Arizona's Premier Online Private School

Sora Schools is the project-based, fully-accredited middle and high school that helps students soar. Our innovative curriculum takes online school from a boring, solitary experience and turns it into an engaging, social endeavor that meets each student’s unique needs.

If your student is looking for a learning program with a vibrant community and innovative STEM and humanities courses for 6th through 12th grade, look no further.

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See if Sora is right for you. Be sure to keep an eye on your inbox for more details on how Sora works, as well as information on exciting company wide events and more. 

Note: We are not currently enrolling rising seniors at this time. We are also not able to serve GED seeking adults.  

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Founders Garrett Smiley, Wesley Samples & Indra Sofian sat down with Tyisha Fernandes to discuss the future of virtual school, Sora’s vision & more. 

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“I decided to design my own eraser, the Fusion 360. It is super durable and strong, and it does erase! That’s my model- patent pending.”

CALEB, Sora Student


Learn how our customizable curriculum will encourage hands-on learning and re-ignite their curiosity.  Students at Sora even have a chance to design their own independent study projects for academic credit. Student projects have demonstrated mastery in the language arts, humanities, and STEM fields — all while working towards their careers.

Real-World Projects

Sora is a project-based learning environment where students can start their own projects and choose their own timeline. As students progress through their projects, they regularly meet with faculty to discuss, troubleshoot, and guide them towards their end deliverables. Unlike traditional school, Sora marries the independence of a private school academy with a thought-provoking program that supports their growth.

Dynamic Learning Community

We follow a learning model where our teachers serve to challenge students, structure individual curriculum plans, facilitate their learning, and help them complete their goals, not deliver boring lectures. Sora provides community-wide live support via industry mentors, counselors, faculty, and peer groups.


Flexible Tuition Program

At Sora, we believe that to prepare students to explore the world, our school community should reflect the real world with a diverse student body that is representative of all socio-economic backgrounds. To achieve this goal, Sora seeks to enroll motivated, intellectually curious, and open-minded students whose families understand and embrace the mission of Sora through our Flexible Tuition Program.

Flexible Tuition is a need-based tuition assistance program. This program allows families to apply for reduced tuition, taking their financial circumstances into account. As a result, a Sora education is affordable to qualified students who could not otherwise join our school community. Sora encourages all families to apply for Flexible Tuition if they think they may qualify. You can read more about the Flexible Tuition application process on the SSS Website for Parents & Families.

Learn more about Sora’s Flexible Tuition Program here. 

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How Our Program Works

At Sora, our teachers design online classes for middle and high school students that are interdisciplinary, engaging, and made relevant to today’s world–and all of it is academically accredited. Teachers at Sora help students scope their projects and are given many chances to demonstrate mastery of a concept. In other words, students are not penalized for not understanding a concept the first time around.

Gifted and talented students, with the aid of seasoned learning experts, have the opportunity to propose their own independent study projects for academic credit. If approved, the project will be overseen by a learning expert and allow students to build on their areas of interest and inquiry. Because we give the students autonomy and voice in their learning, they are more engaged and have better academic outcomes.

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How is Sora Different?

Unlike traditional schools that teach out of a textbook, Sora’s learning expeditions are designed to engage students in applied learning. They might learn geometry through designing their own architecture plans, philosophy and rhetoric through analyzing popular films, and anatomy through an expert-led dissection.

Sora’s full-time, fully-accredited program is comprised of creative lessons such as (“The Science of Marvel,” “Engineering Rollercoasters,” and “Philosophy, Logic, and the Art of Argumentation.””) Self-directed independent assignments lead students to tackle questions from “What if Monet was a contemporary artist working with digital tools?” to “What are the economics behind building a tiny house community?” and beyond.

Sora’s engaging learning environment has one goal: to do online schooling differently. This is accomplished by providing a dynamic community complete with a mentor network, community-wide events, student showcases and more. Our faculty performs beyond the scope of traditional online homeschool teachers- we encourage students to stay curious and interested at our online learning academy.