High School on a Ship
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Courses

Our students follow a rigorous academic programme based on a selection of Advanced Placement courses and a corresponding number of courses designed by Canada’s Alberta Ministry of Education. Care is taken to ensure that students’ course selection align with their career and academic goals. The instruction is traditional and similar to any other school. All instruction, happens at sea while moving from one destination to the next. Seven international teachers lead, guide, and support our students around the clock throughout the year.

Core Program

Students must successfully complete each of the 6 elements of the core programme

  • English Literature& Composition (Level 1, 2 or AP)
  • Foreign language (Spanish or Mandarin) (Level 1 or 2)
  • Communication and Digital Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Extended Essay
  • Learning Optimisation Programme (Psychology of Learning)

Elective Program

Students must select any 3 courses from the following 12. Only 1 course may be selected in Mathematics and where applicable, prerequisites will determine the suitability of the selection. There are no prerequisites for the Social Science options.

Science

  • Biology (AP)
  • Chemistry (Level 1 or AP) 
  • Physics C (AP) 

Mathematics

  • Mathematics (Level 1 or 2)
  • AP Calculus (AB or BC)

Social Science

  • Comparative Government and Politics (AP) 
  • Human Geography (AP)
  • Macroeconomics (AP)
  • World History (AP)

Course availability in Science and Social Science options is subject to minimum enrolment requirements (8). All core courses and courses in Mathematics are offered regardless of enrolment numbers.

For a more detailed course description, please see our curriculum here.

Extended essay

All students must complete a 4000-word essay on a global topic of significance. This long-term research and writing experience will include planning, research and writing, and hands-on discovery in multiple ports. Each student can focus on an area of global significance, propel them to engage with people in each port of call and allow them to draw together their experiences, their research, and ideas into a thoughtful and persuasive argument. Students will meet with their advisors in each port to discuss their progress, to share ideas, and to set goals and guidelines. Following the May completion of the research and writing, each student will be required to present and orally defend the findings.