Our academic program is designed to help students develop the skills they need to be successful in a complex world.  From outstanding advanced courses in all subjects, to outstanding arts programs, to experiential offerings, our curriculum is diverse, dynamic and able to meet the needs of a wide range of students.

College Counseling

The Process: Making the Best Fit for Every Student 

The college application process can be a complex and mysterious endeavor.  Our experienced college counselors help students and families navigate the process with the goal of helping every student find a placement that is right for them. Graduates from the Academy matriculate to some of the top schools across the country and around the world.

The Timeline: We'll Walk You Each Step of the Way

We've come up with a few helpful checklists below for each grade to help guide you every step of the way:

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  • Freshman Year

    • Take challenging classes in core academic courses.
    • Work with their school counselor to create a yearly schedule for meeting graduation requirements.
    • Talk to an advisor or school counselor about taking AP and honors courses.
    • Get involved with community-based and leadership-oriented activities.
    • Explore and identify career fields of interest through online research and by attending career fairs and other events.
    • Explore The Four Steps to College.
    • Keep a running list of accomplishments, awards, and recognition to use in preparing a resume and college applications.

    Keep in mind that many of these freshman-year activities should continue through all four years of high school. Career planning, in particular, will merit careful, ongoing research; students may need help in refining their goals as they learn new information.
  • Sophomore Year

    • Attend college and career information events.
    • Research funding for college, including scholarships, grants, loans, etc.
    • Reach out to mentors in the fields of interest.
    • Continue exploring college and career options.
    • Consider taking a practice test to prepare for the PSAT.

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  • Junior Year

    In fall semester, juniors need to:
    • Take the PSAT. Students must take the test in 11th grade to qualify for National Merit scholarships and programs.
    • Attend in-person or online college fairs and college-prep presentations.
    • Explore careers and their earning potentials in the Occupational Outlook Handbook.

    In spring semester, juniors should:
    • Register for college admission exams such as the SAT and ACT; take practice tests to prepare before the big day.
    • Research ways to pay for college.
    • Identify scholarship opportunities to pursue; note deadlines on calendar.
    • Contact colleges to request information and applications.
  • Senior Year

    During the summer, soon-to-be seniors should:
    • Start college visits.
    • Narrow down the colleges being considered.
    • Make decisions regarding early decision or early action programs.
    • Enter and/or update information in the FAFSA4caster.

    In the fall semester, seniors will need to:
    • Register for and take (or retake) the SAT and/or ACT, if not already done.
    • Complete and submit college applications prior to deadlines.
    • Complete and submit scholarship applications prior to deadlines.
    • Request transcripts and letters of recommendation.
    • Register for a Federal Student Aid PIN.
    • Meet with a counselor to verify that graduation requirements will be met on schedule.

    During the winter months, seniors should:
    • Work with parents to complete and submit the FAFSA.
    • Review and make any necessary changes/corrections to the Student Aid Report.
    • Finish submitting scholarship applications.

    In the spring semester, seniors will need to:
    • Visit colleges on their “short list.”
    • Consider college acceptances; compare financial aid packages offered.
    • Call college financial aid representatives with questions.
    • Decide on the college to attend and contact its offices.
    • Make informed decisions about student loans.

More than 100 College Rep Visits Per Year

We also offer a number of college visit trips and have more than 100 college reps visit our campus every year.  It is our top priority to ensure every student has a good slate of choices for their next step after graduation from Fryeburg Academy. Click here to see a list of upcoming rep visits and college visits.


Our college counselors use the powerful web-based Naviance tool to connect with students and their families throughout the college search and application process. Logging in: If you are a current parent, please log in to your Naviance account here.

International Students: Over 60 Years as an Innovator in ESOL Programming

For international students attending the Academy, we offer a dedicated college guidance program for non-native speakers called the Center for International Students (CIS). Our CIS program offers 1:1 academic and emotional supports that includes: 

on-site TOEFL and SAT prep
5 levels of ESOL programming
individualized course selection
college counseling and placement
orientation and transition support 
college-level writing course 

College Counseling Links

Meet our College Counselors

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Fryeburg Academy is an independent boarding and day school, serving grades 9-12 and postgraduate. We invite you to explore our site and learn how students from around the globe find their place in the world through our exceptional academic, art, and athletic programs.