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Over 90 Years of History

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1924: School Founded by Fanneal Harrison and Catherine Gavin

Sarasota's Siesta Key provided the ideal location to promote the total well being of children. With its miles of uninhabited beaches, enchanting wooded acres, and the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it was seen as a pristine paradise well suited to molding all aspects of a child's development.

In 1924, The Out-of-Door Academy's founders, Fanneal Harrison and Catherine Gavin, sought to establish a uniquely progressive school committed to high academic standards and to nourishing the minds, bodies and spirits of children. Over 90 years later, Out-of-Door remains inspired by their vision.

1977: Became a nonprofit organization

In 1977, the school was purchased by 120 committed Out-of-Door School families and transformed into a nonprofit organization. This marked the beginning of a new era in the school's history, as it officially became known as "The Out-of-Door Academy."

1996: Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch Opens

In 1996, the school achieved the ambitious goal of opening a separate, state-of-the-art Upper School campus serving grades 9-12 at the Uihlein Campus at Lakewood Ranch.

2000: 7th & 8th Grade Move to Uihlein Campus

In 2000, the 7th and 8th grades were moved from the original Siesta Key campus to the Uihlein Campus at Lakewood Ranch.

2002: "Best Overall Athletic Program"

The Out-of-Door Academy is voted Division 1A "Best Overall Athletic Program" by the Florida High School Athletic Coaches Association (FHSACA).

2006: Inducted into the Cum Laude Society

The Out-of-Door Academy is a member of the Cum Laude Society, a national honor society. The Cum Laude Society is an organization that honors scholastic achievement at secondary institutions, similar to the Phi Beta Kappa Society, which honors scholastic achievements at the university level.

2008: Voted "Best Private School"

The Out-of-Door Academy is voted "BEST PRIVATE SCHOOL" by Sarasota Magazine.

2009: 100% of graduates accepted to a 4-year college/university.

The Out-of-Door Academy is proud that 100% of graduating seniors since 2009 have been accepted to a four-year college/university.

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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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