Washburn Academy

Washburn Academy is a Kindergarten-12th grade (ages 3-18) secular, private school in Clearwater, FL. Washburn Academy is open year-round from 8:20 am - 5:30 pm. The Washburn Academy program is competency based and mastery of subjects at the level of instruction is required before students progress onto the next level.
Each grade involves demonstration of competency in grade standards.
Our graduates exceed national standards and many graduate with honors.
Free college (dual enrollment) programs are offered to High School students, many of whom tested into honors college classes.
Qualifying students have the opportunity to graduate with honors and a two-year college degree through participation in dual enrollment with a local college.Washburn graduates receive scholarships and have been accepted to many major universities in and out of the state of Florida.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Other school association(s)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Kindergarten-12
Summer School OfferedYes

Student Body

Total Students142 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 44%
Students by Grade Washburn Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio11:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size17 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Admissions DirectorFanny Quirino


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Arts and Music Programs:
Arts & Crafts, Choir, Drama, Piano

School Notes

Washburn Academy is a Kindergarten-12th grade (ages 3-18) secular, private school in Clearwater, FL. Washburn Academy is open year-round from 8:20 am - 5:30 pm. Classroom hours are from 8:45 am - 3:15 pm. 
  • Mastery based program - Comprehension of subjects and material studied is of utmost importance; students master subjects at the level of instruction before they progress to the next level. 
  • Students are encouraged to think for themselves, evaluate information and draw their own conclusions. 
  • Hands-on learning
  • Life skills program - graduates are knowlegable in and prepared to handle personal finance, taxes, mortgages, home economics and basic car care/mechanics.
  • Personalized educational programs - students receive inidividualized programs to ensure they get the very best education
  • Enthusiastic learning environment
  • Friendly, family atmosphere
  • Civic responsibility, community service and leadership program
  • After school activities
  • Extracurricular activities, including art, music, drama & sports
  • Eligible students may take college courses while in High School
  • Foreign language students accepted
  • Tours and "free trial days" of the school are available
Washburn Academy graduates exceed national standards and many graduate with honors. Free college (dual enrollment) programs are offered to High School students, many of whom tested into honors college classes. Qualifying students have the opportunity to graduate with honors and a two-year college degree through participation in dual enrollment with a local college. Washburn graduates receive scholarships and have been accepted to many major universities in and out of the state of Florida.
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Clearwater
    Grades: PK-12 | 217 students
    0.7 miles
    801 Drew Street
    Clearwater, FL 33755
    (727) 446-1722
    0.7 PK-12
  • Clearwater
    Grades: K-12 | 594 students
    8.6 miles
    2655 Ulmerton Road - Suite 402
    Clearwater, FL 33762
    (727) 531-2481
    8.6 K-12
  • Clearwater
    Grades: PK-12 | 172 students
    1.6 miles
    1831 Drew St
    Clearwater, FL 33765
    (727) 447-6385
    1.6 PK-12
  • Holiday
    Grades: PK-10 | 83 students
    15.8 miles
    1935 Abacus Rd
    Holiday, FL 34690
    (727) 934-3028
    15.8 PK-10
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    Grades: 4-12 | 75 students
    8.6 miles
    34054 Us Highway 19 N
    Palm Harbor, FL 34684
    (727) 781-2986
    8.6 4-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (13 reviews)
My son is on K-1 and we absolute love the school. The environment, the staff. I love their playground. He is as happy as he can be, he even wants to stay playing at the school when I pick him up. I absolutely recommend this school. Is like a small family! LOVE IT!
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I work with Schools all over Pinellas County Interacting with students P-K to 12 Grade. Mrs Washburn is Owner, Teacher, Aunt, Mentor Etc. her team of professionals sets a tranquil, loving environment for higher learning that is different from conventional schools. The Children are very respectful of their piers, courteous, astute and seem to have a level of devotion for each other. There are children blessed with more than others socially and economically as we all know. That division is not apparent there children respect each other. That applies to physically handicapped, foreign language exchange students and Challenged individuals. Its nice to see a school that does not put up with unacceptable behavior among its population. Thank you Mrs. Washburn and your staff for contributing to a better Society. Keep up the good work!
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Went to this school for 9 years. They took me from hating school to feeling that I was in a safe environment and encouraged me to blossom.BEST SCHOOL EVER. My children will be going there.
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Washburn Academy is absolutely the best school I have ever observed and I have been to, and have seen many schools. The reason Washburn is my favorite is because of the quality of care, the importance of ensuring that the students not only learn but apply what they learn. They go above and beyond what is expected to provide a safe, effective, and well rounded education for children. They have everything for students, sports, the arts, all subjects, and the very best teachers you could ask for. Caring for me is the most important factor. Students are worked with individually to ensure that they are understanding what they learn and are progressing. Its a drug free, bully-free, violence free, environment. This in itself allows for a better learning environment. Students are treated and handled in a way that would make any parent stand up and applaud. I have seen for years and years the students who have graduated and how their lives have gone after high school. Its truly amazing. I also want to point out that most high school students get involved in their dual-enrollment program and are able to progress on college classes while in high school. The comments from the professors at the colleges are coming back as astounding. Results is always the most important factor in any education environment or system. Are the students willingly learning, and comprehending and able to use what they learn. We are not making robots ... We are making future leaders and parents and business owners etc.. We need smart, effective, happy adults in the world to replace us when we move on. Washburn to me is the best opinion to prepare a student to face the world and its many aspects, finance, business, arts, parenting, relationships, etc.. I applaud Washburn and I highly recommend thi school for all your children.
