Foxcroft Academy is an independent high school founded in 1823 on the principle that knowledge is power. Foxcroft Academy is committed to providing students from central Maine and beyond a rigorous college and career preparatory academic curriculum designed to produce informed and active global citizens. Foxcroft Academy will furnish all students with the underlying skills needed for post-secondary success while embracing its safe community and natural environment.
Foxcroft Academy was established as a private secondary school on January 30, 1823, and became the first school to be chartered after Maine became a state. The school was named for Colonel Joseph Ellery Foxcroft, who had purchased one of the five townships granted to Bowdoin College by the Massachusetts General Court in 1794. The name of the township was later changed to Foxcroft.
By the beginning of the twentieth century, Foxcroft Academy was on the approved list of several colleges, including Brown University, Boston University, Bowdoin College, Dartmouth College, Smith College, University of Maine, Mount Holyoke College, Amherst College, Wesleyan University, Wellesley College, Colby College, and Bates College. In 1924, it was noted that Foxcroft Academy was “one of the few fitting schools in the State of Maine whose graduates are admitted to the New England Colleges on certificates without examination.”