World Class Academy 

2017-2018 School Year

Canada / Uganda / Zambia / Chile / West Coast USA

2017-2018 School Year

Canada / Uganda / Zambia / Chile / West Coast USA


Fall Semester 2017: Canada / Uganda / Zambia


September 3, 2017 - December 16, 2017

September 3   Students and staff meet on the Ottawa River

September 4 Semester Orientation

Sept 5 - Oct 13 Quarter 1: Rivers of Ottawa and Quebec

October 14 Students and Staff depart for Fall Break

Oct 15 - 27 Fall Break

October 28 Students and Staff fly into Kampala

Oct 29 - Nov 18 Quarter 2: Rivers of Uganda

Nov 19 - Dec 15 Quarter 2: Rivers of Zambia

December 16 Students and Staff fly home for Winter Break

Spring Semester 2018: Chile / West Coast U.S.A.

January 27, 2018 - May 19, 2018


January 27 Students Depart for Chile

Jan 28 to March 9 Quarter 3: Rivers of Chile

March 10 Students and Staff fly out of Ecuador for Spring Break

March 21 - 31 Spring Break

April 1 Students and Staff meet at Trout Lake, WA (fly into PDX)

April 2 to May 18 Quarter 4: West Coast USA (CA,OR,WA,ID)

May 19 Graduation at Trout Lake, WA

About World Class

World Class Kayak Academy is a traveling high school for students that want to earn their education while exploring unique rivers and cultures around the world. WCA takes pride in being the first program to offer an exceptional education to student-athletes using whitewater kayaking as a vehicle to instill life lessons, build confidence, and hone skills.

apply nowWorld Class is based in Trout Lake, WA, right in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge where
every school year begins and ends. At the end of August, faculty and students arrive for staff training, orientation, and safety classes. After the first week of school, the program leaves Washington for British Columbia Canada, where we start off our Fall semester. While traveling, students maintain typical school hours, and students take SAT exams at designated test centers along the way. By mid-October, the program heads for a warmer climate (07' Africa, 08' Mexico, 09' Peru) where it will remain until mid-December. When finals and semester-end projects are completed, everyone returns home for winter break.

Spring semester at WCA begins with a rendezvous at an international airport. From this hub everyone will fly to the foreign destination chosen for the first half of the semester (08’ Chile, 09' China, 10' Chile). Upon arriving at the chosen country, new students are oriented to the program before starting normal classwork. Toward the end of March, the program returns to the U.S. for a tour of the West Coast and its ocean, classic rivers and competitions. The tour eventually leads the program back home to Washington for finals and graduation in May.


WCKA in Ecuador

WCKA in China

Justin Patt at World Class graduation

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