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Foxcroft Academy
Foxcroft Academy
975 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, 04426, United States
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Foxcroft Academy

975 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, 04426, United States

Curriculum:
Liberal Arts
Grades (Gender):
9 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
US $22,000 to 41,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Day: 352 (Gr. 9 - 12), Boarding: 98 (Gr. 9 - 12)

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Chris McGary

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School Address
975 West Main Street, Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, 04426 , United States

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About this school:
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Chartered by the Maine legislature in 1823, Foxcroft Academy was established as an independent high school. Today more than 300 day students are enrolled from the surrounding towns of Dover-Foxcroft, Sebec, Charleston, Bowerbank, Monson, and Harmony, with an additional 100 international students hailing from Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Italy, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Korea, Taiwan, Turkey, Ukraine, and Vietnam.  

Come explore your new home away from home today!


Principal's Message

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Mr. Arnold B. Shorey, Head of School

Dear Friends,

For nearly two centuries, Foxcroft Academy has graduated students whose education is rooted in our founding principles: respect, integrity, and responsibility. FA continues to be guided by these principles today and is committed to transforming lives through education. I invite you to visit our campus to see this important work in action.

No matter who you are or where you are from, you will find a home at FA. You will belong to a vibrant global community. You will cultivate your current skills and discover new passions. You will learn with the best teachers and make the greatest friends of your life. You will be inspired. You will create. You will succeed.

As you look through this website, I ask you to envision your life at FA and imagine yourself contributing to a long-standing tradition of excellence. I know you have something great to offer our school, and I am equally certain that our amazing students and dedicated staff will help mold you into the person you strive to be.


Academics


Curriculum Liberal Arts

Primary Curriculum: Liberal Arts


What Foxcroft Academy says: In order to ensure that our graduates have the knowledge and skills defined in the mission standards, students in the Class of 2018 and beyond will prepare a portfolio of coursework and other learning experiences that must demonstrate proficiency in each standard in order to graduate. Furthermore, our academic system requires students to meet expectations in each course standard in order to earn credit. In such a system, earning credit means that each course standard has been met, so that when the credits required for graduation are earned, and the portfolio completed successfully, the student has the characteristics of a Foxcroft Academy graduate. These characteristics, in turn, represent the academic components of the mission of our school.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Traditional Math

      Traditional Math typically teaches a method or algorithm FIRST, and THEN teaches the applications for the method. Traditional algorithms are emphasized and practiced regularly: repetition and drills are frequently used to ensure foundational mastery in the underlying mathematical procedures. The traditional approach to math views math education as akin to building a logical edifice: each brick depends on the support of the previously laid ones, which represent mastery over a particular procedure or method. Traditional Math begins by giving students a tool, and then challenges students to practice using that tool an applied way, with progressively challenging problems. In this sense Traditional Math aims to establish procedural understanding before conceptual and applied understanding.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What Foxcroft Academy says: To graduate from Foxcroft Academy, students must earn a minimum of three credits in Mathematics, mastering content at least through Algebra II.

    • Textbooks and supplementary materials: This information is not currently available.

    • Calculator policy: This information is not currently available.


    Science Equal Balance

      Science programs that balance expository and inquiry learning equally will likely have an equal blend of tests and experiments; direct, textbook-based instruction and student-centred projects.
      Learn about the different science approaches  


    • Teaching approach: Science at Foxcroft Academy is very much a "hands-on, minds-on" learning. Students will find themselves engaged in critical thinking, theoretical discussions in the classroom, to construction of catapults and rockets as well as other hands-on laboratory work!

