The Academy at SOAR is an adventure-based boarding school for grades 7–12 that offers a unique combination of academics and life skills development to prepare students academically, socially, and emotionally for adulthood. Our student centered model promotes active learning through Academic instruction, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Community and Empowerment.
The Academy at SOAR operates on a 4-week cycle: two weeks on campus and two weeks on expedition field study. This unique combination provides an alternative learning environment that helps to engage students in the learning experience. While on expeditions, 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 offer an environment for students to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in the classroom.
The Academy at SOAR is an alternative school that serves students with learning disabilities through an active learning process. We recognize that each student has unique abilities, experiences, needs and individual learning styles. Providing each student with differentiated instruction allows us to alter the learning environment and deliver academic instruction in a way that meets the individual needs and abilities of each student. For example, if your child is an auditory learner, information will be presented verbally, whereas visual learners are provided with primarily written components.
Each expedition provides students with opportunities to discover their world and to uncover abilities in themselves they may not have realized. Unlike traditional school settings, an outdoor adventure school setting is rich in opportunities to push past perceived limits, to utilize teamwork and communication skills, and to practice problem solving skills with real world applications.
Students take an active role in their education and will participate in exciting adventure activities such as rock climbing, canoeing, backpacking, SCUBA diving, whitewater rafting and much more.
Campus & Facilities
The Academy at SOAR is an accredited boarding school in North Carolina nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Spread across 15 acres, our Balsam Base boasts a state of the art high ropes course, rock climbing wall, activity field, covered dining hall, bathhouse, conference room, cabins and administrative buildings. While on base, students live in rustic style cabins, with bunk style beds. This environment offers fewer distractions so that students can focus on personal and academic growth.
The Academy at SOAR is an active learning program and residential boarding school for youth with learning disabilities including, but not limited to, ADHD, Dyslexia, Aspergers, High Functioning Autism, and Executive Functioning difficulties.
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The Application Process
- Call us at (828) 456-3435. We look forward to learning about your child and helping you determine if we are the right fit for you and your family.
- Complete and Submit an Online Application
- Interview with the Program Director
- Additionally you will be required to submit:
- Official Transcripts
- Individualized Education Program (if applicable)
- Most Recent Assessment (including psychological evaluation if available)