ENGAGE YOUR LOVE OF LEARNING
and get inspired in the outdoor classroom.
At The Outdoor Academy, we expand beyond the four walls of a traditional high school. Hands-on, experiential academics with real-world applications let our students get their hands dirty and engage in learning that is truly meaningful. Here, your classes will always be small and personalized. Your teachers will get to know you both on campus and on the backpacking trail. And you will never spend your days just staring at a screen. Instead, your honors-level classes will prepare you not only for college, but for life.
at its finest in the Blue Ridge Mountains
OA’s dedicated and experienced faculty design courses that are:
In math, you and your teacher will investigate algebra’s real-world uses instead of just looking for answers to equations. You might develop a statistical analysis of campus energy usage or research the uses of logarithms in meteorology, always asking “Why does this matter?” instead of just “What’s the answer?”
In science, you and your peers will discuss a recent journal article on biodiversity, then head out into our 182-acre campus to apply what you’ve learned by studying human impact on our forest’s natural life.
In English you will read works from a diverse set of authors, exploring the varied relationships humans have with place. You will simultaneously uncover the roots of your own relationship with place, expressing this through the many creative writing pieces that are staple of this course.