ng ‘19, accompanied by teachers Mr. Evan Graber and I, gave up part of their Thanksgiving break to visit St. Peter’s.

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Tech in the Classroom

(Published in the Fall 2017 issue of  Independent Teacher)

Like so many teachers, I struggle to cover all of the content I need to get through each year. And nothing derails my lessons faster than a student who has questions about the news or current events. Being a news and political junkie myself, I love these questions, and the conversations they produce are often the most rewarding part of my day. And, being a U.S. History teacher, I find that these conversations happen frequently because so much of the content I cover relates directly to the news that is unfolding across the country and the world every day.
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Affordability: Financial Aid

At Blue Ridge School, we believe that the greatest investment you can make for your son is in his education, and our Admissions Office team stands by to help you consider our admission and financial aid processes. Contact our Senior Director of Admissions Jamie Miller at He will be happy to answer your questions.

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Using Technology in History Class

Having been an educator here at Blue Ridge School for the past sixteen years, Matt Bennett has seen the myriad ways in which technology has revolutionized teaching. As his 10th grade Modern European History class started to study the Age of Exploration, Mr. Bennett wanted to highlight that lesson with a compelling project that combined the lessons of history with the technological innovations of today.

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Learning a Foreign Language

Learning a foreign language requires a holistic approach and should be meaningful, engaging and fun. I vary my teaching techniques as not all students learn alike. I believe everyone is capable of learning a foreign language as daunting as that may seem.

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