    • Topics covered in curriculum:

      Subject = offered
      Biology
      Chemistry
      Ecology
      Geology
      Meteorology
      Physics
      Physiology
      Zoology
    • Treatment of evolution:

      Evolution as consensus theory
      Evolution as one of many equally viable theories
      Evolution is not taught

    Literature Traditional

      In traditional literature programs students focus on decoding the mechanics of texts: plot, characterization, and themes. These texts tend to include a balance of contemporary and “classic” literature. When studying a past work, students investigate its historical context -- but only insofar as this adds understanding to the work itself. Past works are therefore studied “on their own terms”, and not merely as historical artifacts to be deconstructed: traditional literature programs are firmly rooted in the humanities, and carry the belief that great literature can reveal fundamental and universal truths about the human condition. These programs emphasize class discussions and critical essay writing, and aim to develop in students critical thinking, communication skills, and a cultivated taste and ethos.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What Foxcroft Academy says: To graduate from Foxcroft Academy, students must earn credit in English I and English II, and must earn at least one credit from a Topics / Honors / AP English elective in both the junior and the senior year for a total of four credits.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Perennialism

      Perennialism in the humanities and social sciences emphasizes the idea of education being a kind of “conversation” between generations, and so frequently turns to “Great Works” and “Big Ideas” for teaching-content. Perennialist programs approach past works on their own terms; as if they might actually help students understand “today” better. Past works are not viewed as mere historical artifacts, but as gateways to a deeper understanding of the human condition. History (and, by extension, the humanities in general) therefore plays a large role in perennialist curriculums, though social sciences like economics, psychology, and sociology can still be taught. There is a strong Liberal Arts bent to perennialist programs. The key goals are to develop critical thinking, a strong foundation of core knowledge (or “cultural literacy”), and persuasion skills through informed debate and extensive practice in essay writing.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What Foxcroft Academy says: To graduate from Foxcroft Academy, students must earn credit in World Civilizations, American History A, American History B, and one Social Studies elective course.


    Foreign Languages Audio-Lingual

      The audio-lingual method of teaching foreign languages emphasizes the use of repetition and a system of immediate reinforcement and feedback. The method makes particular use of oral drills where students are expected to correctly imitate (or intentionally alter) an utterance made by the teacher in the target language. Quizzes and worksheets are also used extensively.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What Foxcroft Academy says: To graduate from Foxcroft Academy, students in the Class of 2018 and beyond must earn credit in at least one World Language and Culture course.

    • Studying a foreign language is required until:   12
    • Languages Offered: • Chinese-Mandarin • French • Latin • Spanish • ESL


    Fine Arts Creative

      Creative arts programs are studio-driven. While historical works and movements may still be taught to add context to the program, students mainly engage in making art (visual, musical, theatrical, etc). The goal is use the actual practice of art to help educate students’ emotions, cognition, and ethos.
      Learn about the different fine arts approaches  


    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • Visual studio philosophy:

      Expressive
      Disciplined
    • What Foxcroft Academy says: Students at Foxcroft Academy must take a minimum of 2 courses from the fine arts. During these elective courses, students are encouraged, to actively participate as creative thinkers through guided practices.


    Computers and Technology Medium integration

      Effort is made to integrate the development of digital literacy through the curriculum. However, this is not a dominant focus.
      Learn about the different computers and technology approaches  


    • What Foxcroft Academy says: Computers and Technology play a role in all facets of learning at Foxcroft Academy. As a pioneer of 1-to-1 iPad integration in curriculum, all classes at some point will utilize 21st Century learning skills as they relate to the use of technology in the learning process.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Foxcroft Academy says: The primary aims of this course are to teach core physical skills, enhance knowledge about sports, exercise, and other forms of physical activity, and to develop immediate and lifelong benefits with enjoyment of physical activity.

    • Foxcroft Academy 's approach to sex-ed: Sex-ed is taught as a facet of Health, which is a compulsory course for all students. Sex-ed is taught at a high level to focus primarily on health relationships, and inherent risks associated with risky lifestyle choices.


    Religious Education
    • Approach to teaching religious and secular curricula

      Completely segregated
      Mostly segregated
      Completely integrated
      Mostly integrated
      Not applicable
    • Approach to teaching religion

      Scripture as literal
      Scripture as interpretive
    • What Foxcroft Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Music Theory
    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Psychology
    • AP Statistics
    • AP Spanish Language
    • AP Studio Art: 2-D Design
    • AP Studio Art: 3-D Design
    • AP Studio Art: Drawing
    • AP United States History
    • AP World History
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Calculus BC
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Chinese Language and Culture
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP French Language
    • AP Latin
    • AP Macroeconomics
    • AP Microeconomics


    Curriculum Pace Standard-enriched

    • Standard-enriched
    • Accelerated
    • Student-paced

    Broadly-speaking, the main curriculum -- like that of most schools -- paces the provincially-outlined one. This pace is steady and set by the teachers and school. The curriculum might still be enriched in various ways: covering topics more in-depth and with more vigor than the provincial one, or covering a broader selection of topics.

