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Sarasota School Of Arts/Sciences

Charter | 6-8 | 754 students

 

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Posted July 19, 2012

Both my daughters attended SSAS and loved it. They enjoy many educational field trips, projects and afterschool activities. There are so many clubs that my girls had something to do afterschool everyday until I got off from work and the clubs are FREE! The best teachers I have ever met including the ESE teachers and Gifted. Good Luck in the future SSAS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2010

My daughter is in her first year at SSAS and we couldn't be happier. The challenging academic environment is really helping her to excel. The teachers are easy to communicate with and the processes they have in place make it easy to see what my child is doing in school. The amount of homework every night is steep at appx 3 hours each night plus weekend homework, this would be the only negative that I would mention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

This school has helped my son exceed his own expectations. For the first time in his educational career, he was able to attain straight A's because he found the work interesting and connected with the teachers.
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Posted September 5, 2009

My daughter is a sixth grader this year. She loves the school she feells that she can hang out with anyone and everyone she loves that there are so many club that arer interesting to her she has made alot of new friends and there isnt one thing wrong about this school. We love the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2009

I am a former student of SSAS and I think it was a great school. SSAS is a charter school that is located in downtown sarasota. It is an amazing place where the teachers are great and students can learn in a fun and educational way. I loved SSAS so much that words can't describe how much I missed it on the first day at my new high school. From my first day at SSAS to my 8th grade graduation trip I loved it.


Posted March 6, 2009

I find the school to be exceptional, however, it also seems that the teachers are expected to do too much. At times, they seem tired and stressed out. I wanted my son in a safe school and this is certainly it. He is a challenged and happy 6th grader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2009

This is my sons second year at SSAS and we are over all pleased with the school staff and teachers.They require all parents to come to the PTSS meetings by monthly and all parents must put in volunteer hours.they keep parents well informed on school functions,as well as things affecting the school and our children.They have edline reports which are wonderful to keep up with where your childs grades are between report cards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

My daughter is a 6th grader at SSAS and our whole family loves the school. The rules and systems by which the school is run should be emulated by the rest of the schools in our county. The teachers teach in a way that encourage free thinking while staying in the boundaries of the curriculum. They do not squash individualism but the code of dress and coduct is paramount. SSAS provides specialty courses like Op Org (Operation Organization) where the students learn life skills as well as book work. I could not be happier and look forward to the next 2 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

This school is great! I'm a seventh grader at SSAS and I love it! The teachers make class fun and exciting. The after school activities and field trips are awesome as well as interesting. I took band last year and I loved it! The teacher was great and I had lots of fun. If I had to go to another school, I'd be pretty disappointed!
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Posted March 13, 2006

My daughter is a 7th grader at SSA+S and she loves it! This year, she is participated in band, basketball, volleyball, soccor, honor society, band and jazz band. The music department is awesome. The curriculum is tough! But, I have heard that if you can survive SSAS, you can make it anywhere! Thank, Georgia
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

SSA&S is a good school with a variety of extracurricular activities for students. My one conplaint would be that the teachers are not attentive enough to the students at times and could prevent problems that occur when the teacher become lax in supervision.
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Posted April 5, 2005

My child had a tremendous experience at SSAS. From an academic standpoint, he was challenged, and benefitted from the interdisciplinary approach used by the teachers. He participated in numerous music activities as well as one of the sports programs, with both programs being led by tremendous teacher/coaches. Parents were encouraged to get involved at the school, and in fact are expected to donate time to help where needed. The experience at SSAS was so rewarding that we're sending our younger son to the school next year. SSAS is a treasure, where all students are encouraged to grow within a caring environment, with a professional staff who does its well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2005

Love the idea of this school. Have had a great experience with most teachers. Only negative I have is with the communication with parents. There seems to be a definate problem in the chain of command for communication issues. Would like to see more interaction with the kids on a more personal level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

This is an absolutely fabulous school for students interested in art or scibce. My grandaughter went from an average to an excellent student while having dance, music,baseball, cheerleading and starring in several shows.She is now going on to Booker HS.s in their Drama section of their School Within a School or VPA


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 53% in 2014.

255 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
75%

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
83%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2014.

247 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
73%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2014.

249 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
80%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

249 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
72%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 47% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
84%

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
82%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 57% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
83%

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 49% in 2014.

248 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
69%

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

240 students were tested at this school in 2014.

2014

 
 
85%

2013

 
 
98%
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science, and in grades 4, 8, and 10 in writing. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Writing

The state average for Writing was 78% in 2012.

237 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
Scale: % scoring at or above level 3

About the tests


In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.

Source: Florida Department of Education

  • In 2011-2012, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2010-2011, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2009-2010, this school received a grade of "A".
  • In 2008-2009, this school received a grade of "A".

About the tests


Florida uses School Grades to measure the overall performance of a school each year on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Each school is assigned a letter grade (A-F) based on three criteria: the overall performance on the FCAT, the percentage of eligible students who took the test, and whether or not students made progress in reading and math. The School Grades are calculated by adding points earned from each of the performance criteria listed above.

Source: Florida Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 64% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 67% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 64% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a
Scale: % level 3, 4, or 5

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.

Source: Florida Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 65%
Hispanic 21%
Black 7%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Male 47%N/AN/A
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69%N/AN/A
Female 53%N/AN/A
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher education levels

  This school District averageState average
Bachelor's degree 64%41%61%
Master's degree 36%N/A36%
Doctorate degree 0%2%1%
Other degree 0%N/A2%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2012-2013

Teacher credentials

  This school District averageState average
Classes taught by non-highly qualified teachers 1%N/A5%
Source: FL Dept. of Education, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Poetry

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • MS. TARA TAHMOSH NEWELL
Fax number
  • (941) 330-1835

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Poetry
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645 Central Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34236
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Phone: (941) 330-1855

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