Our Student Body
The AMIkids Maritime Academy (Academy) will serve Bay County students in grades 9-12 who are eligible to attend a public school in Bay County. In compliance with Florida Statute 1002.33(10), the Academy will serve any eligible students who complete the application process within the established and posted timelines. If more applications are received than capacity allowed in a program, class, grade level, or building prior to the registration deadline, then all applicants will be entered into an equal chance random selection lottery operated by a third party. AMIkids Maritime Academy will not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, disability, or marital status. The Academy will comply with applicable federal standards in the U.S. Department of Education Charter School Program, Title V, Part B ESEA, Non- Regulatory Guidance, Section E. The Academy will also comply with Florida Statute 1002.31 School Choice legislation by allowing parents whose children are eligible, to enroll their child into our school, and to transport their child to our school. The AMIkids Maritime Academy will give enrollment preference to;
● Students who are siblings of a student enrolled in the charter school,
● Students who are the children of an employee of the charter school, and
● Students who are the children of an active duty member of any branch of the United States armed forces.
Students with disabilities and students served in English for Speakers of Other Languages programs shall have an equal opportunity of being selected for enrollment in the Academy.
Our Curriculum Design
The ocean is our classroom and we address all aspects of careers associated with the ocean; military, oceanography, marine biology, and recreational. We have marine science, environmental science, and a partnership with Gulf World Marine Institute. We teach lifeguarding, sailing and seamanship. Our aim is to be a small school, holistic in its approach, and to bring an exciting high-quality, marine-themed educational opportunity to students who are often not exposed to or recruited for these engaging careers of the future.
The AMIkids Maritime Academy’s (Academy) is a high school program that provides multiple pathways to college and career, for students with interests in marine, environmental, aerospace and construction careers. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in leadership, aerospace, Construction Academy, and Food Handling Safety program.
The Academy’s education model ensures a quality experience for all students. This means every student will have access to the same rigorous courses necessary to prepare for college and career. It is grounded in AMIkids’ 50 years of experience serving underserved youth, the research of Robert Marzano, the practice of social constructivism, and the latest educational technology. By combining experience, research, proven practice, and technology, the Academy’s Educational Model will provide equity for all students, ensuring every student’s successful transition from high school to college or career.
The Academy will utilize a block schedule, including 4 periods a day. This allows for maximum credit completion; up to 8 credits per year. This type of schedule provides greater flexibility in pupil progression, and enough time for daily student support from teachers and peers. It also supports the marine-based components of the program and Project Based Learning, as it allows time for collaboration and completion of activities without disrupting the normal student schedule.
Every student needs to be ready for remote learning at any time. In order to ensure that everyone has the right tools for remote learning, the Academy will ensure that every student and teacher has a Chromebook and personal hotspot with seamless internet access (i.e. Kajeet). These will be used during “normal” operations, and be available to become the sole learning delivery method in the event of school closures and/or student illness. By providing students with essential technology tools, we ensure equity in opportunities to communicate, collaborate and develop technical skills which are necessary for the 21st century learner.
Our teachers utilize a “flipped classroom” model. This means any knowledge transmission will occur BEFORE class. Teachers will provide any lectures needed through asynchronous videos posted on-line. Students will be expected to watch the video content prior to class. Teachers can also post links to appropriate online content. Class time will focus on discussion, collaboration, exploring content in greater depths, and support for students who need it. This allows more time to be spent on higher order thinking and closing the achievement gap. This model is now ubiquitous in the post-secondary environment. Students must learn how to engage in this type of learning in order to find success in their post-high school lives.
Students need to prepare for college and career. Just about all higher education environments include virtual learning. Students in colleges and universities are expected to navigate multiple platforms for educational, transactional, and social purposes. The Academy supports students as they develop the technical skills expected in post-secondary and career environments.
The Academy will be prepared for unanticipated closures. Extreme storms, epidemics and pandemics regularly threaten the normal operation of a brick-and-mortar school. By making blended learning “normal” the Academy will be able to shift seamlessly from in-person to virtual and back as needed. Education will continue throughout any challenge.
Our location is key
The Academy’s location also lends to the learning environment. It is located on waterfront property on St. Andrew’s Bay, and includes a private beach area and a dock that allows for boat usage. These assets allow the school to incorporate much of the marine-based environmental projects and water activities into the regular daily schedule at the school without the need for scheduled field trips that would normally occur off campus. The use of block scheduling also allows for ample time to complete many of these aquatic and marine activities without the disruption to students' normal class schedule. By using the ocean as our classroom, we are able to prepare our students to be the leaders of the future and stewards of our environment.