Southern Wake Academy

Southern Wake Academy

Southern Wake Academy (SWA) is a publicly funded educational choice for grades six through twelve, l

For students looking for a more personalized school experience, one that offers a student-centered environment with a low student-to-teacher ratio, Southern Wake Academy (SWA) is an excellent choice. SWA is a tuition-free, public charter school for grades 6 through 12. Located in Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina, SWA is the area’s only charter school. With an emphasis on scholarship, citizenship and

Operating as usual

09/25/2020

Southern Wake Academy Adds Arts-Savvy Educator to the Leadership Team

Southern Wake Academy has added seasoned school leader Dr. John Schultz as the Head of School as they continue to strengthen instructional practices and fully implement their dynamic mission for students in grade 6-12.

Holly Springs, NC, September 24, 2020 ~ The Board of Directors for Southern Wake Academy is pleased to announce that Dr. John Schultz has been hired as the Head of School. A veteran school leader, Dr. Schultz brings not only a wealth of experience and skills as a leader of high achieving schools, but he also brings his career-long expertise and experience in the fields of theatre and the arts. Dr. Schultz has deep knowledge and a rich history of success in building a community-based school that meets the unique needs of all children.

Dr. Schultz comes to North Carolina via Connecticut, where he served as Dean of The Franklin Academy. In addition, he brings over a decade of experience as a Superintendent for Education in Erie, Pennsylvania. He received a Bachelor’s degree from Gannon University (Erie, PA); a Master’s degree in Education Administration from Saint Bonaventure University (Olean, NY); and a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Duquesne University (Pittsburgh, PA). He also has earned a degree in Sacred Theology and a Master’s in Divinity from Saint Mary’s University (Baltimore, MD).

Additionally, Dr. Schultz has served as Head of School in Pennsylvania, has built a school in Puerto Rico, served for eight years on the Advisory Board for the Middle States Association of Schools and Colleges in Philadelphia, and has acted in, directed, and conducted over 160 theater productions.

Dr. Schultz founded two theater companies in Pennsylvania, Performing Arts Center in Bradford, PA and Lake Effect Theater in Erie, PA, and for 25 years, he worked as a high school and college football referee. He loves to play the piano, travel, bake, read and watch classic movies. He is working on finishing his first novel. (Maybe the setting will be reworked to take place in North Carolina!)

“I am anxiously excited to work with the Southern Wake Academy staff to fulfill the needs of all the stakeholders to allow the school to thrive in a prosperous way,” said Dr. Schultz.

Robin Henderson, SWA’s Board Chair shared, “I was impressed by John the first time I met him. His confidence and experience in developing strong schools that educate the whole child speaks for itself. I’m honored that he is joining the team as our Head of School. I am extremely confident that SWA will be the top public school of choice in the area before we know it.”

Southern Wake Academy is a public charter school serving students in grades 6-12 from the town of Holly Springs and surrounding areas with a unique education model that is a synthesis of community, service learning, technology, and the arts.

Contact Information:
Southern Wake Academy
5108 Old Powell Road
Holly Springs, NC 27540
(919) 567-9955
http://www.swake.org/

09/22/2020

SWA Family Spirit Night -
Join us on Wednesday, September 23rd between the hours of 11AM - 8PM at Anna's Pizzeria in Fuquay-Varina for our SWA Family Spirit Night. Come out and enjoy some authentic Italian Cuisine, support our local community, and our school.

You have the option to Dine-in, Take-out, or Curbside Pick up options. This event is open to the public so please tell your friends, family and neighbors. A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to our school.

We will continue to have Spirit Nights at various local restaurants once a month this school year to help support our community. We hope to see you there...

09/11/2020

9/11: "A day to remember that extraordinary heroes are often disguised as ordinary people and that ones spirit and soul are unbreakable" Stacey Alcorn
Take a moment today to pause, reflect, and cherish each and every moment with friends and family.

09/07/2020

On Labor Day, stop and smell the barbecue. Relax by the pool, and enjoy the last days of summer with those who motivate you to give your best at work all the time. Happy Labor Day to you and yours!

09/01/2020

On September 3rd at 6:00 pm in collaboration with Southern Wake Academy, Walt Yates of The College Funding Coach® will be presenting a webinar on The Little-Known Secrets of Paying for College. There is no cost (except your time) to attend. All parents of preschoolers through seniors in high school will benefit from learning from The College Funding Coach®.

As a parent, the reality of paying for college becomes more and more real. Currently, the College Board reports that a "moderate" college budget for an in-state public college averaged $24,061 per year. A moderate budget at a private college averaged $47,831 per year.

Whether you have a preschool student or a senior in high school, you will learn valuable information that is timely for you. Feel free to invite other parents to attend, too. We'd love to welcome you and them to this event!

