ABOUT MICANOPY ACADEMY
Micanopy Academy is for Learning!
As Micanopy Academy is an independently run charter school, expectations differ from the government-run public schools. Charter schools like ours must abide by the same state requirements as traditional public schools. For example, all of our teachers are state certified and all of our students take the end-of-year state assessments. However, MA is free to develop our own academic programs, set educational goals, and establish our own standards for student behavior. This combination of freedom and accountability allows charter schools to respond to our individual student needs, try new approaches, and put student learning at the forefront of all that we do.
A disturbing trend that has gained momentum in traditional, government-run public schools is the implementation of a “grade floor.” This is the practice of giving a minimum grade of 50% or 60% for every assignment, even when no student work was turned in. MA believes that grades must be earned and that having a “grade floor” doesn’t help students in any way. Students need to learn the material, turn in assignments, and successfully pass their exams. We prepare them for the future by making them responsible for themselves and their grades. Students are not given grades for work they do not do.
This new trend means that grades are not always accurate in traditional public schools. Parents who are not familiar with the concept of a grade floor may not realize there is a problem until their child is unable to pass state tests because they were not made to learn the material or develop the foundational skills they need as their classes become more difficult. We feel that this practice does a disservice to students and families and we do not want to be part of that problem. At MA, students are not fooled into thinking that they are “straight A” students if they are not. Parents are not fooled into thinking their child is doing well if they are not.
As a school, we teach students and expect them to learn to the best of their ability. We require our students to commit to a set of values-centered on responsibility, hard work, integrity, and achievement. We want our students to be thinkers and doers! We want to inspire their curiosity and instill a genuine love of learning within them. We want our students to be civic-minded and to eagerly help others. MA wants our students to grow up and contribute to the success of our great nation. We care about their minds, their hearts, and their futures.
Welcome to Micanopy Academy, home of the Mustangs! The 2015-2016 school year was my first year as principal and I am proud of all that we have accomplished in the time since. We made a lot of updates to our facilities, acquired new textbooks and science equipment, and added new classes for our students. We have a wonderful staff and, of course, the BEST students around! I am continually impressed with the work ethic and willingness to help others that the MA students demonstrate.
We added 12th-grade last year which makes us a complete middle and high school! We are excited to initiate new classes into our curriculum. We have a lot of exciting things in store for the 2020-2021 school year. MA is the ONLY charter school in Alachua County to have Dual Enrollment students. Free College! Some of the additional programs that we're offering are a STEM class, Agrotechnology, Yearbook, Remediation classes for those that need extra help, Florida Virtual School classes, and an Accelerated 8th-grade program. In addition, Industry Certification courses will be offered to interested students.
We offer after-school tutoring and Bible Club. Students can work in two computer labs or enjoy some quiet study time in our Reading Nook. Feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions you may have; my door is always open and I am dedicated to helping your child succeed. Go Mustangs!
Tara R. Lowe-Phillips
At Micanopy Academy, we believe in making a personal connection with each and every student. No one gets lost in the crowd here! Our highly qualified team of professionals aim to cultivate the innate curiosity and creativity of young minds. Students are taught in whole group and small group settings. IEP and 504 Plan accommodations are followed to ensure that all of our students succeed, but we do not have an ESE teacher at this time. One of our main goals is to empower students to become independent, capable, and productive members of society.
Micanopy Academy began, as Micanopy Middle School, in 2001 with only a 6th grade class and added grades as the years went by. We now serve grades 6 through 12. Ours is a tight-knit community and we believe in incorporating the historic town of Micanopy into the classroom as much as possible. Our students make trips to Downtown Micanopy throughout the year. Students help with community service projects such as cleaning up debris at the local cemetery after Hurricane Irma and decorating the gazebo downtown for Christmas each year.
We have two buildings on a quiet and spacious 3 1/2 acre campus. We are just 2 blocks from Downtown Micanopy. There is a large soccer field, volleyball area, and a paved basketball court for students to use during PE and recess periods and for special events such as Water Day. We have lots of shade from trees for outside activities or quiet refection.
The main building was constructed in 2003 and consists of a large cafeteria/auditorium, 4 classrooms, 2 computer labs, a Reading Nook, and several staff areas. The High School building is a brand new 2019 addition and offers 2 more classrooms with restrooms. We are 2 blocks from MACS and 6 miles from the McIntosh Charter. MA is 10 minutes south of Williston Road in Gainesville. Come and visit us at any time.
The students are the heart of Micanopy Academy!
We do OUR best to help them do THEIR best!
The teachers and staff take the time to get to know each student and lend an ear, or a hand, when needed. We teach our students for multiple years and get to know their families and learn about their hopes and dreams. Our students are not just a little fish in a big ocean. They are important.