Grades: 10-11 | 24 students
The Outdoor Academy is an accredited semester school for high school sophomores, and select juniors, who are looking for academic success and personal enrichment.
We deliver rigorous academics infused with experiential education and wilderness adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina.
With 24 other classmates, our students learn to build small, close-knit friendships and essential life skills that will launch them back to their sending school ahead of their peers, socially and academically.
|School Type||School with Special Program Emphasis|
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
Southern Association Of Colleges And Schools (SACS)
|Grades Offered||Grades 10-11|
|Total Students||24 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 18%
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||8 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||3:1
National avg.: 13:1
|% Faculty w/Advanced Degree||
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual
(Outdoorsy and prepared)
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||Mar. 1 / rolling|
|Yearly Tuition Cost||$19,500|
|Tuition Notes||Total cost of attendance includes: Tuition (11,000), Room, Board and Trip Fees (8,500), Tuition Refund Insurance (780), and School Store Fees (200).|
|% on Financial Aid||
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$5,000|
|Admissions Director||Lindsay Martin|
|Admissions Associate||Jack Pittfield|
|Total Sports Offered||3 sports|
|Sports||Climbing, Rock Climbing, Ultimate FrisbeeClimbing, Rock Climbing,
- If you’re hearing any of the buzzwords about 21st century education these days, they sound a lot like The Outdoor Academy. Character. Collaboration. Communication. Creative and critical thinking. These are exactly what The Outdoor Academy has been doing for over 17 years.
- We’ve built a school founded upon Four Cornerstones: Intellect, Environment, Community, and Craft. In everything we do, we develop the character required for life-long success by practicing our Seven Principles: Simple Living, Work Ethic, Curiosity, Integrity, Stewardship, Self-reliance, and Gratitude.
- Our intellectual experience goes beyond just academics to cultivate a life of the mind. OA students come to know their own thoughts and ideas, to take responsibility for their education, and to ask good questions. The question we ask most often is “What do you think?”Our environmental education curriculum empowers students to find their place in the world, create practical sustainable solutions, and effect positive change. Our wilderness trips develop technical skills, leadership and teamwork, and a true sense of the unique biome of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The thriving Garden to Table program allows students to help produce our seasonal fruits and vegetables and gain valuable knowledge of gardening, cooking, and food preservation.By intentionally building the connections and personal responsibility necessary to create a close-knit community, OA teaches students to live well together and be their best selves. This is, of course, the heart of what we do and where our principles are really put into practice. Sharing work, meals, and life together requires all of us to do our part, to keep our word, and always to give thanks. An emphasis on craft means not just creating art and doing work with our hands but also expecting quality in everything we do. An afternoon spent hammering at the forge, throwing pots at the ceramics studio, or playing bluegrass on the Cheoah steps creates an awareness of beauty in our lives and develops a sense of appreciation of the process of creation. By emphasizing the craft of hands and minds, OA students learn to take true ownership for their work, their education, and their lives.These cornerstones and principles truly work because of the unique challenges set before them throughout the semester. That’s where we build persistence, resilience, grit. That’s the mountain we climb, the stack of wood we split, the essay where a thought is expressed just right. It’s the place where the student joins the school and is launched into a greater sense of self and place. This is the work we do and have been doing for a long time. So, spread the word: we’re so traditional that we’re cutting edge.
- -Michael Brown, PhD
- Head of School
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