The Carvela Leadership Academy
A fresh take on learning
The Carvela Leadership Academy (CLA) is a fully-accredited residential semester program for adventurous and open-minded high school students. Built upon a core philosophy that emphasizes collaboration, inclusion, and connection, CLA combines academic rigor with experiential learning in a unique nature-based setting.
The Carvela Leadership Academy is part of Project Foxwood and is located in Traverse City, Michigan.
Apply Now for Spring 2024
Now accepting applications for the spring semester and beyond.
We seek applicants who are self-directed learners looking for an adventurous alternative to the traditional high school experience.
Admissions are rolling and need-based financial aid is available.
The Carvela philosophy
At Carvela Leadership Academy, we empower young people through experiential learning. Our unique programming model emphasizes creativity, exploration, and community building. Our goal is to make a positive impact on each member of our community by building connections to self, others, and the natural world.
In all that we do, we embrace 5 central ideals:
Carvela Academy Parent
"Having social interaction with a tight-knit group was really beneficial to our daughter. She learned a lot about social dynamics and how to get along with people she may not be aligned with in thinking and beliefs. She had an amazing time and I'm really happy we were able to give her this opportunity."