About Blue Ridge School
Built for Boys
Blue Ridge School is a private, boys school like no other. We are one of the few all-boys, all-boarding schools for grades nine through twelve in the nation. Our curriculum is tailored to an individualized learning model designed specifically for boys on their way to college. Our community is approachable and inclusive. Our campus is filled with adventure. We focus on building men of character, ready to greet college and beyond. And, despite our rigorous and competitive spirit, our environment is uniquely supportive. We have built Blue Ridge School that way for a reason—it’s how boys learn best.
Individualized, personal, and attentive—these are the hallmarks of the learning model at Blue Ridge School. With an average of 8 students per class, our curriculum stresses relational learning. Relational learning means that boys learn best from people who are invested in them—who can give them the time and attention needed to make lessons click. And when boys relate to the teacher, they can better relate to the learning. With these connections and just 40 students per teacher overall, our faculty also has the time to truly tailor their lesson plans to each individual.
Blue Ridge School also stresses project-based learning. This means that lessons are connected to creative hands-on, minds-on projects they can share, such as videos, performances, a podcast, or a piece of art. Rather than just memorizing facts, they build an experience around their learning, enhancing comprehension and memorability. While these approaches may take more effort, they are critical to ensuring our school is truly built for how boys learn best.
Between grades nine and twelve, boys develop the traits they will take will take with them into manhood. So Blue Ridge School builds our curriculum, programs, and culture around cultivating men of character. We nurture their values and integrity. We teach—and demonstrate—awareness of personal responsibility and the impact we have on others. And we encourage teamwork, volunteerism, and a sense of community. We believe character is reflected in how you act when nobody is watching, so we plant the seeds of that in the form of teachable moments with each passing day.
The Blue Ridge School Community is designed be a home-away-from-home for boys. Being all boarding, boys create close bonds with their “brothers” in the residence hall. They build friendships through our broad selection of social activities, clubs, and sports. Also, because most of our faculty live on campus with their families, advisors and favorite teachers are available around the clock. We take pride in the fact that the supportive, engaging community we’ve built for boys here at Blue Ridge School results in friendships, bonds, and mentorships that last a lifetime.
Everything about our 750-acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains is built for boys. There are miles of trails for exploring. Fields, courts, and venues to support over 20 competitive sports teams. Our renowned outdoor educational program instills leadership skills and stewardship for the environment. A lake for fishing and kayaking. And vast expanses of green to explore while contemplating life.
“Julien found confidence to try new things.”
It Takes a Team to Succeed
Boys learn best when working and growing together.