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First State Military Academy 3 Shinnecock Road

Dover, Delaware 19904 (302) 734 4486

                                                                                     EIN:  45-0672529

Our Mission

First State Military Academy

Chairman’s Message -


Greetings 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 (Project Based Learning)

* Physical and Emotional Growth

* Leadership Development

* Citizenship


Our intentions are to combine the customs and culture of a full-time JROTC program with the curriculum of project based learning.  This combination is unique not only here in Delaware but nationally as well.  Strong academics, discipline, as well as leadership from our cadets so they 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.


If this is of interest to you, or someone that has 6th and 7th graders starting this fall of 2013, here are some planning dates for your consideration:


FSMA Charter Application:

Submitted to the Department of Education on January 4, 2013.

Approved June 2013


FSMA Pre-Planning Year Period:

June 2013 to June 2014


FSMA Planning Year:

June 2014 to June 2015


FSMA Staffing:

December 2014 to May 2015


FSMA School Opening:

September 2015


If you have any questions or have interest in supporting this School, you may reach me at


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

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Our Vision

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;


As we finish (hopefully) what has been a long and cold winter here in Delaware, FSMA continues to move forward with bringing educational choice for Kent County.


As way of review, FSMA is a non-profit educational institution as classified by the IRS, we received our Charter on June 20, 2013, and we will be opening our doors in the Fall of 2015.  Our Founding Commandant has been selected who has k -12 teaching experience as well as served in an assistant school principal position.  Additionally, he was promoted to Major in the Delaware Army National Guard.  He is now assisting the Founding Board with a series of internal guidance policies as well as further developing our curriculum.  More from our Commandant in the coming months.


However, the biggest news is our recent purchase of the old St. Joes property in Clayton, Delaware.

On January 22nd, FSMA, with the strong support of our financing partners, purchased the old Saint Joseph's Industrial School for Boys,  located on Duck Creek Road.  There are some 35 acres with 5 buildings, ranging in size from a large classroom building to a chapel which is currently listed on the National Historical Registry.


This purchase represents not only the commitment we have made for educational choice and the JROTC culture, but our belief that the buildings and land will serve our cadets and their families well into the future. Related to this, FSMA entered into a selection process for A&E services conducted late last year.  The Becker Morgan Group (BMG) was awarded the contract to support our renovation efforts, which begin this late spring.  As part of our vision for the property, we created a master plan for the entire site.  This "future vision" includes a  new science building and sports facilities complete with regulation football, baseball and softball fields.


Finally, we continue to seek the support of parents, friends and anyone who thinks a choice in education is needed in Kent County.  Here is how you can help:

· Contact us and get on our "FSMA Community List" that will get periodic emails on the status of our school.

· If you or someone you know wants to serve in a more active manner, such as on our Community Advisory Committee or the Board, please let us know.

Finally, if there are speaking opportunities that will help spread the word, let us know that as well.



C. Scott Kidner




Board of Directors

Scott Kidner, Chairman

Karen Delissio, Treasurer

Manuel Cuesta, Recording Secretary

Dennis Dinger, Chair, Human Resources

Kevin Donnelly, Chair, Finance

David Mcguigan, Chair, Facilities

Kevin Phillipson, Chair, Community Outreach

Mike Dolbey

Dion Williams

FSMA Board Meeting Projected Schedule

Date                   Time                  Location


03/18/2014                 5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm

04/152014                   5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm

05/202014                   5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm

06/172014                   5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm

07/152014                   5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm

08/19/2014                 5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm

09/16/2014                 5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm

10/21/2014                 5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm

11/18/2014                 5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm

12/16/2014                 5:00 pm                       G&L Board Rm


Times and Dates subject to change







Schedule subject to change


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