About SKY Academy

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. The popularity of the Venice school among families paved the way for a second location of SKY Academy to be established in Englewood in 2015.

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 are 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.

SKY Academy offers: Students 
Highly qualified teachers motivated and 
energized for teaching and learning
Smaller class sizes Free personalized education 
for your child
Small, safe school environment Caring, innovative teachers Free YMCA membership for 
enrolled student
New school buildings next to the Y Individualized instruction based 
on child’s skills and abilities
Free YMCA before/after care
Access to Y facilities before, during
and after school
Personal fitness and academic goals Convenience of hours more 
aligned with working parents
Academic contracts signed by family Mentors to help students
reach their goals
Welcoming environment and
communication with teachers
Curriculum that meets and 
exceeds state standards
90 minutes of fun physical activities, 
based on students’ interests
Valued input into 
child’s education
Wellness strategies and art 
infused into courses
90 minutes minimum of reading Ongoing monitoring of child’s 
academic and physical progress
Before-, after- and summer-school 
sessions available
Interdisciplinary, themed units
planned by students and teachers
A happy, healthy and 
challenged student
Bus transportation and nutritional
food service
Collaborative, creative projects Peace of mind that your child is 
safe, secure, content

Wide range of fitness activities, including 

  • swimming
  • gymnastics
  • skateboarding
  • wall climbing
  • fencing
  • dancing
  • strength training
  • cardiovascular training
  • various ball sports
Empowerment to take 
responsibility for their own learning