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K-5
Public charter
Sarasota, FL
Students enrolled: 489
 

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8084 Hawkins Road
Sarasota, FL 34241

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(941) 924-4242
(941) 924-8282
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January 08, 2015
I pulled my child from a public elementary school in Sarasota County 3 years ago and placed said child at SSA and have been absolutely thrilled ever since! Each teacher and staff member are extremely caring and show so much concern for all of the children. My child has thrived ever since we made the switch and she finally found a place where she feels she belongs. There needs to be more schools like SSA. Thank you Sarasota Suncoast Academy for being such a shining light in Sarasota!!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2014
Pulled my child due to common core. Placed gifted child in private school and found child was behind other kids who knew so much more. PV or private is a much better situation for a gifted child.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
My experience was not a good one, and the principal, cares about no one but himself, and keeps teachers, who are just terrible. We had a horrible experience with a teacher, pulled our daughter mid-year, the principal did not want to even address the issue. As a matter of fact I was told by a teacher who longer works, there, that, he really didn't care about what the parents concerns are, and thought that some of them were over dramatic. We personally know of 5 families who have pulled their children from this school for very similar reasons. You can be the judge here, but I do not and would not recommend to anyone. PS- This school is not for the "gifted" . If your child is truly gifted there are district gifted schools who do a great job, challenging your child!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
I can only speak for my husband and I. Our daughter is identified as full time gifted and attends SSA. SSA meets all her needs and more. Yes it is true that we could send her to PV or any other gifted program in the county but she is challenged and best of all HAPPY at SSA. Perhaps the previous poster does not enjoy the structure or rules but I would agree that SSA IS the absolute best elementary school in Sarasota County!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2014
I am an 18 year Sarasota County School Teacher. I will tell you that SSA is an amazing school community. Our "gifted"daughter is happy and thriving and I dread the day that she has to graduate. I would NEVER again send her to any other school. Best school in Sarasota County!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
I can only think of one word to describe this school AMAZING! This was the best decision we made in bringing our son to Kindergarten at this school. The staff and the teachers are truely AMAZING.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
Speaking as a parent of 2 children who took part in the gifted program at Suncoast I can tell you that there are several teachers in the scho that have specialized training in this area. While they do not have a separate gifted program the students are given time each week to work with the gifted resource teacher in whatever area they excel in. My children enjoyed their time in the gifted program immensely. Also, I have a child with a 504 accommodation plan due to ADHD and the teachers and principal at Suncoast always did anything and everything they could to make sure he had the services and accommodations he needed.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2014
Teachers care. But do not have training for gifted kids and other parents with kids who need extra help. No playground. Do not differentiate so it for average kid with no gifted or any learning challenges.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2014
Sarasota Suncoast Academy is a fantastic school. It is not for every child or parent. Parents sign a contract which is easy to read and understand about the rules and expectation of parents and child. This school provides an excellent education in academics and social skills. The Principal, Support Staff, and Teachers are the best I have ever encountered!! It truly is a community where children and families can flourish .

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2014
Our experience was unpleasant. My child attended Suncoast for a year and I would not recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2014
SSA is the best school in Sarasota. I have a daughter attending now and won't graduate for another couple years and already I am dreading that she can't continue on there past 5th grade. We have absolutely the best teachers and I hear from my daughters 3rd grade teacher several times a week. She's always coming up with suggestions to help my daughter stay focused. I would absolutely recommend this as the best elementary school in Sarasot, hands down!!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2014
The responsive classroom and CARES used at this school has benefited my child greatly. They have more than accommodated him, getting him an IEP and really working with him. He is a straight A student now!! It is like having a second family. They care about the individual child and families, and know all their names. We love this school!!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
Wow, don't let the last review from 3-19-14 deter you. Someone must have an issue with respect for Principals, teachers ect. How about a school with a little structure? If the parent doesn't show any respect towards the school, I know why their child didn't fit in... I's a great school, with great staff, and great families. You are welcomed every morning by the admin & some students while dropping your child off. I have always had a nice friendly wave & have a great day while leaving drop off area. Never have I had to "salute" anyone. A little common courtesy for others is hard to come by these days!!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
As a parent who started with the school when they first opened in a hole in the wall building, to the move to the current facility. I can tell you, I would never put my children any place else. Mr. Crump and his staff are very dedicated to the safety of all the students and parents. Here are some Facts. FACT: the local back roads to the school, when the school moved into the current location, they actually had to go to a zoning hearing. During that hearing the School s Board of Directors and the principal promised that the school would not impact the small back streets, and said parents would strongly be encouraged to use Clark Road into the facility. FACT: the accident at Proctor and Clark, that intersection has been horrible for decades, and accidents happened there long before the school was even in existence. The school has policies in place which are part of the parent contract, which has to be agreed to prior to enrolling in the school; and yes, choosing not to follow them is cause for removal. I now have a kindergartener starting and can t wait Suncoast here we come again!

