Students Optimizing in Academics and Relationships
Students Optimizing Academics and Relationships (SOAR) is a program that serves 6th through 8th grade students with an Emotional and/or Behavioral Disorder, who are on an IEP, have a pattern of a lack of progress within the mainstream setting, do not have significant mental health needs, and are in need of being served outside of their resident district’s building making it a Federal Level IV program. The focus of the program is to develop interventions that improve the student’s behavioral functioning to a level that allows him or her to return to the home district.
The program follows a level system for monitoring three areas of expectations for success including work behavior, group participation, and respect of others. Interventions found to be successful are then shared with the IEP team to determine if they can be applied within the mainstream setting and a plan for moving the student toward reintegration into the home district.