About

Out-of-Door at a Glance

Out-of-Door is an independent day school in Sarasota, Florida educating students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade.

Historical Highlights

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  • 1924

    The Out-of-Door School is founded by Fanneal Harrison and Catherine Gavin on Siesta Key.
  • 1996

    The Uihlein Campus at Lakewood Ranch opens, expanding Out-of-Door's program to include grades 9-12.
  • 1999

    The first senior class of 12 students graduates. Since 1999, 100% of graduates have been accepted to a 4-year college or university.

Location and Campuses

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  • 5-acre Historic Siesta Key Campus

    Grades Pre-K-5, Lower School
    Our picturesque, historic campus features recently renovated classroom buildings, art studios, music rooms, technology labs, science labs, an outdoor amphitheater, outdoor and covered play areas, and state-of-the-art age appropriate playground equipment.
  • 85-acre Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch

    Grades 6-12, Middle School and Upper School
    Our constantly evloving, modern campus includes a brand new STEM facility and Student Center, custom classroom buildings, art studios, a 590-seat Black Box Theater and several athletic fields, including 10 tennis courts.

Student Body and Faculty

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  • 43

    Sports teams offered in grades 6-12

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  • 30+

    Annual arts performances

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  • 9:1

    Student-faculty ratio

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  • 68%

    Teaching faculty with master's degree or higher

Student Life, Athletics and College Counseling

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  • Student Life

    • Welcoming community of students
    • Two beautiful campuses with space for visual and performing arts and indoor and outdoor athletics
    • More than fifty student-run clubs and activities including cultural, arts and media organizations offering opportunities to build relationships and gain leadership experience
    • Expansive Student Center with lounge area, collaborative work spaces, and lakeview seating areas

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  • Athletics

    • Thirteen interscholastic team sports, including: baseball, basketball, cheer, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball
    • Florida High School Athletics Association (FHSAA) competition
    • Sunshine State Athletic Conference
    • Winner of 2013 Rozelle Sportsmanship Award

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  • College Counseling

    A natural outcome of our prestigious secondary education is college admission. Out-of-Door’s College Counseling program is designed to ensure successful transition from the secondary school experience to a variety of post-secondary options. Out-of-Door students have a variety of options, including Ivy League universities and highly selective liberal arts colleges and universities around the country and the world. 100% of ODA graduates go on to a four-year institution.

Financial Statistics

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  • >$22 million

    Endowment

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  • >$1 million

    Annual fundraising for operations

Accreditation and Memberships


“There is clear evidence that the mission of The Out-of-Door Academy is present in every facet of the school. Exemplary student behavior reflects the core values of the school and the high standards to which the student body and faculty hold themselves. We commend Out-of-Door in truly achieving its mission and maintaining that spirit on both campuses.”
- FCIS Evaluation Team

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  • Memberships

    • Association of College Counselors at Independent Schools (ACCIS)
    • Association of Independent School Admission Professionals (AISAP)
    • Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
    • Cum Laude Society
    • Educational Records Bureau (ERB)
    • Mid-South Independent School Business Officer Association (MISBO)
    • National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC)
    • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
    • National Business Officers Association (NBOA)
    • National Honor Society (NHS)
    • Secondary School Admissions Test Board (SSATB)
    • The College Board

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  • Accreditation

    • Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
    • Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC)

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

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