The school is made of grades 5-8 and creates an alternative approach for high quality public education for the families of the Northland Pines School District and surrounding areas. We have a powerful integration of project-based learning with an individualized approach to skill acquisition and personal growth with an emphasis on 21st century learning skills. Mixed-age groupings and an approach to teaching centered on the student, rather than the teacher, allow students to move at their own pace, enabling students of all abilities and backgrounds to be successful. The School of Options and Applied Research (SOAR) delivers an engaging, rigorous, standards-based curriculum that prepares students to be successful in the 21st century.
SOAR helps each student reach his/her full potential so they become independent, lifelong learners who take responsibility for themselves, for their classmates and for their surrounding environment. During their educational journey, students will lay the foundation to become 21st century thinkers with higher-order critical thinking, analytical and collaborative learning skills. On this path of self-improvement and self-discovery, they learn that they are not alone and that encouraging, supporting and working together with other learners not only leads to success for themselves, but for their classmates and their society as well. As they grow to understand their connection to, and responsibility for, their world, their appreciation for the gifts others have to offer is increased. Our 21st century curriculum is interdisciplinary, project-based, connected to the community, and globally aware. The curriculum incorporates higher order thinking skills, multiple intelligences, technology and multimedia, the multiple literacies of the 21st century, and authentic assessments. Student-directed service learning is also an important component.
At SOAR, we:
·Empower students to reach their innate intellectual, creative and leadership potential
·Guide students learning with advisors serving as mentors
·Prepare students academically and socially for a ever-changing global society
·Encourage learning outside of school walls
·Apply learning and critical thinking to make the world a better place
·Promote family and community engagement
To engage students through authentic projects, experiential studies and community involvement.
Rigorous -To create a rigorous academic program based on core knowledge standards that students need as a foundation for project based work and lifelong learning.
Integrated - To create a community where academic learning and character development are seen as a common endeavor centered on six core values: RESPECT, RESPONSIBILITY, INTEGRITY, COURAGE, CURIOSITY, and EXCELLENCE.
Personalized - To put the needs of the student first so that each student can soar. Through flexibility and choice each student will be honored as an individual learner, recognizing that each student has his or her own learning style, unique gifts, interests, aspirations, and challenges to learning. Each student will be supported to learn in his or her own unique way.
Concealed Carry Law & Schools Wisconsin's Concealed Carry Law went into effect Nov. 1, 2011. No one, including a concealed-carry licensee, can carry a firearm on school grounds. This includes school buildings, athletic fields, recreation areas, and property owned, used or operated for school administration. For more information on the Concealed Carry Law, please visit http://www.doj.state.wi.us/dles/cib/