Southern Wake Academy has an excellent reputation for providing a quality education and inclusion for its students with special needs. The EC team, along with the staff, work together to implement student’s IEPs and to ensure students’ individual needs are being met. The staff at SWA works together to provide students with individual attention to help them meet their goals both in and out of the classroom.
SWA also offers the Occupational Course of Study track for students with disabilities. The OCS is one of the course of study pathways to earn a high school diploma.
The OCS curriculum prepares students to be competent, dependent employees, as well as independent and responsible adults. The curriculum focuses on the development of functioinal academic skills and hands-on vocational training with the ultimate outcome of transitioning the student from high school into competitive employment.
The Occupational Course of Study consists of four English, three math, two science, two social studies, and four Occupational Preparation classes. Students are also required to take and pass four Career-Technical Education classes and a unit of Health/PE. In addition to the OCS course requirements, students are required to obtain 900 work hours. Each student must complete 300 hours of in-school vocational training, 240 hours of community-based vocational training, and 360 hours of competitive paid employment in an integrated environment. They must also maintain and present an OCS Career Portfolio documenting completion of the required courses and hours.
Contact the Lead EC Teacher
Ms. Lori Tryon
EC Teacher and Advisor
Students, parents, and families are encouraged to review the Handbook on Parents’ Rights:
The College Board site for students with special needs can be found at: