Wando administator to head new charter school

The football team for Gray Collegiate Academy in Columbia takes the field. A sister school, Oceanside Collegiate Academy, is planned to open in Mount Pleasant.

A new public charter high school opening in Mount Pleasant in the fall has hired a Wando High School administrator as its first head of school.

Wando Associate Principal Brenda Corley will manage all programs and staff at Oceanside Collegiate Academy starting in the 2016-17 school year. The charter school, opening in the Carolina Park area in August, promises to prepare hopeful student-athletes for a college career by combining high-level course work and rigorous athletics.

“I’m super excited about the opportunity to build a school from the ground up,” Corley said. “As any coach will tell you, the chance or the opportunity to build my own team is just so exciting.”

At Wando, Corley leads the Ninth Grade Academy. Before joining Wando, she was the director of guidance at Cane Bay High School and a counselor at Summerville High School. She began her education career as a Spanish teacher at both Lincoln High School and Septima P. Clark Corporate Academy.

“We are thrilled that Brenda will be at the helm of OCA,” Oceanside Board Chairman Marvin Arnsdorff said in a statement. “She is a proven trailblazer and her record demonstrates that strong leadership can accomplish great things.”

As a dual-enrollment high school, Oceanside will give students the opportunity to earn up to two years’ worth of college credits. Oceanside will also use a split schedule so students can choose to take classes in the morning (between 8 a.m.-noon) or afternoon (12:30-4:30 p.m.), in addition to two hours of online electives each day.

This model leaves students time to take advantage of Oceanside’s complimentary tutoring or to participate in sports. The school plans to field teams in football, baseball, basketball, soccer, golf, tennis, lacrosse, cross country, competitive cheer, volleyball and softball.

Oceanside is currently taking applications for grades 9 through 12 for the 2016-17 school year and will admit up to 600 students. Students from any county in the state can apply. Open enrollment ends Feb. 28.

Go to oceansidecollegiate academy.org for information on how to apply.

Reach Deanna Pan at 843-937-5764.