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Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #1 - Our graduates receive 100% college acceptance.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #2 - Starting in 9th grade students may take Scuba Diving.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #3 - Our Lower School serves grades K-7. Currently, all students, teachers, and visitors are required to wear masks while on campus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #4 - STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) begins in Kindergarten and Engineering begins in 2nd grade.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #5 - Marine Science is hands-on when students visit our waterfront or take a tour of Boca Ciega Bay on our school's boat.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #6 - Competitive athletics begin in 6th grade.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #7 - Starting in 9th grade students can take Aviation and fly solo once they turn 16. Many students even go on to earn their private pilot's certificate. Farragut's Aviation Program is dual enrolled with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #8 - All students are required to earn their QBH (Qualified Boat Handler) license to graduate. Students spend afternoons or weekends sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, seine netting, and more at the waterfront.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #9 - Starting in 8th grade students are part of a Naval Jr. ROTC program that promotes self-discipline and leadership.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #10 - Farragut offers 5- and 7-day boarding options for 8th-12th grade students. At boarding school, students have the opportunity to study and live with students and teachers who share their passion to learn and grow in a fun environment.
Admiral Farragut Academy, established in 1933, is a co-ed, private, college prep school serving Kindergarten-12th grade students and is located in St. Petersburg, Florida.
Farragut also has a world renowned boarding program for students in 8th - 12th grade.
Starting in Kindergarten, students benefit from a challenging and engaging academic curriculum, such as Foreign Languages, STEM, Marine Science, and hands-on field trips.
Signature Programs in Upper School at Farragut include Aviation, AP Capstone, Scuba, Leadership/NJROTC, and Sailing.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 503 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Admiral Farragut Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Florida for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Year Founded
1933
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
503 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
20%
State avg.: 45%
Students by Grade
Admiral Farragut Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
36 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
64%
Average Class Size
17 students
Number of AP Courses
13 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Capstone, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, English Language and Composition, English Literature, Environmental Science, Government / Economics, Human Geography, Mandarin Chinese, Microeconomics, Physics, Spanish, Statistics
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Khaki and collared shirt and military uniform in Upper School

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Kindergarten = $14,400 | 1st-5th Grade = $17,600 | 6th-7th Grade = $19,900 | 8th-12th Grade = $24,900 | 8th-12th Grade 5-Day U.S. Domestic Boarding = $44,700 | 8th-12th Grade 7-Day U.S. Domestic Boarding = $53,200 | 8th-12th Grade 7-Day International Boarding = $58,200
Summer Program Cost Notes
All camps vary in cost.
% on Financial Aid
30%
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Endowment Size
$6 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
11 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Bible Study, Drone, Film, Guitar, Model U.N., National Honor Society, Poetry Club, Robotics Team, Student Government

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama, Marching Band

School Notes

  • Admiral Farragut Academy, established in 1933, is a co-ed, private, college prep school serving students in grades K-12 for Elementary School, Middle School, and High School. Farragut is located in St. Petersburg, Florida in Pinellas County and is surrounded by the communities of Treasure Island, Gulfport, Pasadena, Tierra Verde, and Seminole. Farragut also serves North Pinellas County, which includes the communities of Clearwater, Belleair, and Palm Harbor.
  • Starting in Kindergarten, students benefit from a challenging and engaging academic curriculum, such as Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Marine Science at the campus' waterfront, hands-on field trips, and are all taught using a strong foundation of Character Education.
  • Once students reach 8th grade they may also enroll in signature academic programs like Aviation (including Dual Enrollment with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University), all levels of Scuba Diving, Sailing, Engineering, AP Capstone, and Naval Jr. ROTC.
  • Farragut also has a 5 or 7-day boarding program for students starting in the 8th grade. Because Farragut is a Florida boarding and day school, the school attracts students from an average of 27 countries and 17 U.S. states. The national and international community makes attending Farragut a global experience.
  • With a 100% college acceptance rate, graduates from Farragut succeed in higher education as organized, accountable, self-disciplined, and respectful critical thinkers who understand that dreams and hard work go hand in hand.
  • Summer Camps: Fun and educational day camps starting in Kindergarten on our waterfront campus. Lunch included. 8th-12th grade students may also experience boarding school over the summer while learning and going on weekday and weekend excursions! Learn more at www.farragut.org/summer.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • RADM Alan Shepard, Jr., USN (Ret.) ‘41N - Moonwalking NASA astronaut: First American in space in 1961 and a member of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971
    • Brig Gen Charles Duke, USAF (Ret.) ‘53S - Moonwalking NASA astronaut: member of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972
    • Lorenzo Lamas '75 - Actor whose notable works include the role of Tom in Grease and the role of Lance in Falcon Crest, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
    • RADM Mark H. Buzby, USN (ret) ‘75N - Former United States Navy Rear Admiral and Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration
    • Maj. Megan M. McClung ‘91N - The first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War
    • Rayshawn Jenkins ‘12 - Safety for the Los Angeles Chargers
    • Joseph Zolfo ‘86N - Film and television producer of the most notable shows God Friended Me and NCIS New Orleans
    • Casper Van Dien ‘88S - Actor on the most notable movies Starship Troopers and as Tarzan in Tarzan and the Lost City
    • John Hodges ‘85N - Started his career on Capitol Hill in 1992 and is currently the Director of Office Supply Services under the Chief Administrative Officer of the House. He has served the US House of Representatives for a total of 27 years
Source: Verified school update

