A+ World Academy

5.00 5 1 (7 reviews)
International (on a Tall Ship)
Bern 3007, Switzerland
  • A+ World Academy is an International boarding school on a Ship.
  • Up to 64 students in grades 11, 12 and gap year live and work aboard the 92 year old Norwegian Tall Ship, Sorlandet, while they take AP classes and travel the world. They even have the option of completing the AP Capstone Diploma
  • Students travel to +15 port cities and discover the world while they complete an academic year.
  • A high school on a ship presents real-life political, social and environmental choices.
  • Students live in tight quarters and must learn to communicate, work as a team, and show consideration.
  • They take part in watches and daily duties on board and develop life skills such as time management, work-ethic, community-mindedness, and team work.
  • They overcome challenges on a daily basis, strengthening their character and confidence.

School News

  • "The Pearl of Norway" Called at Walvis Bay - 01/08/2019 - A+ World Academy made it's way over to Walvis Bay, Namibia to start the year and locals were absolutely thrilled. We gave them a tour of our ship, had special ...morespeakers on board, and explored similarities between the pasts of Namibia and Norway. hide
  • Unique Sailing Ship Visits St Helena - 01/24/2019 - Our story on page 6! We gave the news staff at the Sentinal a tour of our ship and shared a bit about uor past and present with them!
  • Schools to Fly For - 01/31/2019 - School House Magazine features A+ Word Academy as one of the greatest high school programs to go the extra mile for. Find us on pages 12, 41, 54-55.
  • A+ World Academy to Offer AP Capstone Diploma Program - 04/08/2019 - A+ World Academy is very proud to announce that we were approved to be official issuers of the AP Capstone diploma. We are one of only 1,800 schools worldwide who ...moreoffer the program and we will begin offering it in August 2019. Please read the full article for more information!hide

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  • Class of 2018
    5 Stars  
    A + World Academy is an Unique School which allows you to grow as a person. It offers a program combining normal classes With Field studies all around the world, allowing you to Discover new. . .

  • Class of 2018
    5 Stars  
    Kristiansand Katedralskole Gimle
    The biggest difference from other schools is that all the students live on a ship while sailing the world. That experience is something you can carry for the rest of your life.Another aspect of. . .

  • Class of 2018
    5 Stars  
    The moats unique thing about A+ World Academy is the fact that it’s a school on a tall ship. You’re not only attending the school, you’re also working as a crew member on the ship. . .
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Definition of Terms
 | 2019 School Data
A+ World Academy
School FocusCollege Preparatory
Grades (Boarding)Grades 11-12, PG
School TypeCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Religious AffiliationNon-denominational
Year Founded2015

Student Body

Enrollment62 students
% International Students
% Students Boarding

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYes
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
Average Class Size12 students
Teacher : Student Ratio1:7
Number of AP Courses Offered10
ESL Courses OfferedNo
Summer Program OfferedNo


Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(62,900 Euro)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
Merit Scholarships OfferedNo


Application DeadlineNone / Rolling
Director of AdmissionsMatthieu Aemisegger

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

Total Advanced Courses Offered10
CoursesBiology, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, English Literature and Composition , Human Geography, Physics, Psychology, Spanish


# Interscholastic Sports Offered1 Interscholastic Sports


Total Extracurricular Organizations8 Extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Any club students want to organize, Baking Club, Diving Club, Golf Club, Holiday Party Organization, Student Council, Yearbook Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • A+ World Academy is an academic, university preparatory high school on a Ship. 
  • We offer an American curriculum in which students take AP courses, offering the additional of option of completing the AP Capstone Diploma. 
  • A+ World Academy students go on to university after graduation when they're in 12th grade or gap year.
  • Students live in a challenging maritime environment that fosters independence, communication, teamwork and leadership.
  • The school is new, but our history is old. Even though the school was established in 2015, it evolved from a school that was established in the 80s, and the ship has been used for educational purposes since it was launched in 1927. In 2015 we combined these two elements to create a program that prepares students for university, the world and for leadership. 
  • Classes vary in size from 2 to 18 students (usually below 15), and teachers are ready to support our students around the clock. 
  • All of our 900 hours of instruction take place on board. Students have lectures, presentations, and group work. 
  • In port, our time is different.  Half our time is spent on shore leave. Students will have the opportunity to explore the different ports in groups of four and feel for themselves the pulse of different cities. The other half of the time students will attend school lead excursions that immerse students in the most historical and culturally relevant parts of the city. 
  • The A+ campus is the world`s oldest operating fully rigged tall ship. We sailed for 40 years without an engine, and even today we sail about 90% of the time. Operating a ship takes teamwork. Students need to work together to move the ship from one port to the other. This generates a huge feeling of accomplishment in our students, as they can say that they helped sail this incredible ship around the world one more time. 
  • A+ World Academy accreditations: MSA - Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools

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