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A Unique International Boarding School Claimed

Sail Around the Atlantic While Taking High School Classes

A+ World Academy

We are a boarding school that is challenging the status quo and provide an experiential learning environment where students live and learn through active engagement. They experiment, ask questions, learn to exercise grit, learn to become resourceful, and develop presence.  Most importantly they learn to take risks, learn to fail and persevere while solving real world issues that are incorporated into their course work.

Imagine as a high school student, your class room and dormitory are on the world’s oldest fully rigged tall ship (SS Sørlandet) with a community of 64 fellow students from all over the world, 6 teachers and 12 professional sailing crew. In addition to your academic responsibilities, you play an active part in the operations of the ship. You are assigned day and night watches that include cleaning, maintenance, sail maneuvering, helming, lookout, galley and safety rounds when at port or on course to one of the 15+ ports you will visit during the school year. You and your ship mates live the principles of safely staying the course, keeping your academic and ship commitments with the motto Ship, Shipmate, Self. This maritime honor code could very well be the code of life itself. You learn that your ship and your journey is founded on teamwork; as you progress on your ten-month journey, you meld into your team and become a part of the larger ship family.

Our unique program presents real-life political, social and environmental choices. Students come from various countries, various ethnic, religious, cultural and economic backgrounds.  Onboard the ship they live close to one another and must learn to communicate with each other, work as a team, and show consideration, empathy and solidarity. A+ World Academy teaches its students to develop grit, resilience, and perseverance. While on shore the amazing activities they participate in exposes them to real life challenges people face around the world. Whether they are cleaning the beaches at Cabo Verde with local students, climbing the volcano at Tenerife, studying the urban water crisis in Cape Town or diving with whale sharks in St. Helena, they are learning to independently and responsibly understand and respond to social, ethical, political and environmental challenges.   Back onboard the ship in addition to attending regular classes (AP Capstone courses) they take part in night and day watches and daily duties that help them develop life skills such as time management, work-ethic and team work. They overcome challenges daily, strengthening their character and building their self-confidence.

A+ World Academy students learn to live and thrive as a community. They excel both on a personal and communal level. They push their boundaries and learn to be the best version of themselves. All this while crossing the Atlantic.

Read more about our program, courses and tuition or start your application on our website.


Q What kind of student is A+ World Academy looking for?

A+ World Academy is looking for motivated and mature students who are excited about exploring the world and who will take on challenges in order to grow and develop. Students must be academically strong in order to meet the demands of our rigorous curriculum. Students must also have a good command of English (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Q What are the ages of students who attend A+ World Academy?

Students are aged 16-19.

Q Do you need sailing experience?

No, you do not need any sailing experience in order to be accepted at A+ World Academy.

Q Do you accept mid-year or summer admissions?

Unfortunately not. We operate on a full academic year basis only, from August to June.

Q Is there an application deadline?

No, there is not an application deadline. We have a rolling admissions process, however we encourage students to apply as early as possible since space on the ship is limited.

Q How many hours of class do we have?

You have between 4 and 6 hours of class each day. Over the course of the year you’ll have around 900 hours of academic classroom instruction.

Q What is an Advanced Placement course?

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program developed in United Stated by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Although it was created in the United States, it is a commonly used worldwide, particularly in international schools. AP courses are rigorous courses and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created by the College Board by a panel of experts and university-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. For more information, you may visit the following website at https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse.

Q Which universities accept AP courses?

Advanced Placement is a globally-recognized academic program, currently offered in secondary schools in over 100 countries around the world. More than 600 universities in more than 60 countries and territories outside of the United States recognize AP Exam scores for admission, credit and placement. Taking AP courses and exams provides students with recognized academic credentials, wherever their college or university plans will lead. To learn more about universities that recognize AP qualifications, see this link.

Q How long is the program, and when does your school year begin and end?

The program lasts for a full academic year. The school year begins in August and ends in early June. The program is approximately 270-290 days in length including approximately 70 days off of the ship in different ports.

Q What is a typical day like?

The day usually starts around 07.00-07.30. At 07.30 we have breakfast and at 08.00 we have colors (morning assembly). At 08.00 everyone on board musters to receive navigation updates (where we are, how fast we are going, what day it is etc.), hoist the flag, and receive news about particular plans or activities of the day. After colors (around 08.15 to 09.00) we have daily cleaning. This involves rinsing the deck with salt water to keep it from rotting, and making sure that all is clean and tidy around the ship. A normal day usually includes 4-6 hours of class and 2 hours of physicals (helming, lookout, safety and galley). Students are also assigned as idle hands which means that they may be called to help on deck if needed. The students also take part in a 2 hour night watch every night. In port we spend half of our time on organized port activities and the other half on shore leave, where we always buy SIM-cards, eat good food, talk to family and buy snacks. In addition to that students do all sorts of activities depending on where they are.