Maritime academy comes to Muskegon

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Franklin Fudail. Courtesy Muskegon Maritime Academy

A former Muskegon boxing club owner will open a naval academy this fall. 

Entrepreneur and Muskegon native Franklin Fudail announced Monday, April 25, the launch of a new K-5 Naval Academy charter school, Muskegon Maritime Academy.

The academy will be the first of its kind in the area. It is authorized by Saginaw Valley State University and will be located at 571 E. Apple Ave. in Muskegon. 

Fudail began developing the Muskegon Maritime Academy in 2019 to provide children with structured learning experiences he said are lacking in public education.

“There are reports that 61% of third-graders in Muskegon County are not reading at grade level,” Fudail said. “This is unacceptable, and it’s happening all over the country, especially in urban school districts. As a man, as a leader and as a community advocate, I could not stand by and do nothing.”

The academy will focus on developing reading and math skills in K-5 students. It will offer students the opportunity to learn self-defense skills and leadership training, etiquette and manners in combination with water education and maritime research. Boys and girls will be taught separately. 

The school is founded on military values of discipline, respect, honor and service and is partnered with the U.S. Naval Seal Cadet Corps. 

Fudail is president of Shoreline Broadcasting and owned and operated the Muskegon Heights Boxing Club for 11 years. 

Muskegon Maritime Academy is taking enrollment applications for the 2022-23 school year. The academy will open its doors this fall.

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