Alternative School Environment
The Academy at SOAR is an adventure-based boarding school for grades 7–12 that offers an alternative learning environment that combines academics, adventure, and life skills development to help prepare students academically, socially, and emotionally for adulthood.
Our student-centered model promotes active learning through instruction in: Academics, Adventure, 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 and 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 active learning environment for students to apply the skills and knowledge they have learned in the classroom.
Wheel of Success
Who Do We Serve?
The Academy at SOAR is an academic adventure program and residential boarding school for youth with learning disabilities including but not limited to ADHD, 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 and LD the opportunity to experience success and personal growth. 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 and other learning disabilities have experienced low self-esteem and academic frustration prior to attending SOAR. We believe that the alternative learning environment provided at the Academy at SOAR helps students overcome these frustrations to experience success.
While attending the Academy at SOAR, emphasis is placed on developing the life skills needed to experience success as an independent adult. We understand the social and executive functioning challenges that many of our students face and work with them during all aspects of our program to better understand the challenges and how to overcome them. From learning to prepare healthy meals, to keeping personal spaces clean and organized, to learning to develop positive relationships, students are able to learn and grow through real life experiences. While on campus and on expeditions, students are surrounded with support academically and socially through their Instructors. These instructors are staples in their everyday life and are there to mentor, guide, and encourage students through life’s everyday challenges.
Our school year officially began earlier this month (September 7th), and things are off to a great start! East and West House were the lucky...
The Academy Experience
“Our 12 year-old son has participated in 3 different SOAR summer camps over the years and is currently attending the SOAR Academy school year. Not only is he always excited to return to any program given by SOAR, but his progress on all fronts has been amazing (as observed by family, friends and therapists). Most importantly, his own observations about his life skills and social abilities have given him self-esteem and independence that give him a new and unprecedented HOPE FOR THE FUTURE! He has learned to see things from multiple perspectives, not just his own -- which is of course one of the key social skills he needed to learn! Through the physical and psychological challenges of the SOAR program, our son has learned to advocate for his needs and work through challenges with people other than his parents. Our son has always been completely safe and we have fully trusted the highly trained staff, who are supportive but do not coddle our kids as parents are sometimes apt to do.”