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A recent study shows that kids show fewer symptoms of ADHD after spending time outdoors. Put down those video games kids, and join us on a grand adventure!


The Gateway to Your Future

The GAP (Gateway Adventure Program) Year at SOAR specializes in a unique combination of adventure, travel, and independent living, and is specifically designed for young adults ages 18 to 24. Our primary goal is to provide participants with the tools needed to succeed during their time at SOAR and beyond.

Participant Profile:

The GAP Year at SOAR is designed for young adults who have graduated from high school or completed their GED and are uncertain of the next step they want to take. Participants must want to be part of the program for it to be a beneficial and successful experience for them. We accept young adults ages 18-24, diagnosed with AD/HD, LD, ASD, and young adults struggling with executive functioning. The ideal candidate is ready to leave home and experience a mix of volunteer work and traveling in a small community of like-minded individuals.



Want more information?

Contact our Admissions Director at (828) 456-3435 or admissions@soarnc.org.

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. 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 young adult and helping to determine if we are the right fit for you and your family.
  2. Complete and submit an application
    A $100 application is required with submission.
  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.
  4. Additionally you will be required to submit:
  • Most Recent Assessment (include psychological evaluation if available)

Please note that a final decision cannot be made until all documents have been received. A $2,000 deposit is due upon acceptance. Once enrollment is confirmed, you will be provided with the next steps to complete the enrollment packet, which includes required forms, preparing travel arrangements and packing gear.

Visit the Parent Information page for additional information.




Experience Gap Year

“We believe that [my son’s] experience in your program fundamentally changed him- he likes and believes in himself! And this has influenced his whole outlook on life. He is calm, reflective, doing his work [previously NEVER done without one-on-one assistance], taking care of his personal space and body… You gave our son a level of confidence he never had before – our lives have truly changed!”

~ GAP Parent


2021-2022 Tuition: $54,000 per year

This Includes:

  • Room & Board
  • Tuition
  • Expedition Costs
  • Wilderness Equipment
  • College Course Costs
  • Program Overhead

Need Financial Assistance? Learn More.

2021 – 2022 DATES:

Fall: September 9 – December 16, 2021

Winter Break: December 17, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Spring: January 9 – April 28, 2022

GAP Year Application

*Please note that December 16th and January 9th are considered “travel days”, so please make travel arrangements accordingly. If you have any questions, please contact Eagle View Ranch at 307-455-3084.