Scott Foster, Principal
SOAR Charter High School
The Northland Pines School District works very hard to ensure all students reach their maximum potential; in pursuit of this goal, the district explored educational improvement options for students. The idea of the charter school was the result of a committee examining how to best serve the needs of all students of the Northland Pines School District. This led to the development of the SOAR Charter School, which opened in the fall of 2013 to 5th - 7th grade students. In 2014 grade 8 was added. Upon the success of SOAR, the committee morphed into a planning committee to begin an elementary charter school and another committee to expand SOAR to the High School.
Current Northland Pines area students, open-enrolled individuals, and home-schooled students are eligible to attend the SOAR Charter High School. The SOAR High School is located in the Northland Pines High School.
SOAR High School graduation requirements are higher than the Northland Pines High School. At SOAR High School, students must reach 26 credits to graduate. That is: 4 English credits, 3 Math credits, 3 Science credits, 3 Social Studies credits. 1.5 Physical Education/Health credits, 20 hours of community service, and 6 elective credits. In addition, seniors must complete a senior project and have a letter of acceptance for continuing education.
SOAR High School students have a comprehensive scope & sequence guide used to structure student coursework without limiting student creativity. A web-based computer program, Project Foundry, serves as a management and tracking system for students, advisors, and parents to ensure students are meeting the requirements needed for advancement. In addition, each student has an E-Portfolio which allows the student and family to tailor an educational experience unique to that student. Students are held to rigorous expectations. Students learn and demonstrate their knowledge in and out of the school building.
Using the scope and sequence as a guide, students earn learning targets under each subject area. Learning targets are tied directly to the Wisconsin’s Educational Standards. Every subject category has a required number of targets that a student must complete to earn the credit. Students earn those targets by designing their own projects and/or attending advisor led seminars or projects. Most projects are inter-curricular.
SOAR High School students are able to participate in all district organized sports and extracurricular opportunities. This includes all WIAA sports. SOAR High School students are accepted by 2 and 4 year universities. With the emergent of more non-traditional educational opportunities, universities have modified application requirements. Student rank and grade point average are no longer vital pieces in the admissions process. However, a greater emphasis is placed on ACT and SAT scores and high school experiences.
Determining if the SOAR High School is a good fit for your child is a very difficult and personal decision to make. It is difficult to say what specific type of child would benefit from project based learning the most because kids differ in so many aspects and every child learns differently.
We encourage you to take time researching project based education, attend informational meetings, and ask questions. The reality is that we now have two high quality high schools in our district, and we are confident that your child can be successful in either of these settings. You just need to make the decision that best fits with your values and child’s best interest.
Students at SOAR High School follow the same school calendar as the Northland Pines School District. The school start and end times are the same as the rest of the district, 8:25 - 3:25. The district provides students transportation from within any area of our district. Students may also drive themselves if parents approve.
After attending an informational meeting and submitting an application, families are encouraged to set up a meeting with Mr. Foster, SOAR High School Principal, if they have more questions. If a student is open enrolling they need to turn that form in as well.
For more information please contact Scott Foster, firstname.lastname@example.org or 715-547-3619 with any additional questions you may have.
SOAR Charter High School
1800 Pleasure Island Road
Eagle River, WI 54521
Phone: (715) 479-4473
Principal: Scott Foster
Building Secretary: Laurie Edwards
Student School Day: 8:15 a.m. - 3:25 p.m.