SOAR Program – Student Outstanding Achievement Resource
The mission of the SOAR program is to nurture creativity and produce students with superior problem-solving skills through the use of critical thinking activities, exploration in fields of interest, and the utilization of technology.
Identified students in 3rd-5th grades are “pulled-out” of the regular classroom and eligible to go to the SOAR classroom for instruction for up to three hours per week. The SOAR coordinator and classroom teachers will work together to determine the best times for optimal SOAR instruction Entry into the SOAR program is determined by a tested Student Ability Index of 125 or higher (high 8 or 9 stanine) on an IQ test.
Using various topics, the students in the SOAR program have the opportunity to develop and stretch the cognitive processes for which they have shown an aptitude through testing. More important than the subject matter is the development of the assigned tasks or projects. By design, the program assigns projects and tasks, setting an expectation of the end result with minimal elaboration on how the projects or tasks are to be executed. This methodology is purposefully employed to foster initiative, innovation, and independent problem-solving.
SOAR students will develop problem-solving, logical, and critical thinking skills through the use of various manipulatives, scenarios, and experiences. Through trial-and-error experimentation, students will gather confidence in their ability to successfully solve problems.
The SOAR program is designed to enhance student learning and to reach the following goals:
- To develop critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving and logic skills
- To help the students become independent learners as well as have an understanding of the interdependency of systems
- To encourage creativity in students
- To foster the students’ personal growth and social skills
- To enhance communication skills and use advanced technologies as a resource