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S E M E ST E R S C H O O L

E X PA N D YO U R C L A S S R O O M


The Outdoor Academy is an accredited semester school for 10th and select 9th and 11th graders located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. Our mission is to provide experiential education for young people, to promote the natural world and the betterment of human character. Built upon the four Cornerstones of Intellect, Environment, Community, and Craft, The Outdoor Academy provides a rigorous college preparatory curriculum through experiential, hands-on classrooms in a community centered boarding environment. In everything we do, we develop the character required for life-long success by practicing our seven principles: Simple Living, Work Ethic, Curiosity, Integrity, Self-Reliance, Stewardship, and Gratitude. Since 1995 students from all over the country have come to The Outdoor Academy to spend 4 months building their leadership skills, fostering life-long friendships, and rediscovering their innate passion for learning.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS INTELLECT 4 English 6 Natural Science 6 World History 7 Mathematics 7 Environmental Seminar 8 Outdoor Education 8 World Language 9

ENVIRONMENT 10 Orientation Trek 11 Wilderness Adventures 12 Campus Map 14 Garden to Table 16

COMMUNITY 18 Cabin Life 19 Morning Watch 19 Meals 19 Community Meeting 19 Work Crew 19 Daily Schedule 21

CRAFT 22 Art, Music, and Dance

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ADMISSIONS/FINANCIAL AID

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FAQ 24 Tuition and Financial Aid 24 How to Apply 25 Alumni College List 26


INTELLECT

Learning in the

expansive canopy of our woods. Our educational philosophy is rooted 4

in the work of progressive educators such as John Dewey, Maria Montessori, and Kurt Hahn, who believed that holistic education integrates analytic, intellectual growth within the context of a supportive and meaningful community. Experiential learning takes place outside the four walls of a classroom in order to directly engage students in the subjects they are studying.

Rigorous College Prep Classes

The Outdoor Academy prides itself on our future-focused, rigorous college prep classes. In a manner common to the small college classroom, we push students to think in new ways and to understand that the formula for higher level thinking doesn’t come from expecting ready answers in textbooks or from teachers. Students come from a variety of geographic and educational backgrounds and are able to learn from each other, strengthening the student leadership of the community.

Small Class Sizes

With a maximum of 30 students per semester, our average class size of seven allows a student to teacher ratio of 4:1, giving each student personal attention for maximum success. Each student is also assigned a faculty advisor with whom they meet once a week. Advisors have roles in the community outside the classroom, and are available throughout the day to support student concerns.

Curriculum Integrates with Sending Schools

Because we are accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, you can be assured that credits earned here will transfer back to your sending school, and you will be on track to progress with your academic goals. We have successfully hosted students from over 270 private and public schools and strive to meet the specific curricular requirements for each student coming to OA.


STUDENT/TEACHER RATIO

The Outdoor Academy is an enhancement to your high school experience that will ignite your passion and equip you with essential community and academic skills.


ENGLISH

NATURAL SCIENCE

Reading the landscape,

Field biology

Imagine your english teacher reading

Stand with your feet in a creek while

excerpts from Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain as you gaze upon the mountain’s magnitude from across a mist-draped valley. See yourself perched next to a towering hemlock writing metaphors inspired by your readings from Mary Oliver.

one of the most complex ecosystems of North America is unveiled before your eyes. Learn to identify native flora and fauna like the rare pink lady slipper or the hellbender salamander. In order for students to foster a greater appreciation of the natural world, they must first come to speak its language, to call it by name.

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In this college preparatory course, you will “read the landscape” portrayed in American literature and gain a greater sense of place through different artistic and physical environments. Your time will be divided between the study of literature and the practice of your own writing, much of which will draw inspiration from the American canon of adventure and nature writers. Field trips, outdoor activities, and multimedia may be incorporated to bring variety and diverse perspectives to your work.

Excerpted Texts Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier Field Notes, Barry Lopez New and Selected Poems, Mary Oliver The Practice of the Wild, Gary Snyder Walden, Henry David Thoreau

& ecology

This field and seminar course examines biodiversity through the lens of natural selection. Our explorations of the Blue Ridge ecosystem, one of the most diverse terrestrial ecosystems in North America, provides endless questions into the complex workings of the natural world. Field identification of plants and animals and readings in conservation biology and evolutionary theory will give us a vocabulary for discussions of the broader concepts of natural selection.

