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Top 10 Reasons to Attend Micanopy Academy

Updated: Jul 31, 2023

Micanopy Academy serves 6th-12th grade students from Micanopy and the greater Gainesville area at our tuition-free public charter school. Small classes and personalized attention are just a couple of the obvious reasons students and families choose us. Here are 10 more reasons you’ll want to make Micanopy Academy homebase for your student’s educational journey.

1. Small School Personalization

In a sea of large schools, our intentionally small school feels like a breath of fresh air. We ensure success through 1:1 attention from teachers, small class sizes, and extra support time tailored to individual math and literacy needs. At Micanopy Academy, everyone knows your name and cares about your success.

2. First-of-Its-Kind Civics & Law Program

We are proud to announce the launch of our new Civics & Law Program for the 2023-24 school year. This program will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the legal and political systems that shape our society and the rights and responsibilities of citizens within them. Learn about the U.S. Constitution, the branches of government and criminal and civil law while you participate in debates and mock trials. This is the first program of its kind in Florida for 9th -12th graders and will no doubt be a distinguishing feature on your transcript in the college admissions process.

3. Student-Centered Learning

All learners, regardless if they have a 504 or IEP, are welcome and encouraged to attend our small school. Our caring teachers get to know each student as an individual and nurture strengths and areas of improvement. In addition to challenging, standards-based academic instruction, we offer enrichment and support for all types of learners. We never stop working to meet students where they are and get them where they need to be.

4. College & Career Pathways

Micanopy Academy partners with Santa Fe College (SFC) to provide a convenient, tuition-free opportunity for our high school students to earn college credits. Hard working students can earn an associate's degree or vocational training from SFC without financial cost. We also support students to graduate when they have finished their coursework and are ready to head out into the world. Once again, it’s the support of our caring staff that helps students find a path that is just right for them.

5. Field Trips & Fun

We work hard and we play hard. There is nothing better than a field trip to the Florida Museum of Natural History to round out our learning or to Skate Station to let loose and have some fun. We even host field trips to far-flung destinations like NYC and Peru to give students first-hand experience in our world. Friday Fun Days, Spirit Week, Florida snowball fights and plenty of movie and popcorn rewards keep our students motivated and building lifelong friendships.

6. Powerful, Small School Community

Our community is our greatest asset. We gratefully lean on our community to go the extra mile for our students. Our active Parent Teacher Organization contributes to the well-being of our school by taking on big projects like fundraising, field trips and school events. It’s true that our community feels like family.

7. Engaging Electives

Let us ignite a passion for learning with engaging electives for all 6th-12th graders. Interested in art? Check out 2 dimensional art and Makerspace. Big into true crime podcasts? Take our forensic science course and visit an escape room with us. We also have rotating classes like journalism, yoga and STEM. And if there is something you want to learn that we don’t currently offer, we can set you up with Florida Virtual School to access a library of electives. We’ve got something for everyone!

8. 100% Graduation Rate

Few high schools can boast of a 100% graduation rate, but our small school and student-centered model works. We successfully graduate 100% of our students and we do it without lowering our standards.

9. High Standards for All

That’s right, we have high standards. For everyone. We believe our students are capable, competent and destined to succeed and we treat them as such. Our staff sets high academic and character expectations that our students rise to, while also building trusted relationships that support the adolescent journey. Oh, and did we mention we have a Zero Cell Phone Policy? Believe it or not, it’s one of our most beloved rules as it cuts down on distraction and encourages face-to-face communication.

10. Safe Campus

Safety is our number one priority. In addition to our small, supportive atmosphere, where everyone knows your name, we are proactive about safety measures. We protect our students and staff with 24 hour security surveillance, locked doors and the guidance of our School Guardian who is trained by the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.

We’re growing the hearts, minds and futures of our students. Ready to join us? We’re enrolling for Fall 2023 and we invite you to be a part of our small but mighty school.

About Micanopy Academy

Micanopy Academy is a 6th-12th grade tuition-free public charter school with limitless compassion for guiding students toward a bright future. With small classes, certified teachers, high standards and personalized learning, we’re growing the hearts, minds and futures of students in Micanopy, Florida. Where will a Micanopy Academy education take you? Enroll today and find out.

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