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A+ World Academy
A+ World Academy
Kirkegata 1, Kristiansand, 4610, Norway
  • • Kirkegata 1, Kristiansand, 4610, Norway
  • • Lisbon, Portugal
  • • Canary Islands, Spain
  • • Salvador, Brazil
  • • Urugay, Uruguay
  • • Argentina, Argentina
  • • Cape Town, South Africa
  • • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • • Cape Town, South Africa
  • • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, United Kingdom
  • • French Guiana, French Guiana
  • • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • • Windward / Leeward, Virginia, Dominica
  • • Bahamas, United States
  • • Miami, United States
  • • Hamilton, Bermuda, United Kingdom
  • • Horta, Azora, Portugal
  • • Saint-Malo, France
  • • Harlingen, Netherlands
  • • Kristiansand, Norway
  • • Zinggstrasse 16, Bern, Quebec, 3007, Switzerland
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A+ World Academy

World-wide travel

  • • Kirkegata 1, Kristiansand, 4610, Norway
  • • Lisbon, Portugal
  • • Canary Islands, Spain
  • • Salvador, Brazil
  • • Urugay, Uruguay
  • • Argentina, Argentina
  • • Cape Town, South Africa
  • • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • • Cape Town, South Africa
  • • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, United Kingdom
  • • French Guiana, French Guiana
  • • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • • Windward / Leeward, Virginia, Dominica
  • • Bahamas, United States
  • • Miami, United States
  • • Hamilton, Bermuda, United Kingdom
  • • Horta, Azora, Portugal
  • • Saint-Malo, France
  • • Harlingen, Netherlands
  • • Kristiansand, Norway
  • • Zinggstrasse 16, Bern, Quebec, 3007, Switzerland

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
11 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
EUR €56,000/year
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
Varies
Enrolment:
Boarding: 60 (Gr. 11 - 12)
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Travel Route
Kristiansand, NO – Lisbon, PT – Canary Islands, ES – Salvador, BR – Urugay, UY – Argentina, AR – Cape Town, ZA – Walvis Bay, NA – Cape Town, ZA – Walvis Bay, NA – Saint Helena, UK – French Guiana, GF – Bridgetown, BB – Windward / Leeward, DM – Bahamas, US – Miami, US – Hamilton, UK – Horta, PT – Saint-Malo, FR – Harlingen, NL – Kristiansand, NO – Bern, CH
  • • Kirkegata 1, Kristiansand, 4610, Norway
  • • Lisbon, Portugal
  • • Canary Islands, Spain
  • • Salvador, Brazil
  • • Urugay, Uruguay
  • • Argentina, Argentina
  • • Cape Town, South Africa
  • • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • • Cape Town, South Africa
  • • Walvis Bay, Namibia
  • • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha, United Kingdom
  • • French Guiana, French Guiana
  • • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • • Windward / Leeward, Virginia, Dominica
  • • Bahamas, United States
  • • Miami, United States
  • • Hamilton, Bermuda, United Kingdom
  • • Horta, Azora, Portugal
  • • Saint-Malo, France
  • • Harlingen, Netherlands
  • • Kristiansand, Norway
  • • Zinggstrasse 16, Bern, Quebec, 3007, Switzerland

Highlights:

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About this school:

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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.


The Our Kids review of A+ World Academy

our takeA+ 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.



Principal's Message

principal

Terry Davies, Head of School

Greetings from the deck of the Sorlandet,

Welcome to a most compelling boarding school; here, aboard the tall ship Sorlandet, 55 qualified students in 10th, 11th and 12th grade undertake a voyage of remarkable discovery as they and their teachers set course on a circumnavigation of the world.

Whether engaged in inter-tidal environmental studies in the Amazon delta, conducting anthropological studies on Easter Island, diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or meeting with leading edge business and political figures in Hong Kong, Singapore or Shanghai, our students benefit from firsthand explorations of the planet while completing a rigorous course of study, suitable for university entrance anywhere in the world.

A+ World Academy is about new schools of thought. We are committed to a curriculum, to learning experiences and to teaching strategies that prepare students today for the world that they will live in tomorrow. A+ students get to take their classroom to the world.

