Each Southern Wake Academy student meets every other week with his or her advisor, one of the school’s dedicated teachers. During this meeting, students have the opportunity to explore their goals and interests as well as work on the production of their portfolios. Students schedule job shadows and community service, work through challenges they may be facing academically or socially, prepare for standardized tests, consider college, or discuss career possibilities.
These advisory sessions are an essential part of SWA’s academic program and paramount to each student’s success. Students work with the same advisor each year for consistency throughout their enrollment at SWA.
For more information about schedule changes, important dates, forms to fill out, and what to expect, please click on the links below:
Portfolio Conference: At the end of each quarter, Southern Wake Academy students present a portfolio of their best work for assessment. They develop and maintain this portfolio throughout the quarter, working with their advisors. Parents also attend the portfolio presentation. This portfolio review is an excellent opportunity for self evaluation—exploring both what a student has accomplished and how to improve. Students also learn presentation skills and self advocacy during these sessions. In addition to reviewing a student’s accomplishments during the quarter, the student, parents, and advisor create an action plan for the next quarter.
Internships: Each Southern Wake Academy senior completes one career-related internship, providing valuable work experience prior to graduation. Students work with the Dean of Students to arrange their internships. SWA students receive an abundance of practice presenting themselves, and employers have stated that SWA students often interview more effectively than college students or graduates.
Job Shadow: Job shadows allow students to try out different careers and jobs, helping them gain a greater understanding of what interests them and what does not. Students complete and document four job-shadow experiences each year, and by the time they graduate, SWA students have a much clearer idea of their future direction.
Community Service: The educational program at Southern Wake Academy extends so far beyond just classroom learning. SWA students complete 30 hours of community service each year, learning the importance of community involvement. They present their experiences and what they learned at each portfolio review. Both the Fuquay-Varina and Holly Springs communities have excellent relationships with SWA, and our students are well respected. These community service experiences also go a long way to helping SWA students gain self confidence, selflessness, and independence.