- submitted by a community member
March 19, 2014
The posts for the week of 1/30/14 are a direct result of the principals facebook post to friends and family requesting that they post on here and give a good review so that others planning to enroll their kids for kindergarten will think the school is wonderful. Its a complete indication of his dictating and controlling personality. If you don't salute him, he will kick your child out of the school. He has only kids and families at the school who are conformed to his ways. This past year, as another example, he sent a note home to parents stating that if they drive up a back road leading to the school (that is not a local only or non public street), then the kids will be kicked out of school. There was a bad car accident on the main road that was being avoided the next morning with 2 Suncoast kids and their families involved. Be careful before you enroll your child here. It'll send you into a complete tizzy and out of nowhere you'll be dealing with drama and immaturity you cant even explain. The school is a charter school so they feel invincible since they're not monitored through the school board like a public school. It feels inner city vs like a small school at the church.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2014
The teachers and staff are amazing! This school is like an extended family, I feel safe leaving my child with them every day!

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2014
If you are looking for a school where the teachers care about your child, the administration knows each student and the parents are actively involved you've found it here. Love that my kids are getting such an amazing education while learning important social skills as well. Couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2014
I am a stay at home mom of two. My daughter is in 3rd grade and my son in kindergarten. I volunteer a lot and go on field trips. Each time I go the people where we visit say they have never seen such well behaved children. Thanks to Mr. Crump and his staff these kids learn C.A.R.E.S. (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsiblity, Empathy & Self Control). In 4 years I have never had my child tell me they had an issue with a kid bullying or being mean to them. Thanks to Mr. Crump who instills the CARES, my kids are getting a great education and learning the tools to know the difference between what is right and wrong both at home and at school. I am so grateful a school like this exists where they still hold true to old fashion values in a society where it just doesn't exist anymore. I also hear from many mom's of other schools all the negative things that go on that I never hear at this school. The parents at SSA are amazing and I never hear anyone talk behind another parents back. Very rare! We love our school, our principal and his staff! `Renee Daluise

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
My children attend Sarasota Suncoast Academy. This is a great school! Involvement by parents, teachers, and the staff are what make this school so special. Everyone works together to create a good learning environment. Expectations are high and common sense structure help the children reach their goals and feel successful. It's a really wonderful school and I feel very grateful that my children are having such a positive learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
We love Suncoast! It is such a positive and nurturing environment. I have minimal worries sending my child to school here....And that says a lot these days.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
This is our families 8th school year at Suncoast Academy. With 5 children attending through the years at different academic levels (gifted and otherwise), We've had the best experience both educationally and otherwise. We appreciate the foundation of integrity and love for our children. Suncoast is more than just a school it is training ground for life! You could't pay me to take my kids anywhere else. Some of my children have moved on to middle school and have been shocked by the unkind behavior of others, having come from an environment of caring that Suncoast Academy offers. Some may feel that the Principal is strict and controlling but the truth is he loves the children and the only "control" that he asserts is to protect the environment from parents that bring in strife! There are other good schools out there but none that prepare children socially as well as academically quite the way Suncoast does. We have never been to the church there or even been asked to visit it. I would HIGHLY recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
Suncoast has exceeded our expectations. I would highly recommend this school if you are looking for great leadership, education and community.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
This school has been wonderful, and families who don't end up choosing this school could benefit from learning about their approach. Some of the schools' practices sound controversial at first, but after learning about the motivations behind them I'm impressed at the willingness of the SSA administration to make the choices that are best for students; even when they are not easy or popular. I'm grateful for the consistent & fair approach. There are many great schools in the area and I'm grateful our child is here.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
Sarasota Suncoast Academy is more like an extended family than a school. I can't imagine our daughter going anywhere else!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
The principal is a nut. If you have any level of understanding human behavior its clear. Be very careful of them and keep your kids away. He is a control freak and loves a power struggle and children are his cup of tea to push around. Be careful!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
We left this school for another about a year ago. I did not write a review sooner because I wanted it to be a fair review after I had to time to compare this charter school a public school, that has an A rating, high FCAT scores etc... Long story short, I was not happy with the teacher, and the principal refused to intervene, help us. When I contacted the school board, they basically told me they could not help me either, because they were a charter school. I had to file a formal complaint against the school/teacher, at the state level. I think their academics are average. They state that they want to be challenging, but I think any parent of a truly "gifted" child will be better off in one of the districts "gifted" schools. These reviews talk about community, and small town feel, which the school does have, so in that way it may be attractive to some, but we now attend a non- charter district school and have the exact same thing, and many more resources!Suncoast has no formal lilbrary, no playground, and way too many rules! It always felt a little military to me.I have met 3 other parents who pulled their child the same year and ow go to our school, for the same reason

