We often brag that “there are no desks at The Outdoor Academy” and while we may be found sitting in circles at tables, more often we are using our 180 acre campus as our classroom. You will not be surprised to find our students chasing their Natural Science teacher through the woods to find a beautiful bed of mushrooms, reading poetry on the dock with their English teacher, or debating articles for Environmental Seminar sitting in the meadow. While maintaining an honors level curriculum, we believe the more engaging and hands-on our classes can be, the more motivated and excited our students become. Accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) the credit for our courses will transfer directly to your high school transcript. Many of our classes follow a curriculum similar to that of a traditional sophomore year. However, our teaching style is inclusive, Socratic, engaging and experiential.
Most of the students who attend The Outdoor Academy are in 10th or 11th grade, however, we have been able to enroll select 9th if we are able to match their curriculum and social needs. If you are interested in attending OA during your 9th grade year, please contact our Admissions Director and Dean of Academics. In that conversation, we will discuss your course needs, how we can support them at OA, and any adjustments that might be made to your schedule to accommodate a semester away. We will likely need to speak with your academic adviser at your sending school to ensure that attending OA for a semester will not create any future challenges to your schedule. Being such a small school, we are both flexible in our curriculum content, but also limited in the number of courses we are able to offer. We are very thorough in this conversation, and thus, have had great success with the 9th and 11th graders who have attended OA.
Socially, it is important to remember that many developmental changes are occurring during these three years of high school. Because we are such a small, close-knit community, you must be comfortable having peers from varying ages, backgrounds, and sending schools. It is our objective to cultivate friendships beyond these differences and community relationships not solely based on what grade a student is in. However, it is important to consider what social impact or difficulties you may have in this environment. If you are interested in attending OA, please discuss these considerations with our Admissions Director.