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Francis Marion Military Academy

Charter | 9-12 | 155 students

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Posted June 11, 2013

The Geometry End of Course exam scores came in on Friday and I am pleased to report that all students whose cohort requires the Geometry EOC to graduate (9th graders) did indeed pass the test, giving us 100% pass rate, the best in the district for that cohort. In addition, our percentage of 10th graders who passed the test (73%) was the best in the district, and exceeded the state average by 18 percentage points! Finally, all Geometry students passed the course this school year! Woo Hoo! Kudos to the fantasitc Geometry teacher, who goes above and beyond to help his students!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 1, 2012

Just moved here from Indiana. My son researched this school a year an half before we got here. He didn't want to go anywhere else. We granted his wish just days ago. Here is what i've found so far. They're awesome. My husband, son and myself went in for an interview where all our questions we fully answered. The director has went above anything i've ever seen. This is def. the school to be in!! I see some complaining of fundraising. But let's be honest here. Fundraising helps the school as well as your student. There are so many things it takes to educate a child. I will be heading over to the site an making a small donation first thing in the morning. Because i'm so impressed with this system. Thank you FMMA for making our move a little smother on our son. Moving from a different state and losing contact with the friends you've always had at 16 is tuff. You've really impressed our family!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2011

We are a family that wholeheartedly appreciates Franci Marion Military Academy. The dedicated staff and committed investment by teachers to help the students thrive academically is exceptional. Our freshman is thriving in this uniquely structured learning environment. I believe what is taken out of your experience is very much based on what you invest in and your level of participation. We are truly grateful that we found this opportunity which offers a more one-on-one teaching environment. After home-schooling for the first eight years this school has provided the best transition for high school as we prepare for college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2011

I am very proud of this school and what it stands for. My son has been goingto FMMA since it has opened. He is zoned for Lae Weir High and I am so glad that he is not going there! My son has grown so much academically as well as emotionally since he has been at FMMA. He would have been picked on constasntly on Lake Weir, the kids there are so cruel. At FMMA the kids are a family and look out for each other. There are there to encourage them and also there to comfort them in hard times. FMMA makes a difference and I hope they will be here for a long, long, time. I am very proud to have my son be in the first graduating class from FMMA. The teachers, stafff and leaders are the best!! There are here because they care for the students, not for the money and benefits (which is nothing). I love the school and so does my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2011

My son has been in FMMA from the beginning (3 years ago). We left an overpriced and academically inferior Christian School and were looking for a place that was not like the other public schools. FMMA is not perfect (no school is by the way) but I challenge anyone to say those teachers and staff don't give 100% to try and teach these kids. My son's math teacher especially has been a wonderful counselor and teacher. My son has been academically challenged at FMMA and is currently involved in dual-enrollment program with the college of Cental Florida. This school does not tolerate bad behavior and disrespect. Kids are given the most opportunities to be good leaders, good volunteers and learn respect for others. We need a good alternative to the mega size public schools of today. At FMMA your child is not just a number. Ten years from now I will be glad to tell others my son was in the first graduating class. If you are looking for a smaller class size in a structured environment with excellent and caring teachers than check out FMMA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

This school is the best!!! Our child struggled in school every year. After we made the change and put him in FMMA He has excelled in all areas and has more confidence now then he has ever had. We recommend this school to everyone. Don't know what we would do without FMMA!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

Our family thinks very highly of this school. We were not satisfied with Forest High School. They were going to just keep passing our son along without making sure he was caught up with his classes. Our son really wanted to do ROTC and since he didn't score high enough on the Fcat they wouldn't let him take ROTC. Since we put in FMMA they have worked with us and our son and he has improved so much. He also love his school. We also like the morals and the structure of the school. Everyone at FMMA is treated with respect. We recommend this school to everyone. God Bless FMMA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