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
We have had all three of our children spend their elementary school years at SSA. I can honestly say that when my older two children graduated from 5th grade, I was sad that they had to leave and attend middleschool. I know that it's been challenging academically and through CARES there is an intentional process put into play to address the character qualities that every child should have as they grow towards maturity. We have had excellent teachers each year and for each one of our kids. We know there is no perfect school but this school has that "small town" feel of community. You can come in any time to help in the classroom and that is a blessing to have such an open door policy. We will miss Suncoast when our last one graduates. This school has been such a beautiful and prosperous experience for our kids both academically and socially. If you are looking for a close knit team of staff and community, This is a great choice.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
I am a parent of three attending SSA. Each one of my children are very different in personalities as well as capabilities. One struggles greatly with school but her teacher goes an extra mile to try different techniques with her to make sure she is understanding the information. This is not my experience with every teacher but I think this is similar in many schools. I think the administration handles situations wonderfully and the C.A.R.E.S. teached the kids lifelong lessons and keeps the disturbances to a minimum so the focus is on learning not disciplining.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
I couldn't disagree more with the parent that posted earlier. I am a parent of a child who is ADD and has had my child at the school for 4 years. Because my child is "not normal" and because he has "special" needs for him to be successful, I have to be in contact with his teacher so that there is a united effort to make sure he gets what he needs. It is not the teacher's responsibility to do the educating of my child alone. When I spoke to the principal on our visit to Suncoast before we ever came, he gave us a tour and was very open about the situation. I remember when we asked about the best way to make him successful. He suggested that ther were many options. We asked specifically about medication and he pointed us to our peditrician. He said to find what our son needed and he gave this analogy... Would you send a kid to the plate in baseball without a bat or send him fishing without a rod? He needs what he needs. The social curriculum has been amazing for him and he has grown tremendously. It seems odd that in a district where most schools are A schools that you feel there is not another option! Maybe you have to stop looking for excuses for your child or yourself.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2012
School is great for a child who is "gifted" I believe that this school while is definately great for a child who can conform, and who is above an average student will do well here. If you have a child who has ADHD or any other major type of learning disability be prepared to constantly be fighting for them. While some have stated that the review of 1 star was not fair they do not have a child with a learning disability so they have not had to deal with that aspect, and I am in agreement, if your child has a learning disability that could actually force a teacher to work harder, then this will not be the school for you! My child has an issue and I feel like they would just like to push us out of the school, but frankly there is no better option right at this moment, so I have to leave my child there. Like I said not a bad school for the average child, but if your child poses any issues, with a learning disability etc, be prepared to leave, it will pretty much be your only choice! They make it very difficult on you.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
Love this school! My gifted kid is always challenged here with so many teachers having their Gifted Endorsements. The teachers always come up with innovative ways to teach and challenge while being loving and compassionate. Communication is Outstanding here at this school!! The principal is always involved and highly visible throughout the entire day. The teacher leadership is very, very professional and always comes up with wonderful solutions. There are ActiveBoards in most classrooms allowing teachers to make creative and effective lessons that enhance and enrich. Caferteria is very well run and supervised. Parent involvment is fabulous as well with so many terrific things to get involved with. And test scores are the tops!!! Outstanding school and have loved it since kindergarten! and now going to 5th grade!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2011
I switched my child from a private Catholic school in Venice Fl to Suncoast last year. It was the best decision I have made regarding my sons education . The staff and teachers are truly commited to the students emotional and educational growth. Mr. Crump the principal is the most involved and visible principal I have ever seen, he sets the tone for the educators and staff who are all dedicated and commited to the sucess of all the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
Hello parents. I am a mother of two who's children are struggling in a public school.They get A's-C's and my daughter has been getting a D in written communication on her report card. This fall my daughter may go into third and my son into fifth. They have been in the same school from the start, and receive ESE. I did have a tour at SSA, and liked what I saw. I'm just not sure switching schools will make a difference. Any input would be greatley appreciated. Thank You.

