Character Education

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Our goal is for the Blue Ridge School boy to move into the world as a “man of character.”

We define “character” as how a boy conducts himself when no one is there to judge him – how he holds himself accountable for his own decisions.

While we strive to plant the seeds of character in the Blue Ridge School boy during his time here, the actual fruits of this experience may not be visible until much later in his life. We have incorporated character development programs for boys into the school's curriculum and activities, which we believe will promote growth toward this goal:

– Core values of the Blue Ridge School Code of Conduct which permit and promote “teachable moments” wherever they may occur.
– Expectation of punctuality, integrity, perseverance, respect for all members of the community, taking responsibility for one’s actions, and being a “brother’s keeper” for others.
– The benefits of teamwork, the value of learning from failure, and the difference between healthy and unhealthy competition.
– Faculty and staff members must adhere to the same standard expected of the boys, and communicate the constant effort that goes into being a person of good character.
– Weekly opportunities to provide service to the community outside of Blue Ridge School. This includes a three-day, school-wide set of field trips with major service components at each grade level, followed by a debriefing session to process lessons learned from the experience.

The Groves Family Legacy Tuition Program honors Robert W. “Bobby” Groves III ’67 and his family. Bobby and his wife Anne were the first alumni parents to enroll a child at BRS. Their son Billy graduated in 1995 and their nephews Johnson and Robert Stevens were equally successful here, graduating in 2003 and 2006, respectively.

Blue Ridge is incredibly proud of this legacy and for the sterling example that Bobby and his family have set.