World Class Climbing Academy | Program


2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR


2023-2024 SCHOOL YEAR

2024-2025 Destinations

South Africa / Spain / Turkey / Italy

Fall 2024: South Africa / Spain

August 25, 2024 - December 14, 2024

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    Q1 South Africa

  • Spain Flag

    Q2 Spain

Spring 2025: Turkey / Italy

January 19, 2025 - May 10, 2025

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    Q3 Turkey

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    Q4 Italy

2023-2024 Destinations

Spain / Greece / SW USA / Australia

Fall 2023: Spain / Greece

August 27, 2023 - December 9, 2023

  • Q1 Spain

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    Q2 Greece

Spring 2024: SW USA / Australia

January 21, 2024 - May 5, 2024

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    Q3 SW USA (NV and CA)

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    Q4 Australia

2024-2025 Schedule

Fall Semester 2024: South Africa / Spain

August 25, 2024 - December 14, 2024

  • August 25

    Students and staff arrive in South Africa

  • August 26

    Student orientation

  • August 27 - October 4

    Quarter 1: South Africa - Rocklands

  • October 5

    Students and staff depart for fall break

  • October 6 - October 26

    Fall break

  • October 27

    Students and staff arrive in Spain

  • October 28 - December 13

    Quarter 2: Spain

  • December 14

    Depart for winter break

Spring Semester 2025: Turkey / Italy

January 19, 2025 - May 10, 2025

  • January 19

    Students and staff arrive in Antalya, Turkey

  • January 20 - March 7

    Quarter 3

  • March 8

    Students and staff depart for spring break

  • March 9 - March 29

    Spring break

  • March 30

    Students and staff arrive in Arco, Italy

  • March 31-May 9

    Quarter 4

  • May 10


2023-2024 Schedule

Fall Semester 2023: Spain / Greece

August 27, 2023 - December 16, 2023

  • August 27

    Students and staff arrive in Spain

  • August 28

    Student orientation

  • August 28 - October 7

    Quarter 1: Spain

  • October 7

    Students and staff depart for fall break

  • October 8 - October 28

    Fall break

  • October 29

    Students and staff arrive in Athens

  • October 30 - December 15

    Quarter 2: Greece

  • December 16

    Depart for winter break

Spring Semester 2024: SW USA / Australia

January 21, 2024 - May 4, 2024

  • January 21

    Students and staff arrive

  • January 22 - March 9

    Quarter 3

  • March 10

    Students and staff depart for spring break

  • March 11 - March 24

    Spring break

  • March 25

    Students and staff arrive

  • March 25-May 4

    Quarter 4

  • May 4


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.

Drew Lefkowith

Head of School
AP Human Geography, Government, and World Literature

BME and BM, emphasis saxophone, from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music
Pursuing Masters of Outdoor Education Leadership from Prescott College


Lohan Lizin

Head Coach
AP Calculus and Spanish

B.S. in Mathematics — Young Harris College.


Dana Trumpower

Program Director
Algebra II, Environmental Science, and French Immersion

B.A. in French and Geography, Minor in Environmental Science – UNC-Chapel Hill
Masters in Secondary Education (M.Ed.) – Portland State University


Marcos Fernandez

Media Productions and Pre Calculus

B.S Geology Northland College M.A.T AMNH RGGS


Rebecca Cairney

Biology and History of the Americas

undergraduate degree in International Development from the University of Guelph

B.Ed. from the University of British Columbia


Miller Scott

Economics, Government, and World Literature

BS in Political Science from Texas Tech University


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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