The Out-of-Door Academy

     Tel: (941)554-3400
Grades: PK - 12 | 616 students
As an independent college preparatory school our mission is to provide an environment in which students strive to achieve high academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, athletics, and the arts.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)
Religious Affiliation Nonsectarian
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Year Founded 1924

Student Body

Total Students 616 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 11%
State avg.: 33%
Students by Grade The Out-of-Door Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 78 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 66%
Average Class Size 18 students
Number of AP Courses 16 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Advanced Courses English - AP Language and Composition, English - AP Literature and Composition, English - Honors World Literature, Fine Arts - AP Studio Art: 2-D Design, Fine Arts - AP Studio Art: Drawing, Fine Arts - AP Studio Art: Photography, Foreign Language - AP French Language, Foreign Language - AP French Literature, Foreign Language - AP Latin: Vergil, Foreign Language - AP Spanish Language, Foreign Language - AP Spanish Literature, Foreign Language - Honors Spanish III, History - AP American History, History - AP European History, History - AP Government, Math - AP Calculus AB, Math - AP Statistics, Math - Honors Algebra II, Math - Honors Geometry, Math - Honors Pre-Calculus, Science - AP Biology, Science - AP Chemistry, Science - AP Physics B, Science - Honors Biology, Science - Honors Chemistry, Science - Honors Physics, 
Average SAT score 1250
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(Lower and Middle School students wear uniforms and Upper School students have a dress code.)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Mar. 5 / rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition levels by grade.
% on Financial Aid 17%
Acceptance Rate 65%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Mrs. Laura Murphy
Admissions Associate Mr. Jamie Carver

Sports

Total Sports Offered 15 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WeightliftingBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,
FootballGolf,
LacrosseSailing,
SoccerSoftball,
SwimmingTennis,
Track and FieldVolleyball,
Weightlifting

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 41 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Lower School - Choir, Lower School - Green Club, Lower School - Lacrosse, Lower School - Pride Drug Awareness, Lower School - Safety Patrol, Lower School - Student Council, Lower School - Theater, Lower School - WODA television, Middle School - Athletic Teams, Middle School - Choir, Middle School - Community Service, Middle School - Jazz Band, Middle School - National Junior Honor Society, Middle School - Orchestra, Middle School - Student Council, Middle School - Theater, Upper School - Academic Olympics, Upper School - Artist Circle, Upper School - Athletic Teams, Upper School - Choir, Upper School - Community Service, Upper School - Cum Laude, Upper School - Drum Line, Upper School - Forensics (debate), Upper School - Green Club, Upper School - Jazz Band, Upper School - Journalism, Upper School - Leadership, Upper School - Literary Magazine, Upper School - Model United Nations, Upper School - National Honor Society, Upper School - Orchestra, Upper School - Robotics, Upper School - Senior Video, Upper School - Spirit Club, Upper School - Sports Medicine, Upper School - Theater, Upper School - Thespian Society, Upper School - Tri-M Music Society, Upper School - World Languages, Upper School - Yearbook Lower School - Choir,
Lower School - Green Club,
Lower School - Lacrosse,
Lower School - Pride Drug Awareness,
Lower School - Safety Patrol,
Lower School - Student Council,
Lower School - Theater,
Lower School - WODA television,
Middle School - Athletic Teams,
Middle School - Choir,
Middle School - Community Service,
Middle School - Jazz Band,
Middle School - National Junior Honor Society,
Middle School - Orchestra,
Middle School - Student Council,
Middle School - Theater,
Upper School - Academic Olympics,
Upper School - Artist Circle,
Upper School - Athletic Teams,
Upper School - Choir,
Upper School - Community Service,
Upper School - Cum Laude,
Upper School - Drum Line,
Upper School - Forensics (debate),
Upper School - Green Club,
Upper School - Jazz Band,
Upper School - Journalism,
Upper School - Leadership,
Upper School - Literary Magazine,
Upper School - Model United Nations,
Upper School - National Honor Society,
Upper School - Orchestra,
Upper School - Robotics,
Upper School - Senior Video,
Upper School - Spirit Club,
Upper School - Sports Medicine,
Upper School - Theater,
Upper School - Thespian Society,
Upper School - Tri-M Music Society,
Upper School - World Languages,
Upper School - Yearbook,

School Notes:

  • As an independent, coeducational college preparatory school located on two campuses in Sarasota, Florida, The Out-of-Door Academy has been serving families since 1924.
  • Pre-kindergarten through fifth grade students enjoy the ambience of the original Out-of-Door Academy campus on Siesta Key. Here, towering banyan trees shelter historic buildings which now house modern classrooms and a first-rate technology infrastructure. This combination of old and new creates an environment that fosters both the sense of security so necessary for learning in younger children, and the teaching techniques to challenge them.
  • Academic, athletic, and extra-curricular activities for sixth through twelfth graders are centered on Out-of-Door Academy's collegiate-style Uihlein Campus at Lakewood Ranch Campus which opened in 1996. Building on programs designed to stretch and challenge individual students in the Lower School, Middle, and Upper Schools focus on preparing students to move on to college. Out-of-Door Academy graduates leave us having developed the responsibility, confidence, and independence crucial for successful adaptation to college life.
  • Preparing students for college and life entails more than a rigorous academic program. Both campuses offer the array of opportunities necessary to help students maximize their full potential. Out-of-Door recognized success in achieving consistently high levels of student participation in a diverse program of academic, athletic, artistic, extra-curricular, and community service opportunities is a critical element in enabling students to reach their goals.
  • The Florida Council of Independent Schools cited Out-of-Door Academy's success in establishing an institutional culture true to its mission: "Exemplary student behavior reflects the core values of the school and the high standards to which the student body and faculty hold themselves. We commend OUT-OF-DOOR ACADEMY in truly achieving its mission..."

Profile last updated: 09/01/2014

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1 year ago
My son is just finishing his tenth year at Out-of-Door, and I can honestly say that every year seems to get better and better. He is challenged in the classroom, on the athletic fields and on the stage. More importantly, he loves his teachers. One of his favorite things to do is return to the lower school campus to visit his teachers from the younger grades. And now that he is at the age when he does not necessarily want to hear my advice, I know that he is surrounded by adults (teachers, coaches and administrators) who know him and care for him, and whose advice he values. As we head into high school, I am excited for him to be able to further develop his passions in an environment like Out-of-Door. As a family, we love the school, and could not ask for more for our child!!
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