Sail Academy recruits 9th grade students from seven public high schools who need support in math and science and engages them in a year of academic after school programming using sailing and boat building as its mediums. The curriculum is based on the methodology of experiential, student-centered, discovery learning; math, science, and character-building are taught through concrete, hands-on situations in small groups led by positive, responsible role models. Upon completion of each trimester, students may earn academic credit. During the fall and spring, students sail on J-24s at our Pier 66 boat house on the Hudson. During the winter, students build 9-foot wooden Optimist dinghies on the campus of one or our partner schools. We partner with Brooklyn Boatworks on the design and curriculum around boatbuilding.
- Increase proficiency in math and science as compared to peers cohort
- Improve communication and teamwork skills
- Foster a greater interest in mathematics and science
- Foster fact-based and independent decision-making
- Develop confidence and competence operating sailboats
- Increase literacy through experience recording and reflecting
- Expose students to college and career options, particularly in disciplines that require math and science skills
- Manhattan Business Academy
- NYC Lab School of Collaborative Studies
- NYC Museum School
- Hudson High School for Learning Technologies
- Harvest Collegiate High School
- James Baldwin School for Expeditionary Learning
- Landmark High School
- Quest to Learn
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During the school year, students meet at the Pier 66 boat house once per week, Monday-Thursday, from 4-7pm and on select school holidays/weekends.
The 2014-15 Program Dates are:
- Fall - The Math Behind Sailing, Part I - September 29 - November 25
- Winter - The Math Behind Boat Building - December 8 - April 2
- Spring - The Math Behind Sailing, Part II - April 13 - June 4
- Wooden Boat Launch (10am-1pm) - Saturday, May 2
- Graduation (6-8pm) - Friday, June 19