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Experiential Learning


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Learning by Doing: The Power of Experiential Learning

Experiential learning at Fryeburg Academy provides students with hands-on, real-world experience that helps them develop practical skills and gain a deeper understanding of the subjects they're studying. Whether through internships, Outdoor Learning and Research Center (OLRC), Technical Arts, or other hands-on learning, students can apply what they've learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

"My student internship at Molly Ockett School was an eye-opening experience. It helped me to realize the crucial role teachers play in shaping the future of our children. I gained valuable insights into the challenges and rewards of being an educator, and it reinforced my desire to pursue a career in teaching."

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Outdoor Learning & Research Center

Fryeburg Academy's Outdoor Learning & Research Center (OLRC) offers two distinct OLRC Certificate programs: Adventure Education and Research Design.  Beginning in ninth grade, students develop their leadership and social-emotional skills through various outdoor experiences such as our ropes challenge course, camping, canoeing, rock climbing, skiing, and hiking. Students are also introduced to field research principles, with the option to enroll in Honors Research Design courses. In addition, the Academy’s agriculture program falls under the OLRC and includes the school’s garden and farm-to-table operations, which supplies our dining room with fresh, locally sourced produce while teaching our students essential sustainability and farming techniques.

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May Term

May Term is the perfect opportunity for students to explore a variety of subjects that they might not have access to in other semesters. With over 80 interdisciplinary and experiential offerings, May Term is an authentic way to gain exposure to new topics and engage in hands-on learning. This three-week term is scheduled at the end of the school year, providing students with a unique chance to expand their horizons and deepen their understanding.


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Certificate Programs

Fryeburg Academy's Certificate programs offer extensive coursework and extracurricular opportunities for students to explore their interests in-depth. With three distinct certificates in Arts, Adventure Education, and Research Design, students can specialize in their chosen field and work on capstone projects like award-winning songs, custom-designed coloring books, and national prize-winning science projects that tackle real-world problems. Upon completing the program, students receive a certificate demonstrating their expertise in their field.

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Career + Technical

Looking to gain practical skills and jumpstart your career? The Career & Technical program is for you and offers three distinct tracts in Aviation, Electrical, and Agriculture. You'll gain hands-on experience and be well-prepared for the workforce.

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Work Coop + Internships

Discover your potential and gain real-world experience with our Work Co-op or Internship program! Our internship program offers junior and senior students a unique opportunity to gain hands-on experience in their field of interest. You'll develop skills that will set you apart from others in the job market and broaden your knowledge of potential career paths. Upon completion, you'll give a formal presentation and receive .25 or .50 credits, depending on your weekly time commitment. The program lasts for one semester, with the possibility of an extension.

Technical Arts

Fryeburg Academy has an exceptional Technical Arts program that provides students with hands-on experience in woodworking and machine fabrication. This program is comprehensive and aims to equip students with various skills and techniques needed for working with wood, metal, and plastic materials.

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