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Sora’s curriculum

Empowering your student
with real-world projects

Overview

Sora students still learn the same content as traditional schools, it's just repackaged into interesting classes they choose. Instead of cramming for tests, they demonstrate their knowledge through projects.

Students move at their own pace and can always try again. They receive a college-ready diploma and transcript with a GPA upon graduation. Throughout their journey at Sora, they can always resubmit work so their GPA is in their control.

Sora students learn through Expeditions, which are live, faculty-led classes with about 15 students or through selecting or creating an independent study project.

Students move at their own pace and can always try again.

Students at Sora progress toward graduation by mastering standards, which we call "Units" and "Abilities." These are both traditional academic content and life skills like collaboration or research. 

At the end of a learning experience, Sora students are awarded a zero to four score on each "Unit" and "Ability" based on their demonstrated mastery of the material. Scores are not final until graduation, so students can always resubmit work so their GPA is in their control. 

At Sora, classes are designed around ability and interest, not grade level. 

We believe this school will help our student continue his path in learning how to think, not what to think. He will continue to learn problem solving and life skills, rather than simply memorizing and testing.

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Learning experiences

Sora students make requests from a selection of hundreds of engaging
learning experiences based on their interests.

Math at Sora

Math serves as a tool for making sense of and improving our world. Students still strengthen their math muscles with practice and problem sets, but to the end of creating a fantastic project, not taking a high-stakes test.

A University Model with a Blend of Live and Independent Time

Like a University, students have a few hours of live class time per day and a few hours of independent time. We believe this is the optimal blend between active learning, relationship building, and focus time. Learn more about Sora schedules on our Life at Sora page

Curriculum Overview

We provide students with choices, autonomy, and setting high expectations for growth, we leverage their intrinsic motivation as a driving force for achieving academic excellence.

Opportunities to take colleges classes through our partnerships

For our older students, Sora facilitates dual enrollment through Arizona State University and the Acadeum course-sharing network. These are powerful options for students to pursue their interests at a college level and get a head start on earning credits. 

Additionally, Sora is an official partner of The Knowledge Society (TKS), the world’s top accelerator for teens. TKS is a 10-month global innovation program for ambitious high school students. 

Sponsored materials

At Sora, our commitment to enhancing the learning experience knows no bounds. That's why we provide each and every student with a comprehensive array of cutting-edge digital tools tailored to various disciplines. 

Read our viewbook

Our viewbook provides a comprehensive overview of our school model, curriculum, and student experience.

Read our most recent e-book

How do we prepare students to live a good life? Read our 15-page e-book to learn more about the Sora philosophy and why it's the perfect answer to the unique needs of the future.

Meaning-based learning

A connection-seeking mindset allows students to not only make learning stick but to also make it meaningful. When we design learning environments, our goal is for students to think about the meaning of the learning objectives.

In meaning-based learning, students use this knowledge to integrate their learning into their ever-evolving personal narrative. Students understand that this type of processing is linked to better stickiness in long-term memory, so we find ways to connect new information back to our personal narrative, to think about the meaning.

FAQs

Yes! Sora’s middle and high school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, which allows us to meet the requirements of all 50 states and colleges and universities. The high school has a secondary accreditation with Cognia, which is widely recognized both within the U.S. and internationally. Additionally, our program is recognized and approved by the NCAA which provides students the ability to play collegiate sports.