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Current Rowlett Academy Student Application Information


**Please note the "REA Current 5th Grade Student" application window closed December 18, 2020. The information below is available for reference only. If you are a current REA 5th grade family and still wish to submit an application, please refer to the Community Application materials and/or contact the RMA school office.


A Quick Reference for Rowlett Middle Academy


We are a Public Charter School:

Rowlett Middle Academy (RMA) for the arts, communication, and leadership is a tuition-free, public school run by a not for profit corporation under contract with a sponsor, usually the local school board.  Rowlett Academy is not for profit Florida Corporation recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt, 501 (c)(3) corporation, under contract with the Manatee County School Board.  Under Florida Law, charter schools are fully recognized as public schools.  All students in Manatee County are eligible to apply to attend RMA. 


Mission Statement:

The mission of Rowlett Middle Academy is to provide a high-quality educational experience that will foster a love of learning.  Rowlett Middle Academy will promote creativity and excellence in academics by integrating communication, the arts, and leadership through a framework of 21st-century learning.

Rowlett Middle Academy believes we can best accomplish our mission by utilizing a curriculum in the core subject areas (math, science, social studies, and language arts) that infuses and integrates the visual and performing arts.  At RMA we also offer a broad range of visual, performing arts, and communication elective courses.


Grades offered, student body, class size, and schedule:

RMA offers grades six (6), seven (7), and eight (8).  For the coming school year, RMA expects to enroll approximately 225 students.  Year five the total capacity for our school will be between 600 to 700 pupils.   Classes are projected to meet the State of Florida Class Size Reduction Amendment of twenty-two students per middle school classroom.  RMA students attend eight periods (8) per day.  The first period of every day is an iLead class.  This class is the instructional period for The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (leadership).  Each of the other seven class periods are 45 minutes in length.  Our students at RMA have two periods of language arts.  One of the periods is a reading course and the second period is a writing course.  RMA utilizes Columbia University’s Reading and Writing workshop model. 


RMA follows the Manatee County School District calendar.  Currently, our school day begins at 8:15 am with students required to be in class and ready to learn.  RMA’s day ends at 3:15 pm.


RMA Contract:

All students and parents will be required to sign and adhere to our contract.  The contract requires students and parents to be involved and to support our policies, procedures, rules, and volunteer commitment.  Failure to uphold the contract may result in the student attending another school.                                                                                                                         



RMA is a uniform school.  All students are expected to strictly adhere to the RMA school dress code. RMA uniforms can be purchased locally from Manatee Apparel! Please order via their website at  or visit them at 1130 9th Street W. Bradenton FL 34205.  

Uniform shirts can also be purchased independently from your choice of store, but must abide by our detailed dress code.  For shirts requiring the RMA patch, you can purchase a patch from the RMA office to be sewn on clothing items. In addition, you can bring shirts to Joyce Cacese, the owner of Sew What???, who has been given permission to embroider the RMA logo directly on to uniform shirts that parents provide to her. She can also sew on any patches that you buy from the RMA main office. Sew What ???, 3217 6th Ave West Palmetto, FL 34221 Owner: Joyce Cacese 941-721-0775

You may also order RMA uniforms online from Lands’ End.

*Our detailed uniform policy is located here. The RMA administration has the final authority in determining if dress attire is appropriate.  As fashion trends change, this policy, without notice, may be adjusted accordingly.



Transportation is provided on a first come first serve basis for Manatee County students.  Students are picked up at hub stops located conveniently throughout our county. 


Teacher and Administrators Qualifications:

Teachers employed by RMA are certified by the State of Florida.  RMA will not employ an individual to provide instructional services or to serve as a teacher’s aide if the individual certification or licensure as an educator is suspended or revoked by any state.  Administrators, staff, and any other employee will be selected on the basis of educational background and/or work experience that demonstrates appropriate preparation for the position as determined by our Board of Directors.  All employees and independent contractors will be fingerprinted.


This information is provided to assist parents and students who are considering enrolling in Rowlett Middle Academy.  This information was accurate at the time of printing.  Specific information may change.  If you have questions, please call 941-462-4001 and ask for Beth Herz.



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