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Sarasota, FL
Students enrolled: 1,052

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801 North Orange Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236

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August 10, 2015
My children came from a local Catholic High School which was a great disappointment to us. SMA offers what the other school did not, variety and depth of classes, a staff that cares about character and leadership, college paths for all it's students.and is not obsessed with sports. My children are thriving and happy and other then the choice of k-8 school we made this is the best academic decision we have made for our children. Leaving the previous school was hard on us but our kids are thrilled and learning so much more here than was available to them at the other High School. It is about Honor as the school logo says.

- submitted by a parent

June 26, 2015
We suffered through a year at SMA after touring last year and being told what a solid "community" the school was by the administrator who led the tour. Sadly, none of that was true. We were ignored when we asked questions about our daughter's academic progress and future. My wife and I went up the chain of command, never receiving a call back from the Head of School. When I finally showed up in her office, she had no idea what was going on in her own school. She had to ask someone beneath her for answers to every question posed. We will have to choose a new school this year for our daughter who is an exemplary student. One that creates an environment of communication and respect of parents. This Head of School seems to care less about parent opinions or input on their own children, and from other parents I have spoken with, this is the common attitude received.

- submitted by a parent

February 26, 2015
Withdrew my child from this school in he middle of the year due to lack of communication with one of the teachers. This school has a lot of clicks and I have seen a lot of bullying going on with nothing being done about it. My child felt like he wasn't being heard or getting the help he needed from the staff. And I tried to intervene (I have the emails to prove it).... promises, promises....and nothing ever got resolved. This school is on a block schedule so parent beware... if you change schools in the middle of the year and go to a school that has a regular schedule, your child will have to make up some classes.... uniforms were hard to come by. In a nutshell.. LACK OF STAFF COMMUNICATION BETWEEN STUDENT, TEACHER & PARENT. NO DISCIPLINE (TEACHERS DON'T CARE ABOUT STUDENTS HAZING OTHER STUDENTS). AND BTW... THEY HAVE ABOUT 20 MICROWAVES FOR LUNCH TIME!!!! Wanted this school to be what we were told during the tour and it wasn't... not from day one. Send your child elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent

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

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.

- submitted by a community member

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.

- submitted by a community member

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

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

June 07, 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.

- submitted by a community member

June 06, 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

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

March 06, 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

March 04, 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

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
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December 01, 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

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

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

October 09, 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
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July 09, 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

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

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

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

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

October 27, 2006
This school is a perfect fit for many students who need organizational skills and good structure. It is not a disciplinary school for serious behavior problems as some may think of a military school. There are clear and fair rules designed to help students be successful. Our daughter complained when told her she would be attending the Academy starting her ninth year. She was an average student and slipping. After her third day, would you believe she said she loved the school. She never realized before how much pressure was on her to dress the right way. She would get up and change clothes several times trying to get ready. She now gets up and puts her uniform on and is ready. No body cares since everyone wears the uniform. The school also has 100% drug testing. This gives her a great way out when pressure to try something.

- submitted by a parent

February 18, 2006
*****.......great curriculm, small classes, uniforms, ROTC., encourages student involvement... This highschool is worth the time it takes to look into...they do have a waiting list...no tuition fee...uniforms furnished...

- submitted by a parent

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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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Sarasota Military Academy
801 North Orange Avenue, Sarasota, FL  34236
(941) 926-1700
Last modified Sarasota Military Academy is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sarasota Military Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top