Out-Of-Door Academy of Sarasota, Inc.
444 Reid Street
Sarasota FL 34242-1332
Mission Statement
As an independent, college preparatory school, we provide an environment in which students strive to achieve their highest academic goals and to build character through a balanced program of academics, arts and athletics.

Core Values

  • Excellence
  • Integrity
  • Respect 
  • Responsibility
  • Service
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David V. Mahler
Board Chair Mr. Larry Fox
Board Chair Affiliation No Affiliation
General Info
Organization DBA
The Out-of-Door Academy
Former Names
The Out-of-Door School
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1924
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2017
State Registration Yes Feb 2018
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
ODA 501(c)(3)View
Impact Statement
Needs Statement

Financial Assistance Funding

We are committed to making an Out-of-Door education financially accessible by striving to assist as many families as possible who cannot afford the school’s full tuition, but are determined to stretch their own financial resources to make education their top priority. For the most recent school year, more than 20% of our students received support.


Faculty Professional Development Funding

Out-of-Door is committed to providing professional growth and development opportunities. Many faculty and staff members attend conferences, seminars and webinars throughout the year. ODA also covers the cost of graduate coursework.


Arts Funding

The school's arts programs have always been an integral part of the curriculum - drama, music, and the visual arts.  The sequential, cumulative design ensures that students from Pre-K through 12th Grade develop a deep understanding of the arts and their importance. We raise funds for the "extras" that contribute to the excellence of the program.


Athletics Funding

ODA recognizes that participation in athletics has benefits beyond physical exercise and acknowledges personal qualities like teamwork and sportsmanship as the true aims of sport. In addition to a broad physical education program for Lower and Middle School students, Thunder varsity teams have won 52 District, 11 Regional, and 9 State Individual Championships since the program’s inception in 1996. As participation increases in our athletics program, so do our financial needs.


Technology Funding

Innovative technology advances learning for all students and faculty. Our campus-wide network includes hundreds of workstations, computer labs, mobile Macbook labs, and mobile iPad labs. Technologies include curriculum-based software, interactive displays and smartboards. 

Background Statement

Our school has a rich and unique history. Founded in 1924 on Siesta Key as The Out-of-Door School, it opened with ten students and five teachers. Classes "for healthy minds, bodies, and spirits" included the academics, music and art, as well as horseback riding, swimming, dancing and carpentry. The school’s founder, Fanneal Harrison, envisioned and created a school that would allow young people to traverse the world around them in an experiential manner. Making our students aware of the vital need for their intellectual achievement and giving them the tools for developing overall abilities remains the primary focus of an Out-of-Door education. Preparation for college, and in turn, for lifetime achievements and challenges, is and will continue to be the distinguishing aspect of our school.


The Out-of-Door Academy has become a vibrant two-campus college-preparatory school with a well-balanced curriculum focused on strong academics, arts and athletics. In 1997, The Out-of-Door Academy opened a second campus in Lakewood Ranch expanding its educational offerings to high school students. The school had its first commencement ceremony in the spring of 1999 with just 12 graduates, and now it boasts over 500 alumni who have been accepted to some of the most sought after colleges and universities across the country. In the fall of 2005, Out-of-Door earned membership into the prestigious Cum Laude Society which represents the top 1% of all secondary schools in the United States.

Areas Served
Areas Served
Throughout the United States
Areas Served Comments
Located on Siesta Key and in Lakewood Ranch, our students join us from:
Lakewood Ranch
Boca Grande
Longboat Key
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The students at The Out-of-Door Academy will begin the 2015-16 school year with great excitement as we cut the ribbon for the new state-of-the-art Student/STEM Center on the Uihlein Campus at Lakewood Ranch on the first day of classes on August 19th. The Vitale Family Student Center and The Dart STEM Center will provide students with collegiate level facilities and learning opportunities including an academic commons, technology center with built-in videoconferencing, writing lab, collaborative workspaces, state-of-the-art science labs, mathematics classrooms, a design center with 3D printers and a STEM Project Lab for students to pursue individualized and collaborative research and to transform their ideas and practice.  These new facilities reflect our best thinking about new paradigms for teaching and learning in the 21st Century.  As a faculty, we are excited to pursue a more personalized and individualized approach to curriculum for all of the students at Out-of-Door. 