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (19 reviews)
5  
This is an excellent school! They make fantastic first impressions on prospective, interested students and their families that go above and beyond their expectations. I appreciate everything they have to offer, and if your family picks this school for your child, you will thrive here. They are certainly deserving of its position as the best private school in the United States.
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This year was particularly hard, but professors made the most of teaching during the pandemic. Office hours were still done as frequently as normal years, and I think that having them on Zoom made it more comfortable for people to pop in and out and listen in on questions other people had. A lot of lectures were recorded, which was also very helpful for anyone who couldn't make a class or wanted to rewatch for their own benefit. Professors understood that it was a difficult time for everyone, and were very accommodating. I think a lot of classes were able to be conducted online with the material taught in a similar manner as it would be in person. Professors shared their screens and still took questions using the chat function or if students just unmuted their microphones. Overall, online learning went as smoothly as possible during an unprecedented time.
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5  
Best school in the country. Incredible people, sports, campus, academics (obviously). Food is great too.
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5  
Love it! I am constantly academically challenged and have really felt like I'm truly learning at AFA. The people are amazing, and it is an incredible experience to be surrounded by so many talented students.
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5  
This school comes highly recommended! Teachers and administrators put in a lot of effort to maintain high standards. My children are fortunate to attend a school like AFA.
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5  
AFA managed to exceed my expectations. I originally chose AFA because of how genuine every student I met was and that perception continues to persist. I have met the most interesting and talented people while at AFA and have made some of the closest friends.
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Admiral Farragut Academy certainly lives up to its prestigious reputation. There are so many undergraduate opportunities and experiences, as well as a diverse student body and faculty, and that gives AFA a unique character. It is amazing to meet many of the world's leading professionals and academics, and it is an honor to learn from them--and even work with them. Most of all, AFA is a collaborative environment where the students support each other, rather than compete with each other.
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AFA is an amazing school! The professors and students are all encouraging and friendly. Everyone there deserves to be there, which makes the learning environment extremely rewarding and stimulating. There are so many resources to help you navigate your time at AFA, especially during your first year. You immediately build a community within your residential college and can find a group instantly through classes or extracurriculars.
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AFA. Is. A. Top-notch. School. Most of the students are very grateful to be there. They are all so hardworking and inspiring people. There is a strong sense of community in AFA which pairs well with the general atmosphere of safety and security.
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5  
As an international student, AFA has been such a supportive community-from as the administration through to my colleagues. The school provides such a vast number of opportunities for growth both as a person and from a strictly educational perspective. The conversations I am able to have with people here are unmatched by any of my previous experiences.
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5  
The student body at AFA is multifaceted, diverse, and extremely talented. Living, learning, and working among students from all over the world is eye-opening and broadening, even beyond the incredible education provided by the knowledgeable and accomplished faculty.
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5  
Academics are challenging/rigorous but so captivating that you're motivated to work hard. There is a variety of social, political, economic, religious views represented on campus and yet almost everyone is respectful and open about getting to know why you think the way you do. To cut a long story short - the best boarding school in the world, and I couldn't be happier.
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I absolutely love attending AFA. I feel that it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. I am entering my third year in the fall and couldn't imagine being anywhere else. What drew me to AFA was the close-knit community and the welcoming and inclusive social space. I have friends from all walks of life and love to interact with people from all different backgrounds. I truly feel that I have grown as an individual as I have become equipped with the vocabulary to express eloquently just who I am and where I stand on certain issues to my peers.
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5  
Great school! They say the more options you have the more regrets you'll have, and that has been true of my AFA experience. While I do not regret doing the things I did do, I do wish I had more than 24 hours in a day so I could do even more! There is so much to do in terms of career development, extra-curricular, and just entertainment in general. There are so many classes to choose from and most of the professors are incredible not just as professors, but as people in general. If I could my do senior I would definitely choose AFA again!
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I'm convinced AFA is the most eclectic, intelligent, and affable community on the planet. Everyone is incredibly approachable. It's almost as if kindness and empathy are hard-wired into the students it admits. This is an academy that will do everything it can for you to be able to follow your passions and pursue your wildest dreams, and you will feel incredibly supported and uplifted by the faculty in doing so. I've had so much fun here! You will find your people at AFA. Truly world-class.
