LEARN WHY STUDENTS LOVE THE OUTDOOR ACADEMY

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VIRTUAL INFO SESSION

We believe the more you know about The Outdoor Academy’s semester school, the more excited you will be to join our community! Join us for a virtual visit to explore our spectacular 182-acre campus and honors-level, experiential classes. You’ll get an introduction to The Outdoor Academy, meet members of our community, and learn why so many high school sophomores and juniors love spending a semester at OA!

MONDAY, NOV. 14 •  7 PM EST

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“The best experience I’ve had in my high school life!”  – Savannah

A SEMESTER EXPERIENCE LIKE NO OTHER

Since 1995, students from public, private, and home schools across the country have come to our 182-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains to spend a challenging academic semester away. Our place-based curriculum is integrated with wilderness experiences (backpacking, whitewater paddling, and rock climbing), environmental education, and creative arts (including traditional crafts such as blacksmithing, wood carving, and quilting).

At OA, your honors-level classes will be small and personalized, your teachers will also be blacksmiths and rock-climbing experts, and your new classmates will become lifelong friends.

One

transformative semester

Days of outdoor adventures

Life-Changing Adventures

I can’t imagine the me before OA. I’m never going to be able to imagine what I would be like if I hadn’t had this experience: it was amazing.

- Josie

Days living in community

What School Should Be

OA is what school should be. Everyone at OA chooses to go there, so there is a positive energy around classes and learning that is not found at regular schools.

- Natalie

Acres of forests, streams, & trails

Find Yourself

OA is a place where you are given space to find yourself within the structure of a school. You also develop community and interpersonal skills, all while having an awesome time in the beautiful Pisgah Forest.

- Merritt

Student-to-Faculty Ratio

Enjoy Learning

OA is an amazing place where you can truly enjoy learning. I found that OA has motivated me to put a lot more effort into school, work, and my hobbies. I think OA has changed the way that I think about the world and has very positively affected my mindset, and the way I view myself.

- Brandan

Hands-on classes

Do Something Different

OA is an opportunity to do something different than your normal high school experience. The work you do there deepens your learning and is engaging.

- Macie

New best friends

Life-Long Connections

OA is a place where you will make some of the best friends of your life and where you feel comfortable to be your true self.

- Natalie

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Who should attend the information session?

The virtual information session is perfect for those just learning about OA or current applicants. We welcome parents, students, and the whole family to attend. 

Is financial aid information available during the session?

Yes, any questions regarding financial aid will be answered during the info session. Our financial aid program is needs-based and available on a case-by-case basis. 

What if I cannot attend one of the info session dates?

Not a problem! To schedule a call, please contact Director of Admissions, Katie Rowlett (admissions@enf.org).

WHY STUDENTS LOVE THE OUTDOOR ACADEMY

The best experience I have had in my high school life!
Savannah
The best experience I have had in my high school life!
Savannah
Savannah
I can’t imagine the “me” before OA. I’m never going to be able to imagine what I would be like if I hadn’t had this experience—it was amazing.
Josie
I can’t imagine the “me” before OA. I’m never going to be able to imagine what I would be like if I hadn’t had this experience—it was amazing.
Josie
Josie
OA is an amazing place where you can truly enjoy learning. I found that OA has motivated me to put a lot more effort into school, work, and my hobbies. OA has changed the way that I think about the world and has very positively affected my mindset and the way I view myself.
Brandan
OA is an amazing place where you can truly enjoy learning. I found that OA has motivated me to put a lot more effort into school, work, and my hobbies. OA has changed the way that I think about the world and has very positively affected my mindset and the way I view myself.
Brandan
Brandan
I think OA is a great opportunity to learn in a way normal schools won't teach you, to be pushed out of your comfort zone, and  to grow as a person. You go through many amazing experiences that few other people have, and you learn more from them about life choices and yourself than you could possibly think.
Asher
I think OA is a great opportunity to learn in a way normal schools won't teach you, to be pushed out of your comfort zone, and  to grow as a person. You go through many amazing experiences that few other people have, and you learn more from them about life choices and yourself than you could possibly think.
Asher
Asher
OA is a place of discovery. You not only have the opportunity to learn about yourself and the world around you, but you are encouraged and supported in your curiosity. It's a place of community and communication, of change and growth, of finding yourself and finding a family in the people around you.  
Hazel
OA is a place of discovery. You not only have the opportunity to learn about yourself and the world around you, but you are encouraged and supported in your curiosity. It's a place of community and communication, of change and growth, of finding yourself and finding a family in the people around you.  
Hazel
Hazel

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14  •  7 PM EST

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