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DME Academy is reimagining the way student-athletes learn, engage, and grow. With a flexible, fully accredited program, students in grades 6-12 and post-graduate are taught to balance academic expectations with their unique athletic skill sets. Our diverse student body represents 46 different countries and sets the stage for collaboration and shared learning.

At our academy, we are focused on addressing the unique needs of our student-athletes, and providing them with elite level guidance, curriculum, and facilities.

Why Learn At DME

Rigorous Curriculum

Personalized Plans

Flexible Schedule

International Community

Immersion Plans



Program Details

The traditional school model is intended to serve increasing student populations, with more diverse needs than ever before, making differentiated instruction virtually impossible. Each student is unique. As such, our program focuses on the individual, but within a nurturing, team atmosphere. We offer an optimized hybrid approach that merges online education with a traditional classroom setting. This approach not only increases student achievement but also helps develop independent learners.

Our approach to education is centered on a personalized learning plan. Every student creates a plan with the Head of School and their parents before they begin classes at DME Academy. Think of it as a plan we establish and agree upon together to launch students on the optimal path toward their college and career goals. 

Our blended curriculum model features material that is adapted by the teacher based on learning styles, interests, and personalized learning plans. The curriculum is offered through an interactive learning resource, developed by one of the nation’s top curriculum providers. Each student works through every aspect of the curriculum with the direct help and attention of their teachers. 

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Our academy staff is focused on producing exceptional citizens and well-rounded individuals as we help our student-athletes achieve their highest levels of academic and athletic success. We strive to develop the leaders of tomorrow by instilling the virtues of hard work, discipline, preparation, and knowledge. Learn more about our team here.

College Placement

Our college guidance programs go beyond just helping your student-athlete get into college. From day one, students receive an individualized college plan, one-on-one counseling, and digital tools that help prepare them for admission to the college or university that will be the perfect fit for achieving their career, athletic, and personal goals.

Accreditation & Memberships

Our state-certified teachers are dedicated to your child's success.

DME Academy is Cognia accredited, formerly known as AdvancED, serving grades 6-12.

As a SEVP-certified school, DME Academy is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students by issuing a Form I-20 (“Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”) to students planning to study in the United States under an F-1 Visa.

"We believe your student-athletes shouldn’t have to choose between pursuing their passion for sports and the education fundamentals that set them up for success in life." - Maria Burgos, Head of School

What Makes DME Academy Unique?

Rigorous Curriculum

DME offers a full suite of Honors, Advanced, A.P. and dual enrollment classes to further prepare students for the collegiate level. We also offer SAT/ACT prep courses to support our students' recruiting and college decision-making process.

Individualized Instruction

Each DME student has a personalized learning plan designed to meet their individual goals. Our educators provide one-to-one and small group instruction that capitalizes on students’ learning styles and strengths.

Flexible Schedule

Our educational model is designed to provide our student-athletes with ample time for both their academics and their sport, with their practices and conditioning built into their daily schedule.

International Community

Our diverse student body represents 46 different countries and sets the stage for collaboration and shared learning.

Community Service

At DME, our graduation requirements include 40 hours of community service. We offer a wide variety of service opportunities, including tutoring and coaching local youth, participating in beach cleanups and food and clothing drives, and volunteering at our local animal shelter.

Immersion Programs

DME Summer Immersion Programs help our international student-athletes get up to speed in the classroom and the community, preparing them for our rigorous academic curriculum and acclimating them to the DME culture.


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Our blended educational model combines on-site classrooms with online curriculum. 

DME Academy meets all Florida graduation requirements for college acceptance.

Students at DME can take advantage of Dual Enrollment and earn college credits. 

The personalized learning plans are created by the Head of School, parent/guardian, and the student in a collaborative approach. 

Student schedules are made to be flexible, based on individual needs. 

DME Academy By The Numbers



Breakfast / 7:00 - 7:45am
Academics / 8:00 - 10:00am
Team Practice / 10:00 - 11:45am
Strength & Conditioning / 11:45 - 12:30pm
Lunch / 12:30 - 1:00pm
Academics / 1:00 - 3:15pm
Individual Skill Development / 3:15 - 4:00pm
Rest & Recovery / 4:00 - 5:30pm
Dinner / 5:30 - 6:30pm
Evening Study (SAT & ACT Prep) / 7:30 - 9:00pm
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& Technology

Our brand new 18,000 square feet dormitory is now open! Our 80-bed dormitory hosts two student lounges, a fully equipped commercial kitchen, a large cafeteria, an onsite laundry facility, a conference room, a learning center, an outdoor court, and more. Explore the gallery below.

Testimonials From DME Student-Athletes

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Bella Weary

DME Graduate ('21), University of South Florida Women's Basketball

DME Academy was a life-changing experience for me. With small classroom sizes and a  family environment, my confidence soared.

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Michelle Murray

Parent of Keegan & Kris, University of Iowa

We were looking for a place for them to grow basketball-wise and as young men. It was hard for their Dad to let them go, but we had to let them chase their dreams and reach their goals. It worked out great! 

