SKY Academy ~ A Tuition-Free Sarasota Public Charter Middle School STORM.PNG



In 2011, the SKY Family YMCA launched a new, unique charter middle school in Sarasota County, Florida – SKY Academy, which stands for Strength and Knowledge at the YMCA. The Academy’s focus is based on research that proves physical activity builds and conditions the brain for learning. In fact, schools around the nation using this philosophy have shown outstanding results in student achievement, fitness and well being. 

As a tuition-free, Sarasota public charter middle school, SKY Academy has the same standards as the other public schools; it’s our approach that makes us unique. Subjects will be studied through the lens of wellness and we use Executive Functioning to help students stay on task. Making healthy and positive choices will become routine for each student. [Read more about Charter Schools]

Whether your child is academically gifted or struggling, physically out of shape or a stellar athlete, his or her potential will sky rocket at SKY Academy. Read more about SKY Academy...



The mission of SKY Academy is to promote pre-adolescent student achievement through a rigorous infusion of wellness and fitness strategies into the learning and mastery of the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards to enable students to live a healthy and productive life.



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What's Happening At Your Y

FCAT TESTING DATES APRIL 16, 17, 23, 24, 29, 30
Published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 -

Students may wear PE uniforms on testing days.  All electronics should be left at home.  Please call Mrs. Sooklal for any questions.

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Relay for LIfe!
Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 -

Relay for Life - SKY Academy Team!

6pm-8am April 25-26th at the Venice Airport

Contact Ms. Kearney for more details at

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Acceptance Letters for new students have been sent out!
Published: Monday, April 7, 2014 -

Please call 244-2626 for more information.

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Parents and Students!
Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013 -

Organization and planning is an essential part of being a successful student.  Please make sure you have your agenda with you EVERY day.  

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2013-2014 School Year Hours

7:45 AM until 2:40 PM


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Steve Smith,

Michelle Sooklal, Assistant Principal 

Debbie Colombo, School Registrar
Kim Grossenbacher, Curriculum & Technology Coordinator
Dawn McCormick, Receptionist
Jessica Thompson, PE & Health Aide
Dino Castellano, Executive Chef



Nicole Berg, Language Arts & Social Studies

Donna Costa, Science 

Anthony Cothron, Physical Education & Health

Shannon Daniels, Math & Science

Wendi Dunlap, Social Studies

Joe DeCiantis, Physical Education & Health

Erin Holloway, Physical Education & Fitness

Mallory Kearney, Math

Lara Lobosco, Art

Michael Moodie, Math

Katherine Moore, Science

Colleen Rapp, ESE (Exceptional Student Education)

Nicolette Smith, Spanish & Social Studies

Frederick Sosnoski, Social Studies

Mike Sweeterman, Physical Education & Fitness

Christopher Wood, Langauge Arts

Elaine Zimmerman, Language Arts



Nancy Blackstone
Fred Hammett 
Michelle Hazeltine, Chair
Ken Modzelewski
Joe Thro
Dianne Cogburn, RD