Many of the Academy at SOAR students have been unsuccessful in traditional educational settings, stemming from a variety of factors including but not limited to ADHD, anxiety, ASD, bullying, Dysgraphia, Dyslexia, Executive Functioning challenges, and poor impulse control resulting in negative feedback from peers and/or teachers, the inability to self-advocate, and poor academic performance.
Many of our students are kinesthetic or experiential learners and benefit from a hands-on approach to learning.
The Classroom & Adventure Are ONE
With each new expedition students take an active role in their education leading to a world of self discovery, uncovering abilities in themselves they may not have realized.
Students participate in exciting adventure activities, like rock climbing, canoeing, backpacking, SCUBA diving, whitewater rafting and more.
Campus in Western North Carolina
The Academy is located in the the Historic Folkmoot Center in Waynesville, NC, just down the road from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
access to nearby activity fields
THE ACADEMY DIFFERENCE
Unlike traditional school environments, 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 abilities with real-world applications.
Our student-centered model promotes active learning through instruction in Academics, Adventure, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Experiential Learning, Field Studies, Community, and Empowerment. We operate on a 4-week cycle: two weeks on campus and two weeks on expedition. This unique combination provides an alternative learning environment that helps to engage students in the learning experience.
In addition to academic learning, our students gain essential social and emotional life skills to help them become more successful individuals in and out of the classroom. As a result, students step into their future with an empowered sense of self-awareness, a new love for learning, and the ability to be successful unknown before.
Focusing on strengths while building life skills
We understand the social and emotional challenges that many of our students face due to a lack of executive functioning. We work with them during all aspects of the program to better understand these challenges and how to overcome them.
From learning to prepare healthy meals, to budgeting, to keeping personal spaces clean and organized, to learning to develop positive relationships, students are able to learn and grow through these interactions and real-life experiences.
Throughout the entire program, students are surrounded with support academically, socially, and emotionally by the Academy community.
How To Apply
Prior to attending the Academy at SOAR, we will carefully examine your child’s academic progress with you and his or her educators to determine the appropriate course load for each student based on their academic needs.