Not only was SOAR’s Gap Year Program chosen for this distinction but it’s the only Special Needs program included on the list, a fact that highlights both the high quality of the programming we offer and the unique need that we fill for ADHD and LD students.
About TeenLife’s List of the 15 Most Popular Gap Year Programs
TeenLife is an online directory of summer, volunteer, and gap year programs, among others, for grades 7-12 students. It creates web and print content for teens, parents, and educators to provide guidance in making a decision about the various opportunities out there for teens.
The criteria TeenLife used to select gap year programs for its list was simple: its team reviewed the pageviews for all of the gap year programs they had listed on their website and chose the top 15 programs with the most views.
The list of 15 gap year programs has different categories:
- Adventures / Trips
- Community Service
- Special Needs—SOAR’s selected category!
- Travel / Culture Immersion
What Is a Gap Year?
A gap year is a year students take off from college, usually taken between graduating high school and starting college. Sometimes students choose to take a gap year while already in college.
There are many reasons a student might want to take a gap year, but some connecting factors among most gap year students is that they are interested in taking time to develop and enrich themselves outside of a traditional classroom environment.
“A gap year is about what happens after school, how you make decisions, how you figure out who you are, where you want to go, and how you need to get there. It’s about the skill set you need to live your life.”
~ Gail Reardon of Taking Off, US News
Want to learn more about gap year programs and whether they might be a good fit for you or your teen? Check out these articles:
- 7 Questions to Ask When Considering a Gap Year
- Decide if a Gap Year Makes Sense for You
- Mind The Gap (Year): A Break Before College Might Do Some Good
About the Gap Year at SOAR
The GAP Year at SOAR is specially designed to empower young adults ages 18 to 24 with ADD / ADHD or other Learning Disabilities through adventure, travel, and independent living.
A picture from one of our adventure-focused Gap Year programs
The GAP Year at SOAR is specially designed to empower young adults ages 18–24 with ADHD or other Learning Disabilities through adventure, travel and independent living. Developed directly from parent feedback, this program meets the needs of those who have graduated from high school but are not quite ready to step into a university or career path.
Our gap year program provides young adults the opportunity to discover their talents, to increase self-reliance, and to experience life changing adventures. Developed directly from parent feedback, this program meets the needs of those who have graduated from high school, but are not quite ready to step into a university or work-force setting.
Participants are provided a structured environment in which they may pursue areas of interest and travel for the purpose of improving knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence, and self-sufficiency. Participants will alternate between Residential Living in Dubois, WY and Expeditions throughout the western United States.
This combination provides the opportunity to develop and experience:
- Independent Living Skills
- Community Involvement
- High Adventure Activities
- Expedition Planning
- College Coursework
- International Travel (Costa Rica or Belize)
- Volunteer Opportunities
- We accept students who are 18-24
- We offer both domestic and abroad programs
- We offer college credits