Major Topics » History of Natural Science » H  istorical and physical geology; the mountain building events

» Forests of the Blue Ridge Mountains » N  atural selection, biogeography, predation, co-evolution


WORLD HISTORY

MATHEMATICS

Themes & connections

Practical application

This seminar course will focus on the

The math program at OA is not your

threads common to all political and cultural stories such as beliefs, economics, expansionism, conflict, revolution, human rights, and political ideologies – always looking for the causes and effects that lead us to stories in the news. By connecting and interpreting the past, we can track and identify pivotal moments in world history to help us better understand today’s headlines. The fall course examines ancient civilizations through the European Enlightenment, while the spring semester will review the Enlightenment thinkers, modern world history, and conclude with current events. You will be challenged to critically analyze historical texts with the awareness of modern global concerns, as well as participate in lively class discussions and oral presentations. Our hope is that you will return home empowered to confidently discuss current worldwide political events through the lens of a world historian.

typical math class. In addition to traditional textbook instruction, OA integrates practical applications such as conducting field surveys, learning vectors through white water canoeing, or setting rock climbing anchors using applications from Geometry. With some classes composed of only 2-3 students, many experience a rapid progression in their math skills and confidence.

in human history

Excerpted Texts A History of Knowledge, Charles Van Doren The World’s History, Howard Spodek Atlas of World History, Kate Santon and Liz McKay The Cave and the Light, Arthur Herman The Great Philosophers, Jeremy Stangroom

& integration

The majority of OA students enroll in one of the math courses listed below. Our faculty will coordinate with your sending school to ensure that our math class will meet any specific curriculum topics. Any math course needs not listed here can be discussed with our Dean of Academics during the admissions process.

Courses Offered » » » » » »

Geometry Algebra 2 Pre-calculus Trigonometry Integrated Math Common Core

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ENVIRONMENTAL SEMINAR

OUTDOOR EDUCATION

The importance of

Creating your own

How can we meet our world’s growing

Imagine earning high school credit while navigating through the budding rhododendrons of the Blue Ridge Mountains, summiting a 200 foot rock climb, or maneuvering your canoe down Class 3 whitewater rapids on one of the oldest rivers in the world. Our students spend one quarter of their semester on exciting wilderness trips building their technical, leadership, team building, and risk management skills.

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need for energy? How much carbon do I produce in a year? How do my food choices affect the rest of the world? What is the impact of our country’s global consumption? Through literature, scholarly articles, investigative research, field trips, and collaborative group projects, you will address the social and ecological implications of food choices, population growth, pollution and waste, consumption, and lifestyle choices. This seminar class will help you develop insight on important issues while empowering you to formulate your own environmental ethic. Utilizing the Southern Appalachian region as our focus, we will strive to understand the complexities of the ecological, social, economic, political, and personal web that surrounds present-day environmental discussions.

Excerpted Texts Ishmael, Daniel Quinn Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser Affluenza, John DeGraaf The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, Barbara Kingsolver

Each week in Outdoor Education class, you will learn the skills and confidence needed to prepare you for weekends spent rock climbing, backpacking, and white water canoeing. We will explore beautiful locations in the southeast like Looking Glass Rock, Pisgah National Forest, the French Broad River, and Dupont State Forest. Our trips are led by OA faculty and staff, most of whom are experienced wilderness adventurers, with a focus on empowering students to direct their own wilderness experience – culminating in an extended student driven backpacking trek.

Skills You Will Learn » » » »

Wilderness navigation Backcountry cooking Land topography and map reading Campsite selection and set up


WORLD LANGUAGE: FRENCH I-IV

WORLD LANGUAGE: SPANISH I-IV

Become immersed in the

Experience the language

À l’académie en plein air... You will

En todos los cuatro niveles… you will study the language, culture, and ethos of the countries where Spanish is the native tongue. You will cook with your teacher to create traditional meals, volunteer at the Hispanic Community Center in Brevard, and visit the Hendersonville Latino market to practice your speaking skills with locals. These experiences, in conjunction with classroom lessons, will you allow you to further develop your oral, reading, grammar, and writing skills throughout the semester.

french language

be immersed in the French language and exposed to a variety of francophone traditions in these small classes. Each course emphasizes the use of French within its broad spectrum of countries, traditions, and cultures. The nature of the class demands an exceptional level of class participation, and in addition to coursework inside the classroom, students will often attend play productions, foreign film screenings, community events, and culturally inspired meals.

