Your semester awaits

With our commitment to scholarships, an OA semester is possible for you.

The Outdoor Academy is an investment in your teen’s future. A semester at OA prepares students not only for college but, more importantly, for life in general. Four months of learning among inspired peers in classes with a 3:1 student-faculty ratio lets students test what they learn by applying it in the real world. This kind of hands-on education during the pivotal high school years allows students to gain life skills, connect with the environment around them, and engage deeply with their innate love of learning. 

Hear what students have to say

about why OA was so important to their high school experience

oa-icon_rgb-cmykWe strive to make a semester at The Outdoor Academy affordable for every motivated and qualified student. Each year we allocate  approximately 10% of all funds from our operating budget, donations, and endowment toward need-based scholarships. Over the last five years, more than half of our students received scholarships ranging from 5% to over 95% of tuition. 


Tuition for the Fall 2023 or Spring 2024 semester at OA is $34,100. Tuition includes: 

  • Full room and board costs
  • Class materials, texts, and craft supplies
  • Equipment for outdoor programming trips and access to our Gear Lending Library with free gear rentals for the semester
  • Tuition refund insurance
  • Initial $750 deposit to secure your space in the semester

Apply for Financial Aid

Applications for financial aid will have two parts. We recommend that you complete them as soon as you are able during the admissions process. Call the Office at 828-877-4349 or email us for assistance.


Complete the Parents’ Financial Statement on the School & Student Services portal. This is an application used by independent schools around the country, and it is a good starting place for our financial aid award discussions. You can call the SSS Family Support Center (800-344-8328, English or Spanish) for assistance with any questions.

The cost to file your statement is $55. If this fee presents a hardship, please email and we can provide a fee waiver.

Our school code: 2919

Begin the PFS


Complete our Statement of Need form, which allows you to share any additional information that will help us make the best financial aid award possible. Completed statements can be submitted by email.


Trabajamos conjuntamente con School and Student Services (SSS) en lo referente a nuestro proceso de ayuda financiera. Para empezar su solicitud de ayuda financiera, deberá completar la Declaración financiera de los padres de SSS (PFS, por sus siglas en inglés). Haga clic aquí para visitar la página de Recursos de SSS. También puede alternar la aplicación PFS al español. 

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