Fryeburg Academy founded in 1792 is an independent boarding and day school, serving grades 9-12 and postgraduate year.
Fryeburg Academy focuses on teaching the skills that lead to academic success: critical thinking, inquiry, and problem-solving. Students are exposed to a variety of teaching and learning methods 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.
The Academy is located in Fryeburg, Maine a classic New England village, nestled in the foothills of the White Mountains. Fryeburg offers a close-knit community with endless outdoor activities in every season. With over 800,000 acres of White Mountain National Forest, lakes, rivers, and four major ski resorts nearby—the opportunities to explore the region’s magnificent natural surroundings are boundless. Fryeburg is also rich in culture and entertainment, thanks to thriving local resort towns like North Conway and the proximity of larger cities like Portland and Boston that are within an hour and 2.5-hour drive respectively.
New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Membership with Maine Association of Independent Schools (MAIS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent School Association of Northern New England (ISANNE), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS).
Fryeburg Academy’s beautiful campus has a mix of new and historic building including a new dining hall and student center (opening 2020), the historic Main Building, Eastman Science Building, BionR. Cram Library, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, The Gibson Music Hall, Ada Cram Wadsworth Arena and Daniel Lee Turner Fitness Center, Gordon House OLRC classroom, Walker Industrial Arts Building and Weston Atwood Ski Center. Academic facilities include fully equipped science labs, a state-of-the art computer science classroom complete with 3-D printers, a brand new media center and film studio, student galleries, and much more. The campus also includes an educational barn, ropes course and organic garden. (Campus Map Link + Virtual Campus Tour Link)
Center for International Students
The Center for International Students (CIS) is a place where international students receive support in every aspect of the Fryeburg Academy experience. Through the CIS all international students receive individualized attention regarding their schedules, classroom concerns, grades and cultural issues.The CIS includes the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) department, which offers a wide variety of courses such as ESOL English, U.S. History, World History, Global Studies, Biology, Algebra, College Writing, and TOEFLand SAT preparation. In addition, the CIS provides students assistance in writing papers for all mainstream classes at Fryeburg Academy.
College Counseling Placement
Fryeburg Academy’s international college counselor provides 1:1 guidance tostudents each of their four years and assists them through every step of the college application process. The Academy also arranges for 75+ college and university admission representatives to visit campus each year and meet with students. And each year, trips are organized to visit college campus in Boston, New York and throughout New England. Our goal is to help 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 Internship Program is an opportunity for junior and senior students to gain business or other community-based experience in a field of interest and to apply skills learned in FA classrooms. Internships are intended to broaden student awareness of potential career fields, develop their workplace skills and ethics, and contribute positively to business and services in the Mount Washington Valley.Internships conclude with a formal presentation on the experience, and completed on a ‘pass/fail’ basis for either .25 or .50 credits, depending upon weekly time commitment.
May Term- a three-week term scheduled at the end of the school year in which students choose from a variety of courses, many of which are experiential or interdisciplinary in nature. This term has become Fryeburg Academy’s equivalent of Google’s “20 percent time.” It is an authentic opportunity for teachers to offer new courses and a chance for students to gain exposure to topics they do not have a chance to study during the other semesters. We offer more than 80 additional offerings during this term where students gain exposure to topics they do not have a chance to study during the other semesters. Activities include extended off-campus trips, community service projects, construction, cooking, dance, robotics, agriculture, archeological digs, and more.
Participation in athletics plays a vital role in our students’ lives. Our strong, committed coaching staff is dedicated to help our athletes develop physically, mentally, and emotionally. Students can try out for a spot on one of our highly competitive varsity teams, practice your skills on a JV team, or join one of many athletic clubs. The Ada Cram Wadsworth Arena offers a 31,000 square-foot gymnasium, complete with three, full-sized basketball courts, an indoor track, a wrestling facility, and a sports training room. The Gibson Recreation Center houses the Daniel E. Turner Fitness Center, which offersNautilus strength-training equipment, free weights, and a variety of cardio machines that range from rowers to elliptical trainers. We also offer four competition tennis courts and athletic fields for all sports offerings.