    Flexible pacing:

    Flexible pacing style = offered
    Subject-streaming (tracking)
    Multi-age classrooms as standard
    Ability-grouping (in-class) as common
    Frequent use of cyber-learning (at-their-own-pace)
    Regular guided independent study opportunities
    Differentiated assessment

    What Foxcroft Academy says about flexible pacing: Foxcroft Academy recognizes that there are many pathways to career and college readiness, and that all students should plan their own unique experience along one of those paths.


    Academic Culture Rigorous

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “rigorous” academic culture places a high value on academic performance, and expects their students to do the same. This does not mean the school is uncaring, unsupportive, or non-responsive -- far from it. A school can have a rigorous academic culture and still provide excellent individual support. It does mean, however, the school places a particular emphasis on performance -- seeking the best students and challenging them to the fullest extent -- relative to a normal baseline. High expectations and standards – and a challenging yet rewarding curriculum – are the common themes here. Keep in mind this classification is more relevant for the older grades: few Kindergarten classrooms, for example, would be called “rigorous”.

    What Foxcroft Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Balanced

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Balanced
    Equal attention is paid to a balance of priorities: intellectual, emotional, social, and physical.

    What Foxcroft Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    Foxcroft Academy offers limited support for students with learning difficulties or special needs.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Foxcroft Academy does not offer any specialized programming for gifted learners.

    Gifted education: If you want to learn more about gifted education, check out our comprehensive guide. It’s the first of its kind: it covers different kinds of gifted schools and programs, and a whole host of issues parents face in finding the right option for their gifted child.

    Homework Policy

    In grade 12, Foxcroft Academy students perform an average of 2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    9101112
    Foxcroft Academy 45 mins60 mins90 mins120 mins
    Site Average72 mins83 mins98 mins112 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades9 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting9 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting9 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings9 to 12


    Extracurriculars

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    What Foxcroft Academy says:
    • In athletics, we have won 12 state championships in the 13 years Tim Smith has served as Athletic Director, and our student-athletes have recently earned prestigious Sportsmanship Awards in boys’ basketball, girls’ basketball, girls’ tennis, boys’ soccer, softball, and football.

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Downhill skiing
      Field Hockey
      Football
      Golf
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Wrestling
      Badminton
      Cross-country skiing
      Equestrian
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Band
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Dance Club
      Debate Club
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Jazz Ensemble
      Math Club
      Musical theatre/Opera
      Online Magazine
      Outdoor Club
      Photography
      Robotics club
      Student Council
      Yearbook

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    9101112
    Boarding US $41,000


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 9 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid10%
    Average aid package size$7,500
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid10%
    Total aid available$150,000

    Application Deadline:
    Rolling deadline

    More information:
    www.foxcroftacademy.org/admissions

    Application Details:

    This school works with other. for processing financial applications
    Students need to complete the online application and provide academic transcripts/school records for all grades equivalent to US Grades 9-12, in addition to: two teacher recommendations, personal statement of strengths & weaknesses academically and why studying at Foxcroft Academy would benefit them as a student. If not a native English speaker, an English proficiency exam will need to be provided to assess level. See our website for more details.



    Merit based Scholarships

    This information is not currently available.


    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 450
    Average enrollment per grade113
    Gender (grades)9 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 9 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)22%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)22%

    If you want to learn more about boarding schools, check out our comprehensive guide.


    Student distribution:

    9101112
    Day Enrollment987210379
    Boarding Enrollment15212636

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview9 - 12
    SSAT9 - 12
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay9 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Day students:
    Rolling

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What Foxcroft Academy says:

    Students must complete the online application, to include: Two teacher recommendations, school records, personal statement and complete biographical information.


