Award Year: 2019

Delaware Military Academy

112 Middleboro Road
Wilmington, DE, 19804-1621

(302) 998-0745

Mr. Anthony Pullella, Principal at time of Nomination

Charter School

Delaware Military Academy

School Website


Utilizing a military structure, DMA prepares cadets for their next level of education with a focus on our three "ships" - leadership, citizenship, and scholarship.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 78%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 2%
  • Native American: 1%
2019 freshman run at the conclusion of summer orientation.

2019 freshman run at the conclusion of summer orientation.

As you are probably aware of, charter schools face many challenges not the least of which is Capital Funding support from the state. In 2011 Delaware Military Academy's (DMA) school leadership team and Board of Directors, developed a strategic plan with the goal of expanding our campus by seven acres in order to construct an athletic center, freshman academy, and multi-purpose stadium with the intent of providing our cadets with a state-of-the-art academic and athletic experience. Our vision was ambitious and presented significant challenges, most notably funding. Our primary concern was how to finance a 10 million dollar expansion while being fiscally responsible with no capital support.

Our solution was to share our vision throughout our communities. DMA has been designated as the most successful NJROTC program in the country since its founding in 2003. Foundations and private donors, who believed in us, saw firsthand the many successes we've enjoyed within our charter. We continue to work tirelessly fostering a culture of leadership, scholarship, and citizenship with our cadets as we consider it our utmost priority to them and their families.

While practicing sound accounting principles, encouraging creative research in the construction industry along with unwavering determination and perseverance, we're proud to report that Phase III of our campus expansion vision is now reality.

We instill the same practices we employed to see our vision through when coaching our cadets. That is, stay determined, always persevere and always strive to meet and exceed expectations. Nothing ends until you say I can't!