FBRA at a Glance
French Broad River Academy is a single-gender, independent middle school (grades 6-8) in Asheville, North Carolina that offers a competitive academic program in tandem with outdoor education and leadership opportunities. We have two single-gender campuses: one for girls and one for boys. FBRA is nestled in the heart of Western North Carolina and takes full advantage of the region’s plentiful whitewater rivers, lush mountains, and vast public lands for outdoor experiential learning. International travel, service learning, character development, and leadership are additional key components of the FBRA experience.
The mission of the French Broad River Academy is to build character and integrity in young people for a lifetime of learning and service.
TOTAL STUDENT ENROLLMENT: 144
- Boys: 72
- Girls: 72
TOTAL FULL-TIME STAFF: 30
- Boys Campus: 14
- Girls Campus: 14
- FBRA, Inc.: 2
- Accredited by the Association of Experiential Education since 2013.Accreditation by the AEE means that FBRA meets the highest standards for safety, risk management, instructor training, and programming in the field of outdoor adventure education.
- Girls Campus in the heart of the River Arts District, Asheville, NC
- Boys Campus on the banks of the French Broad River in Woodfin, NC
CORE CULTURAL COMPONENTS:
- Common Focus: Staff and students are focused on the FBRA mission and vision, as well as a long-term strategic plan. Time, tools, materials, instruction, and professional development are aligned in the classroom, in the field, and in the community.
- High Expectations: Staff members are dedicated to helping students achieve state and national standards. Students are engaged in an ambitious and rigorous course of study. Students are expected to embrace challenges both inside and outside the classroom. Staff and students embrace risk and failure as necessary tools for growth and success. Failure legitimizes success.
- Personalized: The academy has a 12:1 student teacher ratio. The school is designed to promote sustained student relationships with staff through shared experiences. FBRA is committed to direct and meaningful communication among students, staff, and parents.
- Performance Accountability: FBRA establishes clear expectations and accountability to students and staff. Grade level standards and standards-based assessments guide teaching and learning. Schools publish student progress to parents and the community.
- Respect and Responsibility: The culture and environment is safe, structured, and ethical. The staff teaches, models, and expects responsible and respectful behavior that are aligned with the FBRA values of character and integrity. Relationships are based on mutual respect and trust.
- Effective Governance: FBRA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization governed by an elected board of directors. Roles and responsibilities are clearly communicated for the board, administration, department heads, and staff.
- Shared Values: The FBRA board, administration and employees articulate and model shared values. Some of these include: compassion, effective communication, commitment to service, cultural competency, embracing challenges, resilience, perseverance, and student empowerment. Staff perform a wide variety of roles and are committed to the continuous improvement of every aspect of the FBRA program. School leaders seek regular feedback from students, staff and parents.
- Collaboration: Staff collaborate to develop and implement programming that fulfills our mission and vision. FBRA is committed to our community and continually works to establish and sustain strong relationships.
- Technology: Technology assists in improved communication, collaboration, and efficiency between students, staff, and parents. Every staff member and student has access to technology. Students are taught appropriate use and technological literacy. Staff are supported in finding resources to augment classes and curriculum.
- Environmental Stewardship: FBRA teaches environmental stewardship by bringing our students into new places and increasing awareness of our impacts upon the space around us. An important aspect of this is establishing meaningful connections to the French Broad River watershed, with the goal that our students will become long-term advocates for the world around them.