Excerpted Texts Candide, Voltaire Le Petit Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery Huis Clos, Jean-Paul Sartre

The majority of students at OA take French or Spanish, levels I - IV. Other language course needs can be arranged and taken as an Independent Study. With cooperation from your sending school, The Outdoor Academy works directly with your language instructors from home to correlate the content of the course.

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“I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Henry David Thoreau » Author, Poet, Abolitionist & Naturalist


ENVIRONMENT

“We left for a three-day backpacking trek the next morning. I will never forget finally reaching camp the last night of the trip and collapsing on the ground, hot and exhausted. That evening as my group sat around the campfire and talked, I began to realize that sometime throughout that trek, whether it was when we had climbed the dreaded ‘Sharpie Mountain,’ sang trail songs, or washed dishes together, we had become friends.” » MADDIE VOGELSANG, SEMESTER 31

At OA you will find yourself » T rekking over 60 miles on a 9-day backpacking trip through pristine areas of Shining Rock Wilderness, Pisgah National Forest, and the historic Appalachian Trail.

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Paddling through Class II-III rapids on the Tuckaseegee, French Broad, and Green Rivers in tandem whitewater canoes.

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S caling the granite walls of Looking Glass Rock, the Southeast’s renowned rock climbing site.

» R appelling over 90 feet down the breathtaking Cedar Rock, while gazing over mountains upon mountains.

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WILDERNESS ADVENTURES

Adventure & challenge

are not in short supply at OA Western North Carolina 12

The Outdoor Academy sits on 180 acres of forest nestled deep in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounded by both Pisgah National Forest and Dupont State Forest, the opportunities for exploration are boundless. Just 30 miles from campus is the city of Asheville, recognized as a mecca of outdoor adventure. Visitors come from all over the country to mountain bike, backpack, rock climb, and canoe in this beautiful natural playground.

No Experience Needed

Whether you are an avid outdoors person, or have never stepped foot in the woods, we will give you all the skills you need to thrive in the wilderness. In the process you will learn to work with others, conquer obstacles, lead your peers, face physical challenges, and create life-changing memories.

Orientation Trek

Just one day after arriving on campus, we head into the woods for a wilderness Orientation Trek. From the very beginning, students learn to work as a team, traveling safely and confidently through the backcountry and laying the groundwork for life-long friendships. There is no better way to immerse yourself into the rich landscape of this experience. In just a few short days, our students

return exhilarated by their adventure and ready to continue their semester as one strong community.

Classes in the Field

Each semester students and faculty will spend a week together in the Cataloochee Valley of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Classes will be held outside, students will cook their meals over an open fire, and the community will camp amongst the original churches, homes, and schoolhouses of the late 1800’s.

Climbing

We begin by learning basic climbing and belaying techniques on our campus climbing wall. Once students feel comfortable and confident, we will venture out to climbing sites such as Looking Glass Rock, Cedar Rock, and Rumbling Bald. Each provides a unique challenge and awe inspiring views.

Paddling

This area of the Southeast is known as the whitewater capital of the country and is home to many renowned paddlers who have laid the path for whitewater canoeing since the early 1940’s. Staying true to the heritage of this area, students will learn to maneuver tandem whitewater canoes down some of the oldest rivers in the world.


DID YOU KNOW?

Students at The Outdoor Academy spend more days camping than any other semester school.