Register by clicking on the following link: Southern Wake Academy – Little Known Secrets of Paying for College - https://www.thecollegefundingcoach.org/class/southern-wake-academy-webinar/

While the webinar is free of charge, registration is appreciated.

Your SWA Student Services Team &
The College Funding Coach of the Carolinas

08/18/2020

SWA Spirit Night - TONIGHT
Join us this evening from 4PM - 9PM at Daddy D's BBQ in Fuquay-Varina for our first SWA Spirit Night of the new school year! We will have a Spirit Night at various local restaurants once a month this school year. Come out and enjoy some delicious BBQ to celebrate the !

You have the option to Dine in, Take-out or use their Drive thru (does not include third party delivery, grub hub or doordash)! This event is open to the public so please tell your friends, family and neighbors. A portion of the proceeds will be donated back to our school.

Check out their new video to preview what they are cooking up!
https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=746131282830815
Our next Spirit Night will be held at Anna's Pizzeria in downtown Fuquay-Varina in September.

07/28/2020

Join us this evening for our SWA Town Hall Meeting via Zoom.
Dr. Tom Miller, SWA Interim Head of School, will be sharing details and highlights regarding the SWA RETURN TO LEARN PLAN and will address the key themes and concerns in regards to student learning.

DISCUSSION TOPICS:
- Middle and High School Drafted Schedule
- Learning Platform and Instructional Methods
- Attendance Process
- Communication Plans
- Estimated Timeline to Plan B/Hybrid learning

Parents and students will be permitted to ask specific questions in the chat box. The meeting will run from 6:00PM - 7:00PM.

Any questions not addressed will be added to a FAQ document on the school's website or will be addressed at the next Town Hall Meeting.

Please use the below Zoom link to join the meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4850136618

Meeting ID: 485 013 6618

07/04/2020

Wishing you a safe, happy and healthy Independence Day!

05/25/2020

Today and every day, we honor all who have served.

Photos from Southern Wake Academy's post 04/29/2020

Congratulations to Rick Cross, SWA's Varsity Boys Basketball coach for winning the Triangle Athletic Conference Coach of the Year and to Christina Fox and Jeffrey Kizer for being selected to the All-Conference Varsity Basketball 1st team!

Teacher Appreciation Produce Baskets | Southern Wake Academy 04/27/2020

SWA Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week - May 4th - May 8th

Although we have all been away from school for weeks now, we still want to show our SWA teachers and staff how much we appreciate all their hard work during the school year and during this distance learning adventure we've all been on. In a matter of days, they changed their learning plans, created new content, learned new technologies, and constructed a new way of schooling in order to take care of our kids.
To celebrate our teachers and staff this year, we have come up with a way to honor them in a socially distant manner. Needmore Farms, a locally owned small business, has fresh produce baskets brimming with seasonal vegetables and strawberries, and families who wish to participate can donate what they are able.
Families/students/businesses can also submit messages for note cards that we can print out to tuck inside the baskets. Each teacher/staff member will receive a beautiful and delicious basket of fresh fruits and vegetables along with any cards that have been written for them. If you are interested in helping us with this week long, much deserved celebration, please click on the below link and complete the form. Mrs. Mangum & Mrs. Neumann

https://www.swake.org/apps/form/form.SOUWA.rX5HvtG.aq?_=1588002963054

Teacher Appreciation Produce Baskets | Southern Wake Academy Southern Wake Academy is located in Holly Spring, NC.

04/02/2020

To all the Healthcare Professionals, First Responders, and brave Americans who work tirelessly to provide excellent care for the patients of our community during this unprecedented time, we THANK YOU! The countless hours, tears, and love for each of your patients will not be forgotten...

02/26/2020

CONGRATULATIONS to Emma Karsen (7th grade) who has been invited to attend the 2021 Presidential Inauguration Alumni Program in Washington, D.C. Emma has been invited for this historic opportunity as an alumna of the National Youth Leadership Forum: Pathways to STEM.

The event is being held in celebration of the 59th Inauguration of the President and Vice President of the United States. This momentous occasion, full of ceremony and traditions, is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

This is truly an honor and we are all so proud!

Photos from Southern Wake Academy's post 02/25/2020

Lands' End Starboard Scholarship Winner!
We proudly announce that Tyson Greenbaum, 7th grade, has been selected to received a $10,000 Lands' End Starboard Scholarship Award! A limit of 3000 applications were accepted for this scholarship, and only one student per grade, grades 6-12, received this award. Tyson is one of only 7 recipients!
Congratulations, Tyson! We are SO proud of you!!

02/20/2020

Southern Wake Academy will be CLOSED on Friday, 2/21/20.
Stay safe and enjoy the weekend.

