Who Is Big River?
The Apalachicola River runs through Blountstown, Florida, the hometown of our founder. In fact, that river is the reason the town came to be. Over a hundred years ago the Apalachicola, or “Big River” as the locals call it, was the main mode of transportation for commerce for the area. Today, the river is not as heavily used as a means of transportation, but it is treasured by locals and visitors as an enriching source of recreation and history.
The Big River is also invaluable to the area’s ecosystem. Teaming with life, the Apalachicola River provides an environment for fish, birds, mammals, and lots of alligators. Not only is the river a major source of freshwater wildlife, but it flows into the Apalachicola Bay which flows into the Gulf of Mexico. From the origins of the river system far up in the Smoky Mountains of the Eastern United States to the salty waters of the gulf, the Big River nourishes and is home to countless plants and animals.
Like the waterway, Big River Academy will serve the needs of its families for its necessities and enrichment. Big River Academy is an online school designed to bring the best aspects of traditional education into the safety of your home. We have quality live classes for both middle and high school children. Your child will hear our voices, see our faces, and we will know them. Our students are a part of a learning community that meets in a live classroom weekly with separate office hours.
It is our mission to create an online community in which students can connect with other students and their instructors. To bring the best components of traditional education into the safety of our students’ homes.
Where is Big River?
Have you ever wondered where the students at Big River Academy are located? Well, wonder no more! We have created this map that shows where our students are taking their classes with us.
The answer is that we are everywhere! Not only are we spread all across the United States, but we’ve got students in Canada, Bermuda, and Nicaragua! We have had students from every populated continent around the world except for Africa and South America. We hope to reach students in all 50 states and a few more countries too!
We started out as a fallout school from a larger school with live online classes that was called Landry Academy. When that school closed in 2016, we helped their students finish up the school year with their teachers — many of whom are now our core teachers.
We already had a few international students from that fallout. Over the years, we have gained more through American missionary families and military families stationed out of the country. They wanted their kids to have an American education so they came to Big River Academy.
When our students are in such different time zones (Europe or Asia), they watch the recordings of our classes. Occasionally, we have a foreign student who stays up until 1 a.m. their local time to attend a class with us at 9 a.m. Eastern Time.
If you aren’t a part of the Big River community just yet, you can learn more about what we do in our blog. Or see the classes that we have to offer. And if you have any questions, you can always contact us right here. We hope to have you join us!