FACULTY HOUSING

MORNING WATCH TRAIL


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Salt Mines - Main Office Wayah - Arts & Classroom Cheoah - Music & Dance Sun Lodge - Meals & Girls Lodging Cabin 10 - Boys Lodging New Lodge - Ceramics Studio Sikwayi - Classroom & Library Athletic Field & Tennis Courts Campus Garden Climbing Tower Blacksmith Forge & Woodworking


GARDEN TO TABLE

Connecting with our

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At The Outdoor Academy, we believe in reconnecting to the land and cultivating a strong sense of place through the simple intention of growing and harvesting food. This is a profound way for students to understand the rich agrarian culture of North Carolina and recognize the importance of returning to simple traditions for a more sustainable future. Our garden is an educational classroom, with the intention that the skills you learn at OA can be transferred to your urban or rural home garden. You will have the opportunity to learn practical and innovative gardening techniques such as companion planting, composting, square foot gardening, mushroom cultivation, low-soil gardens, cover crop usage and plant rotations. Depending on the season, you may also help preserve the bounty of our garden by picking vegetables and herbs, and preparing them for the day’s meals. We are proud to say that much of the produce harvested from our organic garden is eaten here on campus. Throughout the year, you will find students harvesting crates of fresh greens and tomatoes from our covered Hoop House, braiding garlic, and picking beets, sweet potatoes, onions, and peas for the day’s meals. In addition to our garden, we purchase much of our additional meat, dairy, vegetables, eggs, and fruit from local farmers in the area.


Our garden

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389

heads of asian greens bok choi, fennel, lettuce, cabbage and scallions harvested last year.

384

lbs. of apples picked from the six different tree varieties in our campus orchard.

1000 square feet of vegetables growing

in our covered Hoop House year round.

790 Âť students who have

weeded, planted, harvested, and learned in our campus garden.


“Nobody can discover the world for somebody else. Only when we discover it for ourselves does it become common ground and a common bond and we cease to be alone.” Wendell Berry » Author, Farmer & Activist


COMMUNITY LIVING

Tight-knit community

and life-long friendships Students foster meaningful relationships and life-long friendships at OA. From giving an oral presentation in history class, to sharing an original composition at the talent show, students find immeasurable confidence in this supportive community to authentically be their best selves.

Morning Watch

Each morning, students rise and silently walk to the top of our campus ridge line where, together, they watch the sunrise. Rather than maneuvering through bustling hallways or crowded parking lots, our faculty and staff begin their day in peaceful gratitude of one another and the beautiful land we share. Alumni often recall this as one of the most meaningful and memorable traditions during their semester.

Cabin Life

Students will stay in winterized cabins, heated by woodstoves, with indoor plumbing and hot showers. Your classmates truly become your family as you share large dormitory-style spaces. A dorm resident will also live in the dorm to mentor, support, offer guidance, and plan adventurous activities for the weekends.

Meals

At OA we eat an abundance of fresh organic fruits and vegetables, homemade breads, whole grains, and local meat, milk and eggs. Students work under the guidance of our chef to prepare healthy meals enjoyed by our entire campus community. We understand and respect different food needs and strive to accommodate all diets including vegetarian, gluten free, and lactose free options.

Community Meeting

Each week students and faculty meet to discuss the progression of their semester, plan upcoming events, and resolve any issues that arise within the community. The Outdoor Academy is a place where students are treated with equality and respect, and are encouraged to voice their needs in a safe and supportive environment.

Work Crew

At The Outdoor Academy we believe that a working community is a sustainable community. Each student is responsible for daily contributions that keep the school running smoothly. Students and faculty work side-by-side to gather firewood, maintain trails, harvest vegetables, and prepare meals. Students have also contributed to special building projects on campus, and assisted local farmers in the area to gain a deeper connection to the local community.

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COMMUNITY LIVING

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“What made OA so special was how different it was. Sleeping in a cabin with strangers quickly became living in a tight-knit community with two-dozen brothers and sisters. Academia had been transformed out of its dullness, and into thoughtful conversations over lunch, not because it always needed attention, but because the assignments were intellectually stimulating and fun. Hollow days of boredom didn’t exist anymore. In their place were structured activities and various responsibilities. We greeted each day by silently hiking up the mountain to a lookout where we would all watch the sunrise from our various nests on the ground. By taking the guesswork out of living, OA made everything deliberate and full of meaning.” » BEN, SEMESTER 30


A day in the life

of an OA student

7:00 AM » Morning Bell Rings. As we silently crest the hill for Morning Watch, the sun shines over the valley, and I see why these are called the Blue Ridge Mountains.

8:40 AM

We eat a delicious breakfast of sweet potato scones, scrambled eggs, and fruit made by our math teacher and fellow students.

We walk through the woods to practice our nature vocabulary in Spanish, then head to the Fishing Dock for a Geometry lesson. I finish my laundry and call home during Choice Period, then collect my books for Study Period.

