Skills Organization Achievement Responsibility
S.O.A.R. is a student centered; selective enrollment elective unique to Taft High School designed to create a community of independent and motivated life-long learners through a proactive approach. S.O.A.R. lessons focus on teaching and implementing executive functioning and independent functioning skills; vital skills that are not inherent to all and greatly impact student motivation and life success. S.O.A.R. lessons are aligned with the latest Reading, Speaking & Listening initiatives as well the Common Core and Career Readiness Language Arts standards, supplementing reading, writing, comprehension, testing and critical thinking skills. S.O.A.R. models the International Baccalaureate learner profile characteristics setting the pace for life-long learners and the development of healthy choices through lessons and discussions on character development and social awareness. S.O.A.R. teachers work closely with the social workers, school psychologist, case managers, parents and your student’s teachers to differentiate, accommodate and provide for individual student needs while maintaining vertical and horizontal synergy. S.O.A.R. students will demonstrate continued growth and achievement in Skills, Organization, Achievement, and Responsibility for successful completion of coursework, extracurricular participation, graduation requirements, and school pride.
The SOAR Routine
Now in our 7th year, S.O.A.R. continues to prove a healthy differentiated classroom environment, doubling as a resource period built into the student’s daily schedule to assist with the implementation of successful Executive Functioning routines such as: maintaining organization and work completion.
The S.O.A.R. weekly routine consists of: