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 Bradenton Academy    Grades PK - 12     941-792-7838 


A  private college preparatory school for grades Pre-K -12, the emphasis is placed upon excellence in education. The school is fully-accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Independent Private School Association, and the Council for International and Trans-regional Accreditation. Students are equipped with the latest innovations in technology in each classroom.  The curriculum integrates technology, with all students in grades 7-12 required to have laptops for their classes.



 Bradenton Christian School      Grades PK - 12     941-792-8850

Bradenton Christian School (BCS) is located on a beautiful pine and oak shaded campus. Nearly 40 years old, BCS provides academic excellence from a Christian perspective. BCS offers classes from Pre-K through 12th grade, including honors classes and dual enrollment with Manatee Community College. BCS is accredited by the Florida Council of Independent Schools, Christian Schools of Florida, Florida Kindergarten Council, National Council for Private School Accreditation, and a member of Christian Schools International. The school offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities to support the belief that the total educational experience includes life lessons that come from teamwork, the respect for authority and achieving common goals.


 Cardinal Mooney High School      Grades 9 - 12     941-371-4917

Cardinal Mooney High School, a coed Catholic  high school, is staffed by religious sisters and laypersons who share a Christian vision. This has it's source in the Gospels and finds expression in the North American Bishops' pastoral letter, 'To Teach As Jesus Did,' serves as the basis for the school philosophy. CM is committed to the development of the whole person, emphasizing the personal dignity and value of the student and of the teacher, the realization of the importance of integrating religious truths and values into one's life, and the primacy of religious instruction.


 Center Academy Charter School      Grades 3 - 12     941-739-8498

Children do not fail because of lack of ability, but because the system fails them when it does not recognize their unique learning styles. At Center Academy, a traditional yet flexible curriculum challenges students of higher aptitudes who are eventually heading for college. Center Academy is committed to optimizing the giftedness of every student.  The result is positive motivation, enhanced self-esteem, and a strong link to future success. Center Academy, founded in 1968, is dedicated to identifying children's undiscovered talents and creating customized learning tools to draw out the child's hidden abilities. Center Academy's neuro-psychologists work with our educators to use modern cognitive research on brain specialization, memory, and concentration. This approach allows us to teach "learning to learn" skills and to teach your child to study independently. These learning skills last a lifetime and will help your child to succeed in any academic setting. While some students stay to receive their high school diploma at Center Academy, many benefit from just a few years of instruction.


 Center for Education - Montessori     Grades Toddler - 8th   941-753-4987

The school serves over 200 children and is committed to the Montessori education. Founded in 1976, the Center is affiliated with the American Montessori Society. Every classroom is specially equipped with didactic Montessori materials. These manipulative materials make it possible for children to learn by doing rather than by being told. The materials are age appropriate and are intended to be presented to children in order to enhance their learning and awareness, first of simple concepts, and later of complicated academic ideas. In addition to these very beautiful materials, each classroom is under the direction of a certified Montessori teacher who knows the function of these materials, understands how children learn, is adept at observing and interpreting children and their work, and is prepared to meet the educational needs of each child on an individual basis.

Concordia Lutheran School     Grades PK - 8     941-922-8164

Epiphany Cathedral School     PK- 8     941-488-2215

Faith Christian School  Grades PK - 8    941-921-7210

 Fielding Academy of Sarasota  Grades 6 -12     941- 924-0429

Heritage Christian Academy    K-12    941-474-5884

Incarnation School  Grades K - 8 Catholic     941-924-8588

Julie Rohr Academy      Grades PK - 8     941-371-4979

We at Julie Rohr Academy believe that our mission it to provide a motivating, challenging, creative, and enjoyable learning climate in a safe, warm, family atmosphere. It is our goal to provide our students with problem solving techniques, exciting Performing Arts experiences, and academic skills necessary to meet their future needs so that they may become capable, contributing members of society.

Kids R Kids      Grades PK - 9

McClellan Park School  K-8     941-955-4574

New Gate School  Grades PK - 9     941-22-4949

Out of Door Academy      Grades PK - 12      941-349-3223

Our favorite and our choice! 
Lower Campus is on Siesta Key, Upper Campus is at Lakewood Ranch. Average student-teacher ratio is 10 - 1. In dramatic contrast to many area schools, ODA offers the individualized attention that is only feasible in an environment with limited class size. Teachers know each student as a distinct individual with specific learning styles, needs, and abilities. This familiarity with the individual allows teachers' to focus on optimizing the individual student's potential.

ODA's academic environment offers the opportunity for a high level of educational achievement. Academic programs emphasize a relevant process that uses the positive approach of challenging and stretching students. ODA students develop the critical thinking skills necessary for analyzing and processing information, so it can be used intelligently. This is the path to real academic understanding and achievement, and to instilling the appreciation and pursuit of knowledge as a lifelong priority.

