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 children and teens with learning differences. We use evidence-based practices and highly individualized services and supports to target a broad range of educational, behavioral, social, and communication needs that particularly benefit individuals with Autism.

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

1:4 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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We had such a fun group go to see Means Girls the musical at @wilsoncentercfcc thanks to Broadway for a Better World! We are so thankful to get to experience these priceless memories with our students and families 💕

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A little glimpse into our East Coast students working hard this AM!

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Hide your presents! Hide your trees! There is a Grinch on the loose!

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OASIS NEWS 2023 Thanksgiving Special!

Our annual “Feast of Sides” was better than ever and we are SO proud of how our students handled it. Each student had a separate goal, some to just be able to tolerate new foods being in the same vicinity, to sit at a table with their friends, while others had goals to try every single dish! Then on Tuesday we had our inaugural Thanksgiving Parade (thanks Ms Kari!!)! Our East Coast students created parade balloons and our West Coast got to enjoy. We even had a very special appearance from Santa!

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Check out our OASIS News! In this episode we talk about how we celebrated Halloween, report on a missing toy with a happy ending, and give you a sneak peek of our holiday performance prep 🎉🎉🎉

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Our East Coast crew and some of our staff sent in pictures of Veteran’s we knew in honor of Veteran’s Day ❤️🇺🇸
Thank you for your service!

Thanks for putting this together Ms Madison!

#veteransday #veteran #collage

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Our Thursday after school group decided to go for a beach clean up today! It’s so wonderful to be able to find joy in so many moments throughout the day- and these students make that so easy to do ❤️

#beach #cleanup #awesome #beautiful #moments #wilmingtonnc #ilm #students #oasis

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News + Events

Happiness Project

Whew! What a year it has been.  It is safe to say that everyone has been impacted by COVID, but...
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March Events

Spring Break SEA Academy at OASIS NC operates on a year round schedule.  This means we have 4, three week...
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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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