World Class Academy is an educational institution with 11 years of experience combining a college-prep curriculum with extreme sports and international travel. World Class Academy has been in the forefront of competitive whitewater kayaking for Juniors since 2001. www.worldclassacademy.com
In Spring 2013 the school has expanded to include a Kiteboarding program.
The school originally was based out of Missoula, MT and was associated with the Montana Public School system as an extension of the Alberton School District. In 2008, the school become privately accredited through Northwest Accreditation Commission, which allowed World Class more freedom over its curriculum with a high standards of education as set forth by the commission.
In 2011 the school moved its headquarters from Montana to the Columbia River Gorge, where the school has an office and a base in White Salmon, WA.
FACULTY and ADMIN
Aaron Capo Rettig / Principal
Capo has been with World Class as a student, teacher, and a Board member. Capo graduated from the University of Oregon with a degree in Journalism and a minor in Latin American studies. He took over the principal position in 2011. Capo lives in White Salmon, WA.
Blaine Baker / Head Coach and Teacher
Blaine has a Bachelors of Science in Supply Chain Management with Distinction. Blaine’s background of studies is in business, math, and science. Blaine has been kiteboarding for 6 years and has worked in many of the world’s top wind spots. Recently, Blaine has been working in the Columbia River Gorge.
Lindsay McClure / Teacher
Lindsay graduated from the University of Denver with a B.A. in Journalism with concentration in photo journalism and a minor in Business. She is a passionate teacher and learner. Since college she has been traveling to windy destinations and teaching kiteboarding. Lindsay is looking forward to sharing these experiences with student athletes who are full of potential and fired up to progress their riding in a controlled training environment. As a lifelong athlete, Lindsay grew up ski racing competitively. In high school Lindsay was a dedicated athlete and highly values the life lessons learned training for, traveling, and competing in skiing.
Todd Anderson / Program Director Kite Program
Todd has volunteered and worked for World Class since 2008. Todd became the Program Director for the Kite Program in Fall 2012 helping with logistics and the athletics of the school. Todd lives in White Salmon, WA.
Adam Elliott / Marketing
Adam has been working with World Class since 2011 and runs the school’s marketing. Adam is also a guest instructor in the Video Productions class offered each semester.
Jessica Land / Academic Advisor
Jess lives in Eugene, OR and has worked as a teacher and outdoor educator for her entire adult life. Jess assists the academy with curriculum development and academic advising. Jess travels with the school for orientation and staff evaluations.
“I can’t tell you how happy it makes me that my son has had so many amazing, challenging experiences that he can talk about. All of these experience (the good, the bad and the ugly) develop a worldview, resourcefulness, resilience and adaptability that are priceless. I know you value all of this as much as I do and I’m absolutely cognizant of how much work you put into this school and to ensuring these children have such experiences.” – Mariam A. (Costa Rica/China/Peru/Ecuador) Parent