The Classical Academy of Sarasota Inc
SARASOTA FL 34240-0000
The mission of The Classical Academy of Sarasota is to develop the academic potential of each student through a rigorous, content-rich, classical liberal arts education while building in them a virtuous character.

CEO/Executive Director Mr. Josh Longenecker
Board Chair Dr. David Sugar
Board Chair Affiliation Sugar Orthopaedics
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Dec 2016
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,517,807.00
Projected Expenses $1,498,203.00
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of DeterminationView
Impact Statement

Academic Accomplishments
  • Received accreditation through AdvancED after only our second year in operation
  • 18 of our students who took the National Latin Exam finished in the top 5% worldwide
  • Increased PSAT scores for all returning high school students by an average of 70 pts
 Overall Accomplishments
  • Increased enrollment from 187 during the first year to 265 in just the second year of the school's operation
  • Raised $112,000 to build out existing structure, adding four new classrooms, increasing our capacity by 80 students
Goals for the Current Year
  • Increase overall student performance on PSAT and ITBS tests
  • Begin a band/orchestra program at the school 
  • Expand our theater department and sports program
  • Begin a capital campaign to raise funds for a permanent building to allow for future expansion 
Needs Statement

  1. Band/orchestra program.  Needs include: instruments, music, stands, etc. $5000
  2. We are committed to keeping our education affordable and to helping families with economic need.  Many of our families sacrifice and stretch their limited resources to provide their child with an education at TCA.  We want to create a scholarship fund for families who desire a classical education but it is not financially accessible.  $500 to $10,000
  3. An Admissions Counselor would better reach out into our community to share what we offer at The Classical Academy.  This person would guide parents through the admissions process, coordinate events that would serve to promote the school, and oversee and manage  parent satisfaction for superior student retention rates.  Part-time position $18,000
  4. Provide resources to hire a business manager so that we no longer must outsource our human resource needs.  The business manager would oversee employee and student files, payroll, health and retirement plans, special achievements and discipline concerns. $60,000

Background Statement

The Classical Academy of Sarasota (TCA) began six years ago as a dream to bring classical education to Sarasota. The vision of its founders was to create a school committed to a classical liberal arts education emphasizing civic virtue. The founders spent two and a half years working with Hillsdale College, along with several other classical schools, in creating the foundation upon which TCA is built.  TCA educates students in the best of the Western tradition, training them to become logic, virtuous citizens, who are equipped to participate in the Great Conversation.  Original source documents, classical literature, memorization, Latin, scientific research, geography, and mastery of mathematical concepts become the foundation upon which students understand the world and begin to draw out their own conclusions. 

TCA opened its doors in the fall of 2014 with 187 students in grades pre-K through 10th grade.  The following year the school grew to its current capacity of 265 students in grades pre-K to 12th grade.  In its third year, TCA hopes to begin a capital campaign in order to expand and allow the school to offer an excellent education to even more students.

We believe the freedom and educational advancement which our school provides will prove to far outweigh the barrier of tuition. TCA’s Governing Board is working fervently to fundraise and secure financial scholarships for families who have a genuine need and are committed to classical education. Our school  provides for the educational needs of McKay Scholars and provides for many students under the Step-Up program for lower income households.The Governing Board is working to create a budget and set tuition which is fiscally responsible, while keeping tuition costs to a minimum.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Education
Secondary Org Type
Tertiary Org Type
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives everything its value. – Thomas Paine, The American Crisis, Number 1
   It is with great pride that I write on behalf of our school, The Classical Academy of Sarasota.
   TCA’s founders spent two and a half years consulting with Hillsdale College in the creation of the school which has helped establish the strong foundation which TCA will build upon in the coming years.
   As a new school there are many challenges that we face. Among the most significant was obtaining Accreditation. I am very happy to say that we have recently gone through the accreditation process successfully. A great accomplishment for a school that has only been in existence for two years!
   Another accomplishment is that our student body grew to a total of 265 students after just two years in existence. This speaks volumes for the community's desire for our approach to education.
   We offer a classical liberal arts based curriculum with a great deal of emphasis on the four virtues; prudence, fortitude, temperance, and justice.  We have fourteen "habits" that help students and staff inculcate these virtues. We can relate all of this to current behavior and personal growth. The aim of classical education, and consequently TCA, is to teach children to spend time with, enjoy, discuss and think about the good, the beautiful, and the true. This includes how students spend their leisure time, the books they read, the music they listen to, the movies they watch, and the people with whom they spend time.  Our students will study the diverse opinions within the great ideas of history and literature, and will be readily able to decipher what is good, what is beautiful, and what is true.
At TCA we have a wonderful patriotic approach to things. For example,  students start the day by saying the Pledge of Allegiance. My fourth grade son learned and memorized the Gettysburg Address the first week of school and my sixth grade son learned and memorized the Declaration of Independence.
   Currently we are renting space from Faith Baptist Church. We would like to own our own facility. We have formed a building committee to begin the work that is needed to accomplish this goal.
  Although we are very proud of having 265 students enrolled in our school, our current space can easily accommodate 300. We would like to realize this increase in the next year. We feel we are the best kept secret in town and as the word gets out we should be able to reach this goal.
   Even though we are new school we have had extracurricular sports since our first year. These have been for the Lower and Middle School in the form of soccer, cross country and basketball. We are looking to add to these as well as adding upper school/varsity programs.
   We have a multitude of clubs and would like to expand these. We are very proud of our Latin Club which recently had over a dozen students rank in the top 5% in the world.

The amount of work for our Principal and Registrar continues to grow. This makes the need for an Administrative Assistant critical.       Although we are a relatively low tech school, we do need an IT network with a central server. As you can imagine the uses for this are great, but so is the expense.

Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The Classical Academy of Sarasota reflects the heart of the American spirit.  The school began as a dream my wife and I had to bring a classical liberal arts school to Sarasota.  As we shared our vision for the school, parents became excited about a back to basics education, a return to the fundamentals.  An education rooted in history, teaching the events of the past, from a first source perspective, where kids read the greatest works mankind has produced.  An education where the mind is elevated above technology, where great conversations are fostered and kids are taught to think.  An education grounded in the classical virtues of temperance, prudence, justice and fortitude, where kids are taught habits which ultimately built a virtuous heart.  An education where students memorize great works, study the mysteries and facts of science, read the classics, and learn Latin. 

TCA is a school which believes in American exceptionalism and that there are Natural Laws which guide us all.  It is an understanding of these truths which makes TCA unique and which has caused the school's explosive growth.  As we look to the future we hope to be able to offer this education to many more students. We would love to have you come by the school for a visit!

Description Each semester the administration and staff of TCA host 2 or 3 Parent Information and Enrichment Nights (PIE Nights) for parents and community members.  The purpose of these nights is to educate parents on the heart and philosophy of TCA. Topics include; the importance of reading, the effects of technology and the screen on a child's brain, the birds and the bees, and intentional gift giving. These nights provide a great opportunity to stimulate conversation and build community.
Budget $1,500
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Adults Adults
Short Term Success Parents and community members will leave with a better understanding of the philosophy and heart of TCA.  Also parents will be better equipped to raise their children to reflect the virtues and habits taught at TCA.
Long Term Success Ultimately, TCA will create a community of parents and community members who give great thought to raising the next generation of citizens.  These parents will understand the importance of raising virtuous and logical children who will make a difference in their community.
Program Success Monitoring Parents and community members continue to attend and express the gratitude they feel for the program.
Program Success Examples May parents have sent emails and letters to the school expressing gratitude for the changes they have seen in their families because they implemented the things discussed during a PIE Night.
Description Each year on Veterans Day TCA hosts an all school assembly to honor the men and women who have defended our great country.  We know that our freedoms are not free and we pause each year to thank our veterans for their sacrifice and dedication.  We invite a community member who is a retired or active military veteran to speak to our students.  This is an important way for us to practically demonstrate and introduce our students to the men and women who have fought to safeguard our rights and freedoms.  We ask TCA families to submit pictures of loved ones who have served and we play a slide show at the end of the ceremony.
Budget $500
Category Education, General/Other Education, General/Other
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Adults
Short Term Success This program will give TCA students a greater appreciation of the sacrifice made by our military veterans.  Our students will understand that their freedom was bought with a price and that it is important that we pause to honor those who have given so much.
Long Term Success The long term success will be determined by the appreciation demonstrated by our students to veterans in the years to come.  We want members of the community to be a part of our ceremony and for our students to meet these men and women.  TCA would love for this ceremony to become a hallmark in the Sarasota community.
Program Success Monitoring The students sit with rapt attention and listen to the guest speaker, they ask to write thank you cards and letters to veterans, and parents and community members write to the school to express their gratitude.
Program Success Examples The Veterans Day Ceremony has grown in attendance each year we have hosted it.  This growth came from community members and parents taking time out of their day to attend.
Description The inaugural year for our theater department was a huge success!!  Last year we put on a production of A Christmas Carol, in December, and a musical production of Alice in Wonderland, in May.  Both productions included students from multiple grade levels and showcased the talents of our students.  Parents and community members packed the auditorium on the nights of the show.  We anticipate many more productions in the years to come and look forward to expanding our theater department.
Budget $10,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Theater
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Adults Families
Short Term Success In our first production, A Christmas Carol, over 70 students were involved along with multiple staff and parents.  In Alice in Wonderland, over 50 students were involved.  Each of the productions allowed our students to showcase their talents.  The productions also help promote TCA throughout the community.  Each production had over 400 parents and community members in attendance.
Long Term Success We anticipate our theater department growing to further expand the talents of the students along with the reach of the arts into the Sarasota community.  We hope to host Shakespeare plays and Broadway musicals in the future.
Program Success Monitoring Our theater director is constantly seeking feedback and advise from those around her.  The program is under consistent evaluation and has made improvements for the upcoming school year.
Program Success Examples Each of the productions was attended by over 400 parents and community members.  We were able to offer an excellent night's entertainment for a very affordable price.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Josh Longenecker
CEO Term Start May 2014
CEO/Executive Director Email

