Class Afloat-West Island College International is a private boarding school approved to matriculate students who successfully complete the Nova Scotia Ministry of Education high school curriculum. The school is a Quebec Ministry of Education approved partner of Cegep Marie Victorin; students may pursue a Quebec-based programme as an option for their 12th or13th year of study (collegial I et II). Class Afloat's university students are enrolled with Acadia University in Nova Scotia, Canada. The programme has been partnered with Open Acadia since 2007.
If enrolled in a complete twelfth grade programme, students will be prepared for a Nova Scotia Ministry of Education High School Diploma. Successful students, completing all prerequisite courses and obtaining the prerequisite credits, will present an excellent profile for university or college entrance. The specific courses offered are tailored to the academic needs of the student and are designed to take full advantage of the unique environment of a tall ship and the places that are visited.
Careful consideration is given to allow each student to prepare for continued studies in either science or social science. Courses are available to each student at his or her level of study (11th grade, 12th grade, junior college).
Students must present prerequisite credits and courses for admission to Class Afloat. Only those students whose academic profile is suitable for college or university entrance will be admitted. Class Afloat will admit students seeking a full three year programme (11th, 12th, and university year) or, subject to space available, any portion thereof. Class Afloat has acquired more than two decades of experience in designing and delivering the world's premier experiential education model.
Class Afloat seeks to provide, for each of its students and faculty, unparalleled learning experiences in incomparable settings aboard a tall ship and around the globe. Class Afloat is dedicated to "bringing the classroom to the world".
In the microcosm of a sailing ship and the macrocosm of the planet, Class Afloat offers young people from around the world the opportunity to challenge a rigorous programme of academic study, to stand watch and to actively engage in sailing a classic tall ship, to learn and to adopt sensitive and sustainable practices, to acquire and to develop unparalleled interpersonal skills and to practice global citizenship. In short, we challenge our students to be the best that they can possibly be. We hone good choices, good values and good life styles. We train for and expect positive changes at home and around the world. Class Afloat is, for each student, a "passport to education".
In 1984 the United Nations, under the banner of "International Youth Year", invited schools and agencies worldwide to interpret the themes of "participation, development, and peace". Since that date, more than 1500 West Island College Class Afloat alumni have committed themselves to those themes. They have sailed more than 700,000 nautical miles to over 250 ports of call worldwide. Today, and now between the ages of 16 and 45, these former students are engaged citizens whose sense of the possible has been enhanced and re-defined by the Class Afloat experience.