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GENERAL INFORMATION AND APPLICATION PROCESS

What kind of student is A+ World Academy looking for?

A+ World Academy is looking for an adventurous student who is excited about exploring the world and is committed to global citizenship and personal growth. Students must be academically strong in order to meet the demands of our rigorous curriculum. Students must also have a good command of English (listening, speaking, reading and writing).

What are the ages of students who attend A+ World Academy?

Students are aged 15-18.

Do you accept mid-year or summer admissions?

Unfortunately not. We operate on a full academic year basis only, from September to June.

Do you need sailing experience?

No, you do not need any sailing experience in order to be accepted at A+ World Academy, but must have the willingness to learn.

How many students can attend the school?

The school’s capacity is 60 students and thus, space is limited. We highly recommend that you apply as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Does A+ World Academy offer a diverse student community?

Yes, we recruit students from around the world.

How many crew members and faculty are onboard the Sorlandet?

Currently, there are 15 crew members including a Shipboard Director and 12 faculty members. There is a “Shore Team” that supports students and parents as well.

Does A+ World Academy offer scholarships?

Yes, A+ World Academy offers two scholarships. Please see the Tuition Fees page on the website for more information.

Do you offer Open Houses?

At this time, we do not offer formal Open Houses. However, prospective parents can visit the Sorlandet and meet with the faculty and students at any port. You must contact Admissions to arrange this appointment.

Does the Admissions Staff visit my city?

The Admissions team travels the world meeting students at educational fairs. You can find their itineraries in the Admissions area on our website.

How much is the application fee?

The non-refundable application fee is 250 Euros.

Is there an application deadline?

No, there is not an application deadline We have a rolling admissions and follow a first come, first service policy.

How do I find out the status of my child’s application?

You may contact the Admissions team for any update at any point during the process.

How can I pay the application fee and/or tuition fees?

You can pay the application fee and the tuition fees online using your My A+ account on our website.

How much spending money does my child need?

Students will require spending money to cover approximately 50 sundry meals during onshore programs, laundry, postage, telephone calls, souvenirs and gifts.

Does A+ World Academy offer a sibling discount?

No, we do not offer a sibling discount.

ACADEMIC AND SCHOOL LIFE

What is the average class size and the student/teacher ratio?

The average class size is 10-12 students and the student/teacher ratio is 4:1.

What is an Advanced Placement course?

Advanced Placement (AP) is a program developed in United Stated by the College Board, which offers college-level curricula and examinations to high school students. Although it was created in the United States, it is a commonly used worldwide, particularly in international schools. AP courses are rigorous courses and universities often grant placement and course credit to students who obtain high scores on the examinations. The AP curriculum for each of the various subjects is created for the College Board by a panel of experts and university-level educators in that field of study. For a high school course to have the AP designation, the course must be audited by the College Board to ascertain that it satisfies the AP curriculum. For more information, you may visit the following website at:

https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse.

Which universities accept AP courses?

Advanced Placement is a globally-recognized academic program, currently offered in secondary schools in over 100 countries around the world. More than 600 universities in more than 60 countries and territories outside of the United States recognize AP Exam scores for admission, credit and placement. Taking AP courses and exams provides students with recognized academic credentials, wherever their college or university plans will lead. To learn more about universities that recognize AP qualifications, you can visit:

http://international.collegeboard.org/programs/ap-recognition.

What kind of diploma would my child receive when he/she graduates?

Students who graduate from A+ World Academy will receive an A+ World Academy diploma as well as a diploma from Stanstead College, which is a reputable independent school in Canada.

When does your school year begin and end?

The school year begins in mid August and ends in late June. The program is 305 days in length including 100 days off of the ship visiting the amazing ports.

Do you offer a Summer School program?

No, we do not offer a Summer School program.

How often can parents communicate with their child?

Parents are encouraged to use email and VOIP connections (e.g. Skype) when they are at any of the 20 ports. Only emergency email communication is available, through our office, while the vessel is at sea. When in port, students may use a shore-based telephone, VOIP communication, mobile phone and email services. Connections are readily available at local Internet cafes. Satellite telephones are not permitted on board. There is also no conventional mail service during the A+ academic year.

How often do parents school communication from the School?

Each day, there are postings of the students’ journey on our Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and You tube channels. Parents also receive a monthly newsletter from the Head of School. Parents can email teachers with respect to their child’s academic progress and report cards are sent out at the end of each quarter.

Are there parent/teacher conferences?

Yes, parents have the opportunity to have a face-to-face parent/teacher conference in December. Parents are welcome to email teachers throughout the academic year and our Head of School is available by Skype and by telephone.

Which extra curricular activities are available for the students?

After classes, shipboard activities and meals, students have ample opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of extra-curricular activities. From early morning fitness classes to evening cabarets, talent shows, and sing-a-longs to environmental clubs, yearbook and blogging, the number of activities are limited only by the group’s interests and imagination.

Are physical activities part of the program?

Fitness and aerobic activities are organized on the ship and recreational sports and activities ashore. The primary component of the physical education program onboard is measured through daily watch and seamanship duties.

Is there a student government?

Students will participate in the democratic process of electing a student government. The purpose of this group will be to coordinate student activities, to liaise with shipboard academic staff, and to assist in the overall good functioning of our tall ship community.

Is there a school uniform?

Shorts and an A+ World Academy top must be worn for arrival in port, while on duty in port, and at any other time deemed necessary by the Shipboard Director. For formal activities and representations on shore, the Shipboard Director shall determine the appropriate dress code. A recommended packing list is provided to each student prior to departure, in May.

Are there religious observances?

A+ World Academy will accommodate, to the degree possible, the religious observance and practices of its shipboard crew.

Where do the students sleep?

In order to ensure a restful and comfortable sleep, students sleep in their own hammock which acts as a point of gravity. Male members of the student body are not permitted in the female student accommodation area, and vice versa. Students may socialize only in the common areas.

Does a student have free time when at port?

Shore leave will not be permitted unless students are in groups of four or more. Students, in groups of four, are not easily approached or preyed upon. Groups of four, because of the consensus required, generally provide a better base for decision-making.

Is there a curfew?

A reasonable curfew is enforced aboard the vessel to ensure students are well-rested and alert for all activities. Additionally, certain ports of call become higher risk environments after dark. The Shipboard Director will establish curfews on a port-by-port basis and students will need to check-in with a staff member upon return to the vessel from shore leave.