Delaware Military Academy charter school wants to increase student enrollment by about 146 students

Delaware Military Academy a Red Clay chartered school has applied for a major charter modification and is asking to increase student enrollment to 715 cadets by the year 2021 is 36 students a year increments.  

This is a no-brainer! I say yes! DMA has it’s own buildings and the additional students will help $$ DMA and allow more students the DMA option. However, I’d like to see DMA reach-out to minority students. 

The Delaware Military Academy is open to all applicants who are residents of Delaware, without regard to race, religion, age, sex, national origin or disability.  In making positive affirmation of this policy the Academy is guided by both the letter and the spirit of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, Title IX of the Higher Education Act of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans of Disabilities Act of 1990.

DMA’s Cadet Handbook /Code of Conduct   check it out parents and potential students.  

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25 responses to “Delaware Military Academy charter school wants to increase student enrollment by about 146 students

  1. DMA:

    84% white
    6.9% low income
    2.8% special ed

    Yeah, that’s the ticket. Gimme some more of that special charter sauce!

    Does DOE have the courage to provide a conditional approval like they did with Newark Charter (not that it was ever enforced once Lowery left).

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  2. Ask the board this: Is there something DMA is doing that is discouraging minorities and low income students from attending? As far as I know, there is no placement test at DMA, which has a significantly different process for admissions than does CSW. So if it’s basically and application and an interview (to make sure you want to attend and understand what’s expected of you…uniform, haircut etc…), what is it that they are doing (or not doing) that discourages minorities and low income from attending? And if they aren’t doing anything that discourages it, what’s the beef? I’m curious…does anyone know the demographics of the Dickinson IB program (and middle years program)?

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  3. Do any of you actually know any poor people? I’m guessing no,otherwise this all wouldn’t be such a mystery to you.

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    • I know a lot of low-income families, unfortunately.

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    • Instead of placing blame where it may not be why not ask those who aren’t going as to why. We know why families that choose it are going there – structure, discipline, academics and now they are starting to grow in athletics.

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  4. Are we really going to play the DMA game?

    Ok, let’s start with the non-refundable uniform deposit. Or how about the mandatory PTA-Booster club membership? These are just the costs, not the parent involvement…….

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    • lastDEconservative

      Ipso facto, RAAAAAAAAAACCCCCCIIIIIIISSSSSSSTTTT!!!

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    • Yes Anon, lets start with the school materials list that is distributed to TPS children that requires the materials NOT be identified with a name? Tissues, markers, pencils, paper, cutting utensils, cleaning supplies, activity fees, etc. Easily 60$ worth of stuff that the school doesn’t provide, all for the classroom “community” and other comrades.

      I bet the uniform fee easily equals what the TPS parents would be paying for the most recent sneakers or clothes that the kids just “HAVE TO HAVE”. It might even equal the “phone” that I bet most of the kids have. So lets just drop the “How dare they charge extra for a Charter school” when the school receives less funding to begin with. I bet you’re opposed to low income people paying a minimal fee for an ID card at motor vehicle too. Never mind that they need the ID to buy a prescription, go to the doctor, receive social services(EBT), or get a library card.

      Is school a priority worth spending money on for YOUR children or is it only a priority for OTHER people to spend money for YOUR children? (YOUR is not necessarily directed at your children, anon) You decide. You can have that phone for your child or you can make a deposit on a uniform, (or demand other people pay for the uniform deposit). I’m sure there is a logical answer somewhere.

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    • Anon – basically you are saying i want to add nothing to my kids school experience beyond getting them into the school. I would rather see ALL schools charge for PTA/Booster clubs to be able to afford the extra curricular activities than to have those drain from the acutall education expenses of all the students

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    • lastDEconservative

      ” … all for the classroom “community” and other comrades. ”

      Love it!!

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    • Publius e decere

      It sounds like Anon does not have enough specific interest in attending DMA with its philosophic emphasis on personal leadership, personal self-discipline and personal responsibility, instructed and coached through the construct of NJROTC.

      A-non would be A-WOL within a-week. That’s just — a-guess.

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    • M Ryder, when my son attended a charter school, there was almost an exact same list of supplies for the classroom community.

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  5. When did the uniform deposit become non-refundable? It was refundable several years ago. And when did PTA-booster membership become mandatory? It wasn’t several years ago. Do you have access to some written policy that shows your statements to be true? I’m not calling anyone a liar…but my experiences with DMA are different than what you are presenting. Please elaborate.

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  6. I seem to recall the uniform deposit to be somewhere in the neighborhood of $400. And it was a deposit – not a purchase price.

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  7. But is that it? Is that all we have on DMA? That they have a uniform fee/deposit? That is what gives this school the demographics it has? Pro-rated over 4 years…that’s about $100/year…or $12/month…well, within a cellphone bill. There must be more reasons.

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  8. I am not saying what DMA does is right or wrong, just the way they do it. I pay a $500 fee for my son to play a sport. I also have to join the boosters. I had to front money for a uniform deposit. Every time a cell phone is taken at school, there is a $5 fee to get it back. I AM FINE WITH PAYING THIS.

    But, I can see why poor families would avoid this school, even if they had an interest in a military school. If you assume minorities like black and Hispanic are disproportionately poor, that could lead to lower enrollments at schools like DMA.

    I love the school, but one of the reasons I don’t mind paying is that I want the exclusive environment that it gets my son. I know I am buying a better, safer environment through a selective public school. I know this idea may not be popular, but I am being honest about what it is.

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    • lastDEconservative

      Of course the poor would be excused from all the fees, attendance requirements, fines, etc., imposed at DMA just as they are from any and all other responsibilities at any other public school, right? M?

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  9. Publius e decere

    DMA – disporportionately “White”-American
    CSW – disporportionately Asian-American
    McKean – disproportionately Hispanic-American
    Dickinson – disproportionately African-American
    Cab Calloway – disproportionately Female-American
    Conrad – attitudinally Native-American

    Those danged Americans. They need some French lessons.

    Publius

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  10. Good God. Why is there a $500 charge to play a sport? Never heard of that one before

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    • Not that I have inside information Maybe “DMA parent” can confirm, but since it is a “school” (not an athletic club), a choice charter school at that, with no capital funding and diminished financial resources compared to a TPS, it appears they are prioritizing that actual classroom education is what they are offering and the extra curricular activities are somewhat fee based.

      Is that a hindrance to a specific demographic? Maybe, if that demographic is more interested in sports. They are providing a military style education not a pathway to the MLS, MLB, NFL, or NBA. Maybe our TPS’s should be reconsidering what their purpose is. The same question should be applied to colleges charging exorbitant tuition to help subsidize the athletic programs.

      As far as a uniform deposit, I revert back to my earlier comment. What is more important? A uniform to go to a safe school with a good environment, with other students committed to their education OR a $400 smart cell phone with a $400 data plan? Never mind that Obama was giving away smart phones and data plans better than mine (paid for by taxpayers) to whoever was deemed eligible.

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    • And I would guess that those who apply and qualify would get a reduced and/or waived fee for those costs.

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  11. My assumption is for coaches salaries. I assume DMA wants to focus more of its budget on academics and let those who play, pay.

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