Award Year: 2021

Blue Ridge Elementary School

5778 NC Highway 88 W
Warrensville, NC, 28693-0229

(336) 384-4500

Mrs. Joallen Lowder, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Ashe County School District

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The vision of Blue Ridge Elementary School is to encourage dreams, inspire hope, fulfill needs, and prepare for success. We are committed to education, nurturing, and challenging our students by using data to drive systematic and explicit instruction, holding high expectations of students and staff, meeting individual student needs, and building meaningful relationships.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 91%
  • Hispanic: 7%
  • Two or more races: 1%
At BRES we Dream, Believe, Become and Lead!

At BRES we Dream, Believe, Become and Lead!

Blue Ridge Elementary School is a Title I school nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge mountains of Ashe County, North Carolina. Tucked away in the state's northwest corner, bordering Tennessee and Virginia, we serve students in kindergarten through 6th grade. Our proud mountain community is rich in traditions and values that have been developed over time and shaped through experience and struggle.

In 2013, we were provided with the opportunity to implement the Leader in Me program. The journey started by changing the language and mindset of our faculty, which quickly infiltrated the classrooms of Blue Ridge. Leader in Me is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness, and good judgment is the basis for creating a successful community of learners. In addition, by developing the whole child - socially, emotionally, academically, and ethically - the program fosters a climate of principle-centered and personal leadership. As a result, we have been able to witness students blossom into confident, young leaders.

In March 2020, we entered an unprecedented time for education. Leader in Me provided our students with a sense of normalcy. We used the habit "Begin with the end in mind" to make our school a better place for our students. Never before has our school been such a team. Resilience, integrity, and perseverance are at the heart of the Leader in Me program. During this pandemic, those virtues have become more important than ever. That is the heart of Blue Ridge Elementary School.