SOAR Palmdale Updates


Principal's Message

What an exciting week at SOAR Palmdale! It was such a pleasure to welcome the legacy class of 2026 and to celebrate our grand opening with you on Thursday evening.

Throughout the week, students engaged in classes and activities that focused on orientating them to the Early College High School environment. Our students have already begun to reflect the values of a SOAR STAR - self advocacy, teachable, accountable, and respectful. Families can help students be successful by 1) teaching students to advocate for themselves, 2) helping students establish an organizational system, 3) helping student learn how to mange time, 4) encouraging participation in clubs, community service, and activities, 5) checking PowerSchool to stay up to date on grades, missing work, and attendance, and 6) downloading the AVHSD app.

Next week, students will begin attending their AVC class. Below you will find the transporation schedule between the SOAR Palmdale campus and the AVC Palmdale Center.

I would like to encourage you to get involved! If you're interested in volunteering or participating on our School Site Council, please reach out to me at Elections for School Site Council will be held in the coming weeks.

I hope that you are finding our website and my weekly SOAR Updates both helpful and informative. You will receive a weekly SOAR Update, which is emailed, texted, and shared on the app with parents, students, and staff on Friday evenings at 6pm. We also upload them to the SOAR website ( under the "About" Tab then "Updates." Additionally, we maintain several social media sites. If you want to stay current with what's happening on SOAR High School's campus, follow us on Instagram @soarhsprincipal or @soarhighschool

With Gratitude,

Wendi Johnston


AVC Classes Begin Next week!

Below you will find the transporation schedule for students' AVC classes. Please note, students enrolled in HD 101 on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8am, should be dropped off at the AVC Palmdale center. There is not a morning bus run from SOAR to the AVC Palmdale Center campus.
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SOAR Palmdale Bell Schedule

On Monday, August 15th, we will return to our regular bell schedule.
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SOAR Calendar

Please make note that SOAR High School's calendar looks different than the district's calendar. Our calendar aligns with the Antelope Valley College (AVC) calendar.
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Things You Might Like to Know...

  • Both AVC and SOAR campuses are open to students from 7:30 - 4:00.

  • Monday, August 15th - First day of AVC classes

Wellness Corner

Evidence suggests there are 5 steps you can take to improve your mental health and wellbeing. Trying these things could help you feel more positive and able to get the most out of life!

1. Connect with others - good relationships are important to your mental wellbeing.

2. Be physcially active - being active is not only good for your physical health and fitness, but it can also improve your mental wellbeing.

3. Learn new skills - learning new skills can boost self-confidence, build a sense of purpose, and hep you connect with others.

4. Give to others - acts of giving and kindness can help you feel more positive.

5. Pay attention to the present moment - be mindful in mind and body.

Be a STAR!

STUDENTS, don't forget to Be a STAR no matter where you are -- that's in the classroom, on campus, connected online, or in the community -- again, we're promoting Self advocating, Teachable, Accountable, and Respectful leaders -- STARs -- here at SOAR!

SOAR Stars are also life-long learners and self-advocates who solve the most pressing challenges through an unwavering pursuit of knowledge, innovation, and collaboration, becoming engaged and productive leaders in their communities.


We ask that students and families please review our student handbook:

It's important that all members of the SOAR community are familiar with behavioral expectation, academic integrity policies, dress code, etc. Students will be getting a copy of the planner through AVID classes soon. Again, until then, we ask that you review our online version of this document.

Student Illnesses

If your child is feeling unwell, please DO NOT report to school. Stay home and email Ana Castro at to report the absence.

For AVC, students should be completing the COVID self screeing through the myAVC portal (, and students will need to report absences to their college professor as well.