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

Experiential Learning at Fryeburg Academy

The Outdoor Learning Research Center (OLRC) adds a broad variety of adventure-based, experiential learning programs to our already academically challenging curriculum. In our on-campus learning center and adjoining 63-acre outdoor classroom, we present students with challenging learning experiences and provide access to resources in an environment that promotes student achievement and growth.

Every ninth-grade student at FA will be introduced to the foundations of environmental research and outdoor leadership through the OLRC Monarch Butterfly project and through the OLRC challenge course activities. Students that want to become student leaders in research or adventure education are encouraged to apply to the OLRC certificate programs in the spring of their ninth or tenth-grade years. More information about the OLRC certificate programs can be found in the special programs section of the curriculum bulletin.

No matter where students' interests lie, no matter their ability, all students will receive important lessons in land stewardship, science, and research, while acquiring an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world that only experience-based learning has been demonstrated to provide.

Mt. Washington OLRC Trip, by Thang Le from Fryeburg Academy Film Workshop on Vimeo.

Thang Le '15, a student in Fryeburg Academy's Film Workshop. Thang made this video documentary of an experiential learning field trip to the top of Mt. Washington in the White Mountains.

"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
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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.