IMG_0535 PeopleThe Out-of-Door Academy:

Since 1924, The Out-of-Door Academy has offered an innovative program focused on educating the whole child in a caring and supportive community. An Out-of-Door education is defined by the pursuit of excellence and a commitment to build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics.

The Out-of-Door Academy makes decisions based on what is in the best interest of students. From pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade, Out-of-Door students thrive in an intimate environment characterized by small classes, excellent instruction and individualized attention. Dedicated and talented faculty are expert teachers who are focused on the personal growth and success of each student. A strong partnership exists with our families who volunteer their time and resources to enhance the educational environment and strengthen the school community.

IMG_0597Out-of-Door is an academic community committed to providing an exceptional education for each student so they can confront the challenges of college, and life, with expertise and confidence. The Out-of-Door Academy believes in providing students with meaningful challenges in an environment that provides both support and a myriad of learning opportunities in the classroom, on the athletic field, on stage, and in the Sarasota County and Manatee County communities.


Sarasota, Florida:

21774432604_1d3312e2f9_kSarasota is a city south of Tampa on Florida’s Gulf Coast that was once the winter home of the Ringling Brothers Circus. Today, it hosts a number of cultural institutes, notably the Ringling Museum of Art, which showcases old masters and modern art. It’s also the gateway to miles of beaches with fine sand and shallow waters, such as Lido Beach and Siesta Key Beach.

Talk about a county of contrasts. Sarasota might be best known as a city with a wealthy, elderly and conservative population base and for helping to send President Bush to the White House in 2000 thanks to Katherine Harris, then Florida’s secretary of state and a Sarasota resident. But the area’s also home to a thriving arts community and a stronghold for Florida’s burgeoning green movement. It’s a city where the major industries are tourism, recreation, and real estate development, but it’s striving to diversify its base.

8102620107_6c19d3464f_bIt’s a county with million-dollar mansions and towering condos along its beaches and bays, and a thriving, walkable downtown Sarasota filled with shops and restaurants. But head east past Interstate 75, and you’re back in old Florida, with acre upon acre of trees and scrub, where a visit to Myakka River State Park will bring you face to face with an alligator, armadillo or anhinga.

Susan Ladika, Great American Country