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Mangrove School of Sarasota Photo #1 - Mangrove School of Sarasota is dedicated to providing a nurturing and calm space in which children can love, learn, and grow. We seek to engage the whole child in their education head, heart and hands, while also honoring our inherent connection to nature through frequent exploration of and hands-on experience in our majestic natural surroundings
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Mangrove School of Sarasota Photo #1 - Mangrove School of Sarasota is dedicated to providing a nurturing and calm space in which children can love, learn, and grow. We seek to engage the whole child in their education head, heart and hands, while also honoring our inherent connection to nature through frequent exploration of and hands-on experience in our majestic natural surroundings
Mangrove School of Sarasota is dedicated to providing a nurturing and calm space in which children can love, learn, and grow.
We seek to engage the whole child in their education - head, heart and hands, while also honoring our inherent connection to nature through frequent exploration of and hands-on experience in our majestic natural surroundings.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded
2000

Student Body

Total Students
75 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
30%
State avg.: 45%

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
15 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
80%
Average Class Size
15 students
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(clothes that make nature exploration comfortable)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
We accept Step Up/AAA tax credit scholarships, McKay, and Gardiner funds.
% on Financial Aid
36%
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%

School Notes

  • From Early Childhood through Grades, at our school you will find developmentally appropriate programming for each stage of childhood.   In our Early Childhood you will find a predictable, rhythmical schedule that brings comfort to young children and allows for easy transitions.  Each day, the children explore and engage in a sensory rich, home-like environment designed to provide a feeling of warmth, while also intentionally avoiding over stimulation. Teachers provide creative, hands-on experiences for the children, while many opportunities for imaginative play and movement allow the child to develop a sense of social grace and physical competence essential for healthy learning throughout their lives.  In our Early Childhood, children are able to obtain a vital foundation for academic learning: Healthy physical development through play, movement opportunities, and special projects that emphasize development of gross and fine motor skills as well as the integration of the sensory system (balance, movement, touch).An enhanced language experience through stories, songs and verses that supports the development of self-regulation, comprehension and visual imagery skills necessary for reading and abstract thought.The ripening of imaginative capacities through play with open ended, natural materials empowering the children to transform their surroundings, either in collaboration with others, or as individuals.  Through play, children practice creative and flexible thinking, and it naturally encourages cooperation and social engagement. A realtionhsip to nature is emphasized, as we develop juinor land stwards. As children continue in the Grades, we continue to involve the students in a process of learning that engages their whole being. Standard academic subjects are enlivened in a unique, artistic way through many mediums including music, movement, drama and art. Subjects such as math, history, botany, zoology, and others are presented to the students with the intention of lifelong learning, not rote memorization.  Hands on experiences whenever possible, the creation of their own books, and the connections to their own lives and interests help facilitate an engaged learning experience for the students.In addition to all of the fundamentals of a classical education, Grades students learn specialty subjects such as handwork, woodworking, gardening, drama, art, foreign language, music and qi gong.  This variety of subjects helps to develop confident, capable human beings, as they have attempted and, through diligence and persistence, succeeded at many endeavors. In addition, our oldest students engage in self directed project based learning, and have many opportunities to work in hands on, meaningful ways to uncover their gifts and interests. For example, developing their own conscious, eco-friendly business from the ground up, or writing, directing, and producing their own film or theater project, and initiating and fulfilling a service project for a cause near to their hearts. An emphasis on sustainability and a relationship to nature permeates all programs. 

School Reviews

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My son is in the Seashell Nursery Program and I can't say enough positive things about this program and school. The teachers (Ms. Shivani and Ms. Chrystal) are nurturing, knowledgeable, and extremely caring. It is truly evident they absolutely love working with children and families. They follow a Waldorf-inspired philosophy and encourage nature-based learning. Being outdoors each day teaches my son adaptability in a way he would not experience in an indoor classroom. Each day is full of wonderful activities like baking bread, making porridge, planting flowers, or making felt bunnies. It is a loving and happy place that makes me wish I could stay longer at each and every drop-off. We are so happy to have found such an amazing school for our son.
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The average private school tuition in Sarasota, FL is $9,664 for elementary schools and $9,867 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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