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Khaled Thaher

DME Graduate ('21), Wheaton College Men's Basketball

DME has opened up a lot of opportunities, giving me a big head start. The DME staff makes me feel like I have a second family here in the U.S., focused on my development on & off the court.

courses offered

at dme



Language Arts

6th grade language arts advanced
7h grade language arts advanced
8th grade language arts advanced


6th Grade Math
7th Grade Math
*Algebra | Honors
*Geometry | Honors+


Earth Science
Life Science
Physical Science
*Biology Honors

Social Studies

World History Advanced
Civics Advanced
U.S. History Advanced


Introduction to Culinary Arts
Introduction to Forensic Science
Introduction to Information Technology
Introduction to Marine Biology
Introduction to Veterinary Science
Middle School 2d Studio Art
Middle School Coding
Middle School Journalism
Middle School Music
Middle School Photography



English I Reg/Honors
English II Reg/Honors
English III Reg/Honors
English IV Reg/Honors


Algebra I Reg/Honors
Geometry Reg/Honors
Algebra II Reg/Honors
Pre-Calculus Honors
Calculus Honors
Math for College Readiness


Biology Reg/Honors
Chemistry Reg/Honors
Physics Honors
Environmental Science Earth/Space Sciences

Social Studies

World History Reg/Honors United States
History Reg/Honors
United Sates Government Reg/Honors
Economics w/Financial Literacy Reg/Honors
World Geography

Advanced Placement

AP Biology
AP Literature and Composition
AP United States History
Dual Enrollment
Calculus I
College Algebra
Introduction to Astronomy
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Statistics

Foreign Language

Spanish I
Spanish II
Spanish III Honors
Spanish IV Honors

Health and Physical

Personal Fitness
Health Opportunities through PE
Robotics I
Social Media
Sports and Entertainment
Technical Drawing and Design
Theater, Cinema & Film
Women's Studies


African American Studies
Art History & Appreciation Art in World Cultures
Coding I
Culinary Arts
Digital Design
Digital Photography
Early Childhood Education
Forensic Science I
Forensic Science II
Fundamentals of Finance
Holocaust Studies
Marketing Essentials
Music Appreciation
Peer Counseling
Psychology I
Psychology II



English IV College Prep
Intensive English


Calculus Honors
Math For College Readiness


Spanish III Honors

Advancement Placement

AP Biology
Ap Literature and Composition
AP Spanish
AP United States History


African American Studies
Forensic Science I
Forensic Science II
Fundamentals of Finance
Holocaust Studies
Psychology I
Psychology II
Women's Studies

College Test Prep

SAT Mathematics
SAT Reading
ACT Mathematics
ACT Reading


Dual Enrollment

Calculus I
College Algebra
Intro to Macroeconomics
Introduction to Microeconomics
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Statistics


Reporting Child Abuse
Any person who knows, or has reasonable cause to suspect, that a child is abused, abandoned, or neglected by a parent, legal custodian, caregiver, or other person responsible for the child's welfare is a mandatory reporter. The supervisor must be notified of the reported suspected abuse. Florida Reporting Information In accordance with Florida Statute 39.201(1)(a), Any suspected child abuse must be reported by calling 1-800-96ABUSE. Reporting to the hotline is anonymous.

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Reporting Misconduct by Employees, Educational Support, and Administrators
All employees, educational support, and administrators have an obligation to report misconduct by instructional personnel and school administrators, which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student. Examples of misconduct include obscene language, drug and alcohol use, disparaging comments, prejudice or bigotry, sexual innuendo, cheating or testing violations, physical aggression, and accepting or offering favors. Reports of employee misconduct should be made to April Kelley, Dean of Academic Administration at DME Academy.
Reports of misconduct committed by administrators should be made to Dan Panaggio, CEO and Co-Founder of DME Academy.
Legally sufficient allegations of misconduct by Florida-certified educators will be reported to the Office of Professional Practices Services. Policies and procedures for reporting misconduct by instructional personnel or school administrators that affect the health, safety, or welfare of a student are posted on the school’s bulletin board.

DME Academy provides a limited financial aid assistance program. To be considered for evaluation, prospective students and their families must complete the admissions process and submit all required documents and applications for financial aid assistance.

DME Academy is proud to accept EMA Scholarship Program. To obtain additional information about this program, we invite you to visit the StepUp For Student website.

We recommend that you connect with our student-athlete recruitment advisor team to get the conversation started. You can do that by filling out the Connect With Our Team form below! 

As a SEVP-certified school, DME Academy is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students by issuing a Form I-20 (“Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status”) to students planning to study in the United States under an F-1 Visa.

Playing for one of our sports teams is not a requirement. You can attend our school simply as a student. 

Our model delivers personalized education that is flexible and structured around the needs of your children and their goals. To access a side-by-side comparison, fill out the form, and we’ll send you a PDF! 

Our student body is comprised of individuals from 46 countries. 

With over 120 unique course offerings, we have something for everyone. We offer traditional core subject classes, engaging electives, honors, advanced placement (AP), and dual enrollment courses.

Additionally, we offer engaging electives covering a wide range of student interests. This includes classes such as Women's Studies, Sports Management, Social Media, Digital Photography, Creative Writing, and Forensic Science. 


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The Next Step


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