This high school is tough, and that’s the point. Students live close to one another and must learn to communicate and show consideration. They will take part in watches and daily duties aboard which develop life skills such as work-ethic and team work. They overcome challenges on a daily basis that has shown to strengthen character and confidence.
The best part? They will have the opportunity to attend a high school with AP courses while exploring the world.— Visit school website
A+ was founded in 2015 by Terry Davies, the founder of four schools, including West Island College and Class Afloat. So, while A+ is still young, it reflects decades of experience in education and life at sea. Davies founded Class Afloat in 1984, the year that the United Nations declared as “International Youth Year” and invited schools worldwide to interpret that theme. Class Afloat was Davies response. “While other schools engaged in painting murals and hosting international food fairs,” he says, “I chartered a tall ship and committed to bringing the classroom to the world.” When asked what students need most out of their educations, Davies tellingly responds “accountability.” With A+, it’s easy to be wowed by the destinations—yes, it looks like a dream come true, and in many ways it is—though life at sea is a crucible for gaining a sense of accountability to oneself and others, and in many ways that’s the nut of the program. The tall ship platform is used to teach a host of personal development skills, hands-on lessons in history, economics, political science, environmental stewardship and, ultimately, to grant students a heightened sense of their place in the global community. They return having packed a lot of learning and a lot of growth into a relatively short period of time. Invariably, though, what students think of first is that sense of accountability, having worked as part of a team of people who were all responsible for the wellbeing of the group. The experience is intense and uniquely rewarding. The ideal student is one who shares a sense of adventure and who also thrives in an exceptionally close-knit academic and social setting.