Unique school mixes education with kayaking

Posted at 6:24 PM, May 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-19 20:24:56-04

An unconventional school is mixing education with the Idaho outdoors.

The "World Class Academy" provides high school students with a very different way to learn: by traveling all over the world and combining classwork with kayaking.

We caught up with some students on the Payette River and found out they come from all over the country and even Canada.

One student told us an average day consists of school work until around 3:00, then they kayak down the river before returning to camp where they make dinner and hit the books.

"It's awesome to be able to learn in an environment anywhere in the world whether it is around the campfire or in a traditional classroom if we get the chance and we have some amazing young teachers that really care about us," said Holden Dewey, a student from Asheville, North Carolina.

The World Class Academy is based out of White Salmon, Washington and has taken students all over the US, Africa, South America, and Canada.

The class has 18 students--all of whom get really good at paddling rivers.