Soar High (Students on Academic Rise) High School Reviews
I truly love this school. The climate is friendly and fun. The students all get along, and it's like a family in a sense.
I like making fun of how our school has only 9 classrooms, but I admit it's not entirely true. SOAR High School is located on the Antelope Valley College, and is an Early College High School. Which means that the students take college classes along with their high school classes. Which means we have like a thousand classrooms technically.
We have clubs at SOAR, from Journalism to Sports Club to VPAC to Speech Club. I remember my first few weeks at SOAR, and I was overwhelmed at the sheer number of posters advertising clubs. Everywhere window had a poster, saying "Join Key Club, make a difference. Our first meeting is this Wednesday at S-3 at lunch, don't be late!" or something similar. The posters are creative and fun, and I spent a month or two exploring all the clubs like EnviroClub and Fiction Fans Book Club and Rocketry Club before I decided on two that I loved the most (you can join as many clubs as you want).
Events are also fun. EnviroFair is an event held where studens from the local middle schools come to learn about the environment. Also upcoming is the RenFaire, where ye lads and lasses explore the olde Rennaissance! And the dances are endless fun, I never danced so much in my middle school dances as now.
The main complaint from students is the lack of sports and band. So no, you can't be on a soccer team (but did that stop that one guy from nearly killing me with a soccer ball when I was waiting for my mom to pick me up? No....but don't worry, SOAR's still a safe school), and no, you'll never be in a school marching band, but between Sports Club, VPAC, and the available college classes, most of us find ways to cope.
Safety is a concern from some parents (I've been to several meetings where parents come to learns about SOAR, because my brother was a student presenter) because of the college campus. But honestly, the college kids never gave anyone any hassle. Unless, you know, you tried to pick a fight with one of them (not that any SOAR student would).
Did you know it's possible to graduate SOAR with an AA degree? It's totally possible! You can complete all the necessary college units if you dedicate tons of your time.
Now, there have been some complaints that the teachers expect the students to be perfect. This isnt true. The simple fact is that the teachers expect you to put some effort in your work. Youre taking college classes, for goodness sake! SOAR is focused on college preparation, anyways, and if you expect to go to a good college and get a good career then you better not expect to just lay back and watch it happen. You aren't throwing away your life, either, just putting in that little extra study time. SOAR doesn't expect you to just hang back and be lazy, so of you don't like that, SOAR isn't for you. And it's not like you're on your own either, there are teachers willing (and as I recently learned, they're not just willing, they're eager) to help you with your work, as well as several facilities across the campus (There is a Learning Center in the college with tutors and computers and books and all you need to succeed) and students all around you.
Now, my house is nearly an hour's drive away from the school, and I find myself spending lots of my spare time at the college. And its fun. If you have a racquet, go to the tennis courts and play a round (or try and ail, like me). Go to the computer lab and spend hours surfing the web. Go to the HS building, where you get comfy chairs, wifi, and Subway sandwiches. Go to the Student Lounge where there are vending machines, lots of delicious cafeteria food, a Student Store, and a stage. Go to the Library. Go the the IMC (Instructional Media Center) where you can borrow a movie and watch it in the private theaters with your friends. Go to the stadium and watch the college football players practice. There's lots to do and explore.
I love everything at SOAR. It's a fairly small school, but that just makes everything more friendly. I've only been here a few months, but I already know most of the freshmen, and quite a few of the seniors.
It's not a typical high school experience, it's something more than than, something special, like a jewel on a sandy shore (I'm so poetical...in my dreams). SOAR isn't for everyone. If you want a more personalized, non-traditional, dedicated experience, then please try SOAR.
I'm Tamara, I'm a freshman, and I can't wait for winter break to be over!
