When a student joins SOAR, she is immediately welcomed into the SOAR Family where she is accepted and supported by her peers, older mentors and staff. Based on the Ron Clark Academy’s model, SOAR 's “house system” offers students of different ages the opportunity to work together and experience the camaraderie and “sense of belonging” that helps develop confidence and self-esteem for the future.
We know that kids learn social skills best by interacting with other kids, and a wide age range allows older kids to create scaffolds for the younger ones, bringing them up to higher skill levels. In turn, the older kids gain a sense of maturity and learn to be nurturing leaders.
SOAR’s inclusive and energetic “house” celebrations and competitions are the highlight of the SOAR day.