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Sarasota Military Academy

Charter | 9-12 | 967 students

 

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Posted September 28, 2013

We are proud of the accomplishments our son is making since starting the Sarasota Military Academy. He is learning skills that are giving him an excellent foundation to becoming a respectful and successful adult. The curriculum has proven to be just challenging enough that to get great grades he must make the effort but it is not so hard that he is overwhelmed and gives up. The teachers communicate the path to successful completion of the course right at the beginning and through the parent/student portal he can see how each test, quiz, homework assignment, and in-class participation affects his grade, and sees the importance of good decision making! Thank you SMA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2013

I am currently enrolled at Sarasota Military Academy ad before you send your son or daughter there you may want to consider a few things first. I don't think there is another school on earth that has such unqualified teachers who's respect belittles that of all students that dare to ask questions about the curriculum. They say they support the values of our country but as a student I feel as if I am part of a communist public school. Each day I leave school I question my as a person and my decision making skills for ever attending such a school.


Posted August 27, 2013

The Sarasota Military Academy is a state rated "A" school with an emerging IB program. 96% of our graduates go on to college. We have the finest young people on the planet and we have recent graduates at every single U.S. Military Academy. SMA has just completed its 2nd brand new classroom building and we plan to start our middle school program in August of 2014. Our instructional program is pre-college with a strong emphasis on math and Science. Nearly 30% of last year's graduating class earned their A.A. degree before they graduated high school. There are approximately 900 cadets about 50% boys and girls. Visit our website: sarasotamilitaryacademy.com for more details.


Posted October 12, 2011

You will not find a better school in the state. Make sure you get your tour and get registered soon because once you see how much this school will benefit your child you will want them in yesterday. Our Daughter was lucky enough to get in and she is doing great. I can't say enough good things about this school. They do what they say they will and that's refreshing in today's world.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2011

SMA does have a computer course that is quite extensive. Cadets are taught applications and diagnostic skills. I find the academy absolutely the best high school in the state!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 7, 2011

I am puzzled as to why the school has no computer courses, either basic or advanced? Otherwise it seems to be adequate or above average for my grandson.


Posted June 6, 2011

A serious attempt at improving public education. The students,administration, teachers and parents are all involved to offer the best education available and expect the best from the students. The success rate of the students and the college acceptance rate of the graduates indiates that the program is working...quite well. I would not consider another local public/charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2010

Sarasota Military Academy has to be one of the biggest jokes as far as education goes. The education is completely sub-par. I have been to other high schools before this one and it is a total joke. The Teachers have no control over the classroom most of the time, you don't learn near as much as in a more controlled environment, and the kids are absolutely awful. The discipline at the school is terrible. The punishments administrated by the instructors as a whole is completely useless because of the strong use of favoritism that has run rampant in the school. Because of this, there is a big bullying problem at the school. If your student is into art or theater, this is not the school for your child. The school puts on a front that is unreal, a majority of the academics are bad, and so are the kids in general.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 6, 2009

Sarasota Military Academy is absolultely 'Sarasota's Best of the Best High School'. It is, in my opinion, the only high school your teens should attend. My husband and I can not say enough about the Academy. We are very proud to say we have two daughters that attend SMA. The academy offers the highest quality of academic standards and honor. Parents, if your seeking a 'Top Notch' high school, look no more, SMA is the only one! We are extremely proud of SMA, and of our daughter's achievements...The staff and faculty are just incredible!!! And we would like to say Thank You, Headmaster Daniel Kennedy, for a job well done! SMA is Sarasota's finest...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2009

Ive been to 3 high schools and this has been the best...the teacher quality is great, extra carriculars are amazing, the JROTC program is most likely the best in the country, block scheduling is great, clean school and students are well behaved. I wish every school was like this.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2009

I am a ninth grader in the 08-09 school year. This school makes school fun, with around 600 students and teachers who you know you can trust and respect, SMA feels like a family. There is minimal teasing and students aren't in clickes because of the uniform, everyone is accepted right away. I have made tons of friends since coming here and my confidence has sky-rocketed. I am technically 'gifted' by the grace of Jesus Christ, so coming here over staying at Pine View school was a hard dicision, but the JROTC teaches you leadership and teamskills, something no gifted program can teach. SMA is by no means a school that holds you back and is competitive with its education. It also has several physical fitness classes and the only recognized high school fencing team in Florida, ever. I recommend you check out SMA's website for more on its classes.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 1, 2008

