Fort King Middle School


Welcome to Fort King Middle School - Home of the Falcons!


Our mission is to provide a quality academic program that prepares students to become responsible and successful in our global society.

FKMS Campus

Student Desktop Video website


Message from the Principal:


For those of you that didn’t get to meet me last year, my name is Gary Smallridge. I transferred as principal from Marion Oaks Elementary School in late April when Mrs. Dudley was promoted. We are very proud of Mrs. Dudley and the work she accomplished at Ft. King prior to my arrival. We will work hard as a team to continue moving Ft. King Middle School in a positive direction. I am not new to the principal position.

I began my career as a principal in 2005 at Maplewood Elementary School, where I spent four years. I was transferred to Ward-Highlands Elementary in 2009 and then Marion Oaks Elementary School in 2013. You are probably wondering why this guywith a lot of experience in elementary schools is taking over a middle school, but don’t let that worry you. I started my career in Marion County as a teacher at Lake Weir Middle School and eventually moved up to a dean and finally an assistant principal at that same school. I really enjoyed the six years I spent at Lake Weir Middle School and missed the age group, which is why I asked Mr. Tomyn for a transfer to a middle school whenever an opening occurred. I didn’t think it would happen so quickly, and I definitely never thought I would take over a middle school at the end of a school year, but that is exactly what happened this past April.

I am extremely happy to be your principal and to get the chance to work with your children. I look forward to meeting each of you as the year progresses. I maintain an open door policy, which means you don’t need an appointment to see me, if I am available. Please don’t hesitate to call me if you need help with any situation. If I am not the person to help you, I will steer you in the right direction. Together, as a team, we will make this year a great experience for your children.


Gary Smallridge



Officer Wissinger, our school resource officer, created a tip sheet for parents and students to

help keep students safe and trouble free. Click on the link to read these valuable tips. Tip Sheet



SPAR, or School Public Accountability Reports, are required every year by federal and state laws. These documents must be made available for public inspection, and SPARs for the last school year are now complete and ready for review.SPAR reports cover every public school in Marion County, including charter and alternative schools. These reports contain additional information about Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as required by federal “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) legislation.

For more information click on the following link, then the link at the bottom of the report:    SPAR REPORT





Easily access thousands of resources, including author interview movies, book discussion guides and lesson plans, audio book readings, and more:   Click here for directions




Check out the FKMS MOBILE App


 MARION COUNTY– Marion County Public Schools is the first Florida school district to offer a new mobile app to students, parents, employees, and others seeking school information.

The district is customizing and testing the app now. The free app, called School Connect, is available in the Apple and Android app stores to users of smart phones and other app-enabled devices. 

Once users download the free app, they can choose to receive “push” notifications from any school. Similar to text messages, these notifications can be immediate in case of an emergency.  In the future, they may also remind subscribers about early release days, events, athletic competitions, club meetings, and other district and school functions.

The app, provided free to the district and users at no taxpayer expense, links to the Parent Portal with student grades, school lunch menus, school addresses and contact information, school web sites, and education-related resources. It also provides GPS mapping and navigation links and multiple language options including Spanish.

The app was created by School Connect, an Oklahoma-based mobile app developer for K-12 school systems.  Within 24 hours of its initial launch in October 2011, School Connect was a Top 25 free app at the Apple store.

The app will enhance district and school efforts to improve communications with parents, students, employees, and other stakeholders.

 You can also visit  for more details.



Advanced Courses

Language Arts and Math: grades 6-8

Social Studies: grades 6-7

Algebra 1, English Honors and Intro. to Information Technology will be offered in grade 8 for High School credit.

All advanced science courses and 8th grade advanced social studies will be online through Marion or Florida Virtual. All virtual courses will be online in the media center.

Save money, time, fuel, frustration and aggravation by purchasing appropriate clothing for school. 

The dress and grooming of Fort King Middle students contributes to the health and safety of the individual, promotes a positive educational environment, and does not disrupt educational activities and processes.

·       Clothing shall be worn as designed - suspenders over the shoulders, pants secured at the waist, belts buckled, etc.

·       Bare midriffs, bare sides, and cleavage should not show, even when arms are extended above the head.

·       Clothing normally worn when participating in a school sponsored extracurricular or sports activity may be worn to school ONLY when approved an administrator.

