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Class Afloat - West Island College International
Class Afloat - West Island College International
97 Kaulbach Street, P.O. Box 10, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0
  • • 97 Kaulbach Street, P.O. Box 10, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0
  • • Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
  • • Havana, Cuba
  • • Horta, Portugal
  • • St-Malo, France
  • • Dublin, Ireland
  • • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • • Porto, Portugal
  • • Porto Cervo, Province of Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia, Italy
  • • Toulon, France
  • • Malaga, Spain
  • • Agadir, Morocco
  • • Canary Islands, Spain
  • • Dakar, Senegal
  • • Fernando De Noronha, Brazil
  • • Recife, Brazil
  • • Belem, Brazil
  • • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • • Ascension Island, United Kingdom
  • • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • • Samana, Dominican Republic
  • • Cartagena, Colombia
  • • San Blas Islands, Archipiélago de San Blas, Panama
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Class Afloat - West Island College International

World-wide travel

  • • 97 Kaulbach Street, P.O. Box 10, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0
  • • Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
  • • Havana, Cuba
  • • Horta, Portugal
  • • St-Malo, France
  • • Dublin, Ireland
  • • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • • Porto, Portugal
  • • Porto Cervo, Province of Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia, Italy
  • • Toulon, France
  • • Malaga, Spain
  • • Agadir, Morocco
  • • Canary Islands, Spain
  • • Dakar, Senegal
  • • Fernando De Noronha, Brazil
  • • Recife, Brazil
  • • Belem, Brazil
  • • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • • Ascension Island, United Kingdom
  • • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • • Samana, Dominican Republic
  • • Cartagena, Colombia
  • • San Blas Islands, Archipiélago de San Blas, Panama

Curriculum:
Traditional
Grades (Gender):
11 to 12 (Coed)
Tuition:
$36,000 to 57,500/semester
Main Language:
English
Avg. Class Size:
8 to 10
Enrolment:
Boarding: 60 (Gr. 11 - 12)
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  • Science facilities
  • Shared spaces
  • Shared spaces
Travel Route
Lunenburg, CA – Puerto Limon, CR – Havana, CU – Horta, PT – St-Malo, FR – Dublin, IE – Amsterdam, NL – Amsterdam, NL – Porto, PT – Porto Cervo, Province of Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia, IT – Toulon, FR – Malaga, ES – Agadir, MA – Canary Islands, ES – Dakar, SN – Fernando De Noronha, BR – Recife, BR – Belem, BR – Bridgetown, BB – Ascension Island, UK – Bridgetown, BB – Samana, DO – Cartagena, CO – San Blas Islands, PA
  • • 97 Kaulbach Street, P.O. Box 10, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, B0J 2C0
  • • Puerto Limon, Costa Rica
  • • Havana, Cuba
  • • Horta, Portugal
  • • St-Malo, France
  • • Dublin, Ireland
  • • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • • Porto, Portugal
  • • Porto Cervo, Province of Olbia-Tempio, Sardinia, Italy
  • • Toulon, France
  • • Malaga, Spain
  • • Agadir, Morocco
  • • Canary Islands, Spain
  • • Dakar, Senegal
  • • Fernando De Noronha, Brazil
  • • Recife, Brazil
  • • Belem, Brazil
  • • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • • Ascension Island, United Kingdom
  • • Bridgetown, Barbados
  • • Samana, Dominican Republic
  • • Cartagena, Colombia
  • • San Blas Islands, Archipiélago de San Blas, Panama

Highlights:

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About this school:

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Class Afloat is one of the world's premier experiential education programmes. Students sail a magnificent tall ship to 20 ports on 4 continents, while earning full academic credits through rigorous and highly acclaimed grade 11, 12 and first-year university (through Acadia University) programs. The specialized learning environment aboard the ship and in diverse ports of call offers an unparalleled academic experience and the opportunity for personal growth and life-changing cultural exploration.


The Our Kids review of Class Afloat - West Island College International

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In the world of unique educational options, Class Afloat takes the prize. It’s exactly what it looks like: students board a tall ship and sail off to see the world. While they do that, they take classes, earning credits toward completion of their high school diploma. Unreal. But, there it is.

