What Parents Say
Hear from experience!
SOAR participants aren't the only ones who love us, parents do too!
”One of the most meaningful things for my son was interacting with peers who accept him. Being around kids who have many of the same challenges he does was very powerful for him.CampParents
”Our son attends Academy at SOAR and SOAR’s Summer Program’s. I’ll speak for him and say that it’s transformed his life. He comes home soo excited that we can’t imagine him being anywhere else. Thank you SOAR!!AcademyParents
”We believe that my son’s experience in your program fundamentally changed him- he likes and believes in himself! .....You gave our son a level of confidence he never had before – our lives have truly changed!Gap ProgramParents
No. In order to provide an effective environment for participants and staff we do not accept students with suicidal or self-harm ideations or attempts within the last 12 months, psychotic symptoms, acute/chronic violence, or active substance abuse issues. Participants with significant behavioral challenges are discouraged from applying. Medical conditions such as diabetes (insulin-dependent), epilepsy, cardiac conditions, or other conditions may prevent students from being accepted.
SOAR welcomes youth and young adults diagnosed with ADHD and/or Learning Disabilities (and their siblings) of any race, religion, sexual orientation or identity, national or ethnic origin, and disability (assuming the disability permits safe participation in the essential activities of SOAR courses as currently defined).
SOAR serves youth and young adults, ages 8-25, with learning disabilities and/or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder. SOAR participants generally enjoy the out-of-doors, are energetic and active, and thrive in a small group environment.
SOAR participants are high functioning, intelligent, and struggle with issues such as impulsivity, disorganization, oppositionality, inattention, challenges with social skills, etc. Some participants may have additional diagnoses such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Tourettes, Autism Spectrum Disorder Level 1, or Pervasive Developmental Disorder, among others. Although participants may have experienced lowered self-esteem and academic frustration prior to attending SOAR, they are essentially well-adjusted individuals.
Yes. SOAR’s U.S. based camp programming is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA), the nation’s definitive organization for summer camps. SOAR chose ACA accreditation because of the intense and rigorous standards it requires for its camps and because of the quality information it provides for parents seeking reputable camp experiences for their children.
The Academy at SOAR which includes the study abroad program is accredited by Cognia, the accrediting body for charter schools, independent schools, and public school systems.
SOAR utilizes a variety of techniques to help young people get the most from this experience. We have found that utilizing our philosophy of natural and logical consequences, in conjunction with generous amounts of praise and positive feedback for successful performance, has been instrumental in supporting healthy behavioral dynamics at SOAR.
SOAR has a two-fold emphasis. First, we assist our participants in building self-esteem, self-reliance, and self-confidence. Secondly, we encourage our participants to develop critical life skills such as organization and time management skills; decision-making and problem-solving skills; communication and social skills; and frustration management skills. Participants then learn strategies which enable them to translate skills learned while on the program in to their everyday situations at home and in the classroom.