There is no tuition to attend SMA. Sarasota Military Academy is a free, public charter school, college preparatory and career pathway program with two campuses located in Sarasota, Florida. As a public charter, there is no tuition required to attend SMA.
SMA is not a boarding school. Although we have as our foundation a military structure and our high school is an all school JROTC program, we are not what many perceive as a "military reform school". SMA takes a modern approach in understanding the power of the character and skill building focus found in both the military and a 21st century education.
SMA Prep (Grades 6-8) Uniforms are available exclusively at Children's World 4525 Bee Ridge Rd. Sarasota, FL 34233 ~~ 941-955-6999
Visit the store their website (www.childrensworlduniform.com) to check prices, sizes, and/or to place orders. Gently-used uniforms are available in limited sizes and quantities. Please call the office to make an appointment to purchase gently-used items.
SMA High (Grades 9-12) is an Army JROTC campus and all Class B uniforms are issued by the US Army at no cost to cadets. All new freshmen and other SMA High incoming cadets are fitted for their Class B uniforms which include the blouse, pants, belt, and shoes. This is the mandatory cadet uniform worn Monday through Thursday and optional on Fridays.
For all new incoming cadets waiting for their Army issued Class B uniforms, the mandatory SMA polo uniform is to be worn Monday through Friday. Once the Class B uniform is issued, the SMA polo uniform is optional attire for Fridays.
For both campuses:
The SMA polo uniform, polo shirt and shorts or pants, is optional Friday attire.
The mandatory gym or "PT" (physical training) uniform is the required shorts and tee-shirt.
Gently-used uniforms are available in limited sizes and quantities. Please call the campus office to make an appointment to purchase gently-used items.
SMA buses cadets from all over Sarasato County and North Port including pocket pick-up stops. You may choose any of those stops to send your cadet to school. We also bus through Manattee County for a fee of $600 per year.
Questions regarding transportation may be directed to our Route Supervisor, SMA-MAJ Beth Harris. Please note that buses 1331, 1600, 1730, 1731, and 1800 are SMA buses. You will need to use the Remind app to remain updated on the status of your child's bus. A code will be provided by the SMA bus driver at the beginning of the 2020-21 school year. All other buses are operated by the Sarasota County Transportation Department. If your child rides a district bus and you have questions regarding transportation, you may call 941-486-2141.
Before care is offered at the SMA Prep Campus (grades 6 - 8). This is a safe and affordable option for parents to drop off their children before school each day. Our goal is to support families who need options earlier than the regular 8:40 AM drop-off start time by providing a learning environment at school for their children to complete homework or engage in other activities as early as 7 AM. Breakfast is available (for purchase or through the free/reduced program) at 8:30 AM. Hours: 7 – 8:40 AM, Monday through Friday, excluding school holidays and days off. Drop-off is at the school cafeteria and requires an adult sign-in. Find more details here.
SMA Prep has partnered with The Boys and Girls Club of Sarasota to provide after-school care through the Lee Wetherington Club location at 3100 Fruitville Rd. Transportation is provided by SMA Prep for students with confirmed registration in the program. Signing up for this program is done directly with the Boys and Girls Club but transportation spaced are limited. Transportation sign-up to the Boys and Girls Club will be handled during orientation prior to the start of school.