The program was begun in 1984, inspired by that year being designated by the United Nations as International Youth Year. The founder of Montreal’s West Island College, Terry Davies, chose to mark the year and its main themes—development, participation, peace—through an extended sailing trip with students that were already enrolled at WIC. Because of the success of that trip, the Class Afloat program has continued to operate ever since. To date the program has gained 1500 alumni, and has sailed more than 700 000 nautical miles, roughly equivalent to travelling to the moon and back, or four circumnavigations of the globe.

The ship provides, as you might imagine, a focal point, though it does so in ways that you may not initially think. Living and working aboard a tall ship can be challenging—students need to live in close quarters, and work with their peers in order to achieve certain goals. For some, that experience itself can provide some of the best, and most lasting lessons. It’s not for the faint of heart, and is only for students who choose this option themselves and are keen to make the most of it.



Principal's Message

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Megan Macleod, Head of School

Class Afloat is pleased to announce the appointment of Megan MacLeod as our new Head of School. Megan oversees the delivery of our academic curriculum, port programming, community and sail training aspects of the Class Afloat program.   

Megan comes to the Head of School position with many years of Class Afloat experience and a deep understanding of the program potential from a faculty and ship life perspective. She taught sciences as a Class Afloat faculty member from 2010 – 2014 and was appointed Shipboard Director in her last year aboard. While teaching on land over the last two years she has furthered her professional interests in leadership studies and curriculum development while continuing to serve as an Academic Advisor to Class Afloat. She brings a global perspective to the program from her teaching experiences in China and Australia.  

Driven by a passion to engage young people in activities that allow them to develop their leadership skills and full potential as global citizens, Megan believes that sailing the world on a traditional tall ship will allow our students to gain the life skills required for success in 2016 and into the future.   


Academics


Curriculum Traditional

Primary Curriculum: Traditional


What Class Afloat says: At Class Afloat we deliver a traditional academic program with an experiential approach. Utilizing the curriculum and outcomes set out by the NS Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, faculty lead students on a journey of learning set against a canvas of dynamic historical, cultural, and geographic relevance. Emphasis is placed on making connections between knowledge and skills learned and the lived experience. Students are encouraged to think critically, ask questions and lead discussion, particularly outside of the scheduled instructional time. Mandatory courses in Maritime Studies and The Sociology of Community are workshop based courses that are lead by the entire faculty and more dynamic in their content, adjusting to students interests and needs.

  • 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 Class Afloat 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 Class Afloat 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 Class Afloat says: This information is not currently available.


    Foreign Languages
    • What Class Afloat says: This information is not currently available.

    • Languages Offered: • French • ESL


    Fine Arts
    • Program offers:

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


    Computers and Technology
    • What Class Afloat says: This information is not currently available.

    • Program covers:

      Subject = offered
      Computer science
      Robotics
      Web design

    Physical Education
    • What Class Afloat says: This information is not currently available.


    Sex and Health Education Nova Scotia curriculum
    Topics covered in sex and health education:
    Topics We begin covering this topic at:
    Body parts Gr. 11
    Nutrition Gr. 11
    Human development Gr. 11
    Puberty Gr. 11
    Sexual health and hygiene Gr. 11
    Reproduction Gr. 11
    Pregnancy Gr. 11
    Sexually transmitted infections Gr. 11
    Sex and decision-making Gr. 11
    Contraception Gr. 11
    Consent Gr. 11
    Sexual orientation Gr. 11
    Gender identity Gr. 11
    Misconceptions relating to sexuality Gr. 11
    Relationships and intimacy Gr. 11
    Bias and stereotyping about sex Gr. 11
    Sexual harassment Gr. 11
    Body image issues Gr. 11
    Mental illness Gr. 11
    Social justice and diversity Gr. 11

    What Class Afloat says: Class Afloat follows the Nova Scotia education curriculum and strives to provide students with a wide variety of courses to choose from. At this time, we do not offer sexual health and education courses aboard the Gulden Leeuw however all topics covered in the Nova Scotia education curriculum are covered in workshop-based course called \"Sociology of Community\" which runs year-round.

    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 Class Afloat 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 Class Afloat says about flexible pacing: This information is not currently available.


