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Hello, and welcome to the Coastal Pre-K-10 campus of American Leadership Academy! We are proud to offer an exceptional educational experience to students in Wilmington, North Carolina. Our school is focused on providing a safe, academically challenging, and comfortable environment for our little leaders. 

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Preview upcoming school events, fundraisers, and important dates by visiting our school calendar. Our Pre-K-10 charter school works hard to keep this information up-to-date. 

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Explore our directory to learn more about our educators’ qualifications and to read messages directly from our teachers. Our teachers and staff members are dedicated to creating a positive learning environment for our students. 

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Meet Our Teachers

Classical Curriculum, or traditional education, is language-focused and designed to train students how to think and learn, not what to think and learn. Preview our Pre-K-10 classical curriculum and apply for enrollment online.

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Classical Education

ALA Coastal aims to provide all students with a well-rounded education, nurturing the academic, social, and emotional needs of each child. Our school uses the acronym R.A.I.S.E. to highlight the strong character traits we desire and cultivate in our scholars.

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R.A.I.S.E. Values

School Leaders

Abigail Strait, Director

Mrs. Strait received her undergraduate degree in emergency services administration from Utah Valley University and completed her master's degree in educational technology from Arizona State University. She loves embarking on new adventures with her husband, Justin, their three children, Braddock, Kenton, and Allyse, and their two dogs, Dodger and Max. Some of her family's favorite activities include setting out on road trips, listening to music, playing the piano, and reading!

Mrs. Strait is highly regarded among staff, students, and families within her previous community, and she looks forward to working hard to earn your trust and regard at ALA Coastal. We know you have a choice for your student's education, and we appreciate you choosing us as a partner in ensuring your student receives the best education possible led by a rigorous and values-based curriculum.


Brittany LaFave, Assistant Director

Mrs. LaFave began her career in education in 2012 after graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. During that time, she had the pleasure of teaching kindergarten, first, and second grade at a charter school. She was also given the opportunity to serve as lead teacher for two years. During this time, she completed a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction. After five years of teaching, she decided that she wanted to pursue a leadership role. She served as Operations Coordinator and worked hand in hand with the principal. As the assistant principal, she plans to bring positivity, promote teamwork, and work to ensure staff, parents, and students feel welcomed every time they are on our campus.

Away from school Mrs. LaFave and her husband have two boys who keep them very busy. She enjoys creating memories with her boys, being outside, and shopping!



Jessie Perry

"I feel like they are really providing knowledge for the students. not just having them memorize things for a test." Learn more.

Demetrice Southerland

"Teachers take their time to get to know each student and their capabilities." Learn more.

Kimberly Bageant

“They challenge our kids to strive to be the best they can be.” Learn more.

Rachel Emery

"I feel like it is a really tight-knit community between teachers, staff, and parents." Learn more.

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Olivia Streeter, ALA Coastal Parent

"We absolutely love coastal! Our daughter is in kindergarten and extremely shy but she has blossomed and taken to the school and they do a great job with her!"

Life at ALA Coastal

Take Part in a School Tour

 ALA Coastal's classrooms are designed to comfort and develop every child. Join us on a tour to explore everything from within our campus  and see why so families choose classical education.

Interest list for ALA Coastal High School building opening in early 2024.