Sea of Strengths Academy PTO Inc
7313 International PL
Suite 90
Lakewood Ranch FL 34240
In partnership with the school leaders, parents, and community, the Sea of Strengths Academy PTO strives to enhance the academic experience for students with learning disabilities.  This includes providing the school with additional educational tools, enriching the quality of and diversifying the experiences attained in the educational environment, and supporting efforts to enhance the educational quality of the school. 
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Suzy Louk
Board Chair Affiliation Community Volunteer
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2013
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Exempt 0
State Registration Yes Apr 2016
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement
Sea of Strengths Academy PTO is a local, primarily parent-run organization. We have made a big impact on the students' lives with a minimal budget.  This year we were able to take on a number of projects to help our students.  Some of our accomplishments this year were:
1.  Purchased a subscription to Moby Max, a computer-adaptive math program to help students build their skills.
2.  Conducted a successful fundraising event, raising $5,000 for the PTO.
3.  Funded three field trips, to the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Historic Spanish Point, and the Ringling Museum.
4.  Purchased a subscription to Learning Ally, allowing students with qualifying print disabilities access to 80,000 audio book titles for textbooks and pleasure reading.
5.  Supported the school with holiday parties, events, and the Second Annual SOSA Field Day.
Our goals for next year are:
1.  Increase parent participation
2.  Conduct a successful Giving Challenge Campaign
3.  Provide small scholarships to students to attend after-school tutoring or the summer school program.
4.  Work with teachers to provide additional classroom items to enhance student learning.
Needs Statement
1.  Summer School or tutoring scholarships ($600 per student)
2.  Sponsorship for Learning Ally annual school subscription ($1,500)
3.  Professional development opportunities for teachers ($5,000)
4.  Classroom materials and supplies ($1,000)
5.  Financial aid support for qualifying families ($2,000-$6,000 per student) 
Background Statement
The Sea Of Strengths Academy began in 2008 with a handful of students. The motto for our school is "small school, big results!".  The program has grown, and continues to attract students who have struggled in traditional school settings.  The small classroom size, individual attention, and specialized curriculum create an environment where students can grow and meet their full potential.  While the school is self-sustaining through public and parent payments, limitations exist on the services that school can provide.  The Sea Of Strengths Academy PTO was created so parents and school employees could work together to provide additional opportunities for students.  This creates an opportunity for donors to direct their funds in a way that it will directly impact students, and not be used for administrative or general fund expenses.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments Lakewood Ranch, Bradenton, Sarasota, Palmetto, Parrish, Ellenton, Venice, Engelwood
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Education
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
We are a growing organization and are very pleased with our progress thus far.  We have been able to conduct regular meetings, foster communication between teachers and parents, raise funds through several fund-raisers, and support several student projects. We have worked together on funding priorities and initiatives, but will need to work next school year on our strategic plan so that we can work towards our long-range goals.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
The Sea of Strengths Academy is focused on providing a unique learning environment for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.  The school offers a multi-sensory teaching approach, small class sizes, and an instructional philosophy that emphasizes individual growth and development.  Students progress through concepts at their own pace, and must demonstrate mastery before moving on to new concepts.  The Sea Of Strengths Academy PTO strives to enhance the educational opportunities for students through partnership and collaboration with school leaders, parents, and the community.  
Description This was our second year offering this event.  Students worked in teams and competed in a number of activities.  Students had to work together in their teams to win various challenges.  The event took place at the Greenbrook Adventure Park.  Students were provided lunch, and the winning team won a trophy.
Budget $500
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success The second year of this program was a success.  We had full student participation, and a number of parent volunteers.  The kids enjoyed the event, and showed good sportsmanship.
Long Term Success The program improves the students lives by engaging them in friendly competition and team-building activities.  These skills will be important to students in their academic and future work careers.
Program Success Monitoring We are determining success primarily through informal client interviews.
Program Success Examples This event gave our students a areal opportunity to shine.  Students were helpful and encouraging of each other, even if they were not on the same team.
Description One of the ways that the SOSA PTO works to improve educational outcomes for students is by providing opportunities for students to travel to local museums, plays, and other cultural events.  The PTO is able to provide financial support to pay for buses and a portion of admission costs.  The PTO is also able to provide volunteer chaperones to help with supervision on these outings.
Budget $1,000
Category Education, General/Other Special Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success Students report learning a great deal through these off-campus opportunities.  The teachers report increased engagement and better knowledge of the topics taught.