    Academic Culture Supportive

    • Rigorous
    • Supportive

    A school with a “supportive” academic culture focuses more on process than short-term outcomes: academic performance is a welcomed side-benefit, but not the driving focus. This does not mean the school lacks standards, or has low expectations for its students: a school can have a supportive academic culture and still light the fire of ambition in its students. It does mean, however, the school provides a less intensive culture than schools with a “rigorous” academic classification, and is focused more simply on instilling a love of learning and life-long curiosity.

    What Class Afloat says: This information is not currently available.


    Developmental Priorities Intellectual, Social

    Primary Developmental Priority: Intellectual
    Academically strong, creative, and critical thinkers, capable of exercising rationality, apprehending truth, and making aesthetic distinctions.

    Secondary Developmental Priority: Social
    Socially aware and active citizens, motivated to change the world (or their community) for the better.

    What Class Afloat says: At Class Afloat students are challenged to complete a full academic school year while participating in a dynamic community setting. We utilize the power of our community in a traditional tall ship sail training context to have students develop a sense of their place in our community and the cultures they visit. While living, working, learning and travelling together, we foster the values of leadership, excellence, ethics and environmental sustainability with the ultimate goal of producing strong and compassionate global citizens.


    Special Needs Support Mild difficulties

    Mild difficulties

    Class Afloat can provide support for mild disablities. Class Afloat does NOT provide specialized support for moderate-to-severe learning disabilities, developmental disabililties, behavioural/emotional disorders, or physical disabilities.

    • Academic Support:
      Support Type = offered
      Learning strategy and study counselling; habit formation
      Extra support and minor accommodations for children experiencing subclinical difficulties
    • Mild but clinically diagnosed ADHD
      Support Type = offered
      Accommodations
      Modifications
      Extra support

    Gifted Learner Support No Support

    No Support

    Class Afloat 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, Class Afloat - West Island College International students perform an average of 1.5 hours of homework per night.

    Nightly Homework
    1112
    Class Afloat90 mins90 mins
    Site Average97 mins110 mins

    Report Card Policy

    How assessments are delivered across the grades:

    Lettered or numbered grades11 to 12
    Prose (narrative)-based feedback11 to 12
    Academic achievement reporting11 to 12
    Habits and behaviour reporting11 to 12
    Parent-teacher meetings11 to 12

    Class Sizes Not available

    This information is not currently available.


    Extracurriculars

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    What Class Afloat says:

    This information is not currently available.


    • Sports OfferedCompetitiveRecreational
      Baseball
      Basketball
      Football
      Ice Hockey
      Lacrosse
      Rowing
      Rugby
      Running
      Sailing
      Soccer
      Softball
      Swimming
      Tennis
      Track & Field
      Volleyball
    • Clubs Offered
      Art Club
      Astronomy Club
      Chess Club
      Choir
      Community Service
      Drama Club
      Environmental Club
      Foreign Language Club
      Outdoor Club
      Outdoor Education
      Photography
      Poetry/Literature club
      School newspaper
      Science Club
      Student Council
      Yearbook
      Yoga

    Tuition & Financial Aid

    Tuition

    Boarding (Domestic) Boarding (International)
     
    1112
    Boarding (Domestic)$36,000 / semester
    Boarding (International)$39,500 / semester


    Need-based financial aid

    Grade range that need-based aid is offered: 11 to 12
    Percentage of grade-eligible students receiving financial aid0%
    Average aid package size$0
    Percentage of total enrollment on financial aid0%
    Total aid available$0

    Application Deadline:
    March 15, 2017 Repeats annually

    More information:
    theclassafloatfoundation.com

    Application Details:

    This school works with The Class Afloat Foundation. for processing financial applications
    Successful Class Afloat applicants may apply to the Class Afloat Foundation for scholarships. Established in 2012, the Class Afloat Foundation operates under the direction of a board comprised of former students, administrators and parents. The Foundation operates as an independent body maintaining an arm's length relationship to the school in all matters relating to setting scholarship criteria, assessment of applicants and making awards. The Foundation is a Canadian registered charity dedicated to supporting young people who want to make a difference on our planet. Applicants for the Class Afloat Scholarship are assessed for their intellectual and personal achievement in terms of leadership, commitment to volunteer service, physical vigour and academic success. The number and amount of each scholarship award will be determined according to the success of the Foundation at meeting its annual fundraising targets. As a guide, scholarship awards are likely to fund up to half the annual Class Afloat full year tuition fee. The Foundation has made a commitment to raising funds for awards based on academic and personal distinction, but also for candidates that have a demonstrated need for financial aid to participate in Class Afloat 2016-17.



    Merit based Scholarships

    Class Afloat Young Sailor Scholarship
    Amount: $15,000
    Other
    Deadline: 07/05/2014
    Eligibility Details: Students grade 11 to 12—

    To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must: • Be endorsed by a sailing school or yacht club • Be entering grade 11 or 12 • Have demonstrated leadership in their school, sailing club and community • Be willing and capable to participate fully onboard the vessel and in the classroom • Be willing to send voyage updates, testimonials, videos and photographs that can be published by Class Afloat if required

    Application Details:

    To be eligible for this scholarship, candidates must: • Be entering grade 11 or 12 • Be applying for the full year program • Submit a reference letter from a sailing school or yacht club • Submit a letter of intent, outlining that they: - Have demonstrated leadership in their school, sailing club and community- Are willing and capable to participate fully onboard the vessel and in the classroom- Are willing to send voyage updates, testimonials, videos and photographs that can be published by Class Afloat, if required

    For more details, visit: www.classafloat.com/section/join-our-crew/scholarship-information

    Enrollment

    Total enrollment 60
    Average enrollment per grade30
    Average class size8 to 10
    Grades (gender)11 to 12 (Coed)
    Boarding offered Gr. 11 - 12
    % in boarding (total enrollment)100%

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


    Student distribution: This information is not currently available.


    Admission

    Application

    Admissions Assessments:

    Assessment = requiredGrades
    InterviewN/A
    SSAT
    SSAT (out of province)
    Entrance Exam(s)
    Entrance Essay
    Application Fee

    Application Deadlines:

    Boarding students:
    Rolling


    What Class Afloat says:

    The following must be submitted to apply to Class Afloat - West Island College International. • A completed application form (download the Application Package here) • Application fee ($100 CAD) to be submitted with application form • Two personal reference forms (included in the Application Package) • A completed medical form, including blood type - completed and returned to Class Afloat by a physician (included in the • Application Package) • A certified lifeguard’s attestation that the candidate can swim 200 meters followed by 20 minutes of treading water (download the Official Swim Test Form here) • A copy of all transcripts from grade 9 to present (including current term report card) • Personal Resume/ CV • 300 word essay describing what student expects to gain from the Class Afloat experience and how he/ she expects to contribute to the school community For complete application information and requirements, please visit the Class Afloat website at http://www.classafloat.com/section/join-our-crew/application-admissions



    Acceptance

    Acceptance Rate:

    100%

    Type of student Class Afloat - West Island College International is looking for: Class Afloat students are academic achievers who seek an education beyond the traditional classroom. Our students are curious, motivated and eager to understand how the lessons they learn during their studies apply to the world around them.



    Student Entry Points

    Student Type1112
    Boarding Acceptance
    (Acceptance rate)
    00

    University Placement

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    Services = offered
    Career planning
    Internships
    Mentorship Program
    University counseling
    Key Numbers
    Average graduating class size60
    *Canadian "Big 6" placements6
    **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): More data required.
    Schools our students attend (last 4 years): More data required.

    What Class Afloat - West Island College International says:

  • Class Afloat graduates are divided into grade 12 students, university students and Gap Year students, so our graduate class actually consists of students at different levels of study.
  • Class Afloat students apply to and are accepted at Canadian universities, US universities and colleges (including state schools), and a variety of international schools/ universities too (including Europe, UK, Australia, South America).

  • Notable Alumni

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    Alumnus Graduation Year Accomplishment
    Sarah Fennessey 2011 Sarah Fennessey (2010-2011 Alum) is the Founder of Vent over Tea, a free active listening service pairing people who need to vent with an empathetic listener.

