Student Life


While a robust and rigorous academic program builds the foundation of our educational approach, at Out-of-Door we believe in educating the “whole child.” When a child's social and emotional needs are met, they are more likely to reach their highest potential in academics and life.
In the Lower School, children participate in a wellness class each week that covers relevant, health-related topics. Our school nurse teaches lessons in safety, nutrition, and health and our Wellness Coordinator covers topics of mindfulness, empathy, inclusion, goal setting, and executive functioning skills. Our wellness curriculum is enhanced with relevant guest speakers and community-building, weekly assemblies that reinforce our Core Values. Above all, relationships are the cornerstone of our school. Our low student-to-teacher ratios and highly-trained and devoted faculty enable an environment where every student and family is known, ensuring an atmosphere where caring and learning are inseparable.

In grades six through twelve, students learn about fitness, nutrition, stress management, and emotional intelligence through advisory sessions and required physical education courses. Reinforcement of our core values of respect, integrity, service, excellence, and responsibility garner character development during this pivotal time of adolescent growth. On the Uihlein Campus, community and individual wellness are overseen by the Directors of Counseling and Academic Services and the school nurse. 

A certified athletic trainer is also available on-site to support student physical wellness and instruct students in healthy, developmentally appropriate fitness practices.

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  • Nurse's Office

    There are two dedicated nurses at The Out-of-Door Academy (one on each campus) who staff the well-equipped nurses' offices. The nursing staff has many years of experience in all areas of pediatrics, including ambulatory care, hospital care of the pediatric inpatient, pediatric intensive care and pediatric emergency triage.

Location, Hours, and Contact Information

Siesta Key Campus - Lower School
The nurse's office on the Siesta Key Campus is located in the one story classroom building near the playground. Hours are as follows:
Mon–Fri 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Teri McPadden, RN

Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch - Middle and Upper Schools
The nurses' office on the Uihlein Campus is located in the administration building. Hours are as follows:
Mon–Fri 8:30 am–3:30 pm
Michelle Barber, RN

Athletic Trainer
The Athletic Trainer is available after school hours. The Athletic Trainer's Office is located in the Petrik Thunderdome on the Uihlein Campus.
        Middle & Upper School - Gary Smith
Counseling & Academic Support
Lower School - Waleska Nieves-Yoder
Middle School - Kailyn Dreger
Upper School - Melinda Lloyd

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

LOWER SCHOOL |  Lower School Campus on Clark Road  |  Pre-K – Grade 1
11011 Clark Rd, Sarasota, FL 34241   |  COMING SOON

  |  Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch  |  Grades 6 – 8 |  Grades 9 – 12
5950 Deer Drive, Sarasota, FL 34240  |  941-349-3223  |  Fax: 941-907-1251
The Out-of-Door Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, physical ability, religion, sex, age, gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.
The Out-of-Door Academy is an equal opportunity employer.

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