School by the Sea

Nautical Science

Try Your Hand at Real-Life Challenges

Our nautical science electives are uniquely suited to allow students to test their knowledge and apply their leadership skills in real life situations, or as when we study sea survival in our Lifeboatman course, in controlled simulations. Actually applying what is discussed in class on the water, or through building a working object from a drawing, changes the theory into experience, which builds confidence and skill. These hands on programs set Tabor apart by teaching important life-long skills steeped in tradition. Approximately 150 students are enrolled in one or more of our unique nautical science courses or activities each year. They include:

  • Celestial Navigation
  • Saling Model Building
  • Ship & Boat Lines Drawing
  • Theoretical Ship & Boat Design
  • Lifeboatman
  • U.S. Saiing Level 1 Instructor Course
  • Elements of (and Advanced) Nautical Science

Our Naval Honor History

Tabor Academy was designated as a Naval Honor School in 1941 by Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox, in accordance with congressional legislation enacted in 1936 to encourage the teaching of naval subjects at the secondary level, and to generate interest in the nation’s military academies. Tabor earned this designation by providing instruction, continuously since 1917, in a variety of hands on maritime subjects and activities.

Service Academy Nominations

A special privilege granted to us, as one of only two remaining Naval Honor schools in the country, is the authority to directly nominate up to three candidates each year to each of the nation’s military academies. Students, once nominated, then compete on their own merit to secure a place at West Point, Annapolis, The U.S. Coast Guard Academy or The Air Force Academy. This is an option pursued annually by a small number of our top students, most commonly at Annapolis and the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. Our participating graduates have maintained Tabor’s excellent reputation through the years at the academies.

Naval Honor Certificate at Graduation

As a United States Navy-designated “Naval Honor School,” Tabor is authorized to award a Naval Honor certificate to graduating students who have successfully completed necessary requirements within our Nautical Science curriculum, including final approval by nautical science department faculty with consideration to overall competence, experience, leadership and/or academic proficiency. In the spring of their senior year, eligible Naval Honor candidates are required to submit a one-page application to the Nautical Science department faculty for final approval.
 
Naval Honor Certification requirements (5 or more of the following credits with a minimum overall average of 80):
  • Service as a TABOR BOY Officer (two seasons minimum) [1 credit]
  • Any semester-length Nautical Science course, prior to 2017-18 [2 credit]
  • Any trimester-length Nautical Science course [1 credit]
  • Celestial Navigation [3 credits]
  • Maritime History [1 credit]
  • Research & Environmental Education Focus (R.E.E.F.) participation [1 credit]

NAUTICAL SCIENCE

TABOR ACADEMY

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