As the worlds first accredited kayaking Academy, our philosophy has always been "academics first" with the goal to provide a rigorous college preparatory curriculum. Along with our traveling schedule, students attend class five full days each week and earn high school credit in seven academic areas. Our faculty is comprised of professional teachers with a passion for working with young people in a global and constantly changing learning environment. With a 3:1 (or less) student-to-teacher ratio, students receive personal attention and an individualized educational experience few schools can offer. Our college preparatory curriculum fulfills rigorous academic standards and has proven to prepare students to compete successfully for college admission.
Learning is a full-time process at WCA and the experiences outside the classroom during daily life are integral to our educational program. The development of character is a cornerstone of the school’s mission, helping students become responsible, culturally aware, and compassionate individuals with the ability to find success wherever life may take them.
Many of the experiences at WCA contribute to this end. Travel to a variety of destinations allows students to experience other cultures and witness lives very different from their own. The service projects each semester help students see the importance of contributing to the communities in which they live and travel. Living, learning, and traveling with a small group of students and faculty foster the development of good communication skills and cooperation while being responsible for the tasks of daily life abroad teaches self-reliance and teamwork. After their time at WCA, students return home with new levels of confidence and independence, as well as an ability to see beyond themselves with unique insight into the world around them.
The mission of World Class Academy is to help our students excel in the areas of academics, athletics, and character, with equal emphasis. The blending of these three in the education of the whole individual is what makes the WCA experience exceptional.
Our accreditation is administered by World Class Academy through Advanc-ED. You can check the accreditation status of WCA here.
To receive a diploma from World Class Kayak Academy, students must complete a minimum of 24 credits with 18.5 credits in the following courses.
|Language Arts||4 credits|
|Social Studies||3 credits**|
|P.E. & Health Enhancement *||2 credit|
|Fine Arts *||1 credit|
|Elective Credits *||6 credits|
|Total Credits||24 credits|
* A student may choose from any of the listed electives to complete the recommended 24 credits
** 4 credits recommended for highly selective colleges and universities
1 year (ranging from 1-6 semesters)
Students on Scholarship
4 full-time faculty and 1 intern.
Faculty member roles include: Academic Director, Logistics Director and Head Coach.
4 to 1 or less
Each semester maintains a minimum of 14 academic weeks, not including: field trips, study sessions or finals. During each academic week, classes are scheduled to meet for three, hour and a half periods. Homework is assigned accordingly and free periods serve as study halls, provided students are performing successfully.
Students are required to register for a minimum of four academic courses each semester.
Education and experience are intertwined at WCA, as traditional course content is oriented towards daily experiences and surrounding environments. Learning Spanish while traveling in Mexico, examining cultural studies in China, and studying biology on safari in Africa, students receive a quality college preparatory education. Small classes led by experienced and motivated teachers provide an individualized approach focused on active student participation in the educational process. Students really are living what they are learning.
As the location of the World Class program constantly changes, so do the classrooms. Small class sizes allow a teacher and his or her students to easily find quiet places for class or studying. In Washington, classes will take place at our campus in Trout Lake. One or two days of the week may also be spent in the local White Salmon library for classes, the internet, or research, followed by an afternoon paddle.
When away from our headquarters, teachers, and students equipped with dry-erase boards, laptops, accordion files, and books most often find themselves having class in cabins, in camp, under a shady palapa, or at the local library. The world is our classroom and flexibility is key. Our itinerary also allows for several college visits each year on both the east and west coasts as well as field trips that are integrated into our curriculum. Midterms and finals are always held at established locations with good accommodations, whereas standardized tests such as the SAT and AP tests will be taken at local schools along the way.
Courses Offered at World Class Kayak Academy
World Literature (10)
Lit. of the Americas (11)
Comparative Lit. (12)
Advanced Algebra and Trigonometry
Athletic Training & Performance Health
Junior Seminar - SAT Prep
Senior Seminar - College & Career Readiness
History of the Americas
Government / Economics
AP Human Geography
*denotes AP course offering available
Graduation requirements fulfilled by the coursework are consistent with those set by the state of Washington.
Additional courses to meet specific student requirements are available through our distance learning platform.
We do not guarantee that every course will be offered every semester.