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About Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences

Funded by the State of Florida, Sarasota School of Arts & Sciences (SSA+S) is a tuition-free, multicultural, public charter middle school located in the historic Rosemary district of downtown Sarasota. We strive to provide our students with a safe and intimate learning environment on their quest for academic excellence.

Our curriculum includes a program of studies based on the Florida Sunshine State Standard. We take a holistic approach to educating the “total” child, which is achieved through an interdisciplinary, thematic methodology that focuses on the cognitive, affective and psychomotor domain, coupled with input from community partners and involvement in the service learning program. Our small size allows us the flexibility to explore methods and techniques not logistically possible in more traditional school settings. This helps us ensure each child has with the tools and support necessary to be successful in their education.

Sarasota is Our Classroom
The SSA+S Board of Directors chose the Rosemary neighborhood because of its proximity to the Selby Public Library and other cultural centers, such as the Asolo Theatre, Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Florida Studio Theatre, Sarasota Opera House, Selby Botanical Gardens, Mote Marine Aquarium and Research Laboratory, Sarasota's ABC affiliate WWSB Channel 40, and the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art.

Our Mission Statement
SSA+S provides a small, intimate environment of academic excellence and enrichment, utilizing community partnerships and traditional and innovative teaching methods.

Enrollment and Hours
Families residing in Sarasota and surrounding counties submit student applications online. If the number of applications received exceeds our enrollment capacity, we will conduct a lottery process to fill vacancies. Students must be in the 5th grade or above to apply.

Grades: 6 through 8
Hours: 8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.
Enrollment: 750 students
Avg. Class Size: 20:1 ratio


What's Happening Now

02 Aug 2021
09:00AM - 03:30PM
Office Hours
05 Aug 2021
08:30AM - 04:30PM
Office Hours and Schedule Pick Up Day
09 Aug 2021
07:30AM - 03:30PM
Office Hours
10 Aug 2021
1st Day of School
10 Aug 2021
07:30AM - 08:50AM
Morning Care
10 Aug 2021
03:50PM - 05:30PM
After School Care
11 Aug 2021
06:00PM - 08:00PM
SSA+S - Board Meeting
12 Aug 2021
04:30PM - 05:00PM
Club Night
06 Sep 2021
Labor Day - No Students
20 Sep 2021
06:00PM - 07:00PM
PTSS Meeting
12 Oct 2021
End of 1st Grading Period
15 Oct 2021
Professional Day - No Students
15 Nov 2021
06:00PM - 07:00PM
PTSS Meeting
22 Nov 2021
Fall Break - No Students
22 Dec 2021
End of 2nd Grading Period
23 Dec 2021
Winter Break - No Students
10 Jan 2022
Professional Day - No Students
17 Jan 2022
Martin Luther Ling Jr. Day - No Students