FBRA in the News
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...READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
WLOS News, December 9, 2016, Science, Beer, and Food at New Asheville Museum...
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — 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...READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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.READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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...READ MORE
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
A minivan pulls up in front of a rustic cabin, surrounded by towering oaks. As the doors slowly open, sleeping bags, backpacks, duffels, and kids burst out of the vehicle. Staff members greet parents, direct children to their cabins, and prepare them for a swim test. Parents are ushered to their cars and encouraged to leave sooner rather than later as their children are consumed with excitement, anxiety, anRead More
I am delighted to share that FBRA has just wrapped up its eighth successful year, but not many realize this is the tenth anniversary of the very first Costa Rica trip led back in 2007. Therefore, I thought it would be appropriate to share how one of the most unique and powerful elements of the FBRA experience came to be, as well as how it has evolved. Thanks to my parents, I had a unique middle school exRead More