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Admiral Farragut Academy

Address: 501 Park St N, St. Petersburg, FL 33710,
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Description Admiral Farragut Academy

  • Founded: in 1933
  • Location: St. Petersburg, Florida, USA
  • Age of students: 13-18 years
  • Total number of students: 400 people (about 80 foreigners)
  • Type of training: joint (mixed)
  • Type of accommodation: residence (full board)
  • Language of instruction: English.

Admiral Farragut Academy (Academy Admiral Farragut, AFA) is a respected and well-known in the US private boarding school for boys and girls aged 13-18 (grades 8-12). The school is located in the sunny state of Florida, in the small town of St. Petersburg almost on the ocean coast. It was founded in 1933 as a preparation for colleges of military disciplines: then it was in New Jersey on the banks of the river Toms. Its name was given to the institution in honor of the first US admiral David Farragut. Initially, classes were opened for boys of grades 5-12, but in just 12 years the popularity of the Admiral Farragut Academy so increased that a new campus was opened in St. Petersburg (in 1945, today it was the only one), there appeared a daytime form of education and primary classes, and since 1990, all programs have started to receive girls.

Admiral Farragut Academy (Academy Admiral Farragut, AFA) is one of two (!) Schools in the US with in-depth training in naval affairs (Honor Naval school); Also it differs by its program Naval Science and other specialized author's courses (navigation, diving, oceanology, leadership, aviation). The status of Honor Naval school is approved by the Congress itself and is confirmed every year in the course of strict certification (it is conducted by the US Navy) - however, the school passes this test year after year with brilliance. The slogan of the school is the saying "Knowledge wins all". The institution received accreditation from the Private Schools Council of the State of Florida (FCIS), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Southern Association of Private Schools (SAIS) and other prestigious associations and organizations.

The unique academic program enables students not only to get a brilliant education and prepare for enrolling in the best US universities, but also to start a successful career as an officer, receive a ROTC scholarship. Students of Admiral Farragut Academy always wear uniforms, carefully monitor their appearance - smartness and neatness, clean cut hair, polished shoes and ironed clothes. The same applies to the cleanliness of the campus: students clean their own dishes, clean dishes, keep order in the rooms and residences. The life of students within the walls of the Admiral Farragut Academy is regulated and strictly disciplined: every day students spend a lot of time in the open air, necessarily go in for sports, they get a useful skill of strong handshake and solid direct eye contact, treatment with exceptional politeness "ma'am" and "sir". Students here become the most educated and responsible, independent, organized. However, there is no military drill as such in the territory - many call the Semimilitary or Military light academy: first of all it is still a school, but already the second place for military training. Students are not deprived of rest and entertainment, film screenings and art studios, creativity, walks around the city with friends and beach holidays.

A balanced, effective and comprehensive curriculum for students in grades 8-12 fully meets the requirements of the State of Florida and the US Department of Education. The school has several specializations:

  • educational technology STEM (science, mathematics, engineering and technology). So, in 2016 electronic textbooks for each student ("Khrombuk for everyone") were introduced here, and high school students can study according to the PLTW Engineering program. The Robotics Club at AFA has repeatedly shown excellent results in prestigious competitions: FIRST LEGO, FIRST Robotics, FIRST Tech Challenge and others
  • the possibility of an in-depth, more thorough and complex study of subjects. More than 27 courses are taught at the Honors level, more than 9 on the AP, and there are also 3 directions in the Dual Enrollment scheme (the student simultaneously studies in high school and attends university lectures in the nearest universities)
  • The unique author's course in naval affairs is the three-year program NJROTC Program (cadets of 8-12 grades). This is reinforced drill, physical and thematic (special) training, during which you can get a prestigious certificate for the management of a sailing vessel (Qualified Boat Handler, QBH). Also, the course on successful completion gives the students a referral to higher military schools and universities: each year there are 6 recommendations to the US Naval Academy, 5 recommendations to the Air Force Academy, 3 directions to the US Military Academy (West Point); there is an opportunity to get even a guaranteed seat at the Maritime Academy of Massachusetts. For students planning a military career, this becomes a huge plus: usually such areas are given by the US House of Representatives (from two senators or vice-president).
  • the author's aviation course. It is also conducted in a special training center with a state-of-the-art flight simulator, and in practice, at the airfield of Elbert Whitted, where students are waiting for rented planes Cessna (and since 2015 and own Cirrus SR22 G2 Turbo). Pupils of grades 9-12 learn aeronautics, flight training and study the work of ground services, fly on engines of various types, aircraft C172N, C172SP, PA28, C162 and even can get a private pilot license. Each instructor recruits no more than 5 students, classes are conducted three times a week.
  • a course of diving (scuba diving) is conducted once a week. Students can obtain international certificates, including salvation and first aid: Open Water Diver, First Aid, CPR, Advanced Diver, Rescue Diver, Master Diver, Divemaster.

