The Classical Academy of Sarasota

The mission of The Classical Academy of Sarasota istodevelopthe academic potential of each student througharigorous,content-rich, classical liberal arts educationwhilebuilding inthem a virtuous character.
Our purpose is to develop graduates who arelogicalthinkers,coherent writers, eloquent speakers, thoughtfulleadersandresponsible virtuous citizens.
TCA is a place of serious study where passionateteachersinstilla love of learning in students, where lifelonghabits ofvirtue andexcellence are formed.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.AdvancED
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded2014

Student Body

Total Students291 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
Students by Grade The Classical Academy of Sarasota Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
Average SAT score1251

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$6,500
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorLisa Redhead

School Notes

  • The Classical Academy of Sarasota is dedicated totheclassicalmodel of education. A classical education createsawell-roundedstudent with a logical mind and a virtuous heart. Itisbuilt uponthe best of the Western traditional canonthroughcurriculum andphilosophy which acknowledges currentunderstandingof childdevelopment and growth. Classical educationinstills instudents alarge body of factual knowledge, trains themto logicallyorganizeand analyze these facts, and gives them thetools to putforth areasoned and persuasive argument. Classicallyeducatedstudents arecoherent, thoughtful and eloquent writers andspeakerswho aregrounded in virtue. Classical education focuses onarigorous andcontent-rich core in which academic marks are givenformastery,not for effort, in every subject. Classicaleducationemphasizesexcellence in everything from the literatureread to thequality ofeach assignment completed by students.Acquiringknowledge ishighly valued, and moving beyond the abilityto simplypass a test,classical education advances this acquisitionin orderto createlogical and articulate citizens. Classicaleducation has arich2500 year history. It began in the time of PlatoandAristotle,matured during the Middle Ages, and continued asthepredominantform of education for Americas Founders.Educationaltrends comeand go but the classical approach istimeless, rigorousand stillrelevant. A classical education isdistinguished by: ABack toBasics Approach Classical education is aback to basicseducation.All core subjects are taught with the goalof building afoundationof knowledge. Classical educationemphasizescontent-richliterature, a deep understanding of history,thefundamentalprinciples in math and science, and a deepappreciationfor art andmusic. Rather than moving quickly throughtopics andgleaning onlythe highlights, classical educationadvocates for themastery ofsubjects. Classical education places aclear focus ondirectinstruction. Teachers are the experts in theclassroom,providingdirect instruction. Students are not placed inpods aroundtheroom, left to learn through self-discovery andgroupprojects.Technology does not take the place ofexcellentinstruction orinstructors. Teaching facts and directingstudentswith logicalquestions are the guiding principles ineveryclassroom. Teachersdo not rely on worksheets, fill in theblank, ormultiple choice.Instead, students are taught to answer incompletesentences andcreate from a blank slate. Classical educationstrivesfor masteryof the content, not simply to complete theassignment orpass atest, but for the knowledge to become a part ofthe fabric ofwhothey are. A Focus on Moral Virtue Virtue isfoundational inaclassical education. From the time of the ancientsto theFoundersof America, classical education holds that thepracticingof virtueis the key to true happiness. Anchoringeducation in thefourancient virtues of temperance (self-control),prudence(wisdom),fortitude (courage), and justice teaches studentsto learnthetrue, do the good, and love the beautiful. Virtue istaught inallgrades throughout the curriculum. Classical literatureandthestudy of history offers students enduring examples ofvirtueandvice to look to when asking the question, how then shouldIlive?Great conversations centered on these charactersarefosteredwithin the classrooms. Virtue is modelled by teachersandexpectedfrom the students. To educate a man in mind and notinmorals is toeducate a menace to society. ~ TheodoreRooseveltCurriculum Rootedin History Classical education draws fromthe bestof the WesternCanon. It relies on the character, thoughts,andideas of the greatmen and women who have preceded us. Whatstudentsstudy and read isnot just great because it is old butbecause it istimeless.Aristotle, Augustine, Shakespeare, Euclid,Homer, and manyothersare the giants upon whose shoulders classicaleducation isbuilt.Introducing young students to the greatestindividuals andeventsfrom history lays the foundation for greaterdepth oflearning asthey grow. History is the backbone of a coherentstudyof allsubjects. A Standard of Excellence Classicaleducationemphasizesexcellence in all areas. Students learnexcellencethrough theexample of their teachers and the curriculumtaught inclass.Excellence is expected in everything, from academicworktobehavior throughout the school day. Students who are trainedinthehabit of excellence and are constantly striving to dotheirbest,from their penmanship to the way they dress, are preparedtobesuccessful at whatever they do. We are what werepeatedlydo.Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit. ~Aristotle TheStudyof Latin Over 60% of the English language isrooted inLatin.Studying Latin enriches vocabulary and grammar,creates astrongsense of organization in writing, and improvesliteracy andreadingcomprehension. A strong knowledge of Latinadvancesunderstandingin both math and science as well and studentswhostudy Latinconsistently score higher in all subject areasofstandardizedtests, as well as on the verbal portion of theSAT.Latininstruction begins in kindergarten and continuesthroughhighschool. A Strong Civic Understanding Classicaleducationstresses astrong civic understanding. In order to becomevirtuousandproductive citizens, students must understandAmericasfoundingprinciples, including the concepts of inalienablerights,naturallaw, American constitutionalism and the freemarketsystem.Students will not only read the Constitution andDeclarationofIndependence, but understand them. Educate and informthewholemass of the people They are the only sure relianceforthepreservation of our liberty. ~ Thomas Jefferson
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School Reviews

We love TCA! I have a child in middle school and in high school at TCA. The teachers are amazing as they provide not only the highest academic standards but also go above and beyond to show the students they care about their emotional and social wellbeing. The upper school spends time with the younger students whether it be visiting with them at lunch, reading and acting out stories in class, or providing free tutoring. The school fosters a sense of community throughout and students of every grade benefit. I have also been highly impressed by how the school has handled remote learning. Absolutely amazing! They have shown patience, humor and dedication throughout, and we all appreciate it! So glad we found TCA!
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