Description Through a program grounded in the liberal arts, our faculty seeks to prepare students for colleges and universities well suited to their abilities and aspirations. Our dedicated and caring faculty offers students individual assistance and guidance and is committed to an educationally excellent environment where: students - 1.become confident, self-sufficient, self directed, learners who develop a "love of learning" 2.demonstrate an enthusiasm to learn 3.reach high and are encouraged to surpass their own previous standards of performance; faculty - 1.set high, reasonable standards and then inspire, guide, and lead students to achieve them 2.offer a developmentally appropriate and academically balanced program 3.present a variety of learning opportunities an cultural experiences (in and out of the classroom) 4.provide for interdisciplinary and multicultural learning by using varied teaching methods and performance appraisals; faculty, students, and parents - 1.exhibit integrity and respect 2.set a tone that is serious, challenging, structured, and disciplined 3.interact with one another to nurture success 4.establish a culture of excellence in academics, athletics, and the arts.
Budget $13,306,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
The Out-of-Door Academy will continue with 100% of our graduates matriculating to four year colleges and universities across the country.
Long Term Success

In the year 2014, as the school celebrates its 90th anniversary, The Out-of-Door Academy will be recognized as one of the top college preparatory schools in the Southeast, a school where academic excellence and athletic and artistic performance all lead to outstanding personal development and where purposeful, balanced experiences prepare students for successful, rewarding lives.

Our students will continue to excel in language arts, math, science, and the fine and performing arts. Our curriculum will incorporate the teaching of 21st century skills, character education and a fully developed wellness program. Our athletic programs will be increasingly competitive with high standards of sportsmanship for our student- athletes. Technology will be leveraged to bring the real world to Out-of-Door and to develop an attitude of global citizenship in our students.

Program Success Monitoring
Out-of-Door surveys the recent graduates during their freshman year to see how they are adjusting and also if they felt prepared for the challenges of college.
Program Success Examples In 2013 100% of our graduates matriculated to college. 96% received unsolicited merit/academic scholarships. $150,000 average four-year scholarship per recipient. Over $7.5 million in total scholarship dollars awarded.
Description The Out-of-Door Academy has been deliberate and thoughtful about the role of technology for our students. 

Above purchasing equipment, ODA has made a commitment to building a strong infrastructure of people and software to support the technology enhancements.

We believe it’s important for children to learn technology at an early age and to stay up-to-date with current technology. We are looking to fund the following: 

  • $10,000 – iPad Classroom Cart: Your gift supports the cost of one movable classroom cart which contains 20 iPads to be used in a classroom as needed. 
  • $2,500 - Professional Development: Your gift supports the cost of five faculty members to experience professional development. ODA is committed to providing opportunities for professional development, including 100% funding for graduate work. The seminars, conferences and graduate work that our faculty experience, all have an immediate and direct benefit to the students they teach.
  • $1,000 – MacBook:  Your gift supports the cost of adding one MacBook to the school. With MacBooks, students write, analyze data, and present their work in engaging ways.  
  • $500 – iPad:  Your gift supports the cost of one iPad for the school. The iPad is transforming the way we teach and learn. ODA needs more iPads available to our students at every grade level. 
  • $250 - Software: With the latest technology, also comes the need for additional up-to-date software. Your gift will support the costs of various software purchases needed for our two campuses.


Any amount is appreciated! Every gift makes a difference in support of our students.
Budget $100,000
Category Education, General/Other Education & Technology
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success We are expanding the use of technology in the classroom every year. This year we piloted an 8th grade iPad program with great success. We will be expanding it in the 2014-2015 school year. We will be adding more iPads to reach our students in every grade level. We will also install SMART boards in every classroom.
Long Term Success Graduates from The Out-of-Door Academy will be prepared for the future in technology.
Program Success Monitoring The Out-of-Door Academy's faculty will utilize technology to support and enhance their teaching in the classroom to engage and inspire students.
Program Success Examples

Technology is changing the way we teach in the classroom. Examples in use are: Pam Davis, who has taught at Out-of-Door for over 35 years, used an iPad app to enhance the introduction to microscopes. 8th graders read the e-book, Of Mice and Men, watched history videos to gain early insight in preparation for class discussion to searching for primary sources.

CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. David V. Mahler
CEO Term Start Feb 2004
CEO/Executive Director Email dmahler@oda.edu
Experience David Mahler is our current Head of School and has held this position since 2004. David holds an Ed.M. in curriculum and instruction from the University of Virginia and a B.A. in history from Wesleyan University. While leading The Out-of-Door Academy, David has served in various leadership positions for the Florida Council of Independent Schools and the Southern Association of Independent Schools, as well as a member of The Advisory Board for the College of Education at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee (USFSM).  He was elected to the Florida Council of Independent Schools Board of Directors in 2007 and is the current President of FCIS.
Prior to his appointment as the Head at Out-of-Door, David was the Academic Dean at the Collegiate School in Richmond, VA. He also served as the Director of the Virginia Association of Independent Schools New Teacher Institute and founded and led the JRPO Academic Dean Benchmarking Group, bringing independent school leaders from across the country together to analyze academic performance data and address curriculum issues, program development and organization change. David has worked for over 20 years in every facet of education including teacher, coach, and administrator in both boarding and day school settings. He has been instrumental in turning the financial picture around at The Out-of-Door Academy. He has strengthened our bottom line by making wise decisions and influencing our Board on key decisions for the growth and expansion of our campuses and programs.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Steve Bowers July 1997 - June 1998
Mike Novello July 1998 - June 2004
Senior Staff
Mrs. Angel R Cappar Chief Financial Officer
Mrs. Kim Cates Director of Communications
Mr. Christopher Chesley Head of Upper School
Ms. Kippie Crouch Athletic Director
Mr. Stephen Duffy Interim Head of Middle School
Ms. L'Tanya Evans Academic Dean
Mrs. Tanna Horner Head of Lower School
Mrs. Laura Murphy Director of Admissions
Mrs. Amy Towery Chief Advancement Officer
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 125
Part Time Staff 4
Staff Retention Rate % 94
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 100
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Asolo Repertory Theatre
Florida Studio Theatre
New College of Florida
The Swain Family Farm
The Players Theatre
Mote Marine
Circus Arts Conservatory 
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
The Cum Laude SocietyThe Cum Laude Society2006
Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship AwardFlorida High School Athletic Association2014
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization

Other Documents
Other Document 2
Record Retention Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Larry Fox
Company Affiliation No Affiliation
Board Term July 2016 to June 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mrs. Jamie Becker unknown
Mr. Tony Bonacuse Independent
R. Douglas Bradbury Retired
Rob Crisci parent
Ariane Dart Dart Foundation
Larry Fox Insula Properties, LLC
Mitzie Henson No Affiliation
Teena Humphrey Community Volunteer
Tammy Karp Community Volunteer
Annie Kittle Community Volunteer
Donna Koffman Community Volunteer
Ashley Kozel Community Volunteer
Julie Luhrsen Luhrsen Law Group
David Mahler The-Out-Of-Door Academy
Ken Pendery First Watch Restaurants
Dr. Larry Thompson Ringling College
Terri Vitale Community Volunteer
David White Morgan Stanley
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 18
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 7
Female 11
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 78
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 0
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Campus Planning and Development
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month July
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month June
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $14,238,500.00
Projected Expenses $13,895,070.00
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $15,700,000.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 4
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Financial Review
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201720162015
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$3,525,534$1,233,047$2,551,052
Investment Income, Net of Losses$648,337$1,105,105$2,748,705
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$362,805$202,490$407,167
Revenue In-Kind$492,052$206,250$287,134
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$16,338,911$14,794,417$13,579,586
Administration Expense$1,791,577$1,800,583$1,789,533
Fundraising Expense$420,064$318,207$433,156
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.151.071.25
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%87%86%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue11%22%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$55,670,300$51,638,384$50,118,318
Current Assets$26,974,003$21,818,943$20,136,613
Long-Term Liabilities$17,901,077$18,794,017$17,562,176
Current Liabilities$6,967,616$7,094,802$6,019,003
Total Net Assets$30,801,607$25,749,564$26,537,139
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition $16,060,007Tuition $14,655,210Tuition $13,301,273
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $3,525,534Contributions, gifts, grants $1,233,047Investment Income $2,748,705
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $648,337Investment Income $1,105,105Contributions, gifts, grants $2,551,052
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $200,001 - Plus
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.873.083.35
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets32%36%35%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures were taken from the 990s.  Federal 990s and audited financial statements reconcile.
Nonprofit Out-Of-Door Academy of Sarasota, Inc.
Address 444 Reid Street
Sarasota, FL 34240 1332
Phone 941 349-3223