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VMA Values Parent Engagement.

At Visible Men Academy, we value our parents and caregivers and see them as the single most important partners in ensuring our students succeed. Our parent engagement philosophy is based on mutual respect and strong relationships between VMA staff and families. We believe positive communication between home and school will help each VMA student and family thrive.

 

VMA parents are highly involved in their son’s school experience. Each new enrollee signs a Parent Participation Contract and makes a pledge to follow the VMA code of conduct.  As partners,  parents have constant access to their child’s teacher, school work and school leaders through conferences, weekly agendas, online teacher blogs, volunteer opportunities and school based activities.

 

VMA has an established Parent Advisory Group that meets monthly to strengthen school-parent communications, school improvement projects and fundraising initiatives.

 

Unique to the VMA School experience is the Parent Success Program that is designed to support the parents and families of VMA students.  The Parent Success Program uses a Two Generational Approach that supports parents focusing on their personal, professional and educational goals while investing in their children’s education and development.

Where is the school?

VMA is located at 921 63rd Ave East, Bradenton, FL 34203. VMA leases the facility from the Community Church of God. While the church is supportive of our efforts, we are not a faith based school and have no religious teachings.

What time does school start?

The VMA School Day is from 7:45 am – 4:15 pm.

Is lunch provided?

Yes. Visible Men Academy receives Community Eligibility and every student that attends VMA receives free breakfast and lunch provided by Harllee Middle School.

Is there aftercare?

Yes. SUNSHINE After School is available for 2nd through 6th grade students only. (Exceptions can be made for siblings in grades K-1).

Session 1 (Monday, August 15 through Thursday, October 13 – 9 weeks)

Monday-Thursday 4:05 – 4:55p (no practice on Fridays)

 

Pick up 4:55-5:00p (no later than 5:00p sharp!) (Transportation is not provided)

 

Sports Offered:

  • Basketball (minimum 6 players/maximum 12 players)
  • Football (Flag) (minimum 12 players/maximum 30 players)
  • Lacrosse (minimum 6 players/maximum 10 players)
  • Soccer (minimum 10 players/maximum 16 players)
  • Track (minimum 10 runners/maximum 14 runners)

Space is limited – “First come, first served.”

Fee: $40/session (9 weeks/36 practices – $1.11/practice!) $60 for siblings.

 

Scholarships may be available – please call (941) 758-7588.

Is there tuition?

No. Visible Men Academy is a tuition- free public charter school for boys who reside in Manatee or Sarasota County, FL.

Is transportation provided?

Yes. VMA provides transportation options to students in both Manatee and Sarasota County, FL. Please click on the link below for our current bus schedule.

 

VMA Bus Schedule 2016-2017

Are uniforms required? If so, what are they, and how are they obtained?

Yes.

Wearing a school uniform is important because it reflects the school’s discipline standards. It is also known that putting on school uniforms improves student performance by eliminating unnecessary distractions over attire.

Each student at Visible Men Academy is required to wear his uniform Monday – Friday.

The VMA Uniform consists of the following:

  • VMA issued polo style shirt with VMA logo
  • White, Gray, or Light Yellow polo style (collared) shirt
  • Khaki shorts or pants (No Cargo shorts)
  • VMA T-shirt
  • Belts (Brown or Black only) must be worn everyday at all times
  • Socks must be worn and should be solid white or black. No other colors are accepted
  • Uniforms must be clean, fit correctly, free of holes, tears, and discolorations

Casual T-shirts, Jeans, Black, Navy, Gray or any other colored pants, shorts or shirts are NOT ACCEPTABLE. Uniforms should be clean, and not ripped or torn.

Uniforms can be ordered from the front office in the mornings, and picked up in the afternoons. Uniform shirts are $10. Transactions will not be made during student arrivals or dismissals.

What are the unique features of the school?

– Single gender learning environment (all boys)

– Emphasis on character and social development

– Extended school day and school year

– Blended learning environment with an emphasis on educational technology

– Administrators and faculty personally connected to the school mission

Why an all boys school?

We believe that VMA students benefit from being in a school environment that is designed specifically around the unique ways that boys learn. Research increasingly shows that boys benefit from a learning atmosphere that understands their particular needs and interests, such as more breaks for physical activity, “hands-on” and project based learning activities, and expressing their knowledge in less structured ways. Also, an all boys school environment enables a safe atmosphere for boys to learn how to express themselves in more caring and constructive ways. The VMA daily schedule and instructional design encourages optimal learning and healthy self-expression.

How is technology utilized?

There is a major emphasis on educational technology. Each classroom is outfitted to serve a full class of students. Our school has laptops,  tablets, and mobile devices, available for all students. The entire school will have wireless Internet access, with students and staff trained to adhere to technology use policy.

Who are the VMA teachers?

Visible Men Academy places special emphasis on the learning needs of young diverse boys. Teachers will demonstrate passion towards our mission, the highest level of competency & certification, innovative teaching styles and commitment to exceptional student outcomes. VMA has a diverse group of teachers that vary across gender, race, and ethnic backgrounds. The staff selection process ensures that instructional talent is highly capable of connecting students with unique features of the Visible Men Academy program.