Mr. Josh Longenecker is the founder and principal of The Classical Academy of Sarasota.  He and his wife Harmony worked with Hillsdale College, along with several other classical schools, for two and a half years in the creation of TCA.  Prior to becoming the principal Mr. Longenecker taught 5th grade for 7 years; 3 years in Sarasota and 4 years in Colorado Springs, CO at a classical school.  Before beginning his career in education Mr. Longenecker owned and operated a landscape company, managing over 40 employees.  Mr. Longenecker holds a bachelor's degree in Pastoral Ministry and an M.Ed. in Administration and Leadership.  

Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 22
Part Time Staff 12
Staff Retention Rate % 82
Professional Development Yes
Contractors 0
Volunteers 65
Management Reports to Board Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation No
Not Applicable
External Assessments and Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools2016
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Under Development
Management Comments by Organization We are so fortunate to have so many families seek out the education our school can provide.  We are challenged with our educational space.  We are challenged by trying to keep tuition affordable. We are challenged to provide the organizational infrastructure necessary to competitively run our school.  We are challenged in attracting and retaining staff that are trained to teach classically and that are willing to make a financial sacrifice to teach at our school. AND we consider all of these to be opportunities!  To begin a brand new approach to education.  To seek to be bolder in asking for funding.  To seek out staff for whom Classical Education is a personal mission.  And to prepare your people from our area with a virtues based education akin to that of our Founding Fathers!
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. David Sugar
Company Affiliation Sugar Orthopaedics
Board Term Apr 2016 to Apr 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Wayne Carr Route Transportation & Logistics, Inc.
Mrs. Ellen Gaulke Community Volunteer
Dr. Joseph Penge Penge Chiropracitc
Dr. Kyle Schaub Center for Sight
Dr. David Sugar Sugar Orthopeadics
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 1
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 8
Board Meeting Attendance % 98
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Under Development
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Capital Campaign
Campus Planning and Development
Governance Comments by Organization
We have succeeded beyond our wildest dreams!  At such a quick pace we did not lay the foundation in every area first.  We find we are catching up in building organizational infrastructure: by-laws for our Parents' Organization, a separate employee handbook (we have a general school handbook), a better accounting system, a streamlined communication system.  Our board of directors has spent the last 6 months putting together committees of qualified individuals to generate the necessary by-laws and the the handbook.  We hired a bookkeeper to sort through our data and will now move to an accrual accounting system to better serve our community.  We are completing a document to guide our administrator in addressing the needs of our school community.
 We see great opportunities before us and want to seize them! Our rapid growth is evidence of the need in the Sarasota/Manatee area for a school offering classical education.  We are fully prepared and engaged in the work of building the structure to enable our school to be strong and solid.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2016
Fiscal Year Ends 2017
Projected Revenue $1,517,807.00
Projected Expenses $1,498,203.00
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Campaign Purpose To fund a downpayment for our own property and educational structure.
Campaign Goal $200,000.00
Campaign Dates Apr 2017 to Apr 2019
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$432,558$414,069$3,767
Administration Expense$5,383$0$0
Fundraising Expense$14,833$4,765$725
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.371.533.09
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%99%84%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue15%8%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$393,173$226,733$9,399
Current Assets$337,043$177,840$9,399
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$393,173$226,733$9,399
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition $501,047Tuition $575,925Contributions, gifts, grants $13,891
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $66,044Contributions, gifts, grants $55,1760 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $33,293Application Fees $7,8700 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The 2015-2016 fiscal year is the first year our organization will be required to conduct a financial audit.  We have received three proposals as of June 30, 2016 and will engage one of the firms in the next two weeks.  When the audit is complete, the results will be uploaded to this site.    
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990-EZ and 990.  Contributions may include foundation and corporate support as they are not separately stated.
Nonprofit The Classical Academy of Sarasota Inc
Address 8751 FRUITVILLE RD
Phone 941 925-2153