- submitted by a community member
January 01, 2011
Suncoast Academy definitely deserves five stars! The teachers and staff at this school are amazing and genuinely care about the students. My daughter has attended kindergarten and first grade there so far and we have been incredibly happy and impressed with the school. In fact, I had a job offer out of town and I can honestly say that one of the biggest reasons I turned it down is because I do not want to pull my daughter out of Suncoast. I have done tons of research on other schools and I simply don't believe I can find anything as good.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
Our son is currently in kindergarten at Suncoast and we absolutely love it! We love that the kids work in groups rather than sitting at a desk staring at the teacher and the board. The classroom is very interactive. You do have to volunteer 20 per family per year, but that honestly isn't bad. We do not have a bad thing to say about this school and would greatly recommend it to friends and others.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
The staff is well-trained and highly motivated to giving kids a better, more individualized experience than they could have at a larger public school. It is a loving and nurturing environment.

- submitted by a community member
March 17, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2010
I absolutely love this school! Wonderful attitude in all aspects. They have all their ' i's ' dotted and ' t's ' crossed. I know my child is safe and in great hands there, and also I'm confident in knowing he will be receiving the best education possible. THEY CARE!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
The person who ranked this school with 1 star did so unfairly. I am the parent of a gifted child and feel their needs are completely met at this school. I would never consider sending my child elsewhere, and growing up in Sarasota, I feel I have a vast knowledge of what is available.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 11, 2009
I am an educator and full time mom of five. I have to say that Suncoast Academy is the most loving school for my family as well as academically challanging. One of my son's has a learning disability and the teacher works with him to help him keep up with the class and excell. I can't say enough about the staff they are the best. This school really cares for the students and it shows. The responsive classroom approach has been great at teaching my children problem solving. I give this school a 10 without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
Suncoast Academy is a good school for the average student, but if your child has a learning disability or advanced or gifted this school can not meet your childs needs.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2009
I have two daughters at suncoast one in fifth and one in first it is a great school they have been in private schools all their lifes it is different but they are a very caring and loving school they love it and I do too it's not too much work so my daughters can have fun. It is the best school I have seen

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2008
I have a daughter that attends Suncoast and am overjoyed at how the school teaches my daughter. This school is for parents that actually want to be part of their child's education. We are all for spending 20 hours to help teachers, eat lunch with our daughter, or support the parent-teacher group. Mr. Crump, Mrs. Mills, and Mrs. Butherus greet my child every morning as they open car doors. There should be more schools like this one!

