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

SKY Academy 2014-2015 School Supply List
Published: Wednesday, July 23, 2014 -

Review required school supplies for the 2014-2015 school year. 

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Uniform information for 2014-2015!
Published: Monday, June 2, 2014 -

If you are excited to get ready for school early - you may visit the "Pro-Shop" throughout the summer!

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SKY Academy joins STEMsmart program
Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 - SKY Academy, the wellness-focused public charter middle school at the South County Family YMCA's Venice branch, is the latest school to join Gulf Coast Community Foundation's STEMsmart initiative.
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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
Susan Tyrpack, Clinic Aide
Megan McKenna, ESE Aide
Dino Castellano, Executive Chef



Tamara Faris-Nuboer, 7th Grade Language Arts

Bryan Burns, 8th Grade Math

Donna Costa, 8th Grade Science 

Anthony Cothron, Physical Education & Health

Shannon Daniels, 6th Grade Science

Wendi Dunlap, 8th Grade Social Studies

Joe DeCiantis, Physical Education 

Natalie Gaudreau, 6th Grade Math

Erin Holloway, Physical Education & Health

Mallory Kearney, 7th Grade Math

Lara Lobosco, Art

Colleen Rapp, ESE/SS/Intensive Reading (Exceptional Student Education)

Jeremy Singleton, 7th Grade Science

Nicolette Smith, Spanish & Social Studies

Frederick Sosnoski, Social Studies

Mike Sweeterman, Physical Education & Fitness

Christopher Wood, Langauge Arts

Elaine Zimmerman, Language Arts