Academics and Beyond


A French Broad River Academy education is more than the sum of its parts. We teach the whole student, and our curriculum goes beyond rigorous academics to include social-emotional learning, presentation and performance skills, foreign language, physical education, healthy choices, and media literacy, all anchored in our mission to develop character and integrity.


Our academic curriculum is based on the Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, and the North Carolina Essential Standards for all other subject domains. These standards are the “floor” from which we foster challenge and integration with our outdoor curriculum, rather than the ceiling at which a minimum standard is met. To take a deep dive into our FBRA’s academic approach, click here.


Advisors are advocates for their students and are concerned with all aspects of those students’ lives, facilitating communication between students, teachers, and parents, and ensuring a true learning partnership


Our formal physical education classes are a routine part of the FBRA curriculum. The program is organized around units, and an annual rotation may include swimming, gymnastics, soccer, basketball, flag football, ultimate frisbee, rock climbing, yoga, running, dance, kung fu, badminton, or tennis. P.E. units vary by grade-level.


Arts at FBRA consists of music, visual arts, and video production. Whether it is performing rock music on the stage of the Orange Peel, painting water colors with a local professional artist, or producing the popular “Week in Review” videos, FBRA students receive a truly organic arts experience!

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