Students quickly build relationships with peers and faculty that span cultures, genders, and ages as they share a school, community, and campus.
This feeling of community stretches into the village of Fryeburg, and to the outlying towns where many day students live. Many students who live off campus open their homes and families to boarding students during weekends and vacations. Many students who do not live in the dorms, but live nearby, also spend time on campus, utilizing the academic and research resources, eating in the dining hall, or catching up with friends in the student union. An organized program of activities, after school and on the weekends, ensures that students living on campus are engaged and actively involved.
Frye Hall, Hastings, Payson Mulford, and Webster (Dorms)
FryeburgAcademy has four dormitories that are outfitted with Wi-Fi, washing machines, dryers, modern bathrooms, and lounges with big screen TVs. Rooms include a bed, desk, wardrobe, dresser, and chair for each student. The dorm students have their own outdoor recreation area that includes a basketball court, tennis courts, table tennis, barbeque and pizza oven and activities are scheduled throughout the year.
Family Connection Program
The Family Connection program connects new international students with a well-known local family. Local families introduce international students to the local area, invite students to dinner or a family outing, and acknowledge student birthdays. They also make an effort to attend student performances or sports games on campus.
Academics and Course Offerings
Fryeburg Academy has a comprehensive and diverse curriculum designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners and prepare students for limitless possibilities, The Academy offers more than 150 classes including AP, honors, and college prep. In all of our courses teachers offer instruction in a variety of methods and provide students with significant opportunities for individual and small group assistance. Our teachers strive to make the material relevant and challenge students to think critically, communicate effectively and develop as leaders.At the advanced level, Fryeburg offers twenty-one AP and college level courses in addition to twenty honor level courses.
AP and honors level move at an accelerated rate and prepare students for the most competitive college and university placement.
Estimated Start DateLate August
Estimated End DateMid June
Number of Students570 (17% international)
Tests AcceptedTOEFL, TOEFL Jr, IELTS, SSAT
School UniformDress code
Campus Size42 hectares
BoardingYes (4 dorms)
Countries Represented17+ countries including:China, France, Hong Kong, Kazakhstan, Germany, Taiwan, Italy, Rwanda, South Korea, Spain, Bermuda, Turkey, Slovakia, Ukraine, Bahamas, Nepal, and Vietnam.
Academics and Course OfferingsFryeburg Academy has a comprehensive and diverse curriculum designed to meet the needs of a wide range of learners and prepare students for limitless possibilities, The Academy offers more than 150 classes including AP, honors, and college prep. In all of our courses teachers offer instruction in a variety of methods and provide students with significant opportunities for individual and small group assistance. Our teachers strive to make the material relevant and challenge students to think critically, communicate effectively and develop as leaders.At the advanced level, Fryeburg offers twenty-one AP and college level courses in addition to twenty honor level courses. AP and honors levelmove at an accelerated rate and prepare students for the most competitive college and university placement.
AP + College Level CoursesAnatomy and Physiology, Biology ,Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science Principles, Computer Science A, Digital Photography, English Language, English Literature, Environmental Science, European History, French Language, Music Theory, Physics C: Mechanics, Psychology and Sociology, Organic Chemistry, Spanish Language, Statistics, U.S. History
Foreign Languages OfferedSpanish, Mandarin, French, and Latin
ArtsOver 28 courses in music, theater, visual and digital media, and technical arts.
Activities35+ Clubs and Activities including - International Club, Model United Nations, Girl UP, C.A.K.E (Caring Acts of Kindness Everyday), Interact Service Club, Student Council, Daniel Webster Society, Gay Straight Transgender Alliance, Math Team, Robotics Team, French Club, Environmental Club, Classics Club, Yearbook, One Acts Drama Competition.
Sports OfferedFall: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Soccer, Mountain Biking and American Football. Winter: Basketball, Cheerleading, Ice Hockey, Indoor Track & Field, Wrestling, Alpine and Nordic Skiing. Spring: Baseball, Lacrosse, Outdoor Track & Field, Softball, Tennis and Ultimate Frisbee.
University Acceptance Rate100%