I have been going to this school for two year's now, and i would have to say this is probably the best school in Florida. I went to Forest high school before I came to FMMA and Forest wasn't working with me, I was failing one of my classes, but they were only focusing on the FCAT. When i came to FMMA I was passing all my classes, while i was learning how to support our country, and learning new leadership skills everyday. FMMA is a awesome school and I would recommend it to any one.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 10, 2011

I think the staff at FMMA are doing an amazing job, I have been impressed at the way the staff cares for each individual student. I would not even consider putting my son back in public school, and I support and stand by the Staff and school 100%.I really hope that every parent is behind our school because that's what it is , our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

There are 3 National Board Certified High School Math Teachers in Marion County. One works at the School Board (not in a classroom), another is the head of the EMIT Program at Forest High School and the third is at Francis Marion Military Academy. The teachers at Francis Marion Military Academy are dedicated to teaching the students but they can't do it on their own. If the student doesn't want to learn or put forth the effort (homework and studying), the end result will be the same no matter where they attend school. FMMA's administration has been and continues to be devoted 100% to the success and growth of the school. In June the first graduating class of FMMA will earn their diplomas. They should be very proud of their efforts, they have worked hard for a common goal. I have seen enormous growth on the part of students from the first day of school through the end of the year. They walk taller with respect for their teachers and each other. Keep up the good work. Job well done!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

My son loves going to FMMA. I've seen a real improvement in his self-confidence and self-discipline. It isn't the trouble makers who are popular here - it's the honor roll students, the leaders, who are looked up to. Communication is much more frequent than any school my kids have attended before. I get emails every week or two that keep me up to date with the school's happenings. Most schools have fundraisers, but for FMMA it is a matter of survival. I also think it teaches the students that you have to work hard for what you want and money has to be earned because it isn't given freely. I'm grateful for the opportunity to send my son to FMMA and intend to enroll my daughter when it's her turn for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

FMMA is a quality school, with quality teachers & staff. We have seen our son's life enriched by the many opportunities offered. The community service opportunities have added many positive additions to his college entrance resume. We have been pleased by the teachers' willingness to work before and after school, in order to provide extra instruction. The administrative staff have shown an unusually high level of concern for students, while striving to maintain the discipline needed when dealing with so many teenagers. We would prefer that taxes, were directed toward easing the heavy financial load, but considering the financial burden placed on FMMA, we understand the fund raisers, and attempts to keep the school out of the many problems that occur with debt. We are pleased that FMMA is an option for students in our area, and believe that those who are serious about learning, will find FMMA a good school to attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2011

Lets call a spade a spade....FMMA is different. That is obvious for anyone familiar with the schools day to day functions. I have to admit it does seem like the fundraising is more prevalent here than other schools my child has attended and myself as well. It must be more of a concern with other parents? If nothing else, it gives much needed attention to the school from people who otherwise would not know that it exists. Those parents and students can come see what a military school or ROTC program is. They dont have to wonder what happens at some distant intimidating destination. There is one right here in Ocala. We as parents are pleased with the change/progress of our child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

Since my child has been at this school from the very beginning, I feel that I have a real insight as to how far this school has come during this time. Since it's start, this school has had a hard fight for it's existence. The teachers and faculty have put in many more hours, with a much smaller paycheck, because they believe in what this school is all about. No school is perfect, but a lot of schools don't have people involved who are truly there for the students. This school brings out leadership, respect, discipline, wisdom, love of country, expectation, emotional development, appreciation and ethics in it's students. The teachers expect the students to do their best work. The school is still small, so classes are limited. There is the need to push fundraisers right now, but everyone in the school from the faculty on down has worked hard to raise money to keep the school going. It's never easy to get a new school off the ground, but when you are starting one that is seen as a public school, and it is not given all the "rights" of a public school, it's much harder. With more work, I know that this school is destined to be one of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2011

i rate this school a 10 . i realize that all schools come with a set of problems but, i'm satisfied with his performance and participation in the school. i find the teachers to be caring,and responsible with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

