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International Yacht Restoration School
International Yacht Restoration School 449 Thames St Newport, RI 02840 Phone: (401) 848-5777
  • General Information
    About International Yacht Restoration School

    * To teach the skills, history, art, and science of building, restoring, and maintaining wooden and composite-construction boats and their onboard systems; * To preserve the knowledge, heritage, craftsmanship and aesthetic genius inherent in these boats; * To safeguard our site and historic buildings as an important part of America's working waterfront; * To show that honest work, integrity and mastery of a craft are among life's great achievements. The school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC). In 2008, IYRS was one of five schools designated a “School of Excellence” for maintaining an exceptional level of student achievement in its educational programs. IYRS was founded in 1993. In 1996, the school opened its doors with a 20-month program in Boatbuilding & Restoration.In 2005 and 2006, the school rolled out two additional professional programs:Continuing Education programsand a 9-month certificate program in Marine Systems, the latter in partnership with the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC). In 2010, the Composites Technology program was launched. IYRS graduates have worked alongside some of the most accomplished boat builders in both modern and restoration yards throughout the world, including Fairlie Restorations, Pendennis, The Concordia Company, The Hinckley Company, Brooklin Boat Yard, Alden Yachts and Sparkman & Stephens. IYRS has two campus locations in Newport and Bristol, RI. The Newport campus is located on a 2 ½ acre historic waterfront site. Classes for the Boatbuilding & Restoration programare held in Restoration Hall, a converted electric generating plant. IYRS has an excellent marina with dockage for our restored vessels and visiting classics. The campus includes a recently restored 1831 steam mill building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and Coronet, an 1885 schooner yacht, currently under restoration.The Marine Systems and Composites Technology programs are run at the IYRS Bristol campus, which is based at the Franklin Street Marine Corridor--a unique industrial/educational complex where students mix with marine-industry companies located in the complex. Both areas are rich in boating history and marine industry, including some of the most highly acclaimed boat builders and marine businesses in New England. Newport's Museum of Yachting and IYRS converged in 2007. Both educate the public about maritime history and its traditions, while working to preserve those traditions. IYRS’ main focus is vocational education: training craftsmen in traditional and composite boatbuilding, restoration, and marine systems. The museum educates the public at large through events and exhibitions. In summer, the museum and IYRS coordinate exhibitions and restoration projects, so visitors can watch restorations underway at IYRS and tour the historic campus, then travel across Newport Harbor on a water taxi to learn about maritime heritage in museum exhibitions that are open from mid-May to October.

    Institutional statistical data was gathered from the U.S. Department of Education - Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics, 2009-2010.

    Institution Type
    • 2-year, Private not-for-profit
    Special Learning Opportunities
    • None
    Student Services
    • Academic/career counseling service
    • Placement services for completers
    Credit Accepted
    • Institution does not accept dual, credit for life, or AP credits
    Religious Affiliation
    • Not applicable
    Federal Aid
    • Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
    Degrees/Certificates offered
    • 1-2 years certificate
    • 2-4 years certificate
    Campus Setting
    • Suburb: Large
    Disability Services Student
    • 3% or Less
  • Admission
    Total Applicants 41
    Percent Admitted 78%
    Men Admitted 79%
    Women Admitted 50%
    Full Time Retention Rate 94%
  • Student Demographics
    Total Enrolled 47
    Native American 0.0
    Asian 0.0
    African American 0.0
    Hispanic 0.0
    Enrolled FullTime Undergraduates 61
    Enrolled FullTime Graduates

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