Coastal Leadership Academy is a public charter school, funded by the state, and does not charge tuition. All eligible 9th-12th grade students residing within South Carolina are encouraged to apply to CLA. Students will be admitted without regard to race, religion, gender, creed, national origin, disability, ancestry, need for special education or itinerant services, or socioeconomic condition.
New student applications for the following year will open the first Monday of December and must be turned in or submitted electronically no later than the last Friday of January. If necessary, the lottery will be held the first Monday of February. Once accepted, parents will be contacted by the school registrar for an appointment to complete enrollment paperwork.