The curriculum at A+ World. Academy is inspired by International Baccalaureate philosophy and students study demanding Advanced Placement curriculum. The A+ World Academy partners include governments, school boards, colleges and a number of independent schools from Europe, the United States, Canada and Australia. The benefit to students is that they are assured of receiving a respected transcript and/or diploma from an authority with which they are familiar. Moreover, successful completion of Advanced Placement courses, in most cases, will provide advanced credit at university.

But A+ is not just about course work; the most successful young people that I have met in decades of school leadership are those who acquired and practiced critical inter-personal skills and who have developed a strong moral compass.  Teamwork, responsibility, independence, respectful conduct, resourcefulness and good choices are hallmarks of an A+ education and they blossom as in a greenhouse aboard a sailing ship.

I invite you to visit with our Admissions Team and to inquire further into how and why A+ is the absolutely best choice for students who want to be ‘top of the list’, as people, as candidates for university and as prospective employees.

Welcome aboard,

Terry Davies

Head of School

 


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What A+ World Academy says: Our students follow a rigorous academic program based on a selection of Advanced Placement courses. The instruction is traditional and similar to any other school. All instruction, however happens at sea while moving from one destination to the next. Seven international teachers lead, guide, and support our students around the clock throughout the year.

  • Approach:
    Focus
    Academic


  • Pedagogies and subject courses:

  • Mathematics Equal Balance

      These math programs feature an equal balance of “Traditional” and “Discovery” methods.
      Learn about the different mathematics approaches  


    • What A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • 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: This information is not currently available.

    • 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 Equal Balance

      These literature programs draw in equal measure from “Traditional” and “Social Justice” programs.
      Learn about the different literature approaches  


    • What A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Humanities and Social Sciences Equal Balance

      These programs represent an equal balance between the perennialist and pragmatic approach to teaching the humanities and social sciences.
      Learn about the different humanities and social sciences approaches  


    • What A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages Equal Balance

      These programs feature an equal blend of the audio-lingual and communicative styles of language instruction.
      Learn about the different foreign languages approaches  


    • What A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.

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


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

      Subject = offered
      Acting
      Dance
      Drama/Theatre
      Graphic Design
      Music
      Visual Arts
    • What A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    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 A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What A+ World Academy says: The health and physical education course has been designed to provide learning experiences that will help students realize their potential in life. Through sailing and land-based activities, students will develop an understanding of the importance of physical fitness, health, and well-being, and the factors that contribute to them.


    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 A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Advanced Placement Courses
    • AP Physics C: Mechanics
    • AP World History
    • AP Biology
    • AP Calculus AB
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Chinese Language and Culture
    • AP English Literature and Composition
    • AP Environmental Science
    • AP Government and Politics: Comparative
    • AP Human Geography
    • AP Macroeconomics

    Sex and Health Education
    Topics covered in sex and health education: This information is not currently available.

    What A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.

    Approach:
    Mostly value-neutral

    By and large, we teach sex education free of any particular moral or ethical standpoint. We try not to impose any particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) on our students when teaching sex and related issues.


    Fairly value-based

    Sex education is sometimes taught from a particular moral or ethical standpoint. Sometimes particular values or value systems (such as social, political, or ideological values) are invoked when teaching sex and related issues.

    Traditional

    This includes a range of positions. A traditional approach might, for example, go as far as emphasizing the nuclear family and complete abstinence from sex before marriage. Alternatively, this approach might simply involve placing less emphasis on sex outside of the context of marriage and more emphasis on abstinence. Or finally, it might just involve focusing less on sex outside of the context of marriage.

    Progressive

    This might mean more emphasis is placed on the importance of such things as social equality, diversity, and choice in sex education.


    What A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.



    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 A+ World Academy says about flexible pacing: Signature Programme Students will formulate their essay research topic and will engage in the personal exploration of the topic across each of the 20 to 25 international destinations visited.


    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 A+ World 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 A+ World Academy says: This information is not currently available.