Long Term Success Each year we seek out opportunities to match our curriculum goals and objectives.  Students show an increased understanding of history and science concepts.
Program Success Monitoring Knowledge is assessed through teacher-made tests, and student projects.
Program Success Examples This year students went to the Holocaust Museum, South Florida Museum, and Tampa Bay History Center.  The Holocaust Museum was a student suggested trip, after completing a novel on the Holocaust.
Description Each year the SOSA PTO is able to provide additional supplies and materials to the classrooms.  Past purchases have included PE equipment, a microscope and science lab materials, and a computer-based math program.
Budget $1,000
Category Education, General/Other Elementary & Secondary Education
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success This year we purchased a subscription for Dream Box Learning.  This computer based math program leads students through a series of math concepts.  The concepts are presented as games.  Progress is tracked through the number of lessons completed, and growth shown over time.   
Long Term Success Many of the items purchased are use for many years.  The science equipment and PE equipment purchased last year have been used extensively this school year.
Program Success Monitoring Outcomes can be measured by the students performance on teacher made tests, and more formal standardized tests.
Program Success Examples This year's funding of Dream Box Learning has been a great success.  Students have spent an average 50 hours on lessons, and complete an average of 270 lessons.  This has lead to a growth in math skills, and increased confidence in math.
The goal of this program is to provide students with technology that helps to level the playing field.  This year we have invested in Learning Ally, a provider books in audio format for students with qualifying print disabilities.  This subscription provides students with access to a library of 80,000 books.
Budget $1,500
Category Education, General/Other Educational Programs
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Short Term Success
The short term success of this program will be gauged by the students' use of Learning Ally for class and leisure reading.  Student will become familiar with the software, and will be able to independently download and mange their digital libraries.                        
Long Term Success Long term success of the program will include increased book reading by students, as well as a willingness to take on more complex texts.  Students will be able to use Learning Ally in higher education as well, so developing good strategies and opportunities to practice now is very helpful and will contribute to later success in school.
Program Success Monitoring Teacher Ally, the portal for teachers, provides us with information regarding the books read by each student.  This information will be helpful in making sure that the students are making the best use of this opportunity.
Program Success Examples As this is our first year of implementing this program at Sea Of Strengths Academy, we do not have success stories to share.  Examples of success stories with other program using Learning Ally can be found at the Learning Ally website:
Program Comments by Organization As the PTO President I am very excited about what our organization has been able to accomplish. We have been able to provide additional learning opportunities for students, and support the school in their efforts. Our students work hard every day. They are rewarded with things like field day. Kids have fun while learning how to work in teams and handle winning and losing. We are able to provide field trips that are not only educational but teach social skills. Sea of Strengths has an amazing group of students who are bright, energetic, loving, and caring. It is amazing to watch them grow and flourish in a positive and nurturing environment. This is what makes our school such a great place for students. I am proud to serve as PTO President, and look forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % n/a
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 10
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
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
Board Chair
Board Chair Suzy Louk
Company Affiliation Community Volunteer
Board Term Sept 2016 to Aug 2018
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
John Hettler Sea of Strengths Academy Principal
Jennifer Ignagni The Pawffice
Suzy Louk Sea of Strengths Academy Parent
Rachel Swain Swain Cattle Company
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 1
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 9
Board Meeting Attendance % 86
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Governance Comments by Organization As a small organization we are working on planning and succession issues.  We will be working on these issues as a board in the coming year.  We are also open to any help in support that is available for new not for profit organizations.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month Aug
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month July
Fiscal Year End Day 31
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $6,200.00
Projected Expenses $3,575.00
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$14,669--$4,966
Administration Expense$2,595--$58
Fundraising Expense$391--$337
Payments to Affiliates$0--$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.91--1.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses83%--94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%--6%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$0--$9,452
Current Assets$0--$9,452
Long-Term Liabilities$0--$0
Current Liabilities$0--$0
Total Net Assets$0--$9,452
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $15,616--Fundraising $5,285
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountOther $490--Other Income $1,665
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0--0 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets----0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization While our budget is modest, we feel that our financials show that we have invested directly in activities that improve educational outcomes for students.  We enjoy a very low overhead as a volunteer-run organization.  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from organization's compilation covering the short year 8/1/2012 - 4/30/2013. No financial information has been provided for tax year 2014. Balance sheet information for tax year 2015 is as of 5/11/15.
Nonprofit Sea of Strengths Academy PTO Inc
Address 7313 International PL
Suite 90
Lakewood Ranch, FL
Phone 941 538-6822 102