What You Didn't Know About Coastal Leadership Academy

May 14, 2020

Coastal Leadership Academy is a tuition-free public charter high school located in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. We provide services to students in Horry and Georgetown counties. Our mission is to provide project-based learning to all students while encouraging creativity and leadership skills.

What you may not know about Coastal Leadership Academy is that we have an active special education department. We offer services to students identified as mentally disabled, emotionally disabled, learning disabled, visually disabled and hearing disabled. We also have services for students that are medically homebound. Contact us here for more information about those services.

Meet our team

Our special education team includes two coordinators and three special education teachers. Each student receives an individualized education plan, also known as an IEP, at the beginning of the year. It is reviewed and updated annually with any necessary changes. A referral is required to enroll students in our program. You can call us for more information about referrals.


Coastal Leadership Academy goes above and beyond what most high schools offer special education students. Sometimes these students don't feel included and get left behind when it comes to social clubs and sports programs. However, we think it's crucial that they socialize and feel like they're a part of the group. 

We're proud to offer many choices when it comes to group activities. We have sports programs, including volleyball, basketball and cheer, to name a few. For those not interested in sports, there are other activities such as music clubs, game clubs, robotics and volunteering opportunities. We want our students to have a sense of belonging no matter what their interests are.

Class size

Another essential aspect of a good education is class size. Here at Coastal Leadership Academy, we have an outstanding student-teacher ratio of 10-to-1. Smaller class sizes make it easier and more comfortable for students to ask for help if they need it. Special education students get individualized support and yet feel a part of the class. We have the latest technology available for our special education students.

A focus on college

We also convey to our students that nothing can hold them back from pursuing higher education. If a student is determined to go to college, we won't stand in their way. Our coordinators help students and parents going through the complicated maze of career choices, filling out applications and applying for financial aid.

We meet with students and parents to come up with a specific plan of action early on in the process. College life may look differently for a while due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, our guidance counselors will help students find the best solution for their specific situation.

Special education students deserve to be treated with humanity, compassion and kindness while learning. Their accomplishments are to be celebrated with enthusiasm, so they are excited to come to school and learn each and every day. Coastal Leadership Academy believes in that philosophy wholeheartedly.

Connect with us

We invite your questions about our special education department and all we have to offer. Our website has a lot of information regarding our mission, student life, curriculum and many other topics of interest. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Call us today.