Out-Of-Door Academy

5950 Deer Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240

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Out-Of-Door Academy Out-Of-Door Academy

Founded as an elementary school on Siesta Key by Fanneal Harrison, ODA was purchased by a parent group and was incorporated as a not-for-profit corporation in 1977. The school opened a high school division in 1996 and now offers a full pre-K-12 program to students in Manatee, Sarasota and Charlotte counties. The academy provides college preparatory instruction in the traditional disciplines, as well as a broad selection of enrichment classes. Small class size throughout the school results in individual attention. The lower school curriculum (grades pre-K-6) emphasizes the fundamentals of reading, language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Children also receive instruction in marine science, computers, library skills, art, music and physical education. While continuing to stress the traditional subject areas, the upper school program (grades 7-12) also includes honors and Advanced Placement course work. The use of technology is an important part of the curriculum at all grade levels. Both lower and upper school students may participate in after-school athletics. Boys and girls perform 20 hours of required community service each year. The lower school occupies the original campus on Siesta Key, while the upper school is situated on the mainland at Lakewood Ranch on Deer Drive.

General Information

Academic OrientationCollege Preparatory
Grade RangeDay — Coed Grades PS (Age 4)-12
Coed, Boys, or GirlsCoed
Full Address5950 Deer Dr, Sarasota, FL 34240
Other Locations444 Reid St, Sarasota 34242
Year Established1924
Legal StatusNonprofit
Religious Affiliation(None)

Tuition & Financial Aid

Day Tuition$13,000-18,500; estimated extras $180-500

Academics & Athletics

Supplemental InstructionDevelopmental Reading, Remedial Math, Remedial Reading, Review, Tutoring
Advanced Placement CoursesBiology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, English Literature, European History, French, Latin, Music Theory, Physics B, Spanish, Spanish Literature, Statistics, Studio Art, US Government & Politics, US History
Accredited ByCLS
Interscholastic Boys' & Girls' SportsBasketball, Cross-country, Golf, Sailing, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track
Interscholastic Boys' SportsBaseball, Football
Interscholastic Girls' SportsCheerleading, Softball, Volleyball

Graduate Placement

Graduate Reference Year2012
Graduates Attending College/Nonpublic Secondary School56
Most Common Graduate DestinationsU of Miami, Boston Col, Vanderbilt, SMU, Skidmore, Rollins
Average Math SAT591
Average Critical Reading SAT603
Average Writing SAT588
Average ACT26


Applications DueFebruary
Application Fee$100
New Students120
Percentage of Applicants Accepted80
Tests Used for AdmissionCTP 4, SSAT


AdministratorDavid V. Mahler
Administrator's TitleHead of School
In Office Since2004
Administrator's CredentialsBA, Wesleyan Univ, MEd, Univ of Virginia
Director(s) of AdmissionsLaura Murphy, Director of Admissions

Enrollment & Faculty

Total Enrollment647
Day Students647
Elementary Enrollment (Through Grade 8)419
Secondary Enrollment (Grades 9-PG)228
Student Body EthnicityWhite 95%, Latino 2%, African-American 1%, Asian 2%
Average Class Size16
Student-Faculty Ratio8:1
Teaching Faculty64
Faculty with Advanced Degrees (%)45
Faculty EthnicityWhite 98%, Latino 1%, African-American 1%

Campus & Endowment

Buildings on Campus16
Facilities Value$25,000,000
Endowment Value$4,400,000
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