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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.

Academy at SOAR Admissions

The Academy at SOAR is an ADHD boarding school for youth in grades 7 through 12 diagnosed with ADHD / ADD or other learning disabilities (LD) who will benefit from a program that provides experiential education, differentiated instruction, and independent living instruction. As an ADHD boarding school, we are not a clinical treatment or therapeutic program and do not serve students with severe behavioral management issues or substance abuse/dependence. Wondering if an ADHD boarding school is the right fit for your child? Check out our Academy Student Profile

Want more information about our LD, ADD / ADHD Boarding School Admissions?

Contact our Admissions Director at (828) 456-3435 or Request More Information Online!

Want to visit? We are happy to host visitors at any time. Visiting our campus is a wonderful way to see our program in action and to meet our staff.

Application Process:

The goal of the admissions process is to have an accurate assessment of each student’s strengths and challenges to ensure SOAR’s ability to meet their individual needs. The Academy at SOAR requires an application including a detailed list of other relevant information.

  1. 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. Designed as a full year program, students are strongly encouraged to enroll in a full academic year.  The Academy at SOAR has a rolling admissions policy, so as long as we have the space, we are able to accept new students.
  2. Complete and Submit an Application
    Along with your application, we require a $100 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Interview with the Program Director
    Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule a time to conduct an interview with the Program Director if you have not done so already.
  4. Additionally you will be required to submit:
  • Most Recent Academic Records
  • Individualized Education Program (if applicable)
  • Most Recent Assessment (including psychological evaluation if available)

Upon acceptance, you will be provided with the next steps, which include submitting required forms, preparing travel arrangements and packing gear.

Visit the Parent Resources page for additional information. 


Tuition for the 2021-2022 school year is $61,000*.

This includes:

  • Room & Board
  • Academic Expenses
  • Program Costs (Expedition expenses, life skills instruction)
  • Overhead

*Parents who pay in full prior to September 4th will receive a $1,000 discount. 

*There is a $100 application fee. The application fee is non-refundable and is not applied toward tuition.

*A $2,000 deposit is due upon acceptance to secure enrollment. This deposit is applied to the total tuition amount.

2021-2022 DATES

Fall Term:

September 6, 2021 – December 17, 2021

Thanksgiving Break:

November 20, 2021 – November 27, 2021*

Winter Break:

December 17, 2021 – January 5, 2022*

Spring Term:

January 6, 2021 – May 7, 2022*

Spring Break:

March 5, 2022 – March 12, 2022*

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*November 20, November 27, December 17, January 5, March 5, and March 12 are travel days.