SOAR Program/Setting IV "Don't Just Fly - SOAR" 1204 34th Ave West * Alexandria MN 56308 * Phone: 320-763-5559 * Fax: 320-762-3370
Mission Provide students the opportunity to reach their full potential through self-regulation interventions and specialized academic instruction to improve the student’s behavioral functioning within the academic setting to a level that allows him or her to return to their least restrictive school setting.
Program Description Students Optimizing in Academics & Relationships (SOAR) is a special education program defined by federal law as a level IV school setting based on the physical location of the program and the amount of special education services provided to the student(s). SOAR is governed and funded through the Runestone Area Education District (RAED). The program is located in Alexandria at the RAED office building.
SOAR primarily serves 6th through 8th grade students with the following:
Emotional and/or behavioral disorder(s)
On an individual education plan (IEP)
Lacks progress within the mainstream school setting
Mental health needs are managed through outside community agencies
The focus of the SOAR program is to meet the individual academic needs of each student, conduct supportive interventions when a student is in crisis, teach self regulation skills, and model appropriate behavior that improves the students' behavioral functioning to a level that allows him or her to return to their home district.
Academic instruction is provided in the core areas of learning and incorporates individualized modifications when needed for optimal student success
Student to Staff ratio - 1 staff per 2 students
60 minutes of group skills per day
30 minutes of social skills/study skills per day
Performance Tracking Level system for monitoring three areas of expectations for success including work behavior, group participation, and respect of others (see below for further detail)
Regular Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings between parents/guardians, SOAR staff, and resident school districts are scheduled to monitor progress and ensure student needs are met
Behavior modification is conducted through the use of the Life Space Crisis Intervention program (see below for further detail)
Performance Tracking Level System The Performance Tracking Level System is a means to monitor, motivate, and hold students accountable in relation to their academic performance, social interactions, behavior, and self-regulation.
The system is comprised of three levels. The levels vary in restrictiveness with the most restrictive level as Awareness, followed by Ownership, and the least restrictive level as Integration. Placement in the various levels is based on the student’s academic performance and demonstration of the SOAR code of conduct. Students and staff rate the students’ performance after each class period with the designation of points. The rating scale is 0-3 with 3 being the highest possible points for the period. The daily accumulated points result in a percentage for the day which are used to determine placement in one of the three levels. Students are allowed “self time” which is time to remove themselves from a situation that is frustrating in order to gain control. When students need support from staff to regulate they are placed on “directed time” which is when the staff member identifies the disruptive action and informs the student they need to regulate their behavior. Extended periods on “directed time” result in a student losing points at the end of the class period.
Life Space Crisis Intervention Life Space Crisis Intervention (LSCI) is a methodical, exhaustive approach to help students learn from their strong (often escalating) feelings and emotions.
LSCI is an evidence based practice that uses students reactions to stressful events to modify behaviors, build self-esteem, reduce, anxiety, and develop their understanding and vision into their own and others’ feelings and behaviors. LSCI gives staff the proactive, rational strategies for de-escalating crisis, reducing the use of restraints, seclusion, and suspensions. LSCI provides students with the tools needed for them to maintain positive and healthy relationships with others, through how they respond to different situations in their lives whether positive or stressful.