A Modern Project-Based Learning Community

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. Sora’s goal is to prepare students to pursue their dreams in today’s world – whatever they may be.

If your student is looking for a homeschool learning program promoting a student-led classroom combined with a vibrant learning community and innovative STEM and humanities courses, 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 currently not accepting applications from 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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“When I first came to Sora, I was autonomy starved. My previous teachers could not adapt the materials to suit my needs. Needless to say, I no longer doubted my decision to start school at Sora.”

Ava, Sora Student

Project-Based Learning

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. 

Dynamic & Modern Learning Community

We follow a modern 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.

 

Register for Virtual Open House:
Enrolling Grades 6-11

Learn how our customizable curriculum will encourage hands-on learning and re-ignite their curiosity. Sora’s Open House is an exciting and engaging virtual event designed for both prospective parents and their students to get to know the people behind the school. Join us for a look into Sora Schools including independent projects, learning expeditions, career exploration, and more! You can expect a detailed  overview of school and community life.

School of the Future

Unlike traditional school, Sora marries the independence of a homeschool academy with a thought-provoking program that supports their growth and prepares them for their future endeavors. Sora investigates the trends and innovations driving education today, touching on: reframing the vision of school, the digital space, emphasizing the importance of creating a nurturing environment. It also works to reaffirm parents and teachers as they navigate finding the best solutions for their students. 

Student Led Classroom

When families enroll with Sora, they are choosing to join a vibrant student-centered community that offers world-class learning expeditions, versatility to map when you earn your academic credits, and the best of technology to prepare students. We support what they wish to pursue after high school — whether that’s higher education, research, entrepreneurship, or any other ambition.

 

Social Emotional Learning

According to research, social and emotional learning (SEL) is an integral part of education and human development. SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve personal and collective goals. It helps shape how they feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain supportive relationships, and make responsible and caring decisions.

SEL advances educational equity and excellence through authentic school-family-community partnerships. Accomplishing this establishes learning environments and experiences that feature trusting and collaborative relationships, rigorous and meaningful curriculum and instruction, and ongoing evaluation. Social and emotional learning can help address various forms of inequity and empower young people and adults to co-create thriving schools and contribute to a safe and healthy community. 

In partnership with families and communities, schools play a critical role in supporting young people’s social and emotional development. 

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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 homeschooling 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. According to a study on comparing student performance in cooperative learning versus traditional lecture-based learning, students who learn through hands-on projects and small group discussion perform significantly better than lecture-based students in both recall and problem solving.

Online vs. Offline Learning

According to the data, about 60% of Americans feel that traditional school is failing students. In response, schools like Sora are providing a modern education alternative utilizing key components of project-based learning. Our curriculum brings in world-class education experts to lead virtual learning expeditions that are unlike what you would imagine a digital school to be. Students might dissect a real shark along with their classmates, engineer 3D models, or present their research on the philosophy of Marvel movies in a video essay.

When determining if an online or offline education is the best fit for your student, there are a few factors to consider. Will they require a flexible schedule? Are they excited about building friendships across the country? Do they thrive when given more responsibility? If the answers are yes, then an online education is a good route to explore. Additionally, it’s important to understand that not all online schools are created equal. Sora Schools stands apart from the rest as a professionally-designed online school designed to set your student up to thrive after high school — whether they choose to attend college, start a business, jump into their career, or anything in between. Attend our virtual open house today to learn more.

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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.