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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.

 

Click HERE to read about Parents Rights to Know About Title I.

 

School Advisory Council (SAC)

Each Manatee County public school invites parents to get involved. Each school must have a School Advisory Council that is ethnically, racially and economically representative of its community. This council is an umbrella group that brings all stakeholders together to work on improving a school.

 

School Improvement Plan (SIP)
At each school the School Advisory Council (SAC) develops a school improvement plan – a plan for the future. Schools need to know where they are, where they want to be and how they can best get there. The school district has a strategic planning process that helps School Advisory Councils set goals and establish strategies for reaching those goals. It helps the school, parents and the students create a shared vision and provide each other with support for achieving success.

Click HERE to view the Visible Men Academy’s School Improvement Plan for the 2016-2017 Academic School Year.

 

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 all students at VMA.

Our program will run Monday – Thursday from 4:05 pm – 5:15 pm.

More information about our after school program is forth coming!

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.

 

Click to read about Teachers that are teaching Out of their Field. (ENG) (SPA)