FBRA in the News

FBRA in the News

  • WNC Woman, May 2018, “Empowering Girls through Outdoor Education”...

    “Each time we approached, the blue heron kept leaping into the sky to cruise hundreds of yards down the river. Was it scouting the rapids and chutes in advance of our seven canoes? Maybe it was just annoyed that we were intruding upon its solitary search for a meal. For whatever reason, the heron stayed just ahead of us for over an hour as we paddled our way over riffles, avoiding ancient rocks in this most ancien...

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  • Mountain Xpress, May 17, 2018, “Creative local students help MANNA FoodBank achieve...

    DRIVE TO DO GOOD: The French Broad River Academy collected over 540 pounds of food for MANNA FoodBank this year, earning the title of Best Middle School in the organization’s annual School Food Drive. The academy made the effort fun by challenging students, including Ellis Brunk, left, and Will Yurko, right, to compete against their faculty advisers to see who could bring in the most donations...

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  • The Laurel of Asheville, January 2018, “The French Broad River Academy for GirlsR...

    By Kayla Bott The French Broad River Academy (FBRA) of Asheville has been enriching the lives of local middle-schoolers since 2009. Their mission statement, “to build character and integrity in young men and women for a lifetime of learning and service,” is evidenced by their unique approach to education. The FBRA’s program works to minimize distractions and enhance learning by maintaining separate campuses for...

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  • Asheville Citizen-Times, February 15, 2017, French Broad River Academy gets girls outdoors...

    MAGGIE VALLEY - Morgan Foxworth’s long ponytail is encased in ice. The temperature is below freezing, the ski area snowblowers are pelting her face with a blinding snow. She’s wet and she’s cold. But the conditions are making her tougher, stronger and more confident. “Yes, they’re blowing snow, but it feels like you’re in Colorado. It’s worth it,” said a bright pink-cheeked and smiling Foxworth, 13, a sevent...

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  • NationalGeographic.com, January 1, 2017, What the River Knows: French Broad River, Ashevil...

    According to geologists, I am the third oldest river in the world, with the first and second places going to the River Nile and the New River (Virginia, West Virginia, and North Carolina). As an old-timer my gradient is low with slow erosion, whereas younger cousins flow more quickly, tumbling down to the sea carrying lots of sediment.

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  • MANNA FoodBank Newsletter, December 16, 2016, Making Miracles Happen...

    Seasoned Professionals: French Broad River Academy Students are regular volunteers in the MANNA Volunteer Center. They have sorted donations, performed produce quality checks, packed MANNA Packs, and are shown here packing emergency food boxes. They work hard and smart when they come to MANNA, and are some of our very best, experienced volunteers.

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  • WLOS News, December 9, 2016, Science, Beer, and Food at New Asheville Museum...

    Getting kids to dig science is the mission of Asheville's new Museum of Science. WLOS photographer Derek Bryant learned chiseling a budding scientist is as easy as taking him or her downtown. It's not just for kids. Adults can also get in on the learning at the museum's Beer City...

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  • Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, November 22, 2016, We Are Thankful For Our Vol...

    This month, twelve 7th grade boys from the French Broad River Academy (FBRA) volunteered at our Community Farm. We are grateful for assistance from these positive, hard-working students! Service learning is a vital piece of the FBRA curriculum, and they partner with us several times a year to help out with various projects at the Community Farm.

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  • The Laurel of Asheville, February 26, 2016, Education: Helping Connect Nature & Educa...

    Remember when being a kid meant exploring hidden trails outside with friends after school and playing made up games? In today’s world, however, childhood often means a heavy load of homework, extracurricular activities, and a schedule so packed it often rivals that of the parents. And kids now seem to spend whatever free time they have in front of a screen and exercise might be with the help of an Xbox.

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  • Mountain XPress, January 15, 2015, All-boys middle school begins construction on riverfron...

    Asheville, NC - The French Broad River Academy (FBRA) has broken ground and started construction on its new facility along the banks of the French Broad River in Woodfin in the New Year. After securing a donation of three riverfront acres adjacent to the Riverside Business Park, architect Robert Todd of Red House Architecture and FBRA co founders Will Yeiser and David Byers have been collaborating with Deltec Home...

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  • Asheville Citizen-Times, January 12, 2015, School Under Construction Next to French Broad...

    WOODFIN - A private school for boys is building a new facility on the French Broad River in Woodfin. French Broad River Academy also plans to add a girls school, which will open in the fall with 24 sixth-graders. The new facility for boys is under construction next to Woodfin's river park on a little more than three acres of land that was donated to the school. The $1.5 million project should be completed by...

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The Current

Why Single Gender?, May 2018..

I have been and still remain a firm believer in the benefits of single-sex education during the critical middle school years.  My experience at an all-boys summer camp, combined with my own research about the benefits of single-sex education, were largely what compelled me to create an all-boys middle-school opportunity in the Asheville area.  Founded as an all-boys school in 2009, the French Broad River AcRead More

The River Experience at FBRA, February 2018..

I am often asked why we commit so much time, effort, and resources to take our students canoeing one day a week throughout the fall and spring. My short answer is that “it creates the capacity for us to fulfill our mission in the best possible way we know how.” In this edition of The Current, I will provide a longer answer to this question and break down the “why” of our canoe program, as well as share our Read More

On Mindfulness, November 28, 2017..

While working as a teaching aide back in 2000 at Kelly Elementary school, I met Dr. David Shlim. His two children attended the unique K-5 public school of 46 students that borders Grand Teton National Park outside of Jackson, Wyoming. David shared that he had traveled to Nepal and studied Tibetan Buddhism, and he invited me and my wife, Kelly, to stop by his house one day after school to learn more about hiRead More