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Farragut is the best private school in the Tampa Bay area. We spent years at a competing private school and were disappointed with the weak academics, a few poor teachers, and an administration that did not seem to care. After our bad experience, we weren't sure about private schools in the area but also couldn't find what we were looking for in a public school. At Farragut, we quickly realized that the teachers do try their best for the students and the administration cares more about the kids than the parent's pocketbooks. It doesn't feel like there is an "agenda" other than taking care of the kids and doing what's best for them. Superior academics, friendly teachers, and a general vibe of fun for the kids. It feels a little "old school" in that regard!
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AFA is a great school for academics and athletics along with creative arts. I have been going to Admiral Farragut Academy for eight years and I have noticed that the learning process taught by the teachers is much easier (while still teaching you what you need to know) than other schools people I know outside of AFA go to. There are multiple athletics available and available to every gender with coaches who are inspiring and helpful in many ways. For example I am the only girl on the Wrestling team and also another student here is the only girl on the Lacrosse team. There is almost an endless amount of after school clubs for art, literature, and theatrical arts that welcome all. Admiral Farragut Academy teaches you things and gives you the opportunity to do things that you wouldn't be able to do at other schools. AFA raises you as a family member and helps you become a leader.
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I have been at Admiral Farragut Academy since fourth grade and I am currently in eighth grade. I have had amazing teachers, and have met many great friends over the years. When my old school closed, I didn't think any school could replace it. Then, I shadowed at this school. I had an extraordinary experience. The teachers and students welcomes me like family. I had no trouble making friends. When I started to go to Farragut, I knew this was the perfect school for me. I also found out that you can get your SCUBA certification and get your pilots license here. When I was in the sixth grade, I earned my QBH (Qualified Boat Handlers License), and was allowed to sail at the school waterfront whenever I wanted to. That is another benefit of this school. Right across the road is the school waterfront. I enjoy fishing and sailing there. I am also in the Admiral's Own Band, the school band. We play at the school football games and also played at the East - West Shriner Game. Cross Country, track, and soccer are the sports I participate in at Farragut. The middle school soccer team had an amazing season, suffering only one loss. So, would I recommend this school to anybody? The answer is obviously yes.
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I have been at Admiral Farragut for 2 years and am now in 8th grade, during my time here I have met amazing friends and teachers. My teachers help me before, during, and after school and encourage us to use the full extent of our abilities. When I first came here from my old school I believed this would be a strict school like most military schools; I was wrong, I was at first nervous but after the span of a few days I learned the school could offer much more than any of my old schools and the community around was great. I was able to excel in Academics, Leadership, and Athletics; I was able to become apart of many different clubs, groups, and athletic teams. I got to try out Soccer, Track, Lacrosse, Tennis, and Exhibition Drill. But, little would I know I would continue committing to each one year after year. The facilities here are top notch and are still being renovated going through the brand new Student Center, PLTW (Engineering) Lab, and even the Aviation Center. I am able to study at all times of the day and even use the extensive learning materials around me to help my friends and I prepare for the next day. Admiral Farragut Academy also has many different extracurricular-activities, some of which may include: Sailing, NJROTC, Aviation, the Rife Team, NJHS, and even Scuba. Speaking of sailing, my second year here I was able to get my QBH (Qualified Boat Handlers Licence) this is a licence you receive after going through several tests which includes boating safety, parts of the sailboat, and even how to sail a sailboat. After this, I was intrigued; I continued on through sailing until I reached my QM2 (Quarter Master Two). NJROTC is also another benefit of the school, to be honest at first I believed this would be a pain. But, after a while I was able to see how the program changed me as a person. Learning Leadership Skills, Military History, and the rest of the basics helped me grow into a better person. Now, going back to the Exhibition Drill Team; I have been a part of it ever since I joined the school. On the Drill Team we are basically the face of the school; we perform at events all around the state and are the first to meet honored guests from around the world. We are basically a family inside a family, we practice every day after school for the whole year and try our best to excel in Exhibition Drill until we are perfect. In the past few years we have also won the County Championships year after year. This was all thanks to our Commander Steve Edwards former Commander of the infamous Purdue Drill Team (Six time National Champion). Thanks to his commitment he was able to carve us into the best team we were able to be. Not leaving out of course Joy Edwards, she is our Drill Team mom; she organizes all our events, prepares our food, and makes sure we are where we are supposed to be. I hope to stay at Admiral Farragut Academy until my Senior Year and be able to experience the boarding side of things and continue on my path to success and become one of the best leaders this school has to offer. As of now, my brothers are even attending or coming to the school. They are 7 years old and 11 years old, entering elementary school at Farragut. When I grow up I want to become a neurosurgeon, helping people is one of my many traits. Admiral Farragut has been helping me continue on that path and is making me grow as a person every day of the week. So would I recommend Admiral Farragut Academy? My answer is absolutely, I am having the learning experience of a life time.
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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked FL School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-12
  • Enrollment: 503 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $22,000
  • Acceptance rate: 90%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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