Joseph Stilwell Military Academy
Welcome fellow Patriots! Joseph Stilwell Military Academy of Leadership, known informally as JSMAL, is a public magnet middle school home to 750 middle school cadets in grades 6-8. As the name of the school implies, we are a military themed middle school. General Joseph Stilwell was a highly decorated soldier and a graduate of West Point. It is no coincidence that this school is located on Burma Road. In World War II, he led an expedition through Burma that allowed China to receive much needed supplies that were previously cut off. In honor of General Joseph Stilwell, we require all cadets to wear a uniform and wear it correctly. We also require cadets to take leadership courses, rich in military traditions, each year they attend JSMAL.
Like other public middle schools, we offer a comprehensive and challenging curriculum designed to meet the needs of our diverse students from all over Duval County. We have core courses ranging from our most challenging advanced courses to our more supportive intensive courses in reading and math. For those who meet our prerequisite classes, students can take up to seven high school courses by the time they finish the 8th grade. Those courses include Algebra I, Geometry, Biology, Spanish I, Spanish 2, Advanced IT, and Leadership. We also have a state of the art PITSCO STEM lab, and two computer labs. We are the recipient of a $15,000 Verizon/PLTW Grant to help expand our computer science offerings. Finally, we have a pre-college course in the 7th grade, designed to prepare our academically talented cadets for an 8th grade college elective course. Cadets at JSMAL can enjoy a full range of opportunities in athletics, and a variety of clubs and activities.