Blue Ridge School Education Foundation

Helping Build The Future of the Blue Ridge...


Thank you for logging into our newly designed website highlighting the work and service of the Foundation’s Mission to provide supplemental educational funding to Blue Ridge School and Early College (Pre-K through 12) with an optional 13th year for advanced college credits. We invite you to browse through the various tabs of the site to review the funding grants made to the school supporting “under budgeted” needs of the administration and faculty for the advanced academic achievement of students.

The Foundation was founded in 2002 and was issued a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service in December 2010 recognizing Blue Ridge School Education Foundation Incorporated as tax-exempt under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) Section 501(C)3. The Foundation is administered by a totally volunteer board of directors who are elected based on their experience with children and commitment to better public schooling. Funding for grants awarded to the school come from proceeds of the Annual Nashville Songwriters’ Round and from generous corporate and individual donors who support our mission.

We appreciate your taking a few minutes to review the site and encourage you to support the Foundation’s efforts to expand the educational experiences for the students and staff in order to achieve and maintain a world class education environment at Blue Ridge School AND Blue Ridge Early College.


Carl O. Hyde

Helping Build the Future of the Blue Ridge...

A Message From Jackson County Public Schools

From The JCPS Superintendent

Thank you for the partnership and vision we share to assist all students in becoming well rounded, academically successful life-long learners. The foundation has provided a wealth of resources for Blue Ridge School PK-13 during my tenure in Jackson County as your Associate Superintendent and Superintendent. These resources include funding, time, visioning, mentoring, and tutoring...

- Dr. Kimberly Elliot, Superintendent

A Message From Blue Ridge School

From The BRS Principal

We serve approximately 193 students in grades Pre-K through 6 and share a campus with Blue Ridge Early College. We take pride in the fact that we are a small campus, which allows us to really get to know our students, their families and other stakeholders in our community. Together, we make up a school family of 100% highly qualified faculty, skilled support staff, talented and creative students, involved, supportive parents, and motivated community members and agencies. We are a family committed to creating a safe, caring, positive, and challenging learning environment for our students that will help us meet our common goal - providing students with an educational foundation that will help prepare them for the challenges of school and life in the 21st Century, here at Blue Ridge and beyond.

As a campus, we believe that the foundation for a positive, productive school environment is respect. Together, we have pledged to show Bobcat Pride by showing respect for learning, property, ourselves, and one another. By respecting one another and the goals of the school as a whole, we can create an environment where students can learn and grow in a positive community that supports learning for all students!

As the principal, I firmly believe in the proverb, "It takes a whole village to raise a child." I value the input and support of all interested parties, and am committed to working with all stakeholders to provide our students with the greatest educational opportunities possible. I welcome you to browse through our website to find ways in which we can help support you, as well as ways in which you can become more involved here at Blue Ridge. Together, we will make a difference!

- Teri Walawender, Principal, Blue Ridge School

A Message From Blue Ridge Early College

From The BREC Principal

Principal Tracie Metz

Blue Ridge Early College (BREC) has a long history of educational excellence for our students within our thriving community. We are a North Carolina Cooperative Innovative High School. Students have the flexibility of taking Southwestern Community College (SCC) courses while at Blue Ridge Early College to complete an Associate degree, or they may take SCC courses to obtain a workforce certificate, all while completing high school courses for a high school diploma.

We are proud to be one of the few schools across North Carolina to provide the vocational preparation for the NIMS certification for Public Safety and the Fire Fighter Technology program. This program is sanctioned by the North Carolina Office of the State Fire Marshall. Our partnership with the Glenville Cashiers Fire Department is dedicated to helping us make our program a success.

In addition to our many instructional resources, such as i-Ready, our Grades 7-13 campus provides each student with an individual computer laptop. Our ability to match the digital resources with our content standards is valuable. This allows for individualized learning and access to collaboration that mirrors our upcoming workforce environment.

The Blue Ridge School Education Foundation has been instrumental in supporting our students through grants that elevate the learning experience for our students. With their support, we have been able to increase our media and technology resources, host an Artist in Residence, grant sponsorships for educational opportunities outside our BREC campus, and much more.

Blue Ridge Early College continues to maintain a high graduation rate with greater than 95% of students graduating. This past year, Blue Ridge Early College graduates received scholarship money, with over $30,000 coming directly from the Blue Ridge Education Foundation. The Blue Ridge School Education Foundation annually hosts our Academic Banquet and Scholarship Night to celebrate our talented students.

Our entire team is dedicated to our students that supports the whole child and the community of those who are invested in their development. Our team participates in a variety of activities, such as Stop the Bleed and Resiliency Training, to ensure our campus is a safe and engaging environment for our students. Each day our BREC community provides a small, collaborative atmosphere for learning. I believe that every child can learn and should have access in education to achieve their goals. This is one of the many reasons why BREC is the best choice for students! I appreciate everyone who is a part of our BREC family. Go Bobcats!

- Dr. Tracie J. Metz, Principal, Blue Ridge Early College

A Message From Southwestern Community College

From The SCC President

"Southwestern Community College is proud to offer all Blue Ridge Early College students an opportunity to complete up to two years of college credit - up to and possibly including associate degrees - at the same time as they earn their high school diplomas."

- Dr. Don Tomas, President, Southwestern Community College