The Academy at SOAR

PO Box 388
Balsam, NC 28707
Tel: 8284563435
  • The Academy at SOAR is designed for students who have faced challenges in a traditional classroom setting due to a learning disability.
  • By combining academics and adventure, we are better able to develop the whole child, allowing students to experience success both academically and personally.
  • Our student centered model provides students with the tools and experiences for success through instruction in the following components: Academics, Adventures, Self-Advocacy, Life Skills, Project Based Learning, Field Studies, Community and Empowerment.
  • Emphasis is placed upon applying knowledge to real situations, developing the whole person, and demonstrating the competence to thrive in society.
  • As a result, students walk away from the Academy empowered with self-awareness, a zest for learning, and a sense of self-sufficiency unknown before.

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
The Academy at SOAR Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 7-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Supports Learning Differences (LD) Yes Yes
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1988 1910
Campus Size 10 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 32 students 300 students
% Students Boarding
100%
68%
Average SAT Score n/a * National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:8 1:7
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
50%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$49,800 $51,400
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
n/a $28,200
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required No Yes
Director of AdmissionsLynne Neaves

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Our mission is to provide an alternative learning environment and differentiated instruction that nurtures self-discovery and independent inquisition. Many students have experienced difficulty in the traditional academic settings, stemming from a variety of factors including, but not limited to, ADD/ADHD, LD, negative feedback from peers and teachers, inability to self-advocate, peer  influences, and poor academic performance. Beyond providing content instruction in each course, the Academy at SOAR seeks to modify the student’s perception of him or herself as a student, allowing them to become aware of their unique strengths, abilities, and challenges, along with techniques to overcome academic hurdles. This mission is carried out by providing differentiated instruction based on the needs of each student. Flexibility in instructional methods and course-work offerings is necessary to meet the needs of each student. Though traditional instruction is used at times during classroom days, the Academy at SOAR seeks to implement multi-sensory and individualized methods whenever possible to make learning experiences more relevant and meaningful. 
  • LD types supported: ADD, ADHD, Dyslexia, Aspergers, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia
  • School accreditations: AdvancEd Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), Small Boarding School Association (SBSA)
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