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Early Release
Because of the forecasted inclement weather conditions, Southern Wake Academy will run on an EARLY RELEASE schedule on Thursday, February 20,2020. All students will be released at NOON.

ALL after school activities, including Y-After School Care, are canceled. Please monitor WRAL or WRAL.com for any additional delay or closure information, listed under "Southern Wake Academy."

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02/11/2020

SWA 2020 Open Houses

Southern Wake Academy OPEN HOUSE scheduled:

Middle School
Tuesday, February 11, 2020 (TONIGHT) from 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

High School
Thursday, February 13, 2020 from 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm

These evenings are provided for families who are considering Southern Wake Academy for their child. Each night will begin with an information session, followed by Student Ambassador lead tours to view classrooms and meet teachers. These evenings are open to both parents and students who are interested in learning more about Southern Wake Academy.

Applications for the upcoming school year are available online and must be received by noon on the day of the lottery. All applications received after the deadline will be automatically wait-listed below those drawn in the lottery. Applications do not roll over from one year to the next.

2020-2021 Lottery Date:
Thursday, February 27th

02/08/2020

Southern Wake Academy's Camp Pride 2020 Summer Program registration is now open.
On March 4th, we will be having an Open House for Camp Pride from 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm in our Multipurpose room. You will have an opportunity to meet all the instructors, learn about the camps, take advantage of the Early Bird pricing ($125/week) and receive a special gift if you register at the event. Our camp is OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.
Please reach out to Jennifer Neumann, Camp Director at [email protected] of you have any questions. We are looking forward to another fun summer at Camp Pride!
https://www.swake.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1567647&type=d&pREC_ID=1696368

02/07/2020

SWA Closed on Friday, February 7, 2020.

Due to high winds, trees down, and many without electricity, Southern Wake Academy will be closed today, 2/7/20.

Be safe, and enjoy your long weekend!

01/20/2020

Today we remember Martin Luther King, Jr. and his fight for equality, dignity, and freedom. He delivered his powerful "I Have A Dream" speech to a quarter million people in Washington during a peaceful march in 1963. Honor him by taking time to volunteer in your community today.

01/09/2020

Our SWA Camp Pride Summer 2020 Program registration will be open the end of this month. We are excited for all the NEW programs we are adding for our campers! Stay tuned, more information...

01/01/2020

May this year all your dreams turn into reality and all your efforts into great achievements. May every day of the new year glow with good cheer and happiness for you and your family...

12/23/2019

Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful Holiday and Happy New Year. May the New Year bring joy, peace and happiness to you and your family.
Classes resume on January 6th.

12/19/2019

SWA 2020 Open Houses

Southern Wake Academy will host Open House evenings, from 6:45 pm - 8:00 pm, on the following dates:

Middle School
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

High School
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020

These evenings are provided for families who are considering Southern Wake Academy for their child. Each night will begin with an information session, followed by Student Ambassador lead tours to view classrooms and meet teachers. These evenings are open to both parents and students who are interested in learning more about Southern Wake Academy.

Applications for the upcoming school year are available online and must be received by noon on the day of the lottery. All applications received after the deadline will be automatically wait-listed below those drawn in the lottery. Applications do not roll over from one year to the next.

2020-2021 Lottery Date:
Thursday, February 27th

12/08/2019

Can You Hear The Sleigh Bells?

Fuquay-Varina's annual Holiday Parade is tomorrow, 12/8/19, 3-5pm, and some of our ROAR MS Cheer team members and our Mascot Thunder, were invited to participate in the parade! They will es**rt the parade's Grand Marshal and carry the event banner! This is a huge honor for SWA and we would love to have your support in the crowd!

The parade will happen, rain or shine. We hope to see you there!

11/30/2019

today!

11/28/2019

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life, it turns what we have into enough, and more. Into turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. May the good things of life be yours in abundance not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming years...

11/18/2019

Open Houses

Southern Wake Academy will host Open House evenings, from 6:45 - 8:00PM, on the following dates:

Middle School
Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
Tuesday, February 11, 2020

High School
Thursday, November 21, 2019
Thursday, January 9, 2020
Thursday, February 13, 2020

These evenings are provided for families who are considering Southern Wake Academy for their child. Each night will begin with an information session, followed by Student Ambassador lead tours to view classrooms and meet teachers. These evenings are open to both parents and students who are interested in learning more about Southern Wake Academy.

Applications for the upcoming school year will be available online and accepted beginning the first day of December and must be received by noon on the day of the lottery. All applications received after the deadline will be automatically wait-listed below those drawn in the lottery. Applications do not roll over from one year to the next.

2020-2021 Lottery Date:
Thursday, February 27th

11/11/2019

There are not words big enough. There is not a hug strong enough. There is not a smile wide enough. You are our heroes. You are in our thoughts. For your bravery, hard work and dedication to our country we THANK YOU today and everyday...

