A+ World Academy

Information about COVID-19

A+ World Academy implements new safety measures to protect students from the coronavirus

July 15th, 2020 - A+ World Academy cancels its year at sea program for the 2020-2021 school year, offering enrollment opportunity to Leysin American School in Switzerland for 2020-2021 school year. 

A+ World Academy, upon cancellation of its year at sea program for the 2020-2021 school year, has partnered with Leysin American School in Switzerland, to offer enrollment opportunities for those interested or already enrolled for the 2020-2021 school year. Safety concerns over COVID-19 led to A+ World Academy’s decision to cancel the year at sea, but wanting to still offer a unique opportunity for experiential learning, the school has partnered with Leysin American School located in the stunning Swiss Alps in one of the safest COVID-19 nations in Europe!

Students can enjoy an easy transition to Leysin American School; credit transfers still apply, and students can graduate with all credits. In addition to offering both an IB Diploma program and AP® curriculum, students can also enjoy a number of extracurricular activities including Alpine ski training, sports, arts, drama, and music in this one-of-a-kind learning experience.

Since 1961, Leysin American School (LAS) has delivered enriching, educational experiences to students from around the world, offering a U.S. High School Diploma, International Baccalaureate, and ESL programs. Students also have the opportunity to experience cultural travel and ski almost year-round. University counseling is provided and encouraged. Graduates have attended top universities in both the U.S. and around the world.

LAS classes begin August 31st. For special pricing on a one or two-year package deal through A+ World Academy, contact admissions at A+ World Academy at admissions@aplusworldacademy.org

A+ World Academy’s year at sea will be back for the 2021-2022 school year.

About Leysin American school 

Located in the stunning Swiss Alps, Leysin American School is an international boarding school that has been bringing enriching, educational experiences to students since 1961. From practical, engaging in-class academics to experiential learning on international cultural trips, we believe in bringing together students from around the world and providing them with an education that sparks their curiosity and encourages them to be the best global citizens they can be.

More info at https://www.las.ch/about


March 16th, 2020 - A+ World Academy has been faced with a unique challenge of how to respond to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the past few weeks and we have accepted that challenge with the same rigor, perseverance, and resilience as everything else we do. I would like to thank our amazing staff and crew for all of their exceptional work to ensure the safety of our students. Without everyone’s help during this emergency, we would not have been able to remain infection-free as we are. 

Our response to the Coronavirus began before the governor of New York’s announcement of a State of Emergency and we implemented restrictions and changes that ensured the safety of our students. As the situation escalated, we made an extremely difficult decision to re-route the ship to avoid any chance of infection and to cancel our Parent Port in New York city, where students would be allowed off ship to spend a week with family. This decision was, after many tears from both parents and students, later praised to be the best decision possible.   

Once we found a port that had zero reported cases of Coronavirus, we changed our course for Bermuda and implemented a 14-day quarantine for all crew, staff, and students. We made this decision several days before the country of Bermuda had made this request of all visitors. Our beautiful ship, S.S. Sørlandet, will remain in Bermuda for three weeks so that all incoming crew can complete their 14-day quarantine before joining. 

Students, although disappointed to miss their Parent Port, have quickly realized that having a quarantine in a beach-side bungalow is just about the best possible way to be quarantined! Students have enjoyed beach access, swimming in the ocean, game night, karaoke, and a lot of snacking and eating! They deserve every minute of this quarantine vacation and we are so pleased that we can continue our program beyond this port. Once we leave Bermuda, our voyage plan may change as we closely follow the number of reported cases of Coronavirus in each country. As we have in the past, we will continue making all of our decisions based on what is most safe for our students. 

Dr. Kevin E. Kessler, Head of School & CEO

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