The Outdoor Academy is an academic semester school for high school sophomores for academic success and personal enrichment purposes. The school offers a range of hands-on learning opportunities. Its outdoor programs feature hiking, paddling, backpacking, caving and rock climbing activities. The Outdoor Academy s residential facilities include winterized and wood-heated cabins. The school s curriculum features French, music, social studies, and visual and language arts. It also conducts Environmental Seminars and conducts independent Appalachian study projects. The Outdoor Academy is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The school hosts events in various cities in North Carolina. It is governed by the Eagle s Nest Foundation.