School Details

Blue Ridge School

Bobcat Drive, Cashiers, NC 28717
(828) 743-2646
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 173 students 13 students/teacher (NC avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

19%
35%
47%
19%
38%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Jackson County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
37%
48%
23%
43%
44%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Jackson County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
44%
48%
39%
40%
40%
46%
45%
45%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Jackson County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

24%
30%
39%
48%
46%
46%

End of Grade Tests (EOG)

In 2011-2012 North Carolina used End-of-Grade (EOG) tests to assess students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in reading and math, and grades 5, 8, and 10 in science. The EOG is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of North Carolina. Students must pass the grade 8 EOG test in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Jackson County Schools average
  • North Carolina state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Blue Ridge School is a public middle school in Cashiers. The principal of Blue Ridge School is Ms Teri Walawender, whose e-mail is twalawender@jcpsmail.org. 173 children attend Blue Ridge School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and American Indian/Alaskan Native. 80% of the 173 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Blue Ridge School is 13:1. Blue Ridge Early College is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 77%
Hispanic 22% 9%
American Indian/Alaskan Native 2% 9%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Asian 1% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 1%
Multiracial 0.6% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 11%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 60%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a WONDERFUL school able to help students excell at either end of the spectrum if they are advanced or if they have a learning dissabliilty or handicap. Because of the schools small size the students are bonded like a family. They accept each others strengths and weaknesses. I have seen the smartest and brightest encourage and help the slower ones rather than make them feel dumb or put them down. This school has a GREAT bunch of Teachers who REALLY are there for the students and are ready to help them even if it means coming in early or staying late to help. I can't say enough good things about this school. They havestarted the Early College program this year and your students can go to High School for 5 years instead of 4 and graduate with a 2 year college degree.

  • (5 years ago)

    The Blue Ridge School is definitely unique for its smallness. My child is one of a very small senior class and is good friends with children of all ages and knows pretty much everyone in the school. The opportunity that the early college provides for him to earn college credit while in high school is something I wish I had the chance to do. The teachers especially Mrs. Young work hard to keep him moving forward and encourage him to think big. He has a chance to go on to college which was not part of his plans just a short time ago. If the quality of teachers and their effort continue to improve in this way I think many of our children will begin to dream a little bigger and feel like they can grow outside of our small community. Keep up the good work.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have three girls who attend Blue Ridge School. I love this school! Growing up I attended every school in the county except BRS because of the location. I placed my children there because of the AMAZING Pre-K (Ms. Wanda is the Best!). Even after moving off the mountain I still choose to drive an hour for my children to attend this school. I love the close 'family' we have! I agree with the parent who wrote 'this is not a school for everyone'. I guess if you don't want an extended family you would not fit in. I love that the teachers know my children they are not just a number! I recomend this school above any in the county!

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 2 children in Blue Ridge School. My oldest has a learning disability and thank goodness for this school. He is not pulled out of the classroom or treated any different. He has excellent teachers who will take time with him. He is excelling and so very proud of himself which I think is great. I also have a daughter in 3rd grade. She loves her teacher and she is having a great year this year. The student teacher ratio in this school is so unique. The teachers actually have time and make the extra time for the students that need it. If problems arise they are dealt with privately and efficiently in a timely manner. They never look down on anyone and welcome everyone. The atmosphere is so wonderful it is like everyone already knows everyone else. And even the students welcom new students with open arms. This is

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 3 boys at Blue Ridge and love the environment here. My oldest is in 5th grade and my youngest in pre-k. My children enjoy going to school and above the curriculum they also learn valuable life lessons at Blue Ridge. The transitions each year from one grade to another is always smooth as these students know the faculty and staff and there are no 'big' changes. The new principal Mrs. Winburn spends more time in the classrooms and this is a major plus! I would recommend Blue Ridge to anyone but especially for younger students. The pre-k program is exceptional and can not be beaten.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a son who goes to Blue Ridge and hes in the 9th grade. Im not to thrilled by the administration but it has been worse in the past. My other children go to Highlands School but because of the sports team and the college program offered is the reason we choose Blue Ridge. This is not a school for everyone so you really have to check it out before making a decission to bring your child here.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have 3 children attending Blue Ridge and I love the atmosphere at this school. The faculty and staff are willing to go the extra mile to help all students and that makes a great school

  • (9 years ago)

    As a parent of a 6th grader at Blue Ridge I feel that this school is an excellent choice for my daughter because it is smaller and she is able to go to the adminstration when there is a problem. The teahcers there are willing to help the students by staying after school if they need extra help on class work so that they can make good grades. Not many teachers I know would do this for any student. Consider a larger school how many teachers or even adminstrators are willing to give up their afternoons to help a strugling student and how many of these people can recognize a student outside of the school setting? My daugher's principal and assistant principal both have been a great help to my daughter when she was being picked on the problem was dealt with promptly and hasn't happened again.

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