When a student joins SOAR, he or 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.
Altruismo traces its origins to the rainforests of the Amazon, where a group of powerful Brazilians were given the name because of the Portuguese meaning behind it: “the Givers.”
Amistad is the House that originates from Spain. A group of individuals that are quiet but powerful, they are known most for their kindness of heart. This is why, in the language of their ancestry, their name means “friendship.”
Isibindi is a tight-knit group of individuals, like a pride of African lions, where family means everything. The House’s symbolic animals, the mute swan and the lion, serve to empower incoming members. While new students might be quiet or shy at first, the longer that they are in the House, the more they begin to display the characteristics of strength and bravery. In Zulu, Isibindi means “courage.”
Rêveur is a royal House whose name in French means “dreamers” or “idealists” — because the members who fill this group are students filled with freedom and wild abandon who recognize their dreams and will let nothing stand in the way of achieving them. This can be seen in the unicorn, which is on the center of the House’s crest, a powerful creature who is almost impossible to tame. Similarly, the House of Rêveur is a House of passion.