unnamedWorld Ocean School provides an authentic method of experiential education at sea that empowers students of diverse backgrounds to reach their full potential as responsible, productive, and engaged community members.

We do this by providing:

Transformative life skills and character development

Inspiration for academic and vocational advancement

Strong relationships with caring and responsible adults

A safe environment for learning

We carry out this mission aboard the National Historic schooner Roseway by providing multi-day programs for a socioeconomically and culturally diverse group of students ages 10-18, integrating academic subjects with tall ship sailing and developing skills promoting responsibility and engagement in the surrounding community.

Roseway’s winter home port is St.Croix working with nearly 400 local students each year.

After 12 years of working in St.Croix, World Ocean School is looking to expand and improve program services for students on the island. With the 2017 school year, we are endeavoring to serve more students in a multi-faceted way so that students have more in- depth programming that supports their academic and vocational success and opportunities. Beginning in late January we propose to work with:

5 classes of 5th graders for 4 days (including 1 full day)
5 classes of 6th graders for 3 days (over the course of a month)

5 classes of 7th graders for 1 full day

These graduated, longitudinal programs (which build each academic year) aim to expose 375 island elementary and middle school students to a dynamic and structured experience that is rich in science, math, history, and language arts, with a focus on broadened academic and vocational opportunities and advancement. Entwined within the academics are lessons of community building, self-esteem, respect, trust, and teamwork. Additionally, there will be targeted lessons that expose students to Salt River and Columbus Landing so that St. Croix students may recognize their heritage and the value of their National Park. Our programming aims to continue to expand each year to provide more opportunity for vocational and academic development. Our goal is to inspire and nurture a passion for learning and impactful contribution, encouraging a desire to be part of healthy and respectful communities.

This programming costs $120,000, operating our historic schooner Roseway from January 23-March 10 for programming with local St. Croix public school students. We are seeking support for the continued development of our inspired work.