A community of learners
A community of leaders

Our history

Founded in 2010, SOAR is built on the premise that we should “expect more” from our public schools. 

SOAR is a public elementary charter school committed to providing exceptional educational opportunities to students in Far Northeast Denver. SOAR offers an innovative, holistic approach to education that includes an extended school day, an academically engaging curriculum, a focus on the development of social and emotional competencies, and a deep commitment to the arts. 

In the 2014-2015 school year SOAR enters its fifth year serving the Far Northeast Denver community and its second year at full capacity, serving approximately 475 kindergarten through 5th grade students. 

our mission

Our mission

The mission of SOAR is to provide students of all backgrounds and performance levels with access to a balance of rigorous academics, social instruction, and expanded opportunities. SOAR empowers children to become complete people who make informed, deliberate decisions and lead socially responsible, productive lives.

core elements
Core elements
Vigorous & engaging academic instruction
Commitment to the arts
Social & emotional learning (SEL)

our team

our team
Marc Waxman
Director

Marc Waxman has been working for over 20 years in urban public school education.  After moving to Denver in 2008 Marc worked for Denver Public Schools in several capacities including Executive Director of the Office of School Reform and Innovation. Marc holds a Masters in Education from Teachers College, Columbia University and is a National Board Certified Teacher. When he isn’t working to create great educational environments for children, Marc enjoys spending time with his wife and two sons and training for marathons.

Sonia Sisneros
Deputy Director

Prior to SOAR Sonia worked in the Denver nonprofit community for around 15 years. Her work in nonprofit was in family advocacy, child protection and most recently anti-violence research. Her experience is in providing representation and services to low income communities. For her work in education, she is driven to create a more sustainable social environment with new ways of thinking about education and best practices in schools. SOAR is the venue for which she can combine her beliefs around equity with her business management experience. She attended business school at the University of Denver where she is now wrapping-up her law degree. In addition, she has completed DU’s Leadership and Organizations program in Philanthropic/Nonprofit Management. To better understand what she will need to lead in education she applied for and was accepted into the highly competitive 2014-15 Get Smart Schools Leader Fellowship Cohort. This is a two-year program for which she will earn her Principal’s License.

our board

our board
Ellin Keene
President

Ellin Oliver Keene is an experienced teaching and literacy professional and noted author. She is a Denver native and a founder of Denver’s Public Education and Business Coalition, where she serves as the director of research and development. She has worked with schools, universities and school districts, providing professional development training and curriculum development and assessment. She has developed and directed Cornerstone at the University of Pennsylvania’s National Literacy Initiative and created and refined professional development models incorporating in-depth, on-site coaching for teachers and principals. These initiatives have impacted over 50,000 educators and 800,000 children in twenty-four years.

Rosann Ward
Vice-President

Rosann Ward has been with the Public Education & Business Coalition (PEBC) since 1996, serving as president of the organization for the past nine years. She has led the expansion of the core professional development work to a national scale, which provides a significant revenue generating-component to support the mission of the organization. Rosann also actively serves on various boards including The Colorado Governor’s School, the SOAR School Board and the RMSEL Board. She also is a member of the Colorado Department of Education’s Commissioner Literacy Work Group. Prior to joining PEBC, Rosann was a staff member in Governor Roy Romer’s office, in charge of implementing the governor’s statewide adult literacy plan. In New York, Rosann was a marketing specialist and editor at Random House and Simon & Schuster, and finally associate publisher at Atlantic Monthly Press. Her list of authors included, among others, Carl Sagan, Don Hewitt, Richard Ford, Ken Follett, Martin Luther King, Sr., and Theodore Geisel (Dr. Seuss).

minutes

Minutes

Archived minutes  

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financials

Financials

One calendar year of archived financials in PDF format that will be updated on a monthly basis by SOAR Staff.

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schedule

Below is a complete list of meeting dates for the 2014-2015 school year:

  • July 11th
  • August 8th
  • September 12th
  • October 10th
  • November 14th
  • December 12th
  • January 9th
  • February 13th
  • March 13th
  • April 10th
  • May 8th

Schedule

SOAR Board of Directors meets the second Friday of every month; from 8:45 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. Meetings are held in the Student Union Building, Building 1 on the Evie Dennis Campus at 4800 Telluride Street, Denver 80249. Meetings are open to the public and agendas are posted at SOAR. Members of the public wishing to address the Board may do so by signing a list with SOAR office staff by 12 PM the day prior to a board meeting, giving their name and indicating the topic and position (if applicable). 

When persons seeking to address the Board are doing so on an item pending before the Board for action, comments may be deferred until that item is considered on the Board agenda.  Matters which may be more properly considered under the Grievance process may be referred by the Board to that process.