Golden Eagle Academy:

Soar Program and Ferndale Virtual Academy

The Golden Eagle Academy is an option for students who have had barriers to their success but have the desire to graduate. The goal is to create opportunities for a student to obtain their Ferndale School District diploma with the state required credits. There are two programs run through the GEA: The Soar Program and Ferndale Virtual Academy.

The Soar Program is a blended schedule with students taking up to four FHS classes and the rest online in the Soar classroom.

The Ferndale Virtual Academy is a traditional alternative learning program in which the student has a Written Student Learning Plan and accomplishes all credits online. Contact time is flexible and will be agreed upon in the WSLP.

The GEA operates as a program within Ferndale High School with its classroom on campus, which offers support services along with access to Ferndale High School programs. The flexibility of the program allows us to accommodate students who have outside commitments such as employment, medical needs, family responsibilities, etc.

Other benefits of the program include:

  • one-on-one instruction with customized academic plans
  • a flexible schedule to meet student needs
  • access to high school academics and support systems
  • participation in work-study programs or project-based learning
  • online education
  • study lab and tutorial support



Ferndale School District complies with all state and federal rules and regulations and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, creed, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation including gender expression or identity, the presence of any physical, sensory, and/or mental disability, or the use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a disability, honorably-discharged veteran or military status or any other basis prohibited by law. The district will provide equal access to school facilities to the Boy Scouts of America and all other designated youth groups listed in Title 36 of the United States Code as a patriotic society. Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school district’s Civil Rights Coordinator & Title IX/RCW 28A.640 Officer, John Fairbairn, Executive Director of Human Resources; 360.383.9206;; Ferndale School District, 6041 Vista Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248 and/or Section 504 ADA Coordinator, Dr. Paul Douglas, Executive Director for Student Services; 360.383.9221;; Ferndale School District, 6041 Vista Drive, Ferndale, WA 98248.