We are so excited that you are joining this community of students, faculty, and over 1,200 alumni around the world. There’s a lot to look forward to and a lot to do to get ready for your semester in Pisgah Forest.

You probably have some questions. If so, this page is for you! Here are a few places to start…


The Fall 2022 semester will run from August 27 to December 17, 2022. The Spring 2023 semester will run from January 21 to May 13, 2023. Each OA semester includes:

  • An on-campus orientation week
  • “Learning” and “Leading” backpacking treks off campus, as well as a week of whitewater canoeing, rock climbing, and camping in Pisgah Forest
  • Week-long break (mid-March or Thanksgiving) and family visit days when possible

Academic Forms

Below, you will find the main academic forms you and your school/teachers should fill out. If you need more information, just email the Admissions Office. Other forms may be needed depending on your curricular requests. 

Academic Form Instructions

COURSE SELECTION & sending school FORM

Spanish form: Either semester

Fall 2022 math forms: Precalculus, Algebra II, or Geometry (no form for Math 3)

Spring 2023 math forms: Precalculus, Algebra II, or Geometry (no form for Math 3)


Other useful resources:

OA Curriculum Guide

OA Community Manual

Health Forms

All health and medical forms can be submitted on SchoolDoc. Once you are enrolled, new sections for each form will appear on your SchoolDoc profile. Questions about those forms can be directed to the OA Medical Coordinator or the Admissions Office.




OA Enrollment Checklist:

Enrollment Agreement signed (via Docusign)

Academic Forms completed (with signatures from your school if needed)

Packing lists acquired and outdoor programming gear requests made to OA

⇒ Health forms and parent/guardian questionnaire completed on SchoolDoc

⇒ Travel plans made (and communicated to OA if airport pickup is needed)

⇒ Deep breath taken, celebratory jig danced! 


Now that you’re ready, take a minute to read a recent campus update: