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  • 100%

    Acceptance to 4-year colleges and universities by ODA graduates

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  • 89%

    Class of 2020 who earned unsolicited merit-based scholarships

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  • 60%

    matriculation outside the state by members of the Class of 2020
The college search and application journey is an exciting, and sometimes difficult, process. At The Out-of-Door Academy, our college counseling team works with each family to make informed and realistic decisions regarding college placement.
College admissions is increasingly competitive and selective. Our dedicated team of college counselors has extensive experience working as college admission officers and know the nuances of this complex process. With their guidance, our families are able to research, discover and select the best environment for ODA graduates. With 100% of ODA graduates attending a four-year college or university, our college counseling team has an established reputation for placing students at highly selective institutions.

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  • Our College Counseling Process

     The Out-of-Door Academy college counseling program is unlike any other in the area. With a dedicated team of three, full-time counselors, our college counseling program was developed to deconstruct and de-mystify what has become a complex and intimidating process (college admission and financing). Information is presented in a time-appropriate and sequential manner to ensure pertinent information regarding curriculum, testing, college selection, activities, and matriculation. Ultimately, this developmental program decreases anxiety and empowers families to understand the intricacies of college admission. Our College Counseling Office offers the following programs for Out-of-Door families:
    • One-on-one meetings with students in grades 9-12
    • Group workshops
    • Family college nights
    • Senior night
    • Junior night
    • Case Studies
    • Financial aid planning
    • College admissions representative visits
    • College visits
    • Essay writing and application workshops

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    Mr. Darryl Calkins 

    Co-Director of College Counseling and Academic Dean
  • Photo of Lisa Clay

    Ms. Lisa Clay 

    Co-Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Gicorey Keys

    Mr. Gicorey Keys 

    Associate Director of College Counseling
  • Photo of Kim Chait

    Mrs. Kim Chait 

    Assistant to College Counseling/Upper School Registrar

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The Out-of-Door Academy

LOWER SCHOOL |  Historic Siesta Key Campus  |  Pre-K – Grade 5
444 Reid Street, Sarasota, FL 34242  |  941-349-3223  |  Fax: 941-349-8133

  |  Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch  |  Grades 6 – 8 |  Grades 9 – 12
5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240  |  941-349-3223  |  Fax: 941-907-1251
The Out-of-Door Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, physical ability, religion, sex, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.
The Out-of-Door Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

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