I love this school. My daughter started this year in SMA and she is doing great. She is on the cheerleading squad and I am going to be coaching them this year. We look forward to a wonderful year and great new experiences.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2008

I can not say enough good about SMA. My daughter started there this year in 10th. grade. Prior to her starting at SMA we battled with her grades and just keeping her interested in school. She now is making good grades and loves the school. The teachers are awsome and truely care about the success of the each student. I would not send my children to any other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

My son started as freshman & is now a junior @ SMA. I am an active volunteer & find the staff & faculty to be among the best of the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2008

My child faought me tooth and nail not to go. He absolutely loves it. He is getting stronger physically and mentally everyday. It's the best move I have made as a parent!!! And my son thanks me
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

I cannot say enough good things about SMA! My son attends and is going into 11th grade. He has struggled in school his whole life and never felt any measure of success. It was a constant battle. He agreed to check out SMA when he was in 8th grade and nearly backed out just before 9th grade started. I told him to give it a shot - he did and now he says HE WILL NEVER GO ANYWHERE ELSE! His grades are up, he is strong and confident and lives by the SMA CODE! I couldn't be more proud of him/his friends/his school! Way to Go SMA (and thank you Sgt. Mjr Mike and Headmaster Kennedy - you are both motivating and inspiring in every way!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2008

The school needs to stop picking faveorites, the discipline for student goes to the extreme, when it is not neccesary.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2007

SMA changed my sons life! He went from completely non-responsive about curricular activities, to wanting to try harder. Smaller classroom sizes and more individual attention is what he needed. The staff is fantastic! Headmaster Kennedy is like a 'Father' to most of the cadets. Required uniforms took away the peer pressures of current and overly expensive styles. He was always made to feel important and very proud of attending there. It is a public school that is striving to be drug free. My son happily joined the Army after attending for 4 years. Sign up when your children are very young, the waiting list is growing! Thanks SMA!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

The teachers are excellent and want your child to succeed. They are ready available when needed for help. My son always struggled and has excelled since attending this school. It's out of county for me and a 45 min. drive but well worth his happiness and success. There is great parent involvement. A+ all the way around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

I am a senior at SMA and I believe that it is a wonderful school. When I came here I was failing classes and none too happy about going to a military academy. Now I am a straight A student taking honors and AP and dual enrollment classes. I am also applying to some of the best colleges and joining the Navy. SMA has done wonderful things for me and has taught me so much! I dont think you could make a better choice for schools than SMA.
—Submitted by a student


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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 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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 54% in 2013.

276 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 85% in 2013.

270 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 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 writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. 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.

222 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
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 "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "B".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "C".

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 64% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
50%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 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 State average
White 77% 42%
Hispanic 14% 29%
Black 4% 23%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Asian 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A59%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Attendance and completion

  This school District averageState average
Dropout rate 0%N/A2%
Graduation rate 96%N/A74%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Sarasota Middle School
McIntosh Middle School
Brookside Middle School
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Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 49%41%61%
Master's degree 44%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 4%2%1%
Other degree 2%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 0%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Gifted specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • 5 Star School (2003)
  • Honor Unit with Distinction (2003)
  • Southern Association Accreditation (2004)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Staff resources available to students
  • Gifted specialist(s)
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:25 am
School end time
  • 1:45 pm
School Leader's name
  • Mr. Daniel Kennedy
Fax number
  • (941) 926-1701

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • Spanish
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
Foreign languages taught
  • American sign language
  • Arabic languages
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Gifted specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • Priest, pastor, or other religious personnel
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Judo / Other Martial Arts
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle Team and Drill team
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Crew / Rowing
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rifle team and Drill Team
  • Sailing
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Sma has a vast array of community business partners. parents are involved in our school advisory council and our parent teacher cadet council. parents are asked to volunteer nine hours to assist the school. they have helped with painting, office duties, grounds maintenance, and fund raising. sma reaches out to the community through speaking engagements and community projects.
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Thank you for your interest in The Sarasota Military Academy. We currently have an enrollment of 485 cadets in grades 9-12. SMA is all about academic success and preparing our students for the career of their choice. Class sizes are 25 or less with some as small as 8-9. We expect our cadets to bring honor to themselves, their families, the community, and the United States of America.
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Students typically come from these schools
Sarasota Middle School
McIntosh Middle School
Brookside Middle School
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801 N Orange Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Phone: (941) 926-1700

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