Offshore Leadership Program Overview
With its rich maritime history, Charleston offers the perfect backdrop for an academic program centered on tall-ship sail training. Ashley Hall’s Offshore Leadership Program has distinguished itself as one of the School’s signature programs building leadership skills and a deep love for one’s natural surroundings.
Upper School students apply for the competitive program each spring and participate the following academic year. Their experience includes learning about Charleston’s maritime history, celestial navigation, marine biology, and study of the classics including Plato’s seafaring credo “ship, shipmates, self.” The class is capstoned with a week-long voyage crewing a tall ship along the east coast.
The program provides a transformation experience that instills confidence in girls. A national survey recently released shows girls’ confidence nose-dives 30% in middle school which affects the rest of their lives.* Ashley Hall’s Offshore Leadership Program combats this directly by instilling confidence at vulnerable time in a girls’ life and prepares her for long-term success. It is an excellent example of the inquiry-based, experiential learning that Ashley Hall believes cultivates self-reliant, independent thinkers.