The Mountain Academy upper school program is housed on the Jackson Campus. Our small class sizes allow students and teachers to work closely to develop an academic path tailored to each individual student’s needs. Mountain Academy upper school students are encouraged to pursue their interests through our Upper School Pathways. Students graduate with the social, emotional and academic skills necessary to thrive in college and beyond.
Mountain Academy Upper School
We let students choose their own path to success.
Upper School Pathways
Our Upper School Pathways give our oldest students the opportunity to customize their learning with a variety of individual experiences and choices that can be tailored to their interests. Pathways can include community internships, wilderness training courses, travel abroad, and in-depth academic studies.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme Pathway
The most rigorous and internationally recognized diploma program for high school students driven by academic success.
The IB Diploma Progamme (IB) is a globally recognized international curriculum designed for students drawn to academic scholarship, critical thinking, and global citizenship. Colleges and universities worldwide highly regard the IB diploma for its rigor and depth, and some colleges offer credit for
IB courses in advance of matriculation. Students on this pathway have the opportunity to earn two diplomas: an International Baccalaureate diploma and a Mountain Academy diploma.
Outdoor Leadership Pathway
Leveraging outdoor interest and leadership skills-building to prepare students for professions of all kinds.
The Outdoor Leadership pathway (OL) offers students mission-aligned opportunities in the art and science of leadership. Alongside the core academic preparation afforded by our selection of IB classes, students on the OL Pathway have the opportunity to travel and live in wildlands, learn land and wildlife stewardship, and build leadership skills. OL students can elect and design learning experiences in transformative leadership, ethical decision making, and outdoor and wilderness skills. Eminently transferable, these skills prepare students for leadership roles across industries and interest areas.
Community Engagement Pathway
Career focused internship learning to gain real-world knowledge and skills.
The Community Engagement Pathway (CE) leverages the core experience of profession-based learning to deepen a student’s academic knowledge and skills. CE students pursue concepts of entrepreneurship, hands-on career experiences, and building leadership for the workplace. A reduced academic course load in twelfth grade enables one or more community internships, in which students gain real-world knowledge and skills. Students may also choose to study abroad or complete an extended outdoor expedition. This pathway is best suited for those students who are excited by the challenge of real work environments.
"I love this school. The more time we spend here, the more I realize how much the Mountain Academy community -- the close relationships I've been able to build with my classmates and the teachers -- has made a difference for me in high school. I'm especially grateful to [Mountain Academy Director of College Counseling] Beth Caputi, for her help with college applications during this crazy year."Upper School Student, 2020-2021 School Year