A+ World Academy

International (on a Tall Ship)
Kristiansand, 4610, Norway
A+ World Academy Photo #1 - #climbinghigh to get to the top of the mast at A+ World Academy
A+ World Academy Photo #1 - #climbinghigh to get to the top of the mast at A+ World Academy
A+ World Academy Photo #2 - At A+ World Academy, even Sundays are open for tutoring!
A+ World Academy Photo #3 - Students at A+ World Academy receive sail training to be able to perform sailing maneuvers like the ones seen here.
A+ World Academy Photo #4 - The A+ World Academy students develop a tight bond with one another, spending time working as a team throughout the year and acting as a tight-knit community.
A+ World Academy Photo #5 - At A+ World Academy, students even take part in steering our ship. Total hands on experience!
A+ World Academy Photo #6 - Movie Night at A+ World Academy!
A+ World Academy Photo #7 - Climbing up the masts is one of the favorite activities on board A+ World Academy.
A+ World Academy Photo #8 - Our beautiful campus: Srlandet, the pride and home of A+ World Academy students.
A+ World Academy Photo #9 - Regular instruction takes place in several classroom locations: port and starboard banjer and two smaller classrooms called nooks. Most of our classes are held at sea, though some take place in port as well. Teachers have access to projectors and traditional white boards, and other tools to ensure the best possible learning environment for our students. Course and weather permitting,
A+ World Academy Photo #10 - One of the biggest challenges of attending a high school on a tall ship is that each student will need to balance school work with maritime responsibilities as well as time to enjoy the experience. A student who quickly understands the value of time management will have a big advantage in this type of environment.
Sail across the world and live a life of adventure, sailing, and exploring exotic cultures while completing grade 11, 12, or a gap year! We provide up to 64 students each year the opportunity to undertake an elite global educational endeavor.
Our students embark on a 10-month journey that takes them to 15+ ports of call across the Atlantic Ocean as they attend a fully accredited high school on the world`s oldest active fully rigged tall ship.
We equip our students with maritime training, allowing them to take on the responsibilities required to sail and maintain our beautiful ship the Sorlandet.
Our student's will take AP classes while they travel the world. They even have the option of completing the AP Capstone Diploma.
Aboard our ship, students enter into a close-knit community of peers that experience the world rather than looking at photos on social media or reading about cultures from a textbook.
This experience creates resilient, globalized, and confident young adults who are ready to become the global leaders they are meant to be. The only question is are you willing to take the adventure of a lifetime?

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 11-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 64 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $65,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jun. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

A+ World Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 287 schools) for:

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
A+ World Academy
School Focus
College Preparatory
Grades Offered
11-12, PG
School Type
ADD/ADHD Support
Religious Affiliation
Year Founded

Student Body

64 students
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Offers Post-Grad Year

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Frequency of Saturday Classes
Classroom Dress Code
School Uniforms
Average Class Size
12 students
Student : Teacher Ratio
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
ESL Courses Offered
Summer Program Offered

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(61,900 Euro)
Merit Scholarships Offered

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jun. 1 / rolling
Director of Admissions
Adam Rule

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, English Literature and Composition , Human Geography, Physics, Psychology, Spanish, Visual Arts


# Interscholastic Sports Offered


Total Extracurricular Organizations
Club 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: 2015 - 2021
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
IE University
Columbia College
Kings College London
Arizona State University
Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México
Birmingham University SUNY
Pearson United World College
University of Victoria

School Notes

  • A+ World Academy is an academic, 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. 
  • 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 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
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does A+ World Academy cost?
A+ World Academy's tuition is approximately $65,000 for boarding students.
What sports does A+ World Academy offer?
A+ World Academy offers 1 interscholastic sports: Sailing.
What is A+ World Academy's ranking?
When is the application deadline for A+ World Academy?
The application deadline for A+ World Academy is Jun. 1 / rolling (applications are due on Jun. 1 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

Alumni Reviews Review School


Class of 1980
Naalya ss namugongo
We normally have 6 lessons a day and the school makes sure the lessons aren't too long for our understanding and the six lessons are very useful to us in that we cover alot and. . .

Class of 2018
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
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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 11-12, PG
  • Enrollment: 64 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $65,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jun. 1 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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