The Academy at SOAR began as a semester program in 1988, where students spent almost the entire time touring the Desert Southwest. We expanded the semester program to the Appalachian Trail semester in 1993.

Adventures in Education

The Academy at SOAR is an accredited ADHD boarding school for boys and girls with ADHD, ADD and learning disabilities between grades 7 and 12. We are unlike any other program in the country. We provide differentiated instruction and curriculum for each individual student by utilizing a project-based, experiential model encompassing both academics and independent living skills instruction. Our learning environment is structured to address the variety of learning styles, interests, and abilities found within the classroom, whether indoors or out.

Our student centered model actively engages students in the learning process through instruction in: Academics, Adventure, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Community and Empowerment.

Teams will rotate between residential living at North Carolina’s Balsam Campus, and on wilderness expeditions across the country. Students will participate in high adventure activities such as canoeing the Florida Everglades, hiking the Grand Canyon area, rock climbing in Seneca Rocks of West Virginia, and snorkeling among the tropical reefs of Belize. These expeditions provide the venue for developing problem solving skills, effective communication strategies, and increased self- awareness and general social skills, as well as an integration of academic skills. By achieving success in our adventure-based programs, each student builds essential self- esteem and self- confidence that translates into all walks of life.

* What is Differentiated Instruction? This means that the curriculum is taught to students based on their individual learning style and grade level–i.e. auditory learners are presented with information verbally, whereas visual learners are provided with written components.

Wheel of Success

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Who Do We Serve?

The Academy at SOAR is an academic adventure program and residential ADHD boarding school for boys and girls with learning disabilities or differences including but not limited to ADHD/ADD, Dyslexia, and Executive Functioning difficulties. Many of our students are kinesthetic or experiential learners and benefit from a hands-on approach to learning. The Academy at SOAR utilizes the natural environment and adventure activities to provide students with ADHD/ADD and LD the opportunity to experience success and personal growth and development. We encourage all students to explore their incredible talents and gifts with the belief that their future is intertwined with these strengths and abilities. Many students with ADHD/ADD and other learning disabilities have experienced low self-esteem and academic frustration prior to attending SOAR. We believe that the boarding school and adventure based environment provided at the Academy at SOAR help students overcome these frustrations to experience success.


Academy at SOAR Adventures in Education- Student Blog

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The Academy Experience

“We cannot thank you all enough for the time – energy – patience and creativity it took to teach Josh. Our desire has always been for our son to love learning – not just put in his time – but to truly find a passion in life that will allow him to flourish. Our family values each other’s unique talents and believes strongly that we all have a path to follow. This SOAR process helped Josh gain a great deal of confidence, and see how much he can persevere even under trying circumstances. We can only imagine how much effort it takes to motivate these young people, and we honor all the hours you gave to them. Your feedback to us in so valuable and we will continue to rely on any works of wisdom you can provide for strategies in the coming school year."

~ Parent of Student