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Admissions

Tuition & Financial Assistance

An Out-of-Door education is an investment in your child’s academic, artistic, athletic, and personal growth. The cost of tuition ensures success as 100% of our graduates are accepted into four-year institutions.
We are committed to making an Out-of-Door education as financially accessible as possible. The School annually distributes approximately $2 million dollars in need-based financial assistance awards and tuition remission to help bridge the gap between the cost of an Out-of-Door education and what a family can afford to pay. Over 21% of our students are recipients of these need-based funds.

  • Many of our financial assistance awards cover 50% or less of tuition. 
  • Financial assistance awards are granted on a yearly basis and renewals are based upon continued demonstrated need through an annual application process.
  • Financial assistance decisions are made independent from admissions decisions, and in no way impact a candidate’s admission. 
  • We do not offer athletic, academic or art/music scholarships. 
  • We do not participate in McKay or Step Up scholarship programs.
  • Additional information can be found in the Financial Assistance FAQ.

How to Apply for Financial Assistance

*Please note that the priority deadline for all financial assistance application material was March 1st.  At this late date, our funding has been depleted.  If your family completes the financial assistance and admissions processes, is admitted to ODA, and demonstrates financial need, we will place you on a waiting list for funding should any become available throughout the summer.


In order to be considered for Financial Assistance, a family must complete an Admissions Application and the student must be accepted to The Out-of-Door Academy. To begin the Financial Assistance application process outlined below, please contact Director of Financial Assistance Ms. Monica Baldwin.

The Financial Assistance process involves submitting specific financial forms, including: 

FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TIMELINE

  • February 26, 2021: File PFS Application online.
  • March 1, 2021: Tax return, SFAF and all additional documents must be received in the Financial Assistance Office. (There are no allowable tax extensions.) 
  • If a student is accepted for admissions and has applied for financial assistance, he/she will need to do the following:
    • Complete the Enrollment Agreement and submit the $100 deposit.
    • Once the Admissions Office receives your $100 enrollment deposit, the Financial Assistance Office will be notified. This will initiate the financial assistance review process (if all financial assistance documentation is completed). 
  • April 1, 2021: Notification of Financial Assistance Awards will be sent to families. 
  • April 16, 2021: Accept the financial assistance award by this date. If the award is insufficient to meet your family’s financial need, the enrollment agreement can be rescinded and the $100 deposit will be returned.

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

MIDDLE & UPPER SCHOOLS
  |  Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch  |  Grades 6 – 8 |  Grades 9 – 12
5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240  |  941-349-3224  |  Fax: 941-907-1251
The Out-of-Door Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, physical ability, color, religion, sex, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.
The Out-of-Door Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

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