Blue Ridge School and Early College

The Heart Of The Blue Ridge Mountains

From The Blue Ridge School Principal

We serve approximately 193 students in grades Pre-K through 6 and share a campus with Blue Ridge Early College. We take pride in the fact that we are a small campus, which allows us to really get to know our students, their families and other stakeholders in our community. Together, we make up a school family of 100% highly qualified faculty, skilled support staff, talented and creative students, involved, supportive parents, and motivated community members and agencies. We are a family committed to creating a safe, caring, positive, and challenging learning environment for our students that will help us meet our common goal - providing students with an educational foundation that will help prepare them for the challenges of school and life in the 21st Century, here at Blue Ridge and beyond.

As a campus, we believe that the foundation for a positive, productive school environment is respect. Together, we have pledged to show Bobcat Pride by showing respect for learning, property, ourselves, and one another. By respecting one another and the goals of the school as a whole, we can create an environment where students can learn and grow in a positive community that supports learning for all students!

As the principal, I firmly believe in the proverb, "It takes a whole village to raise a child." I value the input and support of all interested parties, and am committed to working with all stakeholders to provide our students with the greatest educational opportunities possible. I welcome you to browse through our website to find ways in which we can help support you, as well as ways in which you can become more involved here at Blue Ridge. Together, we will make a difference!

- Teri Walawender, Principal, Blue Ridge School

From The BREC Principal

For 3 of the past 10 years, Southwestern has been named in the top ten community colleges among the 980 in the United States. All credits earned while students are dually enrolled transfer to any other state college or university in North Carolina. Students who earn Associate's Degrees during high school years have the opportunity of transferring to any other State university as juniors. For those who need extra time, the invitation to stay in Blue Ridge Early College for a 13th year is extended.

Most importantly, all students in grades 7-13 are eligible to participate, and there is no cost to families for tuition or books. Beyond the 12th and 13th years, the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation and generous donors are privileged to provide $47,600 in scholarships for further study making it possible for all educational dreams to come true.

- Brent Speckhardt, Principal, Blue Ridge Early College

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The Blue Ridge Education Foundation

Most schools are constantly in need of things that go above and beyond the funding by the county and state. At Blue Ridge School and Blue Ridge Early College, those financial gaps are filled, in large part, by the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation.

Founded in 2002, the Blue Ridge School Education Foundation was established as a 501(c)3 charitable entity in 2010 to provide Blue Ridge School and Early College with programs and technology not ordinarily available through the regular school system.

The mission of the Foundation is to provide supplemental resources for Blue Ridge School to expand educational experiences for children and staff in order to achieve and maintain a world-class education environment.

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