     



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    68%

    Type of student Foxcroft Academy is looking for: Outgoing, active, creative, culturally curious, and friendly.


    Day Boarding

    Student Entry Points

    Student Type9101112
    Day Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    0000
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    6 - 12 (80%)8 - 14 (75%)8 - 12 (70%)1 - 2 (50%)

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size110
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements0
    **Ivy+ placements2

    *Number of students in 2015 who attended one of McGill, U of T, UBC, Queen's University, University of Alberta, or Dalhousie University.

    **Number of students since 2005 that attended one of Harvard, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Stanford, University of Chicago, Oxford or Cambridge (UK)

    Schools our students are admitted to (last 4 years): https://www.foxcroftacademy.org/admissions
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): https://www.foxcroftacademy.org/admissions

    What Foxcroft Academy says:

  • Foxcroft Academy is a school on the rise, and colleges around the nation have certainly taken notice. Students from the Classes of 2012-2015 have received acceptance letters from 77 schools ranked in the top 100 of the 2015 U.S. News and World Report’s National University rankings or Liberal Arts College rankings.

  • Notable Alumni

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    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Dr. Frederick  Hutchinson 1948 BS and MS from UMO, a Ph.D. from Penn State in 1966. Served in the US State Department as Executive Director of Board for International Food and Agricultural
    Mary Chandler Lowell 1881 Is one of the few to have earned the degree of Doctor of Medicine, Bachelor of Law, and Doctor of Jurisprudence.
    Dave Mallet 1969 American singer-songwriter. In a career that spans four decades, his music has traveled to all corners of the world. His songs have been recorded by more than 150 artists.
    Sir Harry Oakes 1892 American-born British Canadian gold mine owner, entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist.
    Dean Smith 1986 Winner of the Walter Byers Award as the National Collegiate Athletic Association's annual winner of its highest academic honor in recognition of being the nation's top scholar-athlete.

    Alumni Highlights

    • Each year Foxcroft Academy is honored to recognize the illustrious careers of the many graduates from FA. In the fall, those students that during their time at FA or beyond had great impacts in Athletics are honored during a Hall of Fame ceremony. In the spring, along with recognizing our top 15% of the graduating class, we also recognize those that have gone on to have an immediate or significant impact in their fields of study.

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Foxcroft Academy's Winter Ascent of Mt. Katahdin

    (Full story with photos click here)

    While the season may have changed calendrically to spring over the weekend of March 19-20, a group of five Foxcroft Academy students, three members of FA’s staff, and two guides from Alpenglow Adventure Sports chose to embrace the winter that still remained by ascending Mount Katahdin in Maine’s Baxter State Park. There was snow; there was ice; there were single-digit temperatures–by all measures but the calendar, it was still winter. Check out the photoblog below to learn of their adventure that started at Alpenglow Adventure Sports in Orono and took the group of Foxcroft Academy students and staff to Maine’s highest point during Maine’s most unforgiving season.

    After all gear was checked at Alpenglow’s headquarters in Orono, ME, A group of five Foxcroft Academy students and three members of the Academy’s staff drove up I-95, through Millinocket, up the Golden Road, and into Baxter State Park for a two-day, one-night adventure up Maine’s highest peak. After Parking at Abol Bridge, the group registered and set out for Abol Campground where they would spend the night.

    The adventure required lots of gear, and the group lugged heavy packs and sleds full of food and water, -15 degree sleeping bags and pads, and everything else needed to survive a March night in the woods and a winter ascent of Mount Katahdin. Pictured here, freshman Andy Yu is all smiles at the start of the five-mile trek.

    Abol Campground was simple, and the group prepared for a night in the single digits, protected only by three walls, a roof, and the gear they hauled in.

    Spirits were high, however, as Guide and Master Chef Pat of Alpenglow Adventure Sports whipped the group up some delicious ramen and pasta–lots of carbs and fat that would fuel the group the next day.