A special mention deserves an excellent teaching staff: more than 40% of teachers have academic degrees, the overwhelming part has been working in the Academy for more than 8 years. The ratio of teachers to students is 1:11. Approximately 20 teachers permanently reside on the campus - they help students with different administrative and domestic issues, monitor the observance of cleanliness and discipline, guarantee the safety of pupils 24/7.

Today, the school is attended by representatives of 17 American states and 32 countries, including:

  • Russia
  • Thailand
  • Denmark
  • Greece
  • Austria
  • Spain
  • Germany
  • England
  • Belarus
  • Mexico
  • Poland
  • Hungary
  • Czech Republic
  • Canada
  • China
  • Bulgaria.

The list of graduates of the Admiral Farragut Academy visually demonstrates the breadth of views and the quality of the curriculum - among them not only military men, but also artists, cooks, businessmen and financiers, Internet specialists, and 2 astronauts (Alan Shepard and Charles Duke) Moon (there are only 12 such people in the world). Charles Duke even joked that during his training there was not even such a thing as an "astronaut" - but the quality of the training in AFA helped him to reach what seemed impossible. 100% of graduates enter prestigious, popular and elite higher educational institutions of the USA:

  • The US Air Force Academy
  • University of Miami
  • University of California Los Angeles
  • Stanford University
  • American University
  • Military Academy of the US Coast Guard and others.

The average score of the certificate from AFA graduates is 4.0-4.6: only in 2015 they managed to win grants and grants worth more than $ 5 million.

The academic year in the school is designed for 37 weeks (4 quarters), and the success of each is estimated by the number of earned educational credits (credit units). To complete the course of secondary education, you must earn at least 24 credits:

  • 4 - English
  • 4 - Mathematics
  • 3 - natural sciences
  • 3 - public (humanities) sciences
  • 3 - naval affairs
  • 2 - foreign languages
  • 1 - art
  • 4 - selected electives.

On weekdays, the rise at 6:15, classes are conducted from 7:45 to 14:50 (there is a lunch break), from 15 to 19 hours, extra-curricular activities and mugs are held, free time and supper are given, from 19 to 21 hours students work on homework until after lights out at 22:00. There is a possibility of half-hour additional lessons and consultations - they are held before and after the main classes. On weekends, students can walk around St. Petersburg (outside the campus), at special permission or parents' request, dinner can be transferred (for example, dinner in the city) and spend free time from 16 to 19 hours.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Admiral Farragut Academy

Program name
Date
Age
Cost
Annual
15-18
from 54 750 $ / year

Senior classes (grades 8-12)

This program is universal: it integrates and helps complete the course of secondary school education, and prepare to enroll in the chosen institution.

The curriculum is very extensive and diverse - subjects touch all the main school scientific directions, as well as specialties typical for Admiral Farragut Academy:

  • algebra
  • world cultures and geography
  • training of private pilots
  • English
  • oceanology
  • graphic design
  • English as a Foreign Language (ESOL)
  • ensemble
  • The World History
  • algebra and the beginning of the analysis
  • preparation for SAT
  • Painting
  • naval affairs
  • foreign languages ​​(Chinese, Spanish),
  • edition of the yearbook
  • biology
  • geometry
  • sculpture
  • aeronautics
  • ethics
  • drama and theater
  • aviation
  • painting.

High school students are also offered and even recommended courses of increased complexity of Honors Courses: they are presented in no less diversity and imply a more in-depth, thorough study of the chosen specialty. This is a more difficult path for persistent, diligent and talented students, but the marks on such subjects in the certificate are marked with a special mark and serve as a significant plus when enrolling in universities. Variants of disciplines Honors Courses:

  • geometry
  • history of the USA
  • algebra and the beginning of the analysis
  • introduction to engineering design
  • algebra
  • aerospace industry
  • natural science
  • civil engineering and architecture
  • Spanish
  • The World History
  • mathematical analysis
  • chemistry
  • principles of engineering
  • ensemble
  • anatomy and psychology
  • marine biology
  • art
  • oceanology
  • Chinese
  • physics
  • English: 4 versions of the program are taught - the emphasis is on theory / world literature / American literature / British literature.

Supporting English language courses - ESL (or ESOL program standards), taught on 3 levels (from elementary to advanced) are organized for foreign students.

In addition, a 4-year university preparation program is available for high school students - it includes:

  • preparation for the exams PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, TOEFL
  • personal counseling (including psychologist's help)
  • professional orientation
  • visit campuses of different universities, communicate with the administration and get acquainted with their structure, features
  • help in preparing and filling out documents, registering and sending applications
  • appointment of tutors
  • special program for the development of academic skills
  • additional supportive activities as needed.

