School Details

Sarasota School of Arts/Sciences

645 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 330-1855
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades 6-8 754 students 17 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

75%
66%
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69%
60%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
70%
56%
72%
69%
57%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
69%
47%
83%
70%
57%
69%
59%
49%
85%
66%
56%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) (FCAT2)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT 2.0) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, 3 through 8 in math, in grades 5 and 8 in science and writing in grades 4, 8 and 10. The FCAT 2.0 is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The FCAT 2.0 has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
96%
86%
78%

Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT)

In 2011-2012 Florida used the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) to test students in grades 4, 8 and 10 in writing. The Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT) is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills needed to progress through school. The FCAT writing exam is scored on a scale of 1 to 6. The state considers a score of 3 or above as meeting state standards.
  • This school in 2014
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
78%
66%

Florida End-of-Course Assessments (EOC)

In 2012-2013 Florida used the End-of-Course Assessments (EOC) to test students in Algebra 1, Biology 1 and Geometry. The EOC is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Florida. The Algebra 1 EOC has 5 achievement levels, with level 1 being the lowest and level 5 the highest. Florida considers scores of level 3 and higher to be on or above grade level. The goal is for all students to score at or above level 3.
  • This school in 2014
  • Sarasota County School District average
  • Florida state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sarasota School of Arts/Sciences is a charter middle school in Sarasota. The principal of Sarasota School of Arts/Sciences is MS. TARA TAHMOSH NEWELL. 754 students go to Sarasota School of Arts/Sciences and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Sarasota School of Arts/Sciences students have "limited English proficiency." 69% of the 754 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Sarasota School of Arts/Sciences is 17:1. Westcoast School For Human Development is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 9%
White, non-Hispanic 65% 65%
Multiracial 4% 4%
Hispanic 21% 19%
Asian 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 0.09%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 69% 45%
Limited English proficiency 2% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Both my daughters attended SSAS and loved it. They enjoy many educational field trips projects and afterschool activities. There are so many clubs that my girls had something to do afterschool everyday until I got off from work and the clubs are FREE! The best teachers I have ever met including the ESE teachers and Gifted. Good Luck in the future SSAS.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is in her first year at SSAS and we couldn't be happier. The challenging academic environment is really helping her to excel. The teachers are easy to communicate with and the processes they have in place make it easy to see what my child is doing in school. The amount of homework every night is steep at appx 3 hours each night plus weekend homework this would be the only negative that I would mention.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has helped my son exceed his own expectations. For the first time in his educational career he was able to attain straight A's because he found the work interesting and connected with the teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is a sixth grader this year. She loves the school she feells that she can hang out with anyone and everyone she loves that there are so many club that arer interesting to her she has made alot of new friends and there isnt one thing wrong about this school. We love the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a former student of SSAS and I think it was a great school. SSAS is a charter school that is located in downtown sarasota. It is an amazing place where the teachers are great and students can learn in a fun and educational way. I loved SSAS so much that words can't describe how much I missed it on the first day at my new high school. From my first day at SSAS to my 8th grade graduation trip I loved it.

  • (6 years ago)

    I find the school to be exceptional however it also seems that the teachers are expected to do too much. At times they seem tired and stressed out. I wanted my son in a safe school and this is certainly it. He is a challenged and happy 6th grader.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is my sons second year at SSAS and we are over all pleased with the school staff and teachers.They require all parents to come to the PTSS meetings by monthly and all parents must put in volunteer hours.they keep parents well informed on school functions as well as things affecting the school and our children.They have edline reports which are wonderful to keep up with where your childs grades are between report cards.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter is a 6th grader at SSAS and our whole family loves the school. The rules and systems by which the school is run should be emulated by the rest of the schools in our county. The teachers teach in a way that encourage free thinking while staying in the boundaries of the curriculum. They do not squash individualism but the code of dress and coduct is paramount. SSAS provides specialty courses like Op Org (Operation Organization) where the students learn life skills as well as book work. I could not be happier and look forward to the next 2 years.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is great! I'm a seventh grader at SSAS and I love it! The teachers make class fun and exciting. The after school activities and field trips are awesome as well as interesting. I took band last year and I loved it! The teacher was great and I had lots of fun. If I had to go to another school I'd be pretty disappointed!

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter is a 7th grader at SSA+S and she loves it! This year she is participated in band basketball volleyball soccor honor society band and jazz band. The music department is awesome. The curriculum is tough! But I have heard that if you can survive SSAS you can make it anywhere! Thank Georgia

  • (10 years ago)

    SSA&S is a good school with a variety of extracurricular activities for students. My one conplaint would be that the teachers are not attentive enough to the students at times and could prevent problems that occur when the teacher become lax in supervision.

  • (10 years ago)

    My child had a tremendous experience at SSAS. From an academic standpoint he was challenged and benefitted from the interdisciplinary approach used by the teachers. He participated in numerous music activities as well as one of the sports programs with both programs being led by tremendous teacher/coaches. Parents were encouraged to get involved at the school and in fact are expected to donate time to help where needed. The experience at SSAS was so rewarding that we're sending our younger son to the school next year. SSAS is a treasure where all students are encouraged to grow within a caring environment with a professional staff who does its well.

  • (10 years ago)

    Love the idea of this school. Have had a great experience with most teachers. Only negative I have is with the communication with parents. There seems to be a definate problem in the chain of command for communication issues. Would like to see more interaction with the kids on a more personal level.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is an absolutely fabulous school for students interested in art or scibce. My grandaughter went from an average to an excellent student while having dance music baseball cheerleading and starring in several shows.She is now going on to Booker HS.s in their Drama section of their School Within a School or VPA

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