The Outdoor Academy

The Outdoor Academy

The Outdoor Academy

Location: Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
Number of Students: 28
Student Teacher Ratio: 3:1
Grade Levels: Sophomore, Junior
Focus / Specialty: Wilderness, Community, Character, Environmental Stewardship
Advanced Placement / Honors Courses: Yes

“There are no desks at The Outdoor Academy. The 180 acre campus is the primary classroom. It is quite common to find our students following 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 because the more engaging and hands-on the classes are, the more motivated and excited the students become…The Outdoor Academy puts an emphasis on living simply. Past students have appreciated the value of making music, crafts, and food while interacting with one another without the distractions of technology. By working together on the land, students develop an exceptional sense of personal responsibility. The garden-to-table program enables students to see the resources and collective labor necessary to sustainably produce high-quality food. With this comes an appreciation for the resources and relationships that support us.”

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