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.

Outdoor Learning Research Center


All Fryeburg Academy students are introduced to the Outdoor Learning & Research Center (OLRC) during their ninth-grade advisory through participation in our ropes challenge course. The challenge course is designed to cultivate students’ social-emotional and leadership skills, along with overnight camping, canoeing, rock climbing, and hiking adventures. Ninth-grade students are also introduced to the principles of field research through a collaborative partnership between the FA science department, OLRC, and Tin Mountain Conservation Center. Students interested in field science or science fair projects are encouraged to enroll in the Honors Research Design courses and are supported in developing their own projects. The school garden is integrated with the science department and extracurricular programs to give students the experience of planning, growing, and preparing a garden and exposure to other Maine agricultural disciplines such as maple sugaring and forestry.

OLRC CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: Two Distinct Capstone Experiences

This certificate is for students seeking experiences that extend beyond our campus into the mountains and rivers around Fryeburg. Outdoor adventures provide a context in which aspiring recipients of this certificate engage in discussions about local environmental issues and “leave no trace” ethics, study risk management and wilderness first aid, and develop leadership skills.
This certificate is for highly-motivated students that want to develop their academic skills by exploring complex problems and conducting field-based research. The core of this program is an honors-level Research Design class and the sequential Independent Study Research Project. 
"Education is not an affair of 'telling' and being told, but an active and constructive process."

- John Dewey
The OLRC also coordinates the following experiences for Fryeburg Academy students:

  • Challenge course programs
  • Afternoon and weekend activities such as hiking, rock climbing, and canoeing.
  • Events and speakers in the Performing Arts Center
  • Citizen science environmental monitoring projects
  • The development of project-based learning initiatives and curriculum
  • Collaboration with groups such as Tin Mountain Conservation Center, Teens to Trails, and the Nature Conservancy
  • The management of an outdoor gear inventory that can be accessed by teachers and students.

Fryeburg Academy

745 Main Street
Fryeburg, ME 04037
p. (207) 935-2001      
f.  (207) 935-5013
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.