The Academy at SOAR is an adventure-based coeducational boarding school for grades 7-12 in Balsam, North Carolina. The School offers an alternative learning environment, combining academics, adventure and life skills development to help prepare students for adulthood. SOAR addresses the needs of students diagnosed with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders by providing tools to help to build self-confidence. The student-centered model promotes active learning through instruction in academics, adventure, selfadvocacy, independent living skills, project-based learning, field studies, community and empowerment. SOAR staff members work closely with students during all aspects of the program to better overcome challenges students may face.