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.

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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

Enrollment64 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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Note: Admissions Process

A+ World Academy has a rolling admission, meaning there is no application deadline. However, given the limited places available on board (64), we highly recommend that you apply as soon as possible for this one-in-a-lifetime boarding school experience.  Our application process is fairly simple, just follow the steps below to begin.  


Step 1:
Request Information You may request information by email, phone, or by filling out a registration of interest. We would be delighted to send you our school prospectus and/or speak to you over the phone about our exciting program.

Step 2:
Our application and the required documents are available online in the form of a checklist. The required documents are as follows:

Phase 1 
- Application (150 Euros)
- 400 500 words essay on "What impact do you want to have on the world?"
- Zoom interview (with guided questions)
Result: Rejection or conditional acceptance

Phase 2
- Pay 10% deposit
- Sign & return the terms & conditions
Result: Due within 10 days of the offer; the student is officially enrolled

Phase 3
- School transcripts for the past three years
- Two teacher's recommendation letters (questionnaire provided)
- Medical questionnaire (completed by physician and signed)
Result: Due within 60 days; if the student is denied based on grades, recommendation letters or for medical reasons, the deposit will be refunded.

Phase 4
- All other forms due by June 1st (Permission for minor to travel without parents must be notarized and more)
- Final Transcript must be submitted by June 30th; GPA cannot drop below 2.0 out of 4.0 scale (USA) or 4.0 for Norwegian scale

Step 3:  
Welcome Aboard! A welcome package outlining specific information and instructions will be sent by to you to help you prepare for your educational adventure aboard the Srlandet.  You can always feel free to contact the Admissions team if you have any questions along the way. 

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