Located on two campuses totaling 90 acres in beautiful, Sarasota, Florida, The Out-of-Door Academy (ODA) is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school serving over 750 students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. At ODA, students are happy,engaged,and excited about their academic and personal growth. Talented and dedicated faculty members challenge students to reach their maximum potential while providing a high level of support. The school’s rigorous and innovative academic program ensures that learning is both meaningful and lasting. Offerings in the arts and athletics enrich the ODA experience and provide opportunities for students to discover and develop their unique interests and talents. Graduates leave ODA not only academically prepared but also with the strength of character and passion for learning that provide a strong foundation for their future success in college and in life.
ODA was founded on Siesta Key in 1924 to serve students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. In 1996, a second campus in the Lakewood Ranch area of Sarasota was acquired to accommodate the addition of an upper school. Over the past ten years, the school has experienced steady and impressive enrollment growth from 550 to over 750 students. The campuses have also evolved and developed in response to this growth. Today, the five-acre Siesta Key campus is home to the Lower School (PK-5),and the 85-acre Uihlein Campus in Lakewood Ranch houses both the Middle and Upper Schools. Facilities include interactive technology in every classroom, a fine and performing arts center with a black box theater, a full-size gymnasium with a wellness center, a lighted stadium, tennis courts and playing fields.The campus’s newest building, the Dick Vitale Family Student Center and Dart Foundation STEM Center, which opened in August of 2015,provides a collegiate atmosphere with flexible indoor and outdoor spaces where students can work,collaborate, and socialize. On the second floor of the building are state-of-the-art science laboratories, math classrooms, and a STEM project lab that provide students with a variety of research and project-based learning opportunities that integrate the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
The Out-of-Door Academy is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS) and the Florida Kindergarten Council (FKC), and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Cum Laude Society, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), and a number of other professional associations.
The Out-of-Door Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, creed, color, religion, sex, age, gender, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, veteran status, physical disability or any other characteristic protected by Federal, State or local laws. We are committed to hiring the best and the brightest talent in support of our mission and core values.