    Alumni Highlights

    • Over the past 30 years, more than 1700 students have had shared in the experience of a lifetime with Class Afloat.
    • Class Afloat Alumni frequently speak on behalf of Class Afloat at Gap Year Fairs, Study Abroad Fairs and University Fairs because they are eager to share their experience with the next generation of students.
    • Class Afloat Alumni stay connected for life, often providing each other with career support and professional opportunities.

    Stories & Testimonials

    News

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    No other experiential education programme matches this one.

    I can't speak highly enough of the people I worked with who graduated from Class Afloat. I know about a lot of experiential education programs but none matches this one.

    ...



    Class Afloat shaped the woman I am today

    Class Afloat was an incredible experience that shaped the woman I am today and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    ...



    Class Afloat taught me to immerse myself in what is around me and to respect others

    Childhood is fleeting – the kids I know are getting cell phones, girlfriends/boyfriends and teenaged angst earlier and earlier every year. Fun is beginning to be defined by Netflix, iPads, and Xbox games. I remember near the end of my Grade 11 year, my friends no longer had the sense of adventure and curiosity that I loved and I noticed that even when we were together people just sat and stared at their cell phones. Class Afloat tore me away from all that. There is no opportunity to waste half the day watching bad TV shows online when you are in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. The constant "need" to feel connected to all your friends on Facebook became a constant need to be up on deck feeling the wind and the spray of the ocean. Even after the first month, when we would get into a new port I didn't care about checking my online accounts, I just wanted to explore and learn about the new country I was in. Class Afloat taught me to immerse myself in what is around me and to respect others around me, as it is very hard to get along with everyone on a ship for a year without developing mutual respect. I learned to be away from the luxuries and comforts of home that I was used to, and I had the single most life changing experience I possibly could have had. When I look back and remember my Grade 12 year, I don't remember different parties every weekend, or how I beat a video game in one day with my friends. I don't remember sitting in the same classrooms every day wishing the year would just finish and summer and university would come. I remember climbing to the top of the foremast in the middle of a storm. I remember sitting on the deck singing my heart out because I didn't care who heard. I remember bonding with a group of people from all over the world, until soon it wasn't a just a group of people, but one giant family. I would recommend Class Afloat to everyone. Whether you are scared of heights, or afraid of the ocean, or you get seasick easily, I can guarantee that the experience will be worth it. To step behind the helm of that beautiful tall ship and feel the gentle pull of the ocean is indescribable. To know that you are travelling across the oceans the same way people have for hundreds of years and to see the stars or the sunrise in the middle of the ocean, with nothing to block the view is remarkable. That Grade 12 year changed me, and I will never forget the amount of love and life that I experienced during my year on board.

    ...



    I find myself attributing my success to my years at sea with Class Afloat

    The first time I stepped on board the ship, I was a young, immature girl, unsure of the world around me. As the years go on, i find myself attributing more and more of my success to my years at sea. Class Afloat, like a workplace, is filled with different personalities, opinions, work ethics and attitudes. Living and working in such close quarters exaggerates people's similarities and differences. In addition to meeting some of my best friends onboard, i learned how to be respectful to people who I didn't see eye to eye with. Learning that you don't need to like someone in order to work really well together is an invaluable lesson!

    ...



    There hasn't been one single day that hasn't been shaped bymy Class Afloat experience

    There hasn't been one single day since my Class Afloat experience that hasn't been shaped or affected by it. Class Afloat has taught me the real meaning of responsibility, team work, leadership and the importance and possibility to overcome limits and boundaries in life. It has given me a vision of the world as a whole and gave me the ability to make any place my home. I know that Class Afloat continues to determine who I am as an individual and my role in the world, and still remains the most significant experience in my life.

    ...



    Three of our four children spent a year on Class Afloat

    When we grew up parents needed to teach their children manners and give them an education, but today parents need to do both those things and introduce their children to the world. Three of our four children spent a year on Class Afloat and had incredible experiences. The fourth regrets her decision not to go.