    Once night fell, Alpenglow Guide Dick helped the group pour hot water into bottles that were to be placed in one’s sleeping bag for the night. The hot bottle would slowly release heat and take the edge off of the plunging temperature. With the hot-water bottles, everyone was also instructed to take into their sleeping bags: clothes for the next day, a hat, gloves, their boot liners, and a midnight snack.

    5 am and wakeup came quickly, and the group packed and ate breakfast in the dark before hitting the trail at 7 am.

    After about an hour of hiking, terrain got steeper and icier, and the group stopped to put on microspikes–half-inch blades that gripped the ground with every step. When paired with a ski pole, ascent was made much easier and safer.

    Forming a caravan, the group inched their way up the mountain, navigating ice, snow, and large glacier-deposited rocks.

    Teamwork was often a necessity. Pictured here, senior Hunter Giacomuzzi reaches up to grab ski poles extended by a fellow hiker.

    The going was tough, and the group took breaks often to avoid overexertion, to refuel with snacks, and to prevent a buildup of sweat that would freeze later on the Tablelands. Not everyone made it look as good as senior Gabe Piquette does here.

    Mr. Rob Canning, the group’s fearless organizer, is an ESL teacher during the week and an outdoor adventurer on the weekend. A river-raft guide when he was younger, Mr. Canning can not escape the pull of the outdoors. This year’s group of Foxcroft Academy students is the third he has led up Katahdin in the winter.

    After hours of strenuous climbing up Abol Slide, which constitutes a pile of refrigerator and SUV-sized boulders, the group came to the Tablelands, a stark contrast in terrain. Now more exposed to wind, the group, like Harry Ma (pictured), protected their face and eyes from the sun and wind. Once to the Tablelands, the group still had a mile more to the summit.

    Conditions were mild, calm, and “bluebird,” making for easy hiking and beautiful views that extended as far as Sugarloaf Mountain more than 100 miles away.

    After more than four hours, four miles, and 4000 feet of climb, the group had made the summit of Maine’s highest peak. Breaking trail for most of the day, the group from Foxcroft Academy were some of the only hikers to make the summit. Standing here with the picturesque sign, the group became some of the first to be photographed with the sign in 2016.

    Rising 5267 feet above sea level, Mount Katahdin falls just short of one mile high. Senior Blaine Robinson and Mr. Jeremy Koch go the extra distance.

    Once atop Maine’s highest peak, the hikers’ day was just one-third done. They still needed to climb down, re-don their heavy packs, and hike out. Entering the homestretch, 15 miles and 9000 feet of elevation change into the day, the sky celebrated their achievements with a beautiful sunset.

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    Applied Media Students Integral in Creation of Promotional Video for Local Business

    https://www.foxcroftacademy.org/foxcroft-academy-applied-media-students-integral-creation-promotional-video-local-business/

     

    Camille Bozzelli and Erika Chadbourne, Foxcroft Academy juniors and members of the Academy’s Applied Media class, were an integral part of a team from FA that travelled to Peabody, Massachusetts to film a promotional video for J.D. Raymond Transport earlier this year. Bozzelli and Chadbourne were joined on the trip by Theater and Film Teacher Derrick Buschmann, Applied Media Teacher Graham Pearsall, and Assistant Head of School Chris McGary.

    John Raymond, an alumnus of the Academy, reached out to FA’s Applied Media and Film classes about making a promotional video for his mulch transportation company, J.D. Raymond Transport, in January of 2016. Raymond and his management team were impressed by the photos and videos that were being produced by FA students and were interested in offering students of the Academy an unique film opportunity. “They recognized the talent of Foxcroft Academy’s students and proposed a mutually beneficial project,” said Pearsall, the Academy’s Applied Media teacher. “The project was a great opportunity for Camille and Erika to work on a video with real-world applications that could feature prominently in their film portfolios and college applications, AND it was a great chance for the Academy to harness the talents of its students to help a local business.”

    Bozzelli and Chadbourne worked two professional-grade Canon 5D cameras at the shoot, and their work can be seen prominently in the final video below:

     

    YouTube Video Link

    ...



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    May 3, 2016 - Alumni Weekend

    The Annual Alumni Weekend will be held the first weekend of August. The festivities will kick off with the Friday night Lawn Party. ...



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