SKY Academy, which stands for Strength and Knowledge at the YMCA, is a Sarasota County public charter middle school for students in sixth through eighth grades. The school’s curriculum looks at academics through the lens of total wellness with a focus on executive skills to help students focus, plan and act in a goal-directed manner.…

The Sarasota Youth Sailing Program (SYSP) initially started with a Summer Camp Program. Since its beginning days the summer program has grown with approximately 300 youths ages 8-18 attending each summer and over 75 sailors participating in it’s year round program. In the late 80’s, the SYSP Race Team was formed with sailors competing locally,…

Sarasota Kaiser DanceSport offers a groundbreaking method of teaching the art of dance to children, ages 4 to16. We focus on development of core strength, as taught by world-class teacher Victor Kanevsky in 1993. With this method children attain a high level of strength and balance. The development of musicality and the ability to hear…

Revelle Academy is dedicated in giving its students and company members excellent coaching in the dance and other performing art forms we offer. Our goal is to Nurture Students and instill in them the essential principles of Self Worth, Team Effort, Discipline, Hard Work and Integrity in dance and in life and in sharing with…

Become a part of The Players Performing Arts Studio, real stage, real theatre, real experience! The Players Studio holds classes in acting, singing, ballet, lyrical, jazz, tap, and hip-hop.  Specialty workshops are also offered for students of all ages! Classes meet weekly for students to perfect their skills, which results in a live performance to…

Celebrating 100 Years of Girl Leadership!  Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida welcomes all girls in grades K – 12 to participate in a variety of leadership opportunities.  We encourage each girl to DISCOVER her special skills, talents and values; CONNECT and team up with others both locally and globally; and to TAKE ACTION in their…

Elysabeth Muscat is a well-known, respected opera singer and voice teacher who recently relocated to Sarasota.  She was voice faculty at Peabody Conservatory, Towson University, Point Park College, and the Civic Light Opera Academy.  She was elected State Governor of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (MD-DC State Chapter) after serving three years as…

THE DRAMA KIDS DIFFERENCE Drama Kids International, provider of the world’s largest after-school drama program, offers fun and unique drama lessons to develop communication and acting skills, ongoing confidence, self-esteem and a positive approach to life. Our specially designed curriculum features original and creative lessons in each class for greater excitement, fun and full student…

School is about to start and The Sarasota Ballet School is offering a wide variety of high quality dance classes for the very young beginners all the way up to the pre-professionals.  The Sarasota Ballet School offers the best ballet training by our exceptionally qualified faculty. All of our faculty are current or former professional…

Brickhouse Academy is a small college preparatory school with a wealth of learning opportunities for students from 3rd through 12th grade. Our class sizes are small offering low student-to-teacher ratios.  In many cases it is only 1:3. This individualized approach helps the students excel and succeed in school. Our personalized lesson plans benefit a wide…

At Trautwein’s ATA Martial Arts, the After-school program, as well as the afternoon and evening Taekwondo classes, are fun, dynamic, structured and challenging!  Perfect for boys and girls, Trautwein’s ATA programs and classes are led by a caring staff whose sole purpose is to stimulate and draw out each child’s positive potentials, preparing them to…

Even if you don’t have blatantly poisoning items lying around your house, that doesn’t mean that your house is poison-free. In fact, poisonings may be more frequent that you would imagine on first thought. In 2010, there were 2,582 unintentional poisonings that resulted in death. That’s about double the count in the year 2001. To…

By Sarasota County Health Department, Dianne Shipley With local schools scheduled to resume on Monday, Aug. 20, Sarasota County public health and school officials remind parents to get their child’s immunizations updated now. Parents of children who will be entering schools in Sarasota County for the first time must provide the school office with a…

How can you be sure that a preschool you’re considering is the best fit for your child? No longer just a place to play, preschool is now an important part of a child’s education, building a foundation for developing skills that lead to later school success. According to Claire Haas, vice president of education for…

Each school year many parents are faced with trying to figure out what to do about a child not working up to their potential. This can be one of the most frustrating academic ordeals they are faced with. Not only are parents tackling the issue, but schools are as well. Knowing why some kids work…

by Rick & Teena Kamal 1. Teach kids to Prioritize. Sounds simple but kids don’t naturally know how to set priorities and goals and this key skill is often overlooked in school. Rick and Teena advise parents to help their kids: • Define goals, especially short-term goals to prevent them from becoming overwhelmed. “For instance,…

by Joanne Torlucci Whether it’s preschool or kindergarten, those first few days of school will undoubtedly be trying for both child and parent. Mastering early addition, learning your alphabet, or how to read a book matters little to a child entering the “unknown.” Academics aside, there are many things you can do to help ease…

Stop. Look. Listen! by Kathryn Kvols What kind of listener are you when it comes to your children? Take this short quiz to find out your listening style! 1. When my child/teen talks to me, I typically… a. only respond if it affects me directly. b. I listen to the first part of what they…

by Kathyrn Kvols One of the  top ten concerns most parents have is that their child won’t listen. Why don’t our children listen to us? Here are 10 reasons and there solutions: 1.  Children go through developmental stages of separation and individuation.  Those ages are 3, 5 11, and 13.  These ages are often marked…