Those who did (and didn’t) SOAR

If you attended grade school in the Kirkwood School District, the terms “REACH” or “SOAR” may be familiar to you. The mentioning of these programs could spark nostalgia or confusion at being left out. The Kirkwood School District’s gifted program from grades K-5 is named REACH, and the program for grades 6-8 is named SOAR. According to the district’s website, the main goal of these gifted programs is to “support students in achieving their personal goals and academic success for which they are capable”. Children can qualify as early as kindergarten, and be taken into separate classrooms to complete enrichment activities or learn in a different way from regular classroom settings. Here is how some students at KHS, both in and out of Kirkwood’s SOAR or REACH, felt about the program.


Those in SOAR: Nick Hepburn
Those in SOAR: Ben Voller
Those in SOAR: Aubrey Wootten
Those in SOAR: Emily Sprang
Outside of SOAR: Gavin Wootten
Outside of SOAR: Anna Smith
Outside of SOAR: Carter Philipp
SOAR teacher: Dr. Denise Ford
SOAR teacher: Mrs. Cindy Coronado

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Those who did (and didn’t) SOAR