A+ World Academy

International (Swiss Headquarters).
Bern 3007, Switzerland
Tel: 004791878623
  • A+ World Academy is a non-profit high school that sails around the world on the Norwegian sail Ship `Srlandet'.
  • Students read international curriculum (Advanced Placement courses) on board, meet different cultures around the world and live in a challenging maritime environment that fosters independence, communication, teamwork and leadership.
  • We pride ourselves on close support of the students through a 7:1 teacher-student ratio, class sizes from 1-18 and support around the clock.
  • We emphasise cultural understanding through encounters with people from around the world, and challenge our students daily to become the best versions of themselves. If you want to learn more about this challenging academic program, I`d love to meet you and talk more about the program, and why we`re so passionate about it.

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
A+ World Academy
School Focus College Preparatory
Grades (Boarding) Grades 9-12, PG
School Type Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational
Year Founded 2015

Student Body

Enrollment 57 students
% Students Boarding
100%

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes
Classroom Dress Code Casual
Average Class Size 12 students
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7
Number of AP Courses Offered 10
ESL Courses Offered No
Summer Program Offered No

Finances

Endowment Size n/a
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$57,700
(53,900 Euro)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a
Merit Scholarships Offered No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling
Director of Admissions Benjamin Grønvold

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

Total Advanced Courses Offered 10
Courses Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Comparative Government and Politics, English Literature and Composition , Human Geography, Macroeconomics, Physics, Spanish, World History

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 1 Extracurriculars
Extracurriculars Up to you: Student organised

School Notes

  • If you see a Ship - that is our school. That is where our students live That is where our teachers live That is where our students take their classes and have their clubs In short, that is their home.
  • The school is A+ World academy, a non-profit high school that sails around the world on a Norwegian Tall Ship, The Srlandet. This is a school like any other with classes, instruction homework. But the students also get to travel the world and meet different cultures. They get to learn about themselves in a challenging maritime environment. That makes our program is demanding, and that`s the point. We challenge our students academically, physically and mentally because we know that overcoming challenges makes your stronger. It makes you grow. And it`s what`s necessary to set you apart in a world something else is what`s requires.
  • Our school is new, but our history is old. Even though the school was established only in 2015, our head of school has run school since back in the 80, 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 not only for university, but also for the world and for leadership. We build our school on three pillars. A strong academic program. Global experiences and personal development. At A+ we have Advanced Placement courses. Students are challenged through a rigorous international curriculum. They are challenged but well supported. We have a 7:1 teacher student ratio, classes that vary in size from 1 in our AP physics class to 18 in our language classes, and teachers that are ready to support our students around the clock. 
  • All of our 900 hours of instruction take place on board and most would recognize the form of instruction. They will have lectures, presentations, group work. The difference is that their classroom moves, and that classes are sometimes interrupted by "whale spotting".
  • 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 part is organized field studies, excursions, guest lectures, and have two objectives. The first is to connect the course work to real live experiences. Students learn in different ways, and what better way to understand the rich history of the Roman empire than to wander the ruins of Forum Romanum? Instead of telling you about Rome, we`ll show you rome. Instead of telling you about the importance of the rainforest we`ll go there and show you. 
  • The other objective of our field studies is to explore and experience different cultures.  Our campus is fairly unique. Not many schools have the opportunity to move from place to place. Our goal is to prepare our students from a global future. Some may want to study abroad, some might want to work abroad but all will experience an international work environment. That is why we make an effort to meet different people and experience different cultures in the places we go. In Panama we spent time in the rainforest. In Morocco we went in to the Sahara to meet nomad tribes at Ben Haddoum, and in Bali we visited the "Tenganan Village" and talked to the locals about their unique culture.
  • The last pillar of our school is the most exciting the most unique and the most challenging. Living on a Tall Ship is not for everyone. It will challenge you. Physically and mentally. A ship has limited space and the space is shared by your peers. This requires you to be patient, sensitive and respectful of others it requires them to be patient, sensitive and respectful of you. It teaches our students through real life experiences -  how to resolve conflict and how to build and maintain a society on board that accommodate the needs of different people from different backgrounds.
  • At A+ the 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. Can you imagine the feeling of accomplishment having sailed around the world using by your own power and that of your friends? Can you imagine the excitement of the reward that a new port is having worked for it?
  • It`s true. Our school is tough. But that is the point. Success comes through hard work, and often sacrifice. Sacrificing time with your friends at home rewards you with new friends for life. Living close to others will teach you respect and conflict resolution. Working hard will teach you work ethic. Working together towards a common goal will teach you the importance of teamwork and will give you the opportunity to develop as a leader. If you sum up all these experiences imagine your personal growth and what value that has to you. Imagine the impression you could make in an application, in an interview, in a meeting. 
  • A journey is never easy. Exploration takes sacrifice. The question we ask our students is: do you have what it takes? Do you have the motivation and the drive to succeed? Can you afford to not invest in yourself so that you set yourself apart from the crowd? Are you ready to start your journey? If the answer is yes, then this is the start you need to get ahead. 
  • School accreditations: SBSA, AISNE, NNIS
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