12:00 PM » Community Lunch. I check the board to see what vegetables came from our campus garden for lunch today: fresh kale and tomato salad, chicken curry, and cranberry walnut cookies.

3:50 PM

7:30 AM » Give Thanks.

1:20 PM » Afternoon Classes.

We’ve chased our Science teacher through the forest, debated the global food crisis in Environmental Seminar, and acted out scenes from Pilgrim at Tinker Creek in English class.

Time for some Ultimate Frisbee practice on the Athletic Field and a lesson in topographical navigation from our Outdoor Education teacher. A hearty dinner will be so appreciated tonight!

7:00 PM » Study Hall.

We settle in for two hours of quiet study, homework, and group projects in Sikwayi. It’s enough time to finish all my work and start on my Giving Day gift.

9:00 PM » Woodstove.

An evening snack and a chance to hang out in the Student Den before heading to our cabins for some much needed rest. I gather my gear, and go to sleep dreaming about our climbing trip this weekend. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings.


“Thank you for your part in creating an unforgettable semester for Camille. She knew she wanted to go to OA, and it has exceeded even her highest expectations. She is different: more confident, more capable, more discerning in relationships, and has more vegetables on her plate.” Camille Lindsley’s Mother » Atlanta, GA


CRAFT

Imagine, design, create & express We use our hands to express ourselves and our relationship to everything around us. At OA, students will learn a variety of art, music, and dance courses, all infused with the traditions and styles of Southern Appalachian craft.

Textile Arts

Gain in-depth knowledge of various techniques in fiber and surface design. We will explore batiking, tie dying, quilting, embroidery, and also turning raw sheep fleece into custom hats, sweaters, and mittens.

Ceramics

Keep your hands connected to the earth and create hand built and wheel-thrown pieces in our open air arts studio.

Glassworks & Mosaic

Design and build beautiful stained glass pieces and mosaic tiles.

Drawing , Painting & Collage

Explore the beautiful surroundings and history of craft in these mountains to create memorable projects using a variety of techniques and materials.

Music & Movement

Learn to appreciate and replicate traditional singing styles from all over the globe. Explore solo, partner, and group dances rooted in Appalachian traditions including visits to local performances, contra, and square dances.

Fire up the forge to shape handcrafted tools and hooks and other functional works of art to bring home.

We have many instruments on campus including guitars, drums, dulcimers, violins, and pianos. Students are encouraged to bring their personal instruments with them and continue their practice throughout the semester. All instruments are stored in our climate-controlled music room.

Green Woodworking

Blacksmithing

Learn to whittle spoons and carve functional bowls using your own knife and 19th century tools.

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ADMISSIONS AND FINANCIAL AID

OA students are

enthusiastic learners Each semester, The Outdoor Academy 24

accepts up to 30 sophomores, and select 9th and 11th graders, from schools across the country.

What kind of students apply to The Outdoor Academy? The Outdoor Academy welcomes highly motivated students from a variety of educational backgrounds including private, public, and homeschools. Students who apply to OA are looking to do something exceptional with their high school experience. Some want to learn in a smaller, more connected community of like-minded peers where they can foster close friendships. Others would like to experience school through hands-on classes. Many are looking to differentiate themselves academically and gain a firm idea of what they would like to pursue in their future. OA attracts all types of students, creating a diverse community and an opportunity to learn valuable lessons from many perspectives.

Why would I want to leave my school to go to The Outdoor Academy?

Taking four months to step out of your comfort zone will offer you a rare perspective on your life and connections with friends and family back home. Making this bold decision will also demonstrate a confidence and independence that will distinguish you from the rest of your peers, a quality that colleges and universities highly regard. The Outdoor Academy also offers you an opportunity to learn skills you may not experience at your sending school. Where else can you learn to carve with 19th century hand tools or feed a community with vegetables you helped to harvest and prepare? Where else can you go rock climbing with your math teacher or play music in your English teacher’s home? Your school and your friends will always be there, but The Outdoor Academy is a special place that can only be experienced once in your high school years.

Tuition

The comprehensive cost of The Outdoor Academy includes tuition, housing, meals, tuition refund insurance and a school store account used to pay for personal needs throughout the semester.


