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Student Activities

One of the hallmarks of The Out-of-Door Academy program is the expectation that students engage in the life of the school beyond the classroom.

Leadership opportunities, after school activities, athletics, and arts opportunities exist for students in all grade levels. These opportunities hone leadership skills, encourage compassion, and instill a sense of responsibility. Leadership opportunities exist for students at all grade levels. The development of leadership skills at Out-of-Door follows a continuum from working effectively as an individual to working effectively within a group to leading groups. The instruction and practice of collaboration and leadership skills are integrated throughout the academic, arts, athletics, and advisory programs.

Clubs and Activities

Out-of-Door students join – and lead – more than two dozens clubs and interest groups. Nearly every Out-of-Door student belongs to one or two clubs, and many belong to four or five.

Top Five Reasons to Join a Club

Clubs and interest groups provide students with:

  • leadership opportunities
  • public speaking experience
  • chances to plan and organize events
  • opportunities to expand cultural and educational interests
  • many ways to have fun with friends and teachers!

Categories of clubs range from cultural to academic to social. Students never hesitate to start a new group when they find they have interests in common. Groups take advantage of the diversity of the Out-of-Door community.

Sample list of clubs

Kids Caring Club in the Lower School
Investment Club
Global Citizens Club
S.W.A.T. (Technology)
National Honor Society & National Junior Honor Society
Literature Magazine
Arts Council
Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)
Varsity Sports Club
Spirit Club

Why I love ODA

No one can tell the ODA story better than our families. Here from students, parents, alumni, and faculty by visiting our Why I Love ODA webpage.


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Student Life Calendar
    • SatApr22 ODA Prom
    • SatMay13 Thunderpalooza LWR - Thunderdome
    • SatMay20 Athletics Awards Banquet 3:00 PMLWR - Thunderdome
Student Life News
On March 9th, students in Mr. Chris Bernsen's Investing in the Global Economy and students in Out-of-Door's Investment Club, advised by faculty member, Mr. Ken Sommers, attended a local financial seminar hosted by Hirtle Callaghan and Co., Out-of-Door's investment firm, at the Ritz-Carlton, Sarasota.
After placing first in The Out-of-Door Academy's Middle School Geography Bee, eighth grade student Taylor Shaklik has qualified to compete in the state level competition of the National Geographic Bee.
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