JA’s Soar program began as a beloved seventh grade rafting trip tradition. It has been enhanced and expanded to focus on ethics, faith, service, and leadership throughout the school. Students in fifth through twelfth grades take part in outdoor activities that develop their teamwork and leadership skills. The program is designed to strengthen students for life’s journey ahead. Soar opportunities help students grow through experiential learning outside the classroom and leadership and involvement in the community.

Soar service opportunities begin as early as first grade, helping students learn ethics and grow spiritually. The program involves volunteers made up of counselors, teachers, staff, and parents who help mentor and foster students potential outside the classroom.

Soar Program Experiential Opportunities

  • Fifth grade Mississippi River canoe trip
  • Sixth grade field trip to the Global Village at Heifer International
  • Seventh grade adventure-ropes course at Ashley Park
  • Seventh grade Okatoma River canoe trip
  • Rising eight grade summer rafting trip
  • Seventh and eighth grade Friday morning Burger King devotional
  • Upper School Lunch to Lead
  • Tenth grade visit to Down Range with the CJ Stewart Foundation
  • Chicks to the Chattooga Trip
  • Service opportunities

We encourage each student to be involved with the Soar program. For more information, contact Audrey Wilkirson at