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A+ World Academy is one of the most unique international boarding schools in the world. We give 62 11th and 12th grade students as well as gap year students the opportunity to take Secondary and Advanced Placement courses in a school at sea that travels the globe to 20 port cities on the oldest fully-rigged sailing ship in the world. We offer a challenging, rigorous, one of a kind program that develops students into global citizens and leaders with grit, resilience, and perseverance. Students can either attend for one year or can graduate with A+ World Academy in two years with the AP Capstone Diploma.

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

A+ World Academy is looking for motivated and mature students who are excited about exploring the world and who will take on challenges in order to grow and develop. 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).

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

Students are aged 16-19.

Q Do you need sailing experience?

No, you do not need any sailing experience in order to be accepted at A+ World Academy.

Q Does A+ World Academy offer a diverse student community?

Yes, we recruit students from all around the world. Typically the largest nationality is Norwegian but we’ve had students from Mexico, Colombia, Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Spain, Hong Kong, China, Germany and Switzerland.

Q How many crew members and faculty are onboard the Sorlandet?

Currently, there are 11 crew members in addition to a medic, a Dean of Students and 6 faculty members. On shore the school has a Head of School, an Assistant Head of School, and two Associate Directors of Admission.

Q How much spending money does my child need?

Students will require spending money to cover around 50 meals in port during shore leave time, laundry, postage, telephone calls, visas (if needed), souvenirs and gifts. A specific amount is hard to determine as it varies a lot from student to student. Please see practical information for more details.

Q What if English isn’t my first language?

Then you will be a welcomed addition to the international community. Every year we have a multitude of languages spoken onboard. You will however have to have a certain level in order to be successful with the classes which are all taught in English. We also expect that students speak English in social settings where more than two students are present. This is to foster an inclusive environment.

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