Students enrolled 52
School leader MR. MICHAEL WINGATE

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5629 State Road 16
Starke, FL 32091

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(904) 682-4036
(904) 682-3990
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5 stars
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November 15, 2014
My son is attending FLYCA Class 27 and I could not be more proud of our decision to withdraw him from the high school he was attending in Orange County to enroll him at FLYCA. The turn around is amazing!! Jack is more confident and self-disciplined. His TABE and ASVAB scores have shown significant increases during his time at FLYCA. Jack, like many other students, was seeking a challenge at his prior high school that the school refused to meet and therefore, Jack stayed in trouble. The staff at FLYCA is dedicated and not afraid to meet the challenges that these young men and women are seeking. The GED that Jack will EARN from FLYCA is worth far more than ten high school diplomas from his prior high school because he has actually had to work for the GED. FLYCA is worth more than this parent could ever put into words and I am soooo thankful they chose to give my son the opportunity to attend their Academy. Thank you FLYCA and may God continue to bless the work you are doing with our youth!!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
Florida Youth Challenge Academy- When I called to see if I could get my son into this school, I was impressed at how efficiently and enthusiastically my questions were answered, and I appreciated that the one I spoke to made a point to help me find out if my son could be accepted . It was pointed, quick and I felt very supported by the one I spoke to, helped me to understand what this school was about and how it could benefit us.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
FLYCA is a great school they change my son life, is you shield willing to change they will help him, my before don't like it read, was at drugs,fail school, was shilling with the wrong people wow now he got his H'S diploma, ready to go college , no drugs he knows what he want if you want you young child to change this is the right place I am a happy mom thank you Flyca mama contents mi hijo regreso.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
Beware, Orientation is a joke n full of lies. They tell u that your child will b tested the day of admission n that never happened. THey test cadets whenever they feel like after they r there if they fail the drug they r signaled out n they will find a reason 2 kick ur child out the program. They will call u when your child gets kicked out, demand that u pick your child right then there or they threaten u with DCF. W/O any notification they will put your child on a bus w/o telling u anything, better make sure ur child is smart enough 2 ask some1 to borrow their cell phone so he can let you know that he needs 2 be pick up at a bus stop. When you call the school the directors act like they r not aware of what happened and play the dumb role u mean to tell me that no1 called u 2 inform u that ur child is on his way home. The best part is if your child taking any medications forget abt getting those b/c they don't even think about that. Communication is very poor between depart. n u call to question what happen no1 seems to know. Other than that the main director is all about a check from the state for these troubled teens which is something they don't tell. DONT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
I myself went to FLYCA and I can honestly say it has made me a better person! It showed me who I was, broke through that shell and let me face all my fears, but not alone. Thank you FLYCA! Class 18!

- submitted by a student
April 26, 2010
My son is currently at FLYCA (Class 18). He now has confidence, self esteem, respect for others and all properties. Thank you FLYCA you saved my son!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2009
I am a mother of a17yr old girl,who is currently enrolled. We are so pleased with her developments. She has show leadership qualities,and wonderful charater qualities as well as a new appreciation for her family and future possibilities,she might never have recognised,or developed if she had not been enrolled,i thank flyca so much,for there comitment,to this program!!!!

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May 26, 2009
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September 25, 2008
Iam a grandmother of a cadet who is going to grad. in dec. my son a single dad and myself cannot say enough about this program without it many teens along with my grandson would be lost in the system. He hated high school and was skipping and not doing homework, hanging out with kids who did not care about him just like him for his car. When we heard about this school, we were so scared, but we followed through and now am so grateful for what they have done for him and the other teens. They saved my granson from a life of not knowing where he was going to a young man who in such a short not only know where, but how to get there and know people do care about him. we rate this far more then a 4 words cannot say enough.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2008
My grandson/adopted son graduated from flyca june 15th, 2008.I can't praise the staff at the academy enough for all they did for him, hes an amazing young man. He has afull time job, and will also be going to school to get his ged, then his diploma. His goal is to go to school for computers.He has made a 180 degree turn since flyca, and all for the best. I would highly recommend flyca for any family that has an at risk child. Regards to flyca and many thanks.

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no rating June 19, 2008
This school has made a positive change in our daughter. She was able to achieve her goal of graduating and has learned to make better choices. This school uses positive reinforcement as well as teaching responsibility and accountability. Grateful parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2008
My 17yr old son attended the Florida Youth Challenge Academy in 2007. He graduated with honors and is now attending a jr College and working a full time job. He was awarded a full scholarship. I can't say enough about this school. Without the Challenge my son would not be where he is today. The staff truly cares about each child and helps them to strive and stay focused. My son graduated last year and the Academy still calls us once a month to see how he is doing. Do this for your child. You won't regret it and neither will they. Sincerely, Jeri

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
This school is an absolute godsend to families that feel their children are slipping through the cracks. Youth that are either not the school type, have issues with authority, struggling with academics will excel in this program.

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no rating June 16, 2008
I've had four children in schools in both California and Florida. No school I've ever seen compares with this one. This school has a gift for giving the kids what no other school I've ever seen gives these days. Pride, self-confidence and a future are the things they give the kids. When a high schooler is 'at risk' for dropping out of school or has already done so, or when a teenager has issues, this is the place they need to go to get back on the right road, to get the help and compassion they need, to give them a life! Is it tough? Yes!! Does it work? Yes .. far more and far better beyond my wildest dreams! Is is a 'boot camp'? Absolutely not -- it works on a positive reinforcement protocol. Would I recommend it?? Yes .. without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2008
This Academy gives Cadets the confidence needed to become a productive adult.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 16, 2008
The most awesome school and program to help any struggling teen!!! AAAAA++++++

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April 01, 2008
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Florida Youth Challenge Academy
5629 State Road 16, Starke, FL  32091
(904) 682-4036
Last modified Florida Youth Challenge Academy is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 2 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Florida Youth Challenge Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top