SOAR can be stressful but it really challenges students with its rigorous curriculum. One of the parent reviews says that we lose our childhood by going here but four years are NOTHING. The rest of your life counts way more than those four years. After that, you're on your own and SOAR really prepares you for that. The people here are respectful, kind, and appreciate education. If you look at our scores, they are the highest in the district and 7th in state. I agree that this program is not for all students. It is for students who want to get ahead, and who desire a challenge in order to become better students.
I have always valued a good education and great teachers and when im at SOAR thats exactly what u get. The academics are the best around and the classroom sizes are small making it easier to learn and be heard. I would thouroughly recommend this school!
The SOAR program for Students on Academic Rise is not a public school normative, it may be an alternate program, but with strong polarity, adhering to strict policies and regulations for students and parents, and you must apply with at least two (2) recommendation letters (and an addition one from their 8th grade principle).
No, the school is not for the schedule-impaired student or parent, for indolence, disrespectful, or motivationally and academically inept (program specializes in mathematics and science). SOAR administration is incredibly strict on attendance and tardiness is barely tolerated (even if they’re 1 minute late) and must be cleared though Saturday-school (if permitted)!
SOAR High school is an accelerated educational plan, in which optimizes students viability, sponsorship, and readiness to enter into prominent universities. Students can start as early as 9th grade, and concomitantly attend both high school and college courses, enabling them to graduate with a high school diploma and an associate degree within four (4) or five (5) years, respectfully.
Mother of a SOAR High school student
Ps. I hope that clears up any misconceptions:)
I FEEL THAT SOAR HIGH SCHOOL IS THE BEST IN THE AV.IAM SURE SOME PARENTS WILL NOT AGREE WITH THAT.IT IS NOT OVER CROWED LIKE OTHER HIGH SCHOOLS.IF YOUR CHILD IS A WELL BEHAVED, MATURE,AND WANTS A GREAT EDUCATION AND PLANS TO GO TO A UNIVERSITY ,THIS IS THE SCHOOL FOR THEM.THEY MIGHT NOT OFFER SPORTS,MUSIC THEY HAVE EVERYTHING ELSE TEACHERS SUPPORT,MR.DUTTON IS ALWAYS ON CAMPUS.SO MANY HIGH SCHOOL CLUBS THAT COMPETE WITH OTHER SCHOOLS,COLLEGE CLASSES AND TEXT BOOKS ARE FREE OF CHARGE.ANY THING THE COLLEGE OFFERS SOAR STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO IT.THRILLED MY CHILD WAS EXCEPTED SO FAR SHE IS A 4.0 STUDENT !
i love the challenge it offers that you could never really find at "normal traditional" high school
Great school. Instructors are great. Students are focused. My daughter has been a student for two years and loves it!
I think SOAR is amazing. It creates such a comfortable atmosphere, being that we are with people whom have the same values in educational goals that we ourselves have. The people who have comments with negative connotations are just people who clearly havent been in the environment that the principal , Mr. Dutton, and all of the Staff provide for us. Those are most likely parents whose children were removed from the program.
I think that SOAR puts way to much stress on the students. There are very few extra-curricular activities to take their minds off of the over-load of homework and the pressure to succeed in high school AND college. This school forces the students to not only act like adults and assume the responsibility of a college student at age 14, but they do not offer much selection in activities. There is no sports program, or athletic oppurtunities either.
I think that a child loses their childhood by going to Soar. So what if they get a little ahead in their schooling? They lose their summers, their vacation days, their days to be a kid! Our kids are growing up way too quickly as it is, why do we want to push them out of childhood so quickly!! You are only a kid once!!
SOAR High School is a great learning environment. If a student wants to complete high school and college at the same time then this is the place to go. SOAR students have a drive for success. Students here want to be successful and achieve their goals. If you want more info. on this awesome school you should go to their website because there is still more stuff that I did not mention that will grab your attention.
P.S.: SOAR High School is not 'students On The Academic Rise';SOAR High School stands for 'Students On Academic Rise':)
I think SOAR High School is a great school. The teachers do their absolute best to keep us confident and full of potential. Its also a great learning environment.