SAA will provide students interested in visual and performing arts with rigorous academic skills in line with The Florida Standards of Education strongly infused with the arts. SAA believes that the opportunity to experience the arts on a continual basis promotes and enhances academic success. All students in elementary school will receive art and music instruction daily. Middle school students may elect from a wide variety of visual and performing arts to round out their academic day. The goal of SAA is to prepare students to become well-rounded, confident, academically-prepared, and innovative adults who are able to reach their full potential as caring and responsible citizens.
The mission of Sarasota Academy of the Arts (SAA) is to provide a motivating, challenging, and creative learning climate with a safe, caring, family atmosphere.
Florida B.E.S.T. Standards
Dear Sarasota Academy of the Arts Families,
Sarasota Academy of the Arts will embrace The Benchmarks for Excellent Student Thinking (B.E.S.T.) Standards for the 2021-2022 school year. The move from Common Core occurred at the state level on February 12, 2020, when the State Board of Education amended Rule 6A-1.09401, Florida Administrative Code, Student Performance Standards, to adopt the B.E.S.T. Standards for English language arts (ELA) and Mathematics for grades K-12. These new standards are posted along with summary documents at www.fldoe.org/standardsreview
Sarasota Academy of the Arts will follow the district's 2021-2022 plan to implement the new B.E.S.T. Standards for ELA by purchasing newly aligned textbooks and related technology for grades K-8. The following school year, 2022-2023, B.E.S.T. Standards for Math newly aligned textbooks and related technology will be purchased. Timeline and Guiding Information below:
ELA BEST STANDARDS: ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS
Spring/Summer 2021: Professional Development on B.E.S.T. Standards and Instructional Materials ELA.
2021-2022 Academic School Year: Adoption of New ELA Materials
2021-2022 Academic Year: Classroom Implementation of B.E.S.T. Standards in ALL Grades K-8
MATH BEST STANDARDS
Spring/Summer 2021 through Fall 2022: Professional Development on B.E.S.T. Standards and Instructional Materials for Mathematics
2022-2023 Academic School Year: Adoption of Mathematics Materials
2022-2023 Academic School Year: Classroom Implementation of B.E.S.T. Standards for Math
Here is another helpful link: Understanding the New Florida BEST Standards
To a great new school year,
Dr. Jodi Kopacz