The cost of schooling (including accommodation and meals at the hostel) is $ 51,800 per academic year (including a deposit for a place).

Advanced Placement

Like Honors Courses, it is also a program of sophisticated, more in-depth study of subjects, which increases the student's chances for successful enrollment at the chosen university. AP subjects are taught in separate classes - as a rule, the student can not fully compose a curriculum from AP-directions due to the high workload and the amount of information for mastering. Therefore, teachers recommend choosing at the AP level the most priority academic disciplines and fields of knowledge - you can choose from the following list:

  • statistics
  • biology
  • English literature
  • macroeconomics
  • English and the basics of literary writing
  • history of the USA
  • mathematical analysis - levels of AB and BC
  • ecology
  • state
  • chemistry.

Admiral Farragut Academy senior students are also offered a rare and useful opportunity - training in the Dual Enrollment system (literally, "Double Entry"). This principle allows the student to simultaneously finish the high school course, and be a student of university programs: so you can get additional loans, which will be a significant bonus for the admissions committee. Admiral Farragut Academy students can listen to programs at St Petersburg College ("Western Civilizations", "World History of the 20th Century") and at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (aviation courses).

In addition, a 4-year university preparation program is available for high school students - it includes:

  • preparation for the exams PSAT, SAT, ACT, AP, TOEFL
  • personal counseling (including psychologist's help)
  • professional orientation
  • visit campuses of different universities, communicate with the administration and get acquainted with their structure, features
  • help in preparing and filling out documents, registering and sending applications
  • appointment of tutors
  • special program for the development of academic skills
  • additional supportive activities as needed.

Supporting English language courses - ESL (or ESOL program standards), taught on 3 levels (from elementary to advanced) are organized for foreign students.

The cost of schooling (including accommodation and meals at the hostel) is $ 51,800 per academic year (including a deposit for a place).

Accommodation and food

About half of the high school students live in the large residence Farragut Hall (it was built in 1925 and served as the hotel Jungle Country Club Hotel). Rooms for 2-3 people with bathrooms are equipped with necessary furniture and lighting, appliances (including air conditioning) and have access to WiFi, many rooms overlook the waterfront. For a surcharge, you can stay in a private room.

The male and female parts of the residences and the house are separated by lockable doors with alarms, even separate staircases are provided for boys and girls. When settling into rooms, not only sex, but also age, interests and characteristics of character, as well as nationality are taken into account (the rooms are trying to be made as international as possible) - the personal wishes of students are taken into account.

On campus there is a 24-hour security and video surveillance: the campus doors are locked until 22:30, and residences - at 21:30. 24/7 a nurse is working in the territory and a call of a qualified therapist is available. The cost of accommodation and training already includes laundry services three times a week. In addition, there is an opportunity to take free advice from a psychologist - the Academy closely and has long been cooperating with the proven family company Costello Center.

The boarding three meals a day for children is on the first floor of the Farragut Hall in a spacious light dining room, at the Blue Jacket Café or on the open terrace with a beautiful view of the oceanfront (there is also a grocery store with snacks and sweets on the campus). A special diet for students is developed by SAGE Dining Services. The dishes are prepared exclusively from organic, fresh, organic products, free from trans fats and have special graphic labels (points of red, yellow and green colors) to help students balance their diet. Each dish has its own description with the exact composition, information about the presence in it of potential allergens. Every day a huge amount of fresh vegetables and fruits, salads and useful, appetizing desserts, soft drinks are served on the table, regular national cuisine and culinary holidays, themed tastings of interesting dishes and products are regularly held.

Subjects, specialties

Subjects list: Accounting and Finance, aerodynamics and aerostructure, algebra, art, basic military training, biology, chemistry, Chinese, design, drama, economics, engineering, English, geography, Geometry, graphic design, history, Information Technology, Marine science, maths, music, Physical culture and sports sciences, physics, psychology, Science and technology, sociology, Spanish

Events Admiral Farragut Academy

Sport, in addition to daily compulsory classes, is also represented by numerous sections and studios:

  • golf
  • tennis
  • Athletics
  • run
  • triathlon
  • snorkeling (swimming with a mask)
  • sailing
  • fight
  • football
  • baseball
  • volleyball
  • shooting team
  • scuba diving
  • lacrosse
  • swimming
  • softball
  • cheerleading
  • basketball.

But also for creatively gifted students striving for intellectual development, the school created a huge number of opportunities - a variety of communities of interest will help everyone find a job for the soul and new like-minded friends:

  • the creation of films and the history of cinematography
  • Bible study
  • 3D modeling
  • guitar
  • Brotherhood of Christian Cadets
  • student self-government
  • UN model
  • theater and drama, acting
  • guard of honor
  • literary club
  • choreography
  • standard bearers
  • "America's Future Business Leaders"
  • scientific societies in different subjects
  • math club Mu Alpha Theta
  • Cinema Club
  • financial literacy
  • poetry.