I must say I am most disappointed in this school. Coming to the area I felt a military academy would be a wonderful place for young men and women to learn more about the role of being a good citizen and become more civic minded. But what I found was the quite the opposite.The Principal and Vice Principal are continually bullying the students to sell items in their most recent fund raiser as they both have said if the students do not continue to do their "duty" and sell these items the doors to the school will close. They have both said this at more than one Booster Club meeting. The children are taken out of class routinely to do "extra curricular" activities: ie color guard, fund raising etc. The time they spend in class and expected to spend academically is routinely disturbed by the vice principal coming in and strong arming the students in his next great idea on getting rich quick fundraiser. I would not send my child here and if he/ she was a student I would remove them.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 28, 2010

FMMA is a very big disappointment to my son and our family. They have a big facade about what is really going on at the avcademy. They are constantly pressuring the students and parents to collect money for them and the quality of the instruction and the staff is very inferior. Teachers walk around like they are "somebody" and with no credentials which the students find hard to respect. I was wondering why so many students have been leaving FMMA and I am beginning to get the picture. We were told that FMMA would being doing all types of special programs and things that other schools don't do and they are just not there. The military atmosphere does not teach respect for our military but more like a play or dress-up for halloween. I am very disappointed and my son is and we are looking to make some serious decisions on what will be best for him because he is not getting the quality of education that his former school was providing. Its frustrating and disheartning that the FMMA oversight board allows this to continue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2010

Listen... I'm not going to say that its the best school, or that the teachers there are the best, or that the other staff is the best... But what I can say is that every ounce of energy that they put towards this school, is with a good heart, and with a good intention. Yes, they are new at this, they make lots of mistakes. Yes we made mistakes when we were new at anything. So why don't we cut them a little slack. Not only are they better at communicating with the students, the work enviroment is calm, quiet, and doesn t make you want to pull out your cell phone and start texting because the topics are almost always fun. So there, I have said my piece and I hope all of these viewers take into consideration that this is a new begining for all of us. -Paul-


Posted July 7, 2010

At first I thought this school would be great for my son but I quickly realized that FMMA is just like any other public school only FMMA costs more to attend. There is NO communication from the school unless they want you to attend a function. I was told that I would be contacted at the 1st sign of a potential problem (grade wise) and I never heard a word until I got his report card. The teachers act as if they are over worked, yet they have less than half the amount of students per class than the average school. I have some advice for you "over worked" teachers out there... find another job because if 10 students per class and under 100 kids in the school is too much for you, a job change is in order.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2009

It is a joy to teach disciplined young people who have a deep love of country and respect for authority. -Maj. Van Vleet
—Submitted by a teacher


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Reading

The state average for Reading was 53% in 2014.

51 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
41%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
63%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
44%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
32%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 64% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
35%

2013

 
 
74%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 84% in 2012.

53 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "C".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "D".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "C".
  • This school did not receive a grade in 2008-2009.

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 66% in 2014.

46 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
33%

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
65%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 68% in 2014.

25 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
46%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2014.

38 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
47%

2013

 
 
69%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 65% in 2014.

34 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
62%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1, U.S. History, and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 62%
Hispanic 19%
Black 14%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 69%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/AN/A
Female 31%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 2%N/A2%
Graduation rate 74%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 2-year college 20% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 60% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 20% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation MMI
USF
West Point
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 57%63%61%
Master's degree 43%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%1%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 24%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Computer specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Russian
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Music
  • Band

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields

Gifted & talented

College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:00 am
School end time
  • 3:15 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 4:30 a.m.
School Leader's name
  • MR. WILLIAM ARCHIBALD
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Facebook
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (352) 291-6601

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • College prep
  • JROTC
  • STEM
  • Virtual school
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Russian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • Passes/tokens for public transportation
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Orrentering
  • Tennis
Girls sports
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Orrentering
  • Tennis

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • JROTC
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Volunteer time after school
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Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
MMI
USF
West Point
College preparation / awareness offered
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 20%
4 year college - 60%
Military - 20%
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2091 Northeast 35th Street
Ocala, FL 34479
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Phone: (352) 291-6600

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