ODA's fifth graders have been studying the formation and function of the U.S. government. Students learned how each of the three branches of government work in a system of checks and balances. Simulations and guest visitors have strengthened their understanding of this important material.
The Out-of-Door Academy has partnered with Gocio Elementary School on a variety of service projects for more than a decade. Of the many programs that exist across our schools, the annual Thanksgiving baskets are one of the most meaningful traditions. Click to view our Thanksgiving donations.
Eli Newman, a member of the Class of 2021, has achieved something very few students ever do - a perfect score of 1600 on the SAT. Approximately 2 million students take the SAT each year. Of those students, only approximately 500 hit the elusive 1600. That equates to 0.00025% of all test takers.
From the beginning, Out-of-Door founders Catherine Gavin and Fanneal Harrison envisioned a school where some of the most important lessons would be learned “out-of-door” or outside of the classroom. Click here for photos of more outdoor learning activities around campus.
Reece Whatmore ’21 and Harper Campbell ’23 were selected as two of only 50 students in the nation to join EarthEcho as EarthEcho Water Challenge Ambassadors. Their first outreach project was to hold a community program to educate about the importance of water quality. They chose to work with ODA Lower School students.
Expanding Out-of-Door’s schoolwide sustainability efforts, this summer the school completed the first phase of solar panel installation on the Uihlein Campus resulting in a 65% reduction in electrical consumption. Click here to see a drone flyover of the arrays.
When our students come back to campus, they will see many new visual reminders that attending school this year will be quite a bit different. Watch this short videocreated by a team of sixth grade teachers to learn more about our new campus protocols. We look forward to seeing many of you next week as all of our grade levels return to the Siesta Key and Uihlein Campuses following the Labor Day weekend.
Students in Middle and Upper School have shown their ability to pivot to an online learning platform in academics, as well as the arts. As we wrap up the academic year, two showcases feature student work. View the Celebration of the Arts and Thunderpalooza virtual events.
The Emmons family and The Out-of-Door Academy are proud to announce Rebecca Aguilera as the tenth recipient of the prestigious Taylor Emmons Scholarship. An extraordinary young woman, Rebecca demonstrates incredible character in all areas of her life and she truly embodies Out-of-Door’s core values: Respect, Integrity, Service, Excellence, and Responsibility.
Reflecting on their long tenure in education, faculty who are celebrating milestone achievements of 20, 30, and 35 years of service to Out-of-Door reflect on their careers at ODA and the shift to online learning. This week, we hear from Mrs. Martha Gulácsy, Mrs. Laura Murphy, and Dr. Linda Vasilaki from the Siesta Key campus.
Students and faculty were excited about Spirit Week 2020, getting into the dress-up days and showing their flair and creativity during Zoom sessions. View the album to see how our students and faculty showed their spirit this week!
The Kozel Family Amphitheater was filled with colors, patterns, and textures as parents admired the students’ display of two- and three-dimensional art. Click here for photos of the students’ artwork on display at the Art Under the Banyan exhibit.
ODA is pleased to announce that the construction of its new Middle School Campus is on-schedule with the building’s opening planned for the first day of classes in August 2020. At the center of this project is a new 13,500 square foot Student and STEM Center. See a time lapse recording of the construction progress on the project to date in this video.
The Out-of-Door Academy Performing Arts department put together an incredible Movie Matinee Concert at Woodland Community Church, showcasing the breadth of musical talent in ODA’s student body. View photos from the event and a video showcasing highlights.
More than 500 families and 75 colleges and universities participated in the Tampa Bay Case Studies Program at ODA. This immersive event for juniors and their parents helps them understand the complexity of the college application review process by serving on a simulated admission committee.
Before heading off to spend time relaxing with family and friends, the students in Middle School spent a uniquely designed day working together on group projects to create solutions posed in three grade-specific questions.