Fall/Spring Semesters 2013-2014
South American Tour
Spring Semester 2013: Chile/West Coast U.S.A.
Chile, California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho
March 30 - May 23, 2013
Canyon Creek, WA Sierra Mountain Range, CA
January 20 Fly to Chile for semester start
January 19-20 Student Orientation
January 21 First day of classes and start of Q3
January 21 - March 15 Q3: Chile, classes, travel, paddle
March 15/16 Leave for Spring Break
March 16-30 Spring Break
March 31 Students and staff meet in Portland, OR/ Trout Lake for start of Q4
April 1 - April 6 Trout Lake, WA
April 7 Drive to Northern California; Forks of the Salmon, Cal Salmon River *
April 8 - 19 Cal Salmon River / Marble Mountain Wilderness *
April 20/21 Travel South via Trinity / Feather *
April 23 - May 3 Yuba / American / Kaweah *
May 4/5 Travel to OR/WA
May 6 - 17 Trout Lake WA / Idaho
May 18 -20 Accreditation site visit
May 23 WCA Graduation / Ceremony
* California itinerary is subject to change due to weather and water levels
About World Class..........
World Class Kayak Academy is a traveling high school for students that want to earn their education while exploring unique rivers and cultures around the world. WCA takes pride in being the first program to offer an exceptional education to student-athletes using whitewater kayaking as a vehicle to instill life lessons, build confidence, and hone skills.
World Class is based in Trout Lake, WA, right in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge where every school year begins and ends. At the end of August, faculty and students arrive for staff training, orientation, and safety classes. After the first week of school, the program leaves Washington for British Columbia Canada, where we start off our Fall semester. While traveling, students maintain typical school hours, and students take SAT exams at designated test centers along the way. By mid-October, the program heads for a warmer climate (07' Africa, 08' Mexico, 09' Peru) where it will remain until mid-December. When finals and semester-end projects are completed, everyone returns home for winter break.
Spring semester at WCA begins with a rendezvous at an international airport. From this hub everyone will fly to the foreign destination chosen for the first half of the semester (08’ Chile, 09' China, 10' Chile). Upon arriving at the chosen country, new students are oriented to the program before starting normal classwork. Toward the end of March, the program returns to the U.S. for a tour of the West Coast and its ocean, classic rivers and competitions. The tour eventually leads the program back home to Washington for finals and graduation in May.
A Typical Day:
While there are few "typical" days at World Class compared to a traditional high school, there is always a tight schedule to make busy days more efficient. The daily routine will change depending on field trips, travel, and competitions, but students and staff usually adhere to a schedule like the one below.
|6:00 AM - Workout
|7:15 AM – Breakfast
|8:00 AM – First Period
|9:00 AM – Second Period
|10:00 AM – Third Period
|11:00 AM – Fourth Period
|12:00 PM – Lunch
|1:00 PM – Fifth Period
|2:00 PM – On Water Training
|7:00 PM – Dinner
|8:00 PM - Study Hall/Social Time