The Academy at SOAR is an adventure-based private boarding school for youth with ADHD/LDs for grades 7–12 that offers an alternative learning environment, located in North Carolina.
A Boarding School for Learning Differences & Disabilities
The Academy at SOAR provides differentiated instruction and curriculum for each student focusing on both academics and independent living skills instruction. SOAR's learning environment is structured to address the variety of learning styles, interests, and abilities found within the classroom, whether indoors or out.
Students at the private boarding school are actively engaged in the learning process through instruction in, Academics, Adventure, Self-Advocacy, Independent Living Skills, Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Community, and Empowerment. SOAR's model is student-centered.
Teams will rotate between residential living at North Carolina's Balsam Campus, and on expeditions across the country. 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 provide the venue for developing problem-solving skills, effective communication strategies, and increasing self-awareness and general social skills, as well as an integration of academic skills. By achieving success in SOAR's adventure-based programs, each student builds self-esteem and self-confidence that translates to all areas of life.
The Academy at SOAR realizes the critical need for quality education and the necessity to meet students at their individual level of achievement and to key into their unique learning style. SOAR's mission is to provide an alternative learning environment that nurtures self-discovery, independent inquisition and allows students to become aware of their strengths, abilities, and challenges, along with techniques to overcome academic hurdles.
Curriculum at SOAR
Academics offered at SOAR's boarding school include Math (Middle School Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1A and 1B, Algebra 1, Algebra 2 (with or without Trig), Business Math, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, and Statistics), Science (7th & 8th Grade Science, Earth/Environmental Science, Physical Science, Biology, Chemistry), Language Arts (English Grades 7 - 12), Social Studies (Grade 7 and 8 Social Studies, Civics & Economics, World History, US History, Contemporary World Issues), and Electives (Teen Life Skills/Independent Living, Adventure Studies/Outdoor Leadership, Lifestyle Fitness & Health, College & Career Prep, Spanish 1 & 2).
*Spanish 1 & 2 is offered only in the summer throughout Peru Spanish Immersion Program and is not included in the school year tuition.
*The Academy at SOAR is not a clinical treatment or therapeutic program, and does not serve students with severe behavioral management issues or substance abuse/dependence.*