HOW TO APPLY There is no fee to apply, however only complete applications will be reviewed. Any applications submitted after the application deadline will be considered on a rolling basis according to availability.

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Our costs are equivalent to half of the average annual tuition for most boarding schools. Please visit our website or call our office for application deadlines and current fee schedules.

Financial Aid

We strive to make The Outdoor Academy available to all motivated and qualified students, offering financial aid awards to almost 50% of applicants each semester. All admissions decisions are need blind, and are based on the family’s demonstrated financial need. All financial aid decisions are made after students have been accepted to The Outdoor Academy. To apply for financial aid, please visit the Expenses and Financial Aid page on our website.

Visiting Campus

The best way to learn more about OA is to visit! We hold two Open House events each semester, which you can find listed on our website calendar. Students and families are also welcome and encouraged to visit campus anytime. Please contact admissions@enf.org to join our mailing list and receive school event updates.

Visit the Apply Now page of our website to complete the online application form. There you will find a list of remaining application components to submit. www.enf.org

2 Submit all remaining application components by email to: admissions @ enf.org Or by mail to: T he Outdoor Academy Attn: Admissions 43 Hart Road Pisgah Forest, NC 28768

3 Your application will be reviewed and the Admissions Director will be in touch with you to schedule a short interview.

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Outdoor Academy Alumni College List OA Alumni go on to achieve their college and graduate school ambitions at prestigious universities and colleges through out the country. Alfred University Allegheny College American University Antioch College Appalachian State University Auburn University Bard College Bates College Bennington College Berklee College of Music Birmingham Southern College Brown University Bryn Mawr College California Institute of Technology Carnegie Mellon University Centre College Clemson University Colby College College of Charleston College of Santa Fe New Mexico College of the Atlantic Colorado College Colorado School of Mines Connecticut College Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia Dartmouth College Davidson College Duke University Earlham College East Carolina University Eckerd College Elon University Emerson College Emory at Oxford Emory University The Evergreen State College Fairfield University Flagler College Florida State University George Washington University Georgia Perimeter College Georgia Tech Guilford College Hampshire College Harvard University Lafayette College

Landmark College Lees-McRae College Lesley College Lewis & Clark College Lexington Community College Linn State Technical College Loyola Marymount University Maine College of Art Manhattan College Marlboro College Miami University of Ohio Middlebury College Naropa University New York University Northeastern University Northern Arizona University Northwestern University Oberlin College Occidental College Oxford University Pace University Pitzer College Pomona College Prescott College Princeton University Reed College Rhodes College Rollins College Sarah Lawrence College Savannah College of Art & Design School of the Museum of Fine Arts Seattle University Simon’s Rock College of Bard Skidmore College Smith College Southeastern College Stanford University Swarthmore College Tennessee Technological Institute The Cooper Union, School of Arts Trinity University Tufts University Tulane University U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Universidad Iberoamericana University of Alabama

University of California at Santa Cruz University of California at Davis University of California at San Francisco University of Central Florida University of Colorado University of Connecticut University of Florida University of Georgia University of Kentucky University of Massachusetts University of Miami University of Mississippi University of Missouri University of Montana University of New Mexico University of North Carolina at Asheville Chapel Hill Charlotte Greensboro University of Oregon University of South Carolina University of South Florida University of Tennessee University of the Pacific University of the South University of Vermont University of Virginia Vanderbilt University Vassar College Virginia Tech Wake Forest University Warren Wilson College Washington University Wellesley College Wesleyan University, OH Wesleyan University, CT Whitman College Wilderness Awareness School, Hampshire College Willamette College Williams College Wingate University Yale University


The Outdoor Academy is a school of Eagle’s Nest Foundation, a non-profit organization chartered in 1950 whose mission is “Experiential education for young people, promoting the natural world, and the betterment of human character.” Other programs offered by the foundation: Eagle’s Nest Camp is a co-ed summer camp for young people ages 6-17. Hante Adventures is a wilderness and cultural program that gives teens an opportunity to experience the beauty of nature through rock climbing, paddling, wilderness treks, and international travel. Our Accreditations The Outdoor Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is a member of the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools (NCAIS). The American Camp Association accredits Eagle’s Nest Camp and Hante Adventures.


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