    Special Needs Support Limited

    Limited

    A+ World 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

    A+ World 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, A+ World Academy students perform an average of >2 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    101112
    A+ World Academy 90 mins160 mins160 mins
    Site Average82 mins97 mins110 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades10 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback10 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting10 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings10 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    Extracurriculars

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    What A+ World Academy says:
    • Traveling to 20+ incredible ports on 5 continents around the world

    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
      Sailing
    • Clubs Offered
      Astronomy Club
      Debate Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Radio club
      School newspaper
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

     
    1112
    Boarding EUR €56,000
    What A+ World Academy says: Our program is unique. We are a non-profit school and all tuition goes to cover costs related to the program and to preserving the world’s oldest fully-rigged tall ship, the Sørlandet. Tuition is paid in three instalments: 14 days after acceptance, May and August. The annual tuition fee includes: Full boarding, cost of the academic program, field studies and lab work.

    Need-based financial aid

    This information is not currently available.



    Merit based Scholarships

    Scholarship
    Amount: $28,000
    Academic
    Deadline: Rolling
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 10 to 12
    For more details, visit: www.aplusworld.academy

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 60
    Average enrollment per grade30
    Gender (grades)11 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 11 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)100%
    % in boarding (grade-eligible)100%

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


    Student distribution:

    101112
    Boarding Enrollment15555

    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    Interview11 - 12
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay11 - 12
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What A+ World Academy says:
    1. Above average grades in all pre-university or core courses leading to university studies.
    2. For students with English as a second language: Competency in English equal to or higher than C1 – (CEFR), 6,5 (IELTS) or 80 (TOEFL).
    3. Healthy and physically fit, suited to the rigors of travel, study and work aboard a tall ship
    4. Able to swim 200 meters non-stop and then, immediately, tread water for 20 minutes
    5. Social and emotional maturity, able to work effectively in a team setting .
      • Motivation to Attend (due to interest in sailing, academic quality, personal development or cultural exploration).
      • Demonstrated initiative, responsibility and independence.
    6. Successful interview.


    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    72%

    Type of student A+ World Academy is looking for: Successful students at A+ are driven and motivated to achieve something more for themselves. Be it reflected in academics, life skills, cultural awareness or an impressive personal story to enhance their college and job applications.



    Student Entry Points

    Student Type1112
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    1 - 4 (100%)50 - 55 (70%)

    University Placement

    highlights
    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size6
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements0
    **Ivy+ placementsN/A

    *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): Carleton, Oslo, Queens, Thompson Rivers, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): Carleton, Oslo, Queens, Thompson Rivers, UC Santa Barbara, Arizona

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

    Testimonial

    “The A+ programme combines great teachers with the adventure and discipline of sailing the Sørlandet to some amazing destinations. There's close teamwork among students and staff and the freedom to discover the world (and one's self) across a wide range of cultures.

    ...



    Testimonial

    “We are thrilled with the opportunities at A+ World Academy. These people really know what each student needs, not only scholastically, but also in personal development and growth. A+ World Academy provides a first class education that ticks all the boxes. We wouldn't choose anywhere else for our daughter's education”.

    ...



    Testimonial

    “It has revolutionized our daughter's look on life. It has not only been the adventure of a lifetime but a spiritual experience which has enhanced our daughter's appreciation, and awareness of the value and beauty of small things, and the importance of respect and responsibility. What an incredible life tool to own!”

    ...



    Testimonial

    A+ World Academy was the perfect choice for Tobias. He is well supported by the administrators, the teachers and the crew. This is a joint venture. We couldn't ask for more. This experience has truly changed his life. A+ World Academy is an excellent combination of learning by doing, superb education and motivation, as well as an extraordinary chance to travel and explore the world.

    ...



    How have I come to learn more about my body and its capabilities?

    I have gained more strength through these four months, both physically and mentally. By living with lack of sleep, long days filled with though school, including 4 hours of day watch and night watch, and fitness every morning, I have now realized how strong I have become, and how much I actually can push my limits. I have become more patient, and also gained more self confidence by showing myself how much I really am capable of doing. 

    ...



    In the News

    News

    May 20, 2015 - Sorlandet launches A+ Academy and sets sail on a circumnavigation

    Read the latest article from Sail Training International http://themasthead.sailtraininginternational.org/march-2015/around-the-world/norway ...



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    Other Highlights:

    • A high school that sails around the world
    • Not only are you a student at the school, but you take part in sailing the world’s oldest operating fully-rigged Tall Ship


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