SEA Academy

Home of the Southeastern Autism Academy

A year-round, inclusive, private day school in Wilmington, NC offering an empowering, educational experience in a family-centric, supportive environment.

Celebrating 10 years

Our Purpose

OASIS NC is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to providing Outstanding Academic and Social Instructional Services to promote independence, confidence, and compassion in neurodiverse children, teens, and young adults. We use evidence-based practices and highly individualized services and supports to target a broad range of educational, behavioral, social, and communication goals that particularly benefit autistic individuals.

SEA Academy

K-12 Academics tailored to meet the needs of each student, our curriculum adapts to the evolving needs of neurodiverse individuals.

Engaging Programs

Exceptional opportunities to explore and expand special talents and build social, athletic, academic, investigative and artistic skills.

Family Support

Sibling workshops and in-home support that helps foster meaningful connections within families.

Qualified, Compassionate Staff

Knowledge, experience, and an unparalleled enthusiasm for teaching the whole child.

Erika Merriman

A Message from our Director

"We are truly honored to serve many wonderful families and neurodiverse individuals at OASIS NC and the SEA Academy. Our entire team is passionate about empowering individuals with learning differences through educational opportunities and experiences that enhance growth and expand horizons.” - Erika Merriman, M.Ed - Executive Director/Co-Founder

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Why Families Love OASIS NC

More than a decade of providing quality autism support services to Wilmington and surrounding areas

Direct Social Skills instruction by experienced, qualified educators

1:5 Staff to Student Ratio

$50,000 in annual financial aid or total dollars in scholarships

High School students graduate with a diploma!

Diverse and engaging enrichment opportunities (Nutrition Lab, Film Festival, Protect the Planet, Performing Arts, etc)!


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Meet the cutest tiniest little visitor we have ever had: Elephant! Elephant was just rescued by Mr Trevor and needed some extra care and love (he is only a couple weeks old!) He loved listening in on class today from his cage and the kids were so excited to meet this tiny ball of cuteness 🥰 🐭

#rescue #mouse #visitor #class

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Our students are READY for the film festival and they are practicing their introductions and audience etiquette 🎥

See you Friday!!

#film #ilm #wilmingtonnc #students #school #autismawareness

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Good morning!!!! (From this AM 🥰)

#good #morning

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Thanks for this great reel Ms Madison!

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Today we had a new classmate on our west coast side! Zeb!!!

Zeb is a sweet rooster from @blueberrylanefas and he has been feeling a little lonely this past week at his house since Debbie, the founder, passed away. Zeb has a physical disability in his feet due to an infection that did not heal properly (bumble foot). We are so grateful for Zeb to be able to get to spend some time with students and have adventures to make sure he feels extra loved 🥰 (and yes, that is a diaper on him that you see 😂)

#rooster #zeb #chicken #chickensofinstagram #roostersofinstagram #school #autism #love

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This student earns “zoom” time each day and we always have a visual for him to transition off and head to lunch. Today we verbally told him it was time to go to lunch so he found a dry erase marker and made his own visual before we even had a chance to! It blew us all away! Way to go!

#autism #visual #amazing #student

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Coming soon, this March! “We Don’t BUG our friends!”
This short film will be premiering at our annual film festival at @thepointe14 😍 🐞 🐛 🐜

#film #student #filmfestival #school #teaser #trailer

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News + Events

Happiness Project

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March Events

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Building Update

It’s official! We will be on Randall Parkway for another 5 years! Although we had hoped to purchase a building...
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Eshelman Foundation

Our first Spotlight honor goes to the Eshelman Foundation! Although not staff or a student, it is quite possible that...
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