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My son attends Washburn Academy and has since he was 3. He has blossomed into an incredible child who is able to study and learn. I'm blown away by his ability to read and how much fun he has at school. Some days he doesn't want to go home!!!
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Great School with awesome teachers and staff. I'm happy to see my children achieving their full potential. Moving my kids out of public school had been a win/win for our family. Thank You Washburn.
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My son has been going to Washburn Academy for the last 2 years and he loves it. And we as his parents love it. Washburn is a school is where you get an education and have your values in life taught. They say it takes a village to raise a child well Washburn Academy is that village for me. They care for my son and do everything possible to make sure he is successful! I am very happy he goes to Washburn Academy. But most importantly is that my son is happy to attend Washburn Academy
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All five of my kids have attended Washburn Academy. Three have graduated, two still attend. This is a special school. It goes beyond reading, writing, spelling and math. There is a care factor for each individual and special attention is given to creating an ethical, responsible young adult. I highly recommend to anyone looking to give their child life long skills.
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I first attended Washburn 4 years ago. Before Washburn I had been homeschooled, and was behind in most things. I experienced a huge change in myself while at Washburn. I learned to love math, and I am confident in my ability to learn. I know that what I have studied, I truly understood and could apply. I graduated from Washburn Academy in June and I know that I am going into life with a tool belt to help me succeed and that is all thanks to the amazing staff at Washburn Academy! I highly recommend!
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As a fellow graduate, I can honestly say that Washburn Academy has the best and most caring staff I've ever had at a school. I've gone to both public and private schools throughout my life but Washburn is the only school that treated me like an individual and tailored my schooling accordingly. I have two brothers who have also graduated and my sister will be graduating soon as well. They started at Washburn in kindergarten and have become prospering, community leaders who maintain solid 4.0 GPAs in college. If you're considering a school for your kids, take them to Washburn.
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My son has been going to this school for 4 years! He loves it, and the knowledge I see him bring home is exactly what I wanted for him. I love that the teachers create many fun activities and use curriculum that help him understand what he is learning.
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My kids have attended Washburn for several years and they have blossomed in all academic areas. I couldn't be more pleased! They also have fostered skills in giving back to the community and volunteer in more ways than I ever did as a teen. Thanks Washburn! !
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Washburn Academy is the greatest school ever created. I just graduated high school with honors. I first enrolled at Washburn Academy when I was 12. What is so amazing about this school is the fact that every teacher actually sincerely cares about the students. Not in the sense that they just want the student to pass tests, or spout back data. The teachers at Washburn Academy have one goal in mind for the students to achieve success in life. At this school I learned everything I would need in life to succeed, from how to do my taxes, balance my checkbook, take out a mortgage and even manage a credit card. I learned mechanics and basic car care. The way Washburn teaches their students is just as important as what they teach. Each student goes at their own pace, receiving one-on-one help from the staff members whenever they need it. At Washburn I did not feel like I was just at school, I felt part of a family. There are no cliques or groups. Everyone knows each other and they are friendly to one another. The school prides itself on not only helping students with their education, but also in life. Here is my personal experience. When I started at Washburn I was behind in many subjects. My only real strength was my reading level. Most schools told me I would never be able to catch up, or succeed. I hated math, I hated writing and I hated school. Now, I have graduated with honors. I took 37 credits of Dual Enrollment (college classes while in high school) which included College Algebra, Calculus, Humanities, Anatomy and Physiology and more. I love writing now, and on average can write an A grade level college paper of over 2,000 words in a little under two hours. I now love math and writing and I excel in these subjects. This school is the best thing that has ever happened to me. Washburn Academy empowered me to succeed. I caught up in all subjects and now have confidence in the subjects I had previously failed at. Because of Washburn Academy I know I will succeed in life. I know that whatever I choose to do, I will succeed in it and be able to live a full and happy life. Washburn Academy does not just educate students in studies; it educates them on how to succeed in life. Mickael P
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