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.
We’re combining the best of creative courses and flexible schedules with a social environment for middle and high school students to learn and grow.
Register to be included in our waitlist for a learning pod near you, as well as more information about Sora’s curriculum, virtual open house and more.
Note: We are currently not accepting applications from rising seniors at this time. We are also not able to serve GED-seeking adults.
Founders Garrett Smiley, Wesley Samples & Indra Sofian sat down with Tyisha Fernandes to discuss the future of virtual school, Sora’s vision & more.
“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.”
As students progress through their project, they regularly meet with faculty who are available to discuss, troubleshoot, and help guide them towards their end deliverables. Instead of lectures, these learning expeditions are socratic discussions, projects, labs, and other active learning formats.
Our program produces a mastery-based transcript for colleges and other institutions of higher education. This also helps students draw a clear path of their journey, adding context and color to their decisions.
Sora Schools was founded by Wesley Samples, Indra Sofian, and Garrett Smiley, who met while attending Georgia Tech. Their progressive virtual education platform was conceived pre-COVID, which has only intensified the nationwide need for new innovative educational options.
The idea began when Sofian and his co-founders were chatting about their high school experiences and realized a majority of their complaints were the same, such as curricula that prioritize memorization over actual learning. The founders began talking to parents, students and mentors to discover what school should be like and how it can best serve the students.
“One of the big ones is we just went through high school and didn’t feel like the things we learned were connected to anything in the real world,” he said. “I feel like we didn’t know anything … We felt like we were playing a game, not actually caring about what we learned, at least in my personal school experience.”
“Sora is all about community, where the individual interests of students are prioritized,” said Sora Schools Founder and CEO Garrett Smiley. “Our students learn in the way that best suits them and where they can gain hands-on experience in their personal areas of interest.” Smiley said.
Want your student to have unique learning experiences but also in-person bonding? We offer the best of both worlds: a creative virtual school with flexible scheduling with a live social environment for middle and high school students to learn and grow.
According to research, social-emotional learning is utilized at Sora by cultivating a healthy school culture by way of helping students develop skills to manage their emotions, resolve conflicts, and make responsible decisions. Social-emotional learning (SEL) describes the mindsets, skills, attitudes, and feelings that help students succeed in school, career, and life.
At its core, SEL focuses on students’ fundamental needs for motivation, social connectedness, and self-regulation as prerequisites for learning. Educators may also refer to SEL as “non-cognitive skills,” “interpersonal skills,” “soft skills,” “21st century skills,” “character strengths,” and “whole child development.”
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.
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.
Check out a school with accredited courses like:
The Physics of Sharks
The Philosophy of Marvel
…and much more!