The Outdoor Academy is not just a semester school. It is a community of engaged learners eager to discuss environmental philosophy or a moving passage from Cold Mountain. It is a classroom of students who have chosen adventure over routine and challenge over comfort. It is a 180-acre learning lab in one of the most bio-diverse regions in the country. It is a team of faculty dedicated to helping you learn and grow into your best self. It is a family of life-long friends and traditions much larger than any of us alone. The Outdoor Academy is not just a semester school. It may be the best semester of your life.
The Outdoor Academy Admissions
EXPAND YOUR CLASSROOM….
The Outdoor Academy admits highly motivated sophomores and juniors. We seek enthusiastic learners looking to step out of their comfort zone and embrace their independence. Students admitted to The Outdoor Academy have demonstrated a commitment to high academic standards, responsibility, and are interested in learning new ways to live and work with others in a small community-centered environment. No previous wilderness or outdoor experience is required, however, students at OA will be living in rustic settings and wilderness environments. We welcome students from all private, public, charter, and homeschool networks.
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters. Applications for the upcoming Spring 2019 semester are still being accepted.
- We have an application priority deadline of February 15 for the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters.
- If applying after February 15, we will be reviewing applications on a rolling basis.
*For those applying for financial aid, we encourage students to complete their enrollment application by the priority deadline of February 15, 2019.
Complete and submit our online APPLICATION by following this link to SchoolDoc. Once you click “submit” upon completion of the online form, you will be instructed on how to finish the remainder of the application. You will be instructed to either upload, forward, or mail the remaining application pieces (see details below).
Submit our online Application Form
Apply by Mail
Please call the Admissions office at 828-877-4349 to request a paper copy of the application if preferred.
To apply to The Outdoor Academy you will need to complete and obtain the following:
- Creative Presentation
Submit an original work of poetry, collage, visual art, CD, or video that shares your hobbies, interests, skills, and talents. (Submissions should fit in a 9 x 12 envelope and videos should not exceed 5 minutes. Please submit any videos on a CD or thumb drive, not just a YouTube link.)
- Creative Presentation
- Graded Writing Assignment from your English or History class.
- School Transcripts from the past two years of school.
- Two Teacher Recommendations. Send the teachers a link to this online form OR download the print-ready form here and deliver it to your teachers for completion.
Mail all application components to:
The Outdoor Academy
43 Hart Road
Pisgah Forest, NC 28768
Once your application is complete, the Admissions Director will be in touch with you to schedule a short interview. If you have any questions, please call the Admissions Director at 828-877-4349 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
We host alumni events, presentations, and local gatherings all over the country. Please check The Outdoor Academy Calendar to see if there is an event happening in your area! You can also contact the Admissions Department if you would like to meet with them directly while on the road.
If you are an alum of OA and would like to organize an event in your area or presentation at your school just let us know! Our Admissions team will help you host, organize, advertise, and prepare. We’re also happy to send you promotional posters and brochures from OA to put up in your town. Just send us an email and we’ll get a package out to you right away.
In addition to two Open Houses every semester, we welcome families to visit campus anytime that works best for them! This is truly the best way to get a “feel” for OA , so contact our Admissions Director to coordinate a time to visit campus, take a tour, and sit in on classes.