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2007
I have to say I searched all over Sarasota to find a school for my Kindergarten student. I am so thankful we found Suncoast. It is really like an extended family. The teachers and staff are wonderful and my daughter could not be happier. Every morning they greet your child by name even with 300 students. She is learning more than just academics. She is building life skills like caring, responsibility, and discipline that I hope will take her very far. Thank You Suncoast.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2007
I love this school, the volunteer hours are kind of hard for me, but the education my child is getting is worth the 20 hours I have to spend during the year. After all as the staff says it shows my child I really care about him and the school. After all I can come have lunch with my child and get volunteer credit for it.Any day I come my child is overjoyed and excited. So I guess 20 hours is a small price to pay for the education and the care my child is getting can't imagine him being anyplace else.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
I have 2 children who attend this school. Without a doubt the best school decision I could make for them. The staff is caring and dedicated - treating the children as if they were there own. There is a strong emphasis on character and social skills- it makes a difference. The education that my children receive from this school is wonderful. My children are not stressed out in order to learn and meet a test score. They discover a love of learning and are excited about school. Children of diversity (race, handicap, learning need) are welcomed here. It is a joy to serve this school- a mere 20 hours per year per family - even eating lunch with your child counts.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
This school is an incredibly unique learning experience if you chose it for your child. As with anything you only get out what you put into it, so this is why volunteering is a requirement - rightfully! This is a public school done correctly, it just happens to be the charter variety. While many families at the school do attend church, there is no religious teaching or affiliation because it is a public school. What the school does teach is good morals and how to transfer knowledge, which is good because of the academic ability of the students. Also in todays world, you can be the smartest person, but to be successful you have to get along with others and be able to transfer and share what you know. This fits hand in hand with the CARES philosophy. School employees model and exemplify the CARES philosophy.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2007
This school is as good as it gets! It not only teaches acadenics, it teaches the students how to be fine members of society. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
Our children have been attending SSA since the beginning and it has been an all around A+ experience for our family. Yes parent involvement is a big part but nothing you have to quit your full time job over. My husband and I both work 40hrs + with plenty of time left over to volunteer whether at home or school. (very flexible) The cares curriculum is continuing what we are teaching our kids at home values and social skills. Academics are also of the upmost importance. Our kids love it and so do we! By the way... No church affiliation as was stated in earlier comment. This is a public charter school.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
SSA has helped my son turn around from barely being able to stand going to school to not wanting to stay home even when he's sick. Each family is required to volunteer 20 hours per year (not per semester). There are opportunities to volunteer evenings and weekends and teachers will send things home for parents to do to complete their volunteer hours. It's proven that when parents volunteer at their kid's school, their kids do better. It's part of the overall atmosphere of the CARES/Responsive Classroom approach to involve the family as much as possible. Other special features of Responsive Classroom approach used at SSA include the fact that teachers visit each child's house before the start of the school year to meet the child before classes get started. Check it out if you want something special for your child.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2006
What a wonderful school experience that we have had over the last year and the beginning of this year. We are so impressed with what the school teaches and how they teach that we wouldn't consider moving our daughter for any reason. Our highest regards to everyone that has interactions with our child at Suncoast.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2006
My daughter attended this school for 1st and 2nd grade. Both years they were supposed to get a new campus and didnt. Now its the 3rd yr and they are still cramming more and more kids and classes into a tiny building. No playground here either. And unless you are working part time, dont bother enrolling. You are required to volunteer something like 20-30 hrs per semester. And if you dont, your constantly being sent home letters and reminders. Its almost like having a 2nd job! I love being a part of my childs education but I work M-F 8:00-6:00 and in order for me to volunteer i had to take a day off work every-so-often! Arent the teachers the ones-getting-paid-to grade-papers-read-and-teach-kids-to-do math? Thats what i did when i volunteered!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
This is a great school, yet seems to be aimed toward famalies who are members of Sarasota Christian Church. I am Catholic and raising my kids that way and already my kindergartner is feeling excluded because he does not attend the same church as his classmates.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
I have 2 children at Suncoast Academy. I volunteer twice a week, so I really know what's going on. The teachers are all excellent and the administration treats the school as if every child is their own. The emphasis is on the child learning to have self discipline, and to have them understand empathy, cooperation and respect. It's like having a private school education for $0. In 2006, only 165 students-18 per class, thru 3rd grade. More come every year, mostly by word of mouth. From Aug.-Dec 2005, there were 2000 (!) hours of parent volunteer time. All this goes to making Suncoast one of the best K-12 schools in Florida.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
This is the best school in sarasota,fl. The teacher and the kids work good together,they encourage each other.My child is very happy be a part of this school.She loves the art, music and all the games they play at p.e. Everyone at the school is great the parents all work hard.I would want everyone to know if they have any children strating school in Sarasota please check this school first.You would be very happy

- submitted by a parent

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Sarasota Suncoast Academy
8084 Hawkins Road, Sarasota, FL  34241
(941) 924-4242
Last modified Sarasota Suncoast Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sarasota Suncoast Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top