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French Broad River Academy announces expansion

May 01, 2024 11:06AM ● By WNC Business

ASHEVILLE — French Broad River Academy, an independent middle school with dual programs for boys and girls, announces plans for construction of a new academic building on its South Campus in Asheville.

The project will establish an expanded and permanent home for FBRA’s Girls Program on the 3.3-acre riverside campus just north of downtown Asheville. It is the latest phase of growth for the middle school founded in 2009.

The phased project includes a new academic building with space for classrooms, an assembly and performance area, an art room, teacher workspace, and administrative offices. The school is working with the team of Beverly Grant, Red House Architects, and Civil Design Concepts to implement best practices for sustainable design and energy efficiency for the project. The new building will replace modular classroom units and anchor the school’s South Campus, which also includes outdoor learning spaces, the Maria Noakes Outdoor Center, and easy access to the river.

A groundbreaking ceremony for the project will be held this fall with construction beginning in early 2025. The FRBA project will coincide with construction of the $32 million fully-funded Woodfin Greenway and Whitewater Wave Project, a world-class, engineered wave for kayakers and surfers planned along the river between FRBA’s South Campus and North Campus, which is home to the school’s Boys Program. 

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2024, French Broad River Academy was established in 2009 as an all-boys middle school. The school added a Girls Program in 2015. The school integrates rigorous academics with outdoor adventure, service learning, and international travel to help students become confident, compassionate leaders, ready to take on the world.

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