Award Year: 2022

Southeastern Academy

12251 NC Highway 41 North
Lumberton, NC, 28358-6892

(910) 738-7828

Mrs. Kristen Stone, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

Southeastern Academy Charter School District

School Website


Southeastern Academy Charter School will maintain high expectations and promote excellence, especially in the fields of math and science for all students. The school, within its rural community, will foster a caring and creative learning environment. The school emphasizes the social, emotional, physical, and intellectual development of each child. This will be obtained through learning experiences that help children reach their greatest potential in order to function as independent learners in a diverse and ever-changing society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 6%
  • White: 66%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 22%
  • Two or more races: 2%
Engaging learners through 21st century skills

Engaging learners through 21st century skills

With just 218 students at our K-8 school in rural Robeson County, North Carolina, a family-feel is what makes Southeastern Academy such a unique place for students to achieve their highest potential. We offer one class per grade level, fostering an environment for students to create lifelong bonds with their peers, as well as allow staff to know each student, and their needs, individually.

Additionally, we are intentional with our time at SeA, and not just with our instructional minutes. Teachers' planning time is heavily devoted to data analysis, and we make the most of this by having common planning across grade level pods. Specifically, we have milestones that trigger the analysis of data, which are: after state assessments, with progress reports, as well as with report cards, ensuring that every childs' needs are accounted for. Our staff makes use of the MTSS framework during these meetings to verify that students are not only getting necessary interventions, but also being challenged in the classroom.

Using COVID obstacles to grow our students and staff, we were able to become a 1 to 1 technology school during the pandemic, opening doors to new ways of teaching and learning. Access to this technology not only better prepares our students for college or the workforce, but it also creates greater differentiation in the classroom.

When you visit our school, you will find staff, parents, and students who take pride in this tiny gem of a school. We are so proud to be SeA Dolphins!