New international boarding school ship launched

27, October, 2014

A+ Academy has been unveiled as a new international boarding school set aboard a Norwegian tall ship, taking 60 grade 11 and 12 students on a cruise that calls at over 20 port cities and campuses worldwide.

A+ Academy is based on the Norwegian tall ship S.S. Sørlandet

Taking place on the S.S. Sørlandet, the first intake will set sail from Norway in August 2015.

The curriculum is based on the International Baccalaureate programmes and features: a core curriculum covering English, Chinese, physical education and arts, communication and technology; an elective programme, with students selecting three courses from a portfolio including biology, environment science, chemistry, physics, history and geography; and the signature curriculum, which entails a research essay, guest lecture series and a 15-day retreat in the Panamanian rainforest.

A+ Academy has partnered with a number of schools, school boards and governments, including in the USA, Canada, Europe and Australia, to ensure that acquired credits are recognised in students’ home jurisdictions.

“Employability in the 21st century is  a major challenge facing the 20-to-30-year-old demographic” said Terry Davies, A+ Academy’s Head of School. “What  studies are showing is that a significant number of unemployed youth do not believe that education will improve their chances of becoming employed and that similarly, many employers are    concerned that graduates are not prepared for the job market, even after postsecondary education.

“A+ Academy’s aim is to bridge the gap between education and employability. Through world travel, academic excellence and the development of highly valued cross-cultural interpersonal skills, A+ students will acquire advantages that place them at the top of university and job opportunity lists”.

The 65m-long Sørlandet sails with a professional crew of 11 and has been in continuous service since 1927, meets the highest regulatory standards for ships of her class and underwent a US$8 million refurbishment last year.

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