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    The transition from high school to university has been easier because of Class Afloat

    Class Afloat has been a huge part of our family's life. Three of our four children did their grade 12 year on Class Afloat and the one who chose not to now regrets her decision. To sail around the world on a tall ship while completing high school is a once in a lifetime experience! It gave our children a huge boost in organizational skills as they learned how to fulfill their duties as crew on a tall ship and keep up with their grade 12 studies . I think the transition from high school to university has been easier for them because of it. They have come away from their Class Afloat experience much more mature and independent . They have made strong friendships and will share amazing memories with their fellow "floaties" of their time spent together on the Concordia and Sorlandet for life. And the rest of the family? We have had wonderful family holidays centred around the ship's departures and arrivals in interesting ports around the world and have formed our own friendships along the way. ...



    Class Afloat is a truly unique, once in a lifetime opportunity

    The learning outcomes that students gain during this program are not achievable via a text book or a classroom on solid ground. Class Afloat is a truly unique, once in a lifetime opportunity, that will end up being the best experience of your life, hands down. ...



    Class Afloat proved to me that I could do anything that I put my mind to

    When you think about yourself in 5 years from now, or even 10. What do you see? Do you see an individual who has been shaped to conquer society? An individual who has a mindset with little to no fears; do you see yourself as a strong minded, morally bound, goal setter? Class Afloat shaped me, it enabled me, it introduced me to the limitless realm of the world. It proved that no matter what life throws at me, I have the core foundations to conquer it and succeed. Not only are you going to embark on one of the most incredible journeys of your life but also you will be sailing down a road that will never end. The fundamentals I learned on Class Afloat have driven me into a career, many new friendships and a brand new outlook on life that is void of any limitation. Class Afloat proved to me that I could do anything that I put my mind to and surrounded me with foreign cultures, duties and a level of enjoyment I will never be able to replace. If you want to follow your dreams and set sail on the biggest opportunity of your life, I wouldn’t look any further. I can truly say Class Afloat changed my life for the better and shaped who I am today. ...



    The transformation I saw in my children was incredible.

    The Class Afloat experience was tremendously enriching for both my children and myself. The transformation I saw in my children was incredible. By being exposed to different cultures and peoples in their daily life on board and during the many well chosen school excursions, they gained maturity and perspective on the world. Learning how to balance academics, ship work, sleep, and social time gave them a new awareness of their capabilities, and prepared them for an easy transition to university. The school administration was wonderful in keeping parents up to date and informed on the student's activities and well-being. With an excellent crew, online ship tracker, and frequent e-mails, even the most nervous parents could sleep well. Class Afloat taught my children about the world, sailing, and different cultures. But most importantly, it taught them about themselves. With the skills they developed over the course of the year, I am confident that my children will be ready to face any challenge that comes their way. ...



    Life at sea taught me patience, teamwork, and persistence

    The 6 months I spent at sea as a midshipman with Class Afloat in 1990 has left a lasting mark on my life, both personally and professionally. Life at sea taught me patience, teamwork, and persistence in a way that I have not seen matched in my 25-year career as a leader and educator. Equally important, experiencing other cultures on four continents provided me with a depth of understanding and enriched world view that has benefited me time and time again throughout my life. ...



    Class Afloat Changed My Entire Life

    Class Afloat changed my entire life! It redefined my perception of what's possible. It introduced me to the world, making me feel like a true global citizen and showingme different ways of life. It took me to some of the most beautiful places on our planet - where I hiked through lush jungles to majestic waterfalls, slept under the stars on a white sand beach of a completely uninhabited island, spent hours watching dolphins frolic in the bow-waves, and dove in some of the most vibrant reefs. But, most importantly, it taught me to be part of a crew and connected me with life-long friends. I hold my experience with Class Afloat very close to my heart. ...



    Thank You

    Thank you so much for everything you've done to make Class Afloat what it is today. This has been the experience of a life time for me, and I'm sure that all I've learned and experienced this year will continue to impact me for the rest of my life. ...



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    March 16, 2017 - Class Afloat Announces Global Itinerary for 2017-2018 School Year!

    Class Afloat students will set sail in Amsterdam this September for an unforgettable journey of learning and discovery. Come sail with us! ...


    August 28, 2014 - Class Afloat Space Still Available for January 2015 Semester

    Applications for January 2015 semester and 2015-16 school year being accepted. ...



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