Established in 1924, The Out-of-Door Academy college-preparatory school is the second oldest private school in Florida. Although ODA has evolved continually during its more than 75 years, two remarkable women, founders Fanneal Harrison and Catherine Gavin, had a profound effect on the school's character, extending even to the present day. Their uniquely progressive mission was to nourish the minds, bodies, and spirits of children.

Sarasota's Siesta Key provided the ideal location to promote the total well being of children. With its miles of uninhabited beaches, enchanting wooded acres, and the clear waters of the Gulf of Mexico, it was seen as a pristine paradise well suited to molding all aspects of a child's development.

In 1977, the school was purchased by 120 committed ODA families and transformed into a nonprofit organization. This marked the beginning of a new era in the school's history, as it officially became known as "The Out-of-Door Academy."

In 1996, the school achieved the ambitious goal of opening a separate, state-of-the-art Upper School campus serving grades 9-12 at Lakewood Ranch on University Parkway. In 2000, the 7th and 8th grades were moved from the original Siesta Key campus to the Lakewood Ranch facility.

Today, ODA serves more than 600 students, pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade on its two campuses. With a more than 75 year history, ODA remains dedicated to its longstanding commitment to the pursuit of knowledge and the development of self-confident, responsible young people.


Pine View School for the Gifted
Full-time 2nd-12th public school for intellectually gifted students 

Pine View School is a Sarasota County public school for the intellectually gifted student, grades 2-12, located on 74 acres in the middle of Sarasota County. The campus plan emulates the Thomas Jefferson design at the University of Virginia, with departmental buildings surrounding a central quadrangle. The campus includes a freestanding media center, with a collection of over 22,000 items, a state-of-the-art gymnasium, student center and central auditorium.


Prew Academy      Grades 6 - 12     941-921-7739


St. Joseph Catholic School

has offered a moral-based education with high academic standards in Manatee County since 1954. It is the only Catholic school in Manatee County and serves eight parishes. Student standardized test scores are consistently in the top tenth percentile, topping Florida and national averages. All teachers are certified or certification eligible. Our goal is to graduate educated, moral young people to become leaders in our community. Contact St. Joseph Catholic School at 755-2611 or 2990 26th Street West, Bradenton, FL  34205.


Saint Martha School      Grades PK - 8



Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School     Grades PK - 12

is an all-faith independent college preparatory school serving pre-kindergarten through grade twelve. Its mission is “To provide a superior academic program which prepares each student for a college or university compatible with the individual’s academic ability, interests and needs; to instill in each student a love of learning, an active respect of all members of the school community, and a fundamental sense of integrity; and to provide a nurturing environment which values independence and self-worth, physical health, spiritual awareness and responsible citizenship.” The ratio of student to teacher is 11:1 school-wide, with 58 teachers and a student enrollment of 646. You may contact Saint Stephen’s Episcopal School at 315 41st Street West, Bradenton, FL 34209, phone 746-2121.


Sarasota Christian School   Grades K - 12     941-371-6481

Sarasota Christian School was established by a group of Mennonite parents in 1958 who were concerned about educating their children in a Christian atmosphere. The school serves this need regardless of denomination, race, color or national origin. The enrollment of the accredited kindergarten through 12th-grade school has grown steadily with approximately 550 students  today. SCS has easy access off I-75 and is located on a beautiful twenty-six acre campus, complete with baseball, soccer and softball fields.

SCS has just completed phase I of its building campaign. A new middle school two-story, twelve-classroom, plus multi-purpose room and a computer lab was opened this year. New roadways on campus and an additional entrance off Palmer Road was also completed. The second phase of the SCS building campaign will be the addition of a two-story elementary building for students.

The mission of Sarasota Christian School has been to honor God by providing academic excellence to its students, while developing their Christian faith in partnership with the home, the church and the community. Sarasota Christian School is a private, Christian school serving kindergarten through 12th grade. We are located in Sarasota, Florida and have a beautiful 25 acre campus complete with athletic fields, gardens, a lake, wooded meeting area, play grounds and a new two-story classroom building.

Sunnyside Mennonite School  K-12      941-371-2182 



Tabernacle Christian School  Grades PK3 - 8     941-365-1050



Located on DeSoto Road just south of University Parkway on a beautiful 70 acre campus, The Tabernacle Christian School serves families in the Sarasota/Bradenton community. Giving your children excellence in education is the best investment you can make as a parent. Since 1976, The Tabernacle Christian School has been providing excellence in Education for thousands of students.
TCS is a private, interdenominational, nonprofit Christian school that offers high academic and spiritual standards to families in the Sarasota/Bradenton area. The purpose of our school is to provide Christian training along with an intensive academic program in an atmosphere with a distinct emphasis on character training. Contact TCS office at 365-1050, TCS now has a new entrance off University Parkway.



Venice Christian School  PK-8      941-488-2228


West Florida Christian School       Grades PK - 12      941-921-6311

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