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Posted December 19, 2008

This is a WONDERFUL school, able to help students excell at either end of the spectrum if they are advanced or if they have a learning dissabliilty or handicap. Because of the schools small size the students are bonded like a family. They accept each others strengths and weaknesses. I have seen the smartest and brightest encourage and help the slower ones rather than make them feel dumb or put them down. This school has a GREAT bunch of Teachers who REALLY are there for the students and are ready to help them even if it means coming in early or staying late to help. I can't say enough good things about this school. They havestarted the Early College program this year and your students can go to High School for 5 years instead of 4 and graduate with a 2 year college degree.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2008

The Blue Ridge School is definitely unique for its smallness. My child is one of a very small senior class and is good friends with children of all ages and knows pretty much everyone in the school. The opportunity that the early college provides for him to earn college credit while in high school is something I wish I had the chance to do. The teachers, especially Mrs. Young work hard to keep him moving forward and encourage him to think big. He has a chance to go on to college which was not part of his plans just a short time ago. If the quality of teachers and their effort continue to improve in this way, I think many of our children will begin to dream a little bigger and feel like they can grow outside of our small community. Keep up the good work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2008

I have three girls who attend Blue Ridge School. I love this school! Growing up I attended every school in the county except BRS, because of the location. I placed my children there because of the AMAZING Pre-K (Ms. Wanda is the Best!). Even after moving off the mountain, I still choose to drive an hour for my children to attend this school. I love the close 'family' we have! I agree with the parent who wrote 'this is not a school for everyone'. I guess if you don't want an extended family you would not fit in. I love that the teachers know my children they are not just a number! I recomend this school above any in the county!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2008

I have 2 children in Blue Ridge School. My oldest has a learning disability and thank goodness for this school. He is not pulled out of the classroom or treated any different. He has excellent teachers who will take time with him. He is excelling and so very proud of himself, which I think is great. I also have a daughter in 3rd grade. She loves her teacher and she is having a great year this year. The student teacher ratio in this school is so unique. The teachers actually have time and make the extra time for the students that need it. If problems arise they are dealt with privately and efficiently in a timely manner. They never look down on anyone and welcome everyone. The atmosphere is so wonderful it is like everyone already knows everyone else. And even the students welcom new students with open arms. This is
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2008

I have 3 boys at Blue Ridge and love the environment here. My oldest is in 5th grade and my youngest in pre-k. My children enjoy going to school and above the curriculum they also learn valuable life lessons at Blue Ridge. The transitions each year from one grade to another is always smooth as these students know the faculty and staff and there are no 'big' changes. The new principal, Mrs. Winburn, spends more time in the classrooms and this is a major plus! I would recommend Blue Ridge to anyone but especially for younger students. The pre-k program is exceptional and can not be beaten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

I have a son who goes to Blue Ridge and hes in the 9th grade. Im not to thrilled by the administration but it has been worse in the past. My other children go to Highlands School but because of the sports team and the college program offered is the reason we choose Blue Ridge. This is not a school for everyone so you really have to check it out before making a decission to bring your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2008

I have 3 children attending Blue Ridge and I love the atmosphere at this school. The faculty and staff are willing to go the extra mile to help all students and that makes a great school
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Posted December 19, 2004

As a parent of a 6th grader at Blue Ridge I feel that this school is an excellent choice for my daughter because it is smaller and she is able to go to the adminstration when there is a problem. The teahcers there are willing to help the students by staying after school if they need extra help on class work so that they can make good grades. Not many teachers I know would do this for any student. Consider a larger school how many teachers or even adminstrators are willing to give up their afternoons to help a strugling student, and how many of these people can recognize a student outside of the school setting? My daugher's principal and assistant principal both have been a great help to my daughter when she was being picked on the problem was dealt with promptly and hasn't happened again.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 45% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
77%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 44% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
65%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 48% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
92%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 40% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
>95%
Science

The state average for Science was 45% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
>95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
>95%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

The state average for Math was 39% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
>95%

2010

 
 
95%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students19%
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Malen/a
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Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
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White25%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English21%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant19%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students19%
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Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English21%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant19%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students43%
Female42%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White48%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English46%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant43%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students23%
Female25%
Male22%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White29%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students27%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English29%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant23%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students46%
Female50%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White47%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students60%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students39%
Female50%
Male31%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English44%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant39%
Academically giftedn/a

Science

All Students46%
Female50%
Male44%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students60%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English52%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant46%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Math

All Students24%
Female9%
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White24%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students25%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English25%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant24%
Academically giftedn/a

Reading

All Students48%
Female46%
Male50%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White52%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled students50%
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in English50%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant48%
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and math, and grades 5 and 8 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 36% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a
Biology

The state average for Biology was 46% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
English II

The state average for English II was 51% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

Algebra I

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Blackn/a
Asiann/a
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American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a

Biology

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
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Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
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Academically giftedn/a

English II

All Studentsn/a
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Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Non-disabled studentsn/a
Limited English proficiencyn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Scale: % at or above proficient

About the tests


In 2012-2013 North Carolina used End-of-Course (EOC) tests to assess high school students in Algebra I, English II, and Biology. The EOC tests are standards-based, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data for that group is not reported.

Source: North Carolina Department of Public Instruction

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 52%
Hispanic 22% 14%
American Indian 2% 1%
Asian 1% 3%
Black 1% 26%
Two or more races 1% 4%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/A56%
Source: NCDPI, 2012-2013

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  • Ms Teri Walawender
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  • (828) 743-5320

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