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First State Military Academy 3 Shinnecock Road
Dover, Delaware 19904 (302) 734 4486
First State Military Academy
Chairman’s Message -
Greetings and welcome from the First State Military Academy.
Our mission is quite clear – We are creating a new Charter High School here in Kent County that is going to replicate the highly successful Delaware Military Academy, located in Wilmington. FSMA will be the only full time Junior ROTC (JROTC) Program located below New Castle County. We will be focused on the following for our students:
* Academically Challenging
* Physical and Emotional Growth
* Leadership Development
Our intention, like DMA, will be to produce young people that will have the necessary skills and education to attend a university, a service academy, or enter the work force directly; but doing each of these exceptionally well.
We are offering something unique and unseen here in Kent and Sussex County – A Charter High School that will have strong academics, while instilling a sense of discipline, duty and most importantly, leadership from our cadets.
If this is of interest to you, or someone that has 6th and 7th graders starting this past fall of 2012, here are some planning dates for your consideration:
FSMA Charter Application:
Due to the Department of Education by January 1, 2013.
Expected Approval – April 2013
FSMA Planning Period:
April 2013 to May 2014.
February to July 2014.
FSMA School Opening:
If you have any questions or have interest in supporting this School, you may reach me at FSMADE@firststatemilitaryacademy.org
Thank you for your interest, and hope to hear from you about this new educational opportunity for Delaware.
C. Scott Kidner, CPT, DEARNG (Ret), Chairman of the Board
C. Scott Kidner, CPT, DEARNG (Ret), Chairman of the Board
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Mission of First State Military Academy is to provide an educational experience that focuses on developing the intellectual, physical and emotional growth of our Cadets. Through an environment of academic rigor, military discipline, citizenship, leadership and the application of strong moral values, Graduates will develop respect for themselves, those on whom they depend, and those that depend on them, ensuring successful entry into adult life."
Armed Forces JROTC
News and Information from the Board of Directors
Dear Associates, Parents, and Friends of First State Military Academy;
It has been a couple of months since our last update on our school, and things continue to move forward with bringing our vision of educational choice to Kent County.
The Board remains committed to establishing a new Charter High School here in Kent County. This school will be based upon the highly successful Delaware Military Academy (DMA) located in Wilmington. DMA is the third ranked public high school in Delaware. It is the only full time Junior ROTC School in the state. DMA has more graduates at the United States Service Academies than any other JROTC School in the nation. Our school will not only replicate this great model by bringing that vision and discipline, but will provide an educational model that relies upon project based learning. Here is what has happened since our last message.
On December 31, 2012, FSMA submitted our completed application to the Delaware Department of Education (DOE) for action. We noted in our last message that since late summer of 2012, FSMA had partnered with Innovative Schools out of Wilmington. They helped us build a robust application following the new Charter guidelines. We also attended Board member training, visited New Tech Academy at Seaford HS, conducted three community outreach meetings, and expanded our Board with two new members.
Then on January 24th, members of the Founding Board were interviewed by the Charter Accountability Committee about our application and our integration of full-time JROTC with project based learning. Our next steps with the Charter Accountability Committee are a “Preliminary” and “Final” meetings with them scheduled for February 7th and March 14th respectively. These two public hearings are for the members of the Committee to discuss FSMA’s application. It is not open for public discussion, but we will have Board members attending. Once they complete this process sometime in late March or April, the Committee will forward their recommendation to the State Board of Education for action. We anticipate this process will end with an approval from the Board of Education around late April or early May 2013.
What is needed now is the support of parents, friends and anyone who thinks a choice in education is needed in Delaware, and specifically in Kent County. Here is how you can help:
· Attend one of the Charter Accountability Committee meetings to show your support of the school
· Attend the State Board of Education’s public hearing on FSMA’s application when that date is published. Here public comment is expected and needed to show strong support for the school.
Look to our website and further emails from us updating the status of our application and ideas where you can help.
Thank you for your support.
C. Scott Kidner
The Delaware Department of Education will be holding a PUBLIC HEARING as one of the steps to determine the issuance of a Charter to First State Military Academy Charter High School
This is an opportunity for our friends and supporters to speak on behalf of FSMA. This will be the only chance for supporters to speak on the record about our proposed full-time JROTC High School.
Location: State Dept of Education, Townsend Bldg., Downtown Dover, 3rd floor Conference Room (Brick bldg across the Dover Public library)
Date: Thursday, May 9th 2013, Time: 5:00 pm
Please visit our website at www.firststatemilitaryacademy.org for additional information.