SMA High Academics
SMA High offers various academic pathways that are based in career and college readiness programs where all learners can set a course that fits their own goals and aspirations as life long learners and global citizens who can positively impact their lives, their communities and the world.
Academic Pillars & Pathways
Sarasota Military Academy High School strives to offer amazing learning opportunities in all the content areas, with the goal to prepare our Cadets to be leaders in their community, State, Nation and globally. We do this with proven successful curriculum and courses throughout our campus, spanning many years. SMA High School’s Academic Program rests on three Pillars, creating a foundation for College and Career Readiness, Civic Engagement, and Leadership.
Academic Pathways are a course of study akin to a Major in College. As such, a Cadet may be able to reach different levels of achievement based on their success in the coursework, effort, and commitment to their course of study mastery. These will be recognized on their SMA High School Diploma, as well as a Pathway Certificate and Medal, presented at Graduation.
Bronze - 4 approved courses in a Pathway including 1 AP/DE course.
Silver - 5 approved courses in a Pathway including 1 AP/DE course.
Gold - 5 approved courses and an approved Capstone Project in a Pathway including 1 AP/DE course. (Development of Pathway Course Capstone Project with the assistance of a Pathway Advisor and Pathway Department Chair.)
From Parent of Senior Cadet: "I wanted to take a brief moment to thank you for giving my daughter, c/LTC Victoria Smith, the opportunity to join the internship at SMH. Her desire to be a pathologist was strongly confirmed with just her first day in the program! COL Bowman, I only wished I would have had the forethought to take a picture as she ran to the car when I picked her up at the end of the day. The smile on her face was priceless! The enthusiasm in her voice and the anticipation of what she will learn is unmatched! She is truly on her way to realizing her dreams and that is greatly because of YOU, fellow educators and mentors at SMA (Dr. Patella, CPT Marks, CPT Bauck, Dr. Clapp, CPT Schucht, LTC Weiss, MSG Browning, CPT Scott, CPT Mitchell, Dr. Ferradino, just to name a few that have made a difference in my daughter’s life but in no way a complete list). Because of programs, like this one which you have graciously afforded my child. I do not have the word to express my gratitude so a simple heartfelt “Thank you” must suffice." - Parent Arlene Smith