Colonel Christina Bowman, Head of School for SMA, presented a status report for the high school, and SMA Colonel Phillip Eddy, Head of School for SMA Prep, provided a similar report for the middle school.
SMA Colonel Bowman told us that SMA is continuing on the path of strong academics, leadership development, and discipline in a military environment. She stressed that SMA is ‘A’ rated high school continuing to build recognition as a preparatory school for college bound students. She noted that SMA is offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) program to students to make them academically competitive within the international educational community. Colonel Bowman also informed the guests that SMA students are offered the opportunity to achieve their Associates degree while attending high school. She reported that SMA had seven of the twelve students within the district that completed that program in 2013. The enrollment at SMA is over 1,000 students making it the largest charter school in the school district.
SMA Colonel Eddy informed attendees that the middle school is also providing the IB academic program to middle school students. Combining uniforms, military structure and IB program, SMA Prep is a one-of-a-kind school in the nation. He noted that the school hosted a symbolic ‘raising of the flag’ ceremony on August 2nd where over 800 guests attended. The school has approximately 440 students enrolled.
He assured the luncheon guests that the new facility located on East Fruitville Road was complete and ready for classes to start on time on Monday, August 18th. His crush at the moment is installation of an internet connection that he expects to complete today.
Both he and Colonel Bowman invited guests to morning formations (SMA at 0715 and SMA Prep at 0915). The presentations were well received by guests who gave the speakers a warm round of applause at hearing of the success of one of the
charter school educational stars for the state of Florida.
MOAS is the Sarasota Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. MOAA is the nation’s largest and most influential association of military officers with 370,000 members. It is an independent, nonprofit, politically nonpartisan organization. For more information visit, www.sarasotamoaa.com