09/11/2019

WE WILL NEVER FORGET 9/11...
And neither will future generations. The story, images, and human cost will always conjure up horror and tears but will also forever be identified with stories of incredible bravery, determination and personal sacrifice. Take time today to hug the ones you love and never take one second of your life for granted. REFLECT, HONOR AND REMEMBER.

Photos from Southern Wake Academy's post 09/07/2019

VENDOR REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN...
We are now accepting vendors for our 3rd Annual Fashion Vendor Fair, A Style For Every Story. The event takes place on November 23rd from 5:00pm - 8:00pm at the Fuquay-Varina Cultural Arts Theater. By popular demand, the Fashion Vendor Fair is now OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! We are also offering advertising opportunities to local businesses to be a part of our popular SWAG Bags. Space is limited and your registration will be time stamped to avoid duplicate vendors.
Please click on the link below for more information and to register as a vendor and/or participate in our SWAG Bag advertising opportunity.
https://www.swake.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1567647&type=d&pREC_ID=1764117


Contact Information:
Jennifer Neumann
Southern Wake Academy
Public Relations/Events Coordinator
[email protected]

09/05/2019

Due to the severe weather conditions, Southern Wake Academy will be closed again on Friday, September 6, 2019.

09/04/2019

Due to the impending storm, SWA will be closed tomorrow, 9/5.
Stay safe!

Photos from Southern Wake Academy's post 08/25/2019

Our SWA Staff was excited to welcome our students back for the NEW school year last week. We are looking forward to an amazing year at SWA!

08/19/2019

SWA's 3rd Annual Fashion Show is scheduled for November 23rd at the Fuquay Varina Cultural Arts Theater. This year our Preshow Vendor Fair will be OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Come out for an evening of food, friends, shopping and fashion while supporting our SWA Lion Crusade Fund.

The SWA Lion Crusade Fund is used to help pay the for the costs of our after school programs including: Athletics, Clubs, Organizations and Academic Competitions. Charter schools DO NOT receive as much funding as the traditional public schools, therefore our families must take on the cost of these programs. This additional cost is difficult for so many of our families and tough choices need to be made. The ultimate goal for this fund is to ELIMINATE the fees that our families pay in order for their child to participate in these activities.

Contact Mrs. Neumann for more information at [email protected].

07/21/2019

We are excited to announce our 3rd Annual Fashion Show will be held on November 23rd at the Fuquay-Varina Cultural Arts Theater. More information to come soon....

07/10/2019

CAMP PRIDE SUMMER PROGRAM NEWS
Need something fun for the kids to do next week for a day or maybe two???

We are now offering a DROP IN option for our Basketball Camp! Pick a day or two the week of July 15th and drop your child off for our exciting Basketball program for only $20 per day. Please email our Camp Director Mrs. Neumann at [email protected] for more information.

07/04/2019

Wishing everyone a sparkling Fourth of July filled with pride, honor and lots of fun!

07/04/2019

CAMP PRIDE - SUMMER SPEAKFEST CAMP for rising 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th graders.
Debates - Storytelling - TED Talks - Improv - Games - This I Believe - Advocacy - Group Discussions - Speeches - Commercials - Speaker Showcase - AND MORE!!!
Public speaking is the number one fear for many people. Does the thought of presenting in front of the class or participating in a group discussion make you nervous? Would you rather avoid speaking out even if it means settling for a lower grade or not being taken seriously? Don’t let this happen to you! Come to the Summer SpeakFest and arm yourself with the confidence and skills to knock public speaking out of the park! This camp will be taught by Valerie Reppi, WCPSS teacher and Helen Moses, Voice Coach.
Fun speaking activities and games will help you get ready to present your work confidently, ace high school and college interviews, run for student office, lead class discussions, articulate your ideas, advocate for yourself, be respected by peers and adults, and whatever else you want to do that requires effective public speaking. The week ends with a Speaker Showcase, open to parents and guests, where students get to demonstrate what they have learned.
DATE: July 29th August 2nd
TIME: 8:00 am - 2:00 pm (Students must bring their own lunches and snacks.)
FEE: $150 per child
CLASS SIZE: Limited to 20 students
The daily themes are:
Monday: Introduction to Public Speaking and Debate
Tuesday: Persuasive Speaking and Developing an Argument
Wednesday: Model Speakers and Team Debate
Thursday: Advocacy, Seminar, and 1:1 Debate
Friday: Putting It All Together and Speaker Showcase (Families are welcome to attend this performance)
Email Jennifer Neumann at [email protected] for more information and to register.

06/16/2019
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5108 Old Powell Road
Holly Springs, NC
27540

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Tuesday 8am - 2:35pm
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