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. In 2017-2018 we distributed over $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 22% of our students are recipients of these need-based funds.

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  • Need-Blind Admissions

    We believe that belonging to a diverse school community leads to responsible and compassionate citizenship in the global community.

    When you apply for admission to The Out-of-Door Academy, the enrollment decision is made regardless of the request for financial assistance. You should not hesitate to learn more about the financial assistance program and whether your family would qualify. Financial assistance enables us to fulfill our mission to build an inclusive community, allowing The Out-of-Door Academy to welcome students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

    The Out-of-Door Academy values diversity and is committed to honoring differences of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation and socioeconomic status.
  • Taylor Emmons Scholarship

    The Taylor Emmons Scholarship Fund provides opportunities for socio-economically diverse students to experience an independent, college preparatory education at The Out-of-Door Academy’s Upper School. The Scholarship is awarded annually to a deserving eighth grade student who otherwise would not have the means to attend. They will learn in an environment which allows students to strive to achieve their highest academic goals and build character through a balanced program of academics, the arts and athletics. If you know of a deserving student for this unique, four-year scholarship to The Out-of-Door Academy's Upper School, please encourage them to apply for admissions. In order for a student to be eligible, for the scholarship, he or she must be accepted to ninth grade at The Out-of-Door Academy.

    Click here for more information on the Taylor Emmons Scholarship.

How to Apply for Financial Assistance

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: 


  • February 22, 2019: File PFS Application online.
  • March 1, 2019: Tax return, SFAF and all additional documents must be received in the Financial Assistance Office. (There are no allowable tax extensions.) 
  • March 11, 2019: Admission Decisions released to all families. If a student is accepted and has applied for financial assistance, he/she will need to do the following:
    • Complete the Enrollment Contract 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 12, 2019: Notification of Financial Assistance Awards will be sent to families. 
  • April 26, 2019: 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

  |  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, color, religion, sex, age, gender, or national origin. The Out-of-Door Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

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