Student Life

Why choose Coastal Leadership Academy?
How can CLA Benefit You?

  • Sense of community and belonging
  • Small class sizes (10:1)
  • Access to dual credit through HGTC, Coastal Carolina University, and Winthrop
  • Receive up to twelve credits of Advanced Placement courses (U.S. History, Psychology, Literature, and World Geography)
  • Social experiences: clubs, prom/dances, field studies, social skills training though SOS Autism
  • Only school in Horry County to offer Mandarin Chinese (in addition to Spanish and French)
  • Project Lead the Way Curriculum
  • Leadership Experiences: student showcases, senior internships, student government, and more!
  • Access to innovative technologies

Special Education

The Special Education Department at Coastal Leadership Academy provides services for students who have been identified with some type of disability.  Services are provided for students identified as learning disabled, mentally disabled, emotionally disabled, hearing disabled, visually disabled, and orthopedically disabled.  Services are also provided for students diagnosed as Other Health Impaired, Autistic, and Multiply Handicapped, according to state and Federal guidelines. All special education students have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) that is reviewed annually by their IEP team.

We, as a department, through perseverance and dedication, fully commit ourselves to provide the tools, knowledge, and compassion to assist these young minds in realizing their potential to the fullest extent.

Your Special Education Team

Floy Shuler/Kathy Kiniary | Special Ed Coordinators

Alysia Duncan | Special Education Teacher

Deb Mexas | Special Education Teacher

Annie Hickerson | Special Education Teacher

Or contact the school at 843-788-9898

For medical homebound information please contact Mrs. Sherri Oskin by phone or email.

Phone: 843-788-9898 Ext. 302


Upon request, The Charter Institute at Erskine is required to evaluate the child for eligibility for special education services. A request for evaluation is known as a referral. When the district receives a referral, the district will appoint and Evaluation Planning team to determine if the child has a disability, and if the child needs special education services. The district locates, identifies, and evaluates all children with disabilities who are enrolled by their parents in schools within the school district. A school staff member who reasonably believes a child may be a child with a disability has a legal duty to refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school district in which the child is in enrolled. Before referring the child, the person making the referral must inform the child’s parent that the referral will be made. Others, including parents, who reasonably believe a child is a child with a disability may also refer the child, including a homeless child, to the school or district in which the child is enrolled. Referrals must be in writing and include the reason why the person believes the child is a child with a disability. A referral may be made by contacting Cheryl Boswell, Special Education Coordinator, Coastal Leadership Academy, at, by phone at 843-788-9898 or by writing her at 3710 Palmetto Point Blvd, Myrtle Beach, SC, 29588

Procedural Safeguards

SPED Policies and Procedures

Helpful Links

Clubs & Athletics

Planning for College

9th, 10th, & 11th Grade

  • Start to consider what school you are interested in attending (technical, public or private).
  • Determine how much you will require in financial aid to meet your determined objective and utilize net priced calculators.
  • Research scholarship opportunities
  • Take advantage of all the the information on SCOIS.
  • Take the PSAT and practice ACT your 10th grade year.

12th Grade Fall Semester

  • Complete and submit scholarship applications.
  • Gather financial information to prepare to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Deadline: June 30th
  • Complete your FAFSA Application as close to October 1st as possible (early bird gets the worm)! Your FAFSA Application will not be fully completed until you and/or your parents file your tax returns in the spring and enter your tax return information into your FAFSA account. You may link your tax account with your FAFSA account.
  • Submit school specific applications

12th Grade Spring Semester

  • Review and compare scholarship offers and packages to determine a best fit financial aid package no later than the tax deadline (April 15th).
  • Complete required information for acceptance and enrollment in your college.
  • Research loan options and complete applications if needed.
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