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 2018
State Registration Yes 0
Financial Summary
IRS Letter of Determination
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Impact Statement

Academic Accomplishments
  • Held our first graduation - all our students will be attending college in the fall
  • Received accreditation through AdvancED after only our second year in operation
  • 29 of our students who took the National Latin Exam finished in the top 5% worldwide
  • Formed National Honor Society and inducted five members
 Overall Accomplishments
  • Increased enrollment to 290 in the school's fourth year of operation
  • Raised $154,000 toward our capital campaign
  • Set aside an additional $75,000 toward future growth and a rainy day fund
  • Added three new sports, including high school basketball
Goals for the Current Year
  • Increase overall student performance on PSAT and ITBS tests
  • Continue expanding our theater department and sports program
  • Continue the 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

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.  In its fourth year, TCA is serving students in pre-K through 12th grade, and has now reached its capacity of 290 students in its current facility.   TCA hopes to continue gaining momentum toward its capital campaign, allowing the school to expand in the summer of 2018, enabling TCA 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 threes years!
   Another accomplishment is that our student body grew to a total of 290 students after just three 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.
  We are very proud of having 290 students enrolled in our school, and although our current space can accommodate the students, we need to expand our facilities. We would like to realize this expansion 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 have added volleyball, flag football, and high school basketball.  We plan to add tennis, golf, and high school volleyball this year.
   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 first two years for our theater department were a huge success!!  Last year we put on a production of Sleepy hollow, in December, and a musical production of The Jungle Book, 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 year we produced, A Christmas Carol, with over 70 students involved along with multiple staff and parents.  In the spring of 2016 we produced Alice in Wonderland, with over 50 students were involved.  Last year TCA saw the productions of Sleepy Hollow and The Jungle Book.  Each of the productions allowed our students to showcase their talents.  The productions also help promote TCA throughout the community.  Each of the four productions 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 29
Part Time Staff 6
Staff Retention Rate % 90
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 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 No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
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.
Mr. Harry Lambroussis Retired
Dr. Joseph Penge Penge Chiropracitc
Dr. David Sugar Sugar Orthopeadics
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 4
Female 0
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 Yes
% 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
 Now in its fourth year, TCA has established itself within the Sarasota community.  The teachers and staff are fully dedicated to the mission and philosophy of TCA and classical education.  As classical education has a resurgence across the United States, TCA is honored to offer this time-honored approach to education to Sarasota and surrounding communities. 
As we begin our fourth year the possibilities our limitless.  We look forward to partnering with individuals who believe in the principles our great country was founded upon.  Individuals who desire to see the next generation of students become citizens steeped in constitutional and historical truths. 
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Start Month July
Fiscal Year Start Day 01
Fiscal Year Begins 2017
Fiscal Year End Month June
Fiscal Year End Day 30
Fiscal Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $1,794,050.00
Projected Expenses $1,682,053.00
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 $500,000.00
Campaign Dates Apr 2017 to Apr 2019
Amount Raised To Date 160000 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$1,385,940$1,376,973$432,558
Administration Expense$94,233$82,607$5,383
Fundraising Expense$22,965$40,034$14,833
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.181.021.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses92%92%96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue9%36%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$603,500$1,756,998$393,173
Current Assets$435,768$1,577,677$337,043
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$195,013$1,582,123$0
Total Net Assets$408,487$174,875$393,173
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountTuition $1,458,640Tuition $1,362,867Tuition $501,047
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $193,474Fundraising $71,958Fundraising $66,044
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $61,415Student Activities $51,146Contributions, gifts, grants $33,293
CEO/Executive Director Compensation $50,001 - $75,000
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2.231.00--
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization We successfully completed our first financial audit for the 15-16 fiscal year.  The school engaged an independent firm to conduct the audit.  TCA is in great financial standing and looking forward to continued success in the future.  We are in the middle of a capital campaign with a goal of raising $500,000.  We have already raised $160,000 toward our goal and hope to break ground on a new building in the spring of 2018.
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
SARASOTA, FL 34240 0000
Phone 941 925-2153