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2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR

Spring Semester 2020

Chile / Peru


  • Q1 Chile

    Southern Andes

  • Q2 Peru

    Peruvian Andes


January 19, 2020 - April 25, 2020

  • Quarter 1 (Chile)

    January 19, 2020 to February 29, 2020
    The Spring Semester will start off in Southern Andes of Chile. Students and staff will fly into Santiago where the team will have our first welcome orientation before jumping into the start of Q1.

  • Spring Break (home)

    March 1-14, 2020
    Students and staff depart home for Spring break and rest before starting up the second quarter in Peru.

  • Quarter 2 (Peru)

    March 15, 2020 to April 25, 2020
    After a two-week break the team will return to school in South America, but this time a bit further North in the Peruvian Andes. The team will be based around Cusco where they will explore the many options of Southern Peru while studying and training. Our Graduation / End of the Year Ceremony will take place here


World Class is committed to providing the highest level of excellence in the classroom, on the water, and around the globe. We are a non-profit organization with high standards in academics, safety, service learning, athletics, and organization. While keeping our standards in these areas high, it is also our wish to provide affordable tuition to our program. Scholarships are available on a limited basis. Please contact WCA for Scholarship information.

We have reduced our tuition for this Spring Semester’s pilot program. Take advantage of becoming part of the school’s history by joining the 1st Class and take advantage of lower tuition. Families can choose to make a one-time payment or choose our payment plan option (sent out in the acceptance packet).

Single Semester Tuition: $19,750.00

Full-Year Tuition: $39,500.00

Spring Semester 2020 (pilot) Tuition: $15,750.00

Tuition excludes airfare, gear shipment, personal equipment, and medical insurance.


Airfare is not included in this price and will be an additional cost for each student to and from his or her home airport, to each quarter’s destination. The WCA travel agent will provide logistical support for all airfare. Prices for flights depend on departure city and international destination.

Gear Shipment

The cost of traveling domestically or internationally with gear will be the responsibility of each student. This generally costs between 150-$200 depending on the destination and the airline. Specific information and logistics on this expense will be discussed on a student-to-student basis upon admission to the program.

Equipment and Gear

Each student is expected to provide their own Mt. Bike gear + personal gear. This may include the cost of rentals. A detailed gear list will be sent out upon admission.

Personal Money ($100-$200 per quarter)

Each student should consider bringing some personal spending money. This may be used on souvenirs or replacing any personal items. WCA recommends each student have a debit card that they may access through the semester.

Food and Lodging


The World Class team eats a variety of foods-- dependent primarily on the current destination.  While abroad, the program will either cook or eat food prepared for us in restaurants or by hired chefs. We will eat Tajine in Morocco, Paella in Spain, Baklava in Greece-- wherever in the world we are at, eating is an extension of the cultural experience. While in the United States, students and staff rotate between cooking responsibilities using our own cooking equipment. World Class Academy caters to any dietary needs and promotes healthy food choices. We always offer vegetarian options at meals and can cater to vegan and gluten-free diets as well. It is important while training that students eat well-rounded, nutritious meals. Students and staff help with shopping trips, cooking, and clean-up duty when preparing meals for the group. Cooking and eating well are two of the many life lessons that students take home from a semester with World Class Academy.


While traveling both internationally and within the United States, the program looks for comfortable accommodations close to climbing. During our time abroad, accommodations usually include cabins, lodges, and hostels. When in the U.S., the program will usually stay at large rental houses, hostels, or campgrounds. Lodging varies depending on where in the world we are.

Our Faculty

World Class Academy relies on dedicated faculty who are professionals in the art of teaching, coaching, and outdoor leadership.

Thomas Ryan Carrot Portrait

Thomas Ryan

Program Director, Teacher
AP Human Geography and Literature of the Americas

B.A. in History and a minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Montana State University.

Casey Elliot Climb Portrait

Casey Elliott

Head Coach, Teacher
Calculus, Physics, and The College Experience

B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering — University of Utah

Valerie Shao Climb Portrait BW

Valerie Shao

Environmental Science, Junior Seminar, and Pre Calculus

B.S. in Environmental Engineering, minor in Environmental Science — Cornell University

Jules Jimreivat Portrait Climb

Jules Jimreivat

Algebra II, Biology, Media Productions, and The College Experience

B.S. in Biology, Minor in Chemistry, Minor in Outdoor Leadership & Education — Westminster College

Elijah Climb Staff

Elijah Forbes

Comparative Literature, Economics, Government, and Physics

B.S in Applied Physics — University of Utah


Mentor Groups

Mentor Groups

Each student enrolled in World Class Academy will be assigned to a teacher who will act as a mentor during the semester. With their mentors, students are encouraged to reflect regularly on their growth as athletes, students, and human beings. With their mentor group, students collaborate to provide meals for their peers, maintain living areas, and provide general support to each other.

Mentoring and the development of life skills happen on many levels at WCA. Through these processes, students develop an understanding of themselves, their place in the community, and their capacity to continue growing and learning.

Throughout the semester, mentors send weekly updates to individual parents on the progress of their son/daughter in the program. These updates lay the foundation for regular communication between parents, students, staff, and admin. Updates include specific details on progress in academics, athletics, and character building.


World Class Academy often feels like a family, and students are with staff 24 hours a day. From morning until night, teachers guide students through daily activities and help them thrive while in the World Class environment. Students and parents should be aware that World Class has a zero-tolerance policy with respect to drug and alcohol use. Any student believed to be using or in possession of prohibited substances will be held to the stipulations of the Honor Contract, which each student signs before being accepted into the program.

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