Soar Program

Character and integrity are the bedrock of your child’s future, and at JA we partner with you inside and outside of the classroom to cultivate good life principles from an early age.

JA’s Soar program began as a seventh grade rafting trip over 40 years ago. The traditional adventure has been enhanced and expanded into a program that focuses on ethics, faith, service, and leadership for students throughout the entire school community. Soar opportunities help students grow through experiential learning and involvement in their communities.

A Committed Community

The program involves volunteers made up of counselors, teachers, staff, and parents who help mentor students outside the classroom. Soar service opportunities begin as early as first grade, helping students learn ethics and grow spiritually. Students in fifth through twelfth grades take part in outdoor activities that develop their teamwork and leadership skills.

Examples of Previous 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 eighth 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 every student to be involved with the Soar program. For more information, contact Audrey Wilkirson at