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Out-Of-Door Academy

Private | PK-12 | 650 students

ODA is known for its focus on academics, the arts, athletics and character.

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $383,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $980.

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Posted September 13, 2013

Very welcoming to new families. Very well run and a focus on the whole child, not just academics. Very impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

My son has been a student at this school for four years now. We have been amazed with the experience and the attention to detail by the staff, faculty, and administration. It is hard to put into words what exactly makes it stand out above the rest, but it comes down to a "feeling." An atmosphere of love and responsibility and a dedication to excellence -- both in terms of academics and character. We are blessed to be a part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2013

I graduated from this school in 2010 and immediately attended college only to find myself completely and entirely unprepared. I blame myself for obvious reasons, but also I can't help but say that the faculty has some room to grow in the way they teach their students about the real world. It truly is a wondrously fantastic school, but in all honesty the work load was average, and it is an exceptionally secluded "bubble" community. I met some great friends there, and I haven't heard from them since. I stay in touch with some of my old professors and will visit from time to time, only to find out that the students there have become increasingly rude, and spoiled. The student body had always left much to be desired in my opinion. The kids that go there are your typical rich kids with no sense of responsibility and very few of them actually recognize the value of not only their education they so casually dismissed, but the value of a dollar. Myself and my siblings all went/go here on scholarships, and it pains me to know that my siblings come home every day downtrodden because some entitled punk picks on them for not having the latest gadget. The attitude at ODA makes me sick.


Posted November 25, 2012

Too many days off and not enough advance learning. In a way, it feels like a kindergarden for the rich.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 25, 2012

Great looking school and great PR and marketing. However, for $14,000 a year in cash you would expect not such a long Thanksgiving vacation topped with some teacher's day off on Monday following such a long vacation. Too many days off for the teachers at the children's expense.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

This is my sons 6th year at ODA and this school has really become an extension of home. The staff an extension of family. It is such a warm and nurturing environment, yet the academics are second to none. Wonderful after school activities and great summer camp.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

Our twin daughters started at this school when we moved to the area 6 years ago. They were entering 6th grade. I am proud to say they are now entering their senior year. They have loved this school so much, and so have we. The environment is so warm and comfortable. All students are welcomed and appreciated for their particular gifts and talents. And because of the size, they have been able to participate in so many extracurricular activities that they would not have been able to participate in at the larger schools. And most importantly, the academics are second to none!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

The Out-of-Door Academy is a wonderful place for kids and families. The caring teachers are the heart and soul of the school. I know they will be life long friends. They genuinely care about every student. My sons look forward to going to school. The challenging curriculum is taught in a warm and nurturing environment. I feel very fortunate to be a part of the ODA community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

My son was a brand new student to ODA last year and we relocated from a large city in the South. Coming from an intense big city private school environment we were not keen on finding an acceptable school but rather a school that achieves excellence. We found it. We are currently at the lower school campus which has buildings dating from the turn of the century to modern day architecture with a central courtyard. The reason I'm mentioning this is because the environment of the outside of the school is indicative of the environment inside the school, which is warm, kind and alive with learning. Just this year my son's teacher told me she felt "lucky" to have been hired at the school some 20 odd years ago and has a love of teaching that knows no bounds. How refreshing from a seasoned veteran of lower school. Our experience has been so profound in general that we are now Ambassadors for the school and are thrilled to personally welcome the many new families coming to Sarasota and Out of Door Academy. On another note, we are a family of mixed faith (Jewish-Christian) and we have felt welcomed and included in every facet of school and social life at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2012

This will be my child's 10th year at Out-of-Door, and I could not have asked for a better experience for him. Even as a middle school student, he loves going to school. He has a wonderful group of teachers who know him intimately, both in and out of the classroom. He is friendly with everyone in his class, and his classmates come from a variety of different countries, cultures, and socio-economic groups. The core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, honesty and service are integrated into everything at the school from the classroom to the athletic field to the stage. We work hard to send him to Out-of-Door, and it is worth every penny. It is an incredible school, and a second home for my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2012

My children attended this school. The school is above average academically but you might want to know just exactly how it is run. This school has a great influx of money and likewise has great facilities, class sizes are small and is generally a safe place to be. The school feels as if it was built and staffed in the northeast and magically transplanted into Sarasota. The majority of the staff, the feel and the philosophy is Ivy Leage all the way. Some may like this philosophy, others don't. Culturally the overall atmosphere is very left-wing, liberal elitist and atheist with very few but notable exceptions. If you are a traditional God-fearing red-blooded main stream American, this may not be the school for your children. My Christian child was constatnly swarmed and berrated by students just for admitting he was a devout Christian. A teacher told him the Bible was no longer relevent. If you hail from the northeastern US or west coast and you identilfy yourself as atheist or socialist and have the money, your children will fit in perfectly and probably get a good education here. Otherwise consider other schools. Just a parent trying to be honest.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

We have attended the school for the last 3 years and cannot say enough good things about it. The teachers are phenomenal, and everyone at the school is very welcoming - it definitely feels more like a second home than a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2010

Our daughter graduated from ODA in 2008 and was immediately accepted at Hofstra University in NY including over 8K annually in scholarship support. Their comment at Hofstra was that she "was the caliber of student that they go out of their way for." We clearly noticed that they not only knew of ODA but respected the level of academics and well rounded education offered there. She fit right in at Hofstra and is enjoying her junior year right now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2010

Excellent. Even if you are moving from the Northeast US area, it's excellent. We moved down from Philly (excellent schools). Equal or better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2010

I am an alumni of oda - excellent teachers, very challenging academic programs. highschool really prepared me for college.


Posted April 15, 2010

The school is great. I have a daughter in 5th grade who as been there since pre-k and would never take her out
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

It is magical. Parents, teachers, & students are one big family.


Posted September 13, 2009

Good school, but has its quirks. About 2/3 of the teachers are great. Administration is fair.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2009

i am graduating this year and as excited i am to go to college i know i will miss ODA like none other. by far teh best high school experience i could have dreamed of and i mean that from the bottom of my heart. anyone and everyone that goes here will never regret it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 28, 2009

best school i ever attended i gurantee your going to love it
—Submitted by a student


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 89% 42%
Black 5% 23%
Hispanic 3% 29%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
French
German
Italian
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Science lab
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Drama club
  • Literary magazine
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
Clubs
  • Gardening

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • Forensics club
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • David Mahler
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
  • http://www.oda.edu/tour
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
  • NCACS
Fax number
  • (941) 907-1251

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
  • Independent Study
  • Project-based
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

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  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Vocational or skills-based training offered
  • Computer programming

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Cooking/Nutrition teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Career/college counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Outdoor learning lab
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Polo
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Polo
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Opera
  • Orchestra
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Forensics club
  • Gardening
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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Financial aid offered
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College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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444 Reid St
Sarasota, FL 34242
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Phone: (941) 554-3400

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