On weekends, sports tournaments and relay races, funny games, film screenings are arranged for children; students of day-form often invite friends-boarders to spend time outside the campus with their family. Excursions and exciting trips are carried out - for example, to the theme parks of entertainment Disneyworld, Bush Gardens and the Island of Adventure - students go to major sporting events and matches, go shopping and go on sightseeing tours to the nearest cities. Students on the "Diving" and "Marine Biology" on weekends often go on hikes, arrange canoeing or explore the underwater world on diving courses (in school it is taught on 3 levels).

Equipment Admiral Farragut Academy

The Admiral Farragut Academy campus is located on the promenade of St. Petersburg, and covers an area of ​​35 acres: on the coast the sun shines 360 days a year, which makes this place a popular resort - it is nice to practice water kinds sports, golf, boating and fishing. The population of St. Petersburg is about 250 thousand people: there are a lot of green parks for walks, the concert hall of the Mahaffey Theater, the Museum of Fine Arts and the amazing Museum of Salvador Dali with a fine collection of works by the famous master. Get to the nearest major city with an international airport - Tampa - you can about half an hour, and to the major theme parks and entertainment Orlando - for an hour and a half.

The central building of the campus is Farragut Hall:

  • 36 classrooms and classrooms: equipped with Smart Board interactive boards and Smart document cameras, WiFi and netbooks for work, special training programs and Smart Response technology and even 3D MakerBot printer
  • teaching apartments
  • 70 residential rooms for students (36 for three people, 34 double rooms)
  • spacious common dining area on the first floor
  • student cafe
  • administrative premises
  • Student center
  • an extensive library
  • 4 modern computer labs (all PCs are connected to the Internet)
  • The ultra-modern Aviation Center with profile simulators
  • Center for Marine Research with numerous aquariums
  • a special laboratory of hydroponics (here students breed different kinds of fish and marine life, watching their behavior)
  • 2 engineering laboratories.

Huge opportunities on the campus are provided for sports, recreation and physical development of student cadets:

  • outdoor heated pool
  • modern gym with air conditioning
  • 2 tennis courts
  • indoor shooting gallery
  • numerous playing fields and grounds
  • gym
  • field and tracks for running, track and field athletics (track length - 400 meters)
  • football fields
  • special training obstacle course.

The school has its own chapel and even a museum. There is a personal transport park - trucks and buses for children (actively used on excursions), as well as ships (boats, kayaks and sailboats, an equipped boat for marine research and workshops on oceanology).

Term dates and fees

The academic year in the Admiral Farragut Academy is divided into semesters:

  • August 21 - December 21 (vacation on November 20-25)
  • January 7 - March 24 (vacation from March 24 to April 1)
  • 2 April - 25 May.

The cost of schooling (including accommodation and meals at the hostel) is $ 51,800 per academic year (including a deposit for a place). The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee (for new students) = 600 $ (one-time)
  • Examination Boards: 1 test AP = $ 95
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional): ESOL course = 1500 $ / year; program Aero Science = 100 $ -1500 $, Aviation Academy = 14000 $, diving courses (3 levels) = 500 $ -1100 $
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Uniforms = $ 1000
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Mandatory medical insurance = approximately $ 850 / year
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 9600 USD
  • Medical insurance 850 USD
  • Study materials
  • Visa fees
  • Flight tickets
  • Application Fee 600 USD
  • Deposit for a course/programme 4000 USD
  • Uniform 500 USD

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Each entrant must submit the following documents to the admission committee:

  • completed application form
  • receipt of payment of the registration fee (here $ 100)
  • characteristics and letters of recommendation from teachers (in priority - in English and mathematics), class teacher, head teacher, director
  • A report card with grades from a previous school for the last 3 years (always on a school letterhead, translated into English)
  • medical certificate and the conclusion of a doctor (necessarily a list of allergies and contraindications, vaccinations, regularly taken medications)
  • a full-fledged personal characteristic (usually drawn up in the previous place of training)
  • confirmation of financial solvency (bank statements, sponsorship letter, etc.).

All documents must be translated into English with an attestation from a notary.

One of the main requirements also remains a fairly high level of English - applicants for the program can confirm it with the following certificates and certificates:

  • TOEFL Paper - no less than 470 (510 for high school students)
  • TOEFL iBT - no less than 52 (from 64 for pupils of 11-12 classes)
  • ITEP SLATE - no less than 2.5 (for high school students from 11th grade - no less than 4.5).

Each applicant is waiting for a personal interview (you can go through Skype).

Sets for school are conducted until the middle of March (with the beginning of classes in September), in other cases applications are considered only if there are vacant seats.

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- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
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