"Our school is best known for our small class sizes (10-20 children each)."
Students enrolled 245
Hours 8:15 AM - 2:00 PM
School leader Carroll Reed
Transportation options no info
District Community Partners Charter High School
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April 12, 2014
We love Southern Wake Academy. The small class size and teacher to student ratio works rather well for our family. My child loves being able to be part of the sports programs. We love how supportive the staff is and how engaging they are towards teaching students and being involved with their lives in a professional manner. As a parent I think the children learning about jobs through job shadowing is very important and helpful for students to learn their likes and dislikes about the real world. Teaching the kids to be a supportive part of a community is also a great part of their learning experience. I am so glad we found Southern Wake Academy, it has been a blessing to our family.

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April 10, 2014
My son is in 7th grade and really likes the school. The smaller environment has been ideal for him, both academically and socially. The teachers and administration are very communicative, responsive, caring, supportive, and helpful. Would like to see a few more extra curricular opportunities and/or a music program.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
My school is wonderful for some many reasons - the teachers are fabulous, caring, patient and they treat our children as their own. My son loves going to school everyday and being a part of all that Southern Wake Academy offers.

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April 09, 2014
My family and I love this school. It is a great alternative to regular large high schools in the area. We love the job-shadowing and community service requirements as it gives our children opportunities to look to the future and learn their career likes and dislikes. We do love the teachers, who are well qualified to teach our children. We love the fact that the school is so small--maybe 250 students at present. We homeschooled our children prior to there acceptance and SWA helped it be an easy transition. We are looking forward to the new school being built!

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April 08, 2014
Southern Wake Academy in Holly Springs has been a wonderful school for my children. The smaller school environment and more personal attention of teachers have allowed my children to grow in self confidence and to shine. The teachers really care about the students as individuals. I hope that the school will provide more extra curricular activities for the middle school students as this would truly round out their program. I am happy that my children are attending Southern Wake Academy.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
SWA has been making steady progress over the last several years. The small class sizes permit the teachers to get to know their students. The teachers are accessible and to a large degree are excellent educators. With the small size of the school your child doesn't feel like a number there. We do like the community service and job shadowing emphasis of the school. No school is perfect and neither is SWA but our kids will be back for another school year in the fall. I do believe they care for our children's best interests and education. The PTO is also getting more organized so hopefully parental involvement will continue to improve as well.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Southern Wake Academy is a small but growing charter school. They focus primarily on enrichment of our children as well rounded people and not just academics. With a child with special needs, I sought out such a school in order for my child to be able to thrive in the school environment instead of suffocate.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
We have love the individual attention our boys have gotten at Southern Wake. They have participated in extra curricular activities including sports that they wouldn't have been able to in a larger school. I would love to see a music program added.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
Southern Wake Academy takes a personal approach to each student, takes time to learn your child's needs and has small classroom settings. My kids have gone to this school for the past few years and have truly benefitted from the school's leadership and commitment to the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
We need more schools like Southern Wake Academy (a charter school). There are NO other viable alternatives to the public school system in the Holly Springs/Fuquay area, which public schools have sadly become so overcrowded and unsuitable environments for quality education. I withdrew my child from HRMS and enrolled her in SWA. She quickly became confident and is now eager to participate in her education. The smaller class setting allows SWA teachers to actually supervise and help students in need. The uniform/dress code provides opportunity for kids to focus on education, not clothing or status quo. The school has a zero tolerance towards bullying, which has plagued public schools. The bar is set higher for quality learning, good conduct, leadership, and respect. I am truly impressed. Wake County should take notice and bring more charter schools to our community similar to Southern Wake Academy.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2013
Small class sizes and motivated teachers - great for students with disabilities, who have struggled in the traditional setting, or are just looking a good support network of teachers, and a low drama population of students.

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no rating February 10, 2010
its unorthadox, but you child will learn here in a more personal atmosphere. i would give this school a 8 out of 10

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July 09, 2008
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5108 Old Powell Road
Holly Springs, NC 27540

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Southern Wake Academy
5108 Old Powell Road, Holly Springs, NC  27540
(919) 567-9955
Last modified Southern Wake Academy is a charter school that serves grades 6-7, 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Southern Wake Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 16 reviews.