·       Clothing that is too tight or revealing is unacceptable.

·       Clothing with holes or tears above the knee, or inappropriate patches will not be allowed. Wearing leggings or other clothing items underneath is not permissible.

·       Garments and/or jewelry which display or suggest sexual, vulgar, drug, alcohol or tobacco related wording/graphics, or may tend to provoke violence or disruption in school shall not be worn.

·       Gang paraphernalia, jewelry, tattoos or other insignias/items which display, suggest, provoke or may tend to provoke violence or disruptions are not allowed.

Shoes shall be worn. The following are not acceptable: 

·         Thong sandals

·         Cleated shoes

·         Slippers

·         Heeleys (shoes with wheels)

The following items are prohibited: 

 ·         Hats, caps, visors, sunglasses or bandanas.

·         Chains hanging from the neck, belt, pocket or attached to a wallet.

·         Jewelry that has any sharp or pointed areas.

·         Hemlines of shorts, dresses and skirts shall be no shorter than mid-thigh.

All styles and fads cannot be covered by specific rules and regulations.  School administrators will make the final decision in cases that are not covered in the student handbook, district code of conduct or above.


   Report anything that you feel is wrong to a school or law official. Do not let a bully, negative peer pressure or anger control your life. Parents - please talk with your child about appropriate behavior in school and on the bus.         



The Fort King Middle School Mantra

Today is a great day to discover something new. I will adjust my attitude for success. I will be respectful.

I will be responsible. I will be safe. I will be on time and I will be an active learner.

I am a Fort King Falcon and I am proud.


Important Information


Florida’s Path to Success:

Visit the Florida’s Path to Success website to find out more information about Florida’s transition to tougher standards and higher expectations. The website features a letter from Commissioner Robinson, timelines about Florida’s education system, a question and answer page, and video from a Florida public school parent.

DOE Parent Portal by Novachi:

In partnership with Novachi, the department is launching the DOE Parent Portal. This public forum is designed for parents to ask questions and voice ideas at the state level. The portal features a parent blog, discussion board, and announcements page with more education resources coming soon. Parents may logon for access to this free user-friendly site.

DOE Just for Parents E-mail

This e-mail address is especially for Florida’s parents to get answers, voice opinions and share ideas with the department. Send an e-mail to


Accidents in school are common. Parents be aware there is a 24 hour Basic Accident Insurance Plan for a one-time fee of $38.00 for the school year and summer months.  You can also purchase just a School Time Basic Accident Insurance Plan for protection during school sponsored and school supervised activities for a fee of $7.00. Please read the Marion Student Insurance Enrollment Form and Notice for specific information.


Please provide new Phone Numbers and other important information on the emergency information sheet

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Would you like to receive email notices of important happenings at Fort King Middle School? By joining our email list service, you will receive notices via email about such things as report cards, progress reports, newsletters, and special events. Online registration is easy and your email address is kept strictly confidential. Use the following link to register today! Join Our Email List


Parents are now able to access their child's grades on-line, 24-hours a day, 7 days a week! Parents must first visit the school to obtain log-in information. This cannot be done over the phone. Once you have your log-in information click on the link below!

Link to Parent Portal Log-In


If you would like to be a volunteer for an event taking place at Fort King Middle School, you can now access the volunteer form from this website! Click here to print out the form and be sure to fill it out completely. Then bring it to the office, along with a copy of the front and back of your driver's license. It's as easy as that!

Important Information

Student's School Day -- 9:25 AM - 3:45 PM

First Bell -- 9:25 AM

Tardy (Late) Bell -- 9:30 AM

Teacher Day -- 8:10 AM - 3:55 PM

Early Release Times -- 1:30 PM

School Office Hours -- 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

School Store Hours: -- 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(The school store is located in the Media Center.)

Student Lunch: $1.75
(If qualified, reduced price is: $0.40 or free)

Phone Numbers:

  • Office: 671-4725
  • Cafeteria: 671-4729
  • Discipline: 671-4730
  • Guidance and Attendance: 671-4728
  • Extended Day: 671-4725

Community Partner:

community partner

New Testament Baptist Church

3740 E Silver Springs Blvd, Ocala, FL 34470 | Phone (352) 351-3789