Delaware Military Academy is located in Wilmington, DE and is in Charter-79 School District. It is a charter school that serves 556 students in grades 9-12.
Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Delaware Military Academy's test results to learn more about school performance.
In 2011, Delaware Military Academy had 22 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The Delaware average is 14 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
DMA provides a desirable structured, but not overly structured environment. New Castle County's public high schools are sadly just very poor overall, aside from the private schools and other charter schools. No I'm not talking down on public schools in general-- I'm just saying schools such as Dickinson, McKean, Newark, and others are in serious need of restructuring and that's only according to standardized test scores, serious drop in enrollment, and various stories that are commonly heard about how teachers basically give students As without challenging them...it's sad how we just can't go to our local high schools like our parents' generation did--- but anyway, DMA was a great alternative for me, and even if the public schools were decent, I would still attend DMA if I had to do it over again. I can honestly admit that I was taught the importance and value of leadership which will help me down the road in various encounters of my life. The education there is challenging and various honors and AP classes are being added as options more and more each year. Any issues with students or teachers are addressed pretty quickly. Teachers are "rehired" on a yearly basis and there is a waiting list for each faculty position -at least that's what I've heard. This sense of competition ensures that all teachers are very qualified. They really do go above and beyond to help students succeed. The future of DMA looks very promising as well. Not only are more academic choices being offered, but the sports and clubs are getting more competitive and noteworthy. As an alumni, I look forward to what DMA will be like in a decade..I'm sure it will continue to be at the top of Delaware's notable high schools. Last thoughts-- anyone who doesn't succeed at DMA, is not putting in their best effort- and no that doesn't mean we will all get straight As, but it does mean that your full potential can be achieved only if it is genuinely desired... -"It is what you make it" - that goes for education too...
This is a JROTC - Navy school; therefore, it is very structured. The staff stresses discipline and respect for teachers and peers alike. The structure provides a framework in which students can learn without a lot of disorder or distraction, which is so prevalent in our public schools. There is a "zero tolerance" policy for drugs as it is considered a privilege to attend this school. The education your child will receive at DMA, in order to prepare them for college, is one of the best in the state of Delaware.
The Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) are annual tests used to measure a student's mastery of the state's grade-level academic standards.
Which Grades and Subjects?
Students are assessed in reading and math grades 2 through 10, in grades 3 through 10 in writing, and in grades 4, 6, 8, and 11 in science and social studies.
How is it Scored?
Students in grades 3-11 are scored at five levels: distinguished, exceeds the standard, meets the standard, below the standard and well below the standard. The goal is for students to score at or above meet or exceed the standard level.
TestRating 9 out of 10
The Education.com TestRating is a number (1-10) calculated by Education.com that provides an overview of a school’s test performance for a given year, by comparing the school’s state standardized test results to those of other schools in the same state. For Delaware, the TestRating is calculated using a school's 2009 Delaware Student Testing Program (DSTP) Results for all subjects tested.more...