The SailFuture
Maritime Academy

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Opening in the Fall of 2021, the SailFuture Academy is a year round, tuition-free technical school that prepares middle and high school students to enter the maritime, culinary, or construction fields.

In addition to on-site vocational training, students participate in apprenticeships with local employers to earn field experience and financial stipends.

The campus is located in St. Petersburg, Florida and will serve 200 non-traditional learners who are disengaged in their high school experience.

Our success in private education for youth in foster care has shown us the need for a hands-on education model that can re-engage and re-inspire disconnected students.


Middle and High School (6th – 12th grades)

School hours

9am – 3pm

Total enrollment

200 Students

School Year


Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Friday: 6:00AM – 10:00PM
  • Saturday – Sunday: 6:00AM – 10:00PM

Open 363 Days a Year

Closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day


O’BrianWilliams, Program Director

Embedded School Services

The following services are embedded into SailFuture’s school model to aid us in being a true community hub, capable of supporting the holistic wellbeing of our students and their families.

Vocational Training + Apprenticeships

Vocational apprenticeships with stipends provide real-world work experience and networking with potential employers, while

Sailing-based Character Development

Engage students in regular Maritime training to promote respect, teamwork, communication, and an adventurous spirit.

6-Week learning modules

Teach Math, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies through project-based activities. Well designed, hands-on activities give our

Year Round Academic

Operate a year-round school calendar with 7-week units instead of semesters. Our students need shorter-term goal-setting frameworks.

Certifications, not Credits

Provide Certifications, not credits. Our students need to see the immediate value in their education and how it is connected to

Social Services Support

Provide integrated social services so that the school acts as a Hub, supporting the student and their family in a more holistic way.

Support Services

Integrated mental health treatment

Foster Care Case Management

Foster Care Diversion Services

Evening adult GED, & Vocational classes

Stable Housing Partnerships

Foster Care Independent Living

Post-Graduation Job Placement


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Remaining Needs

Culinary Institute equipment + build out


State of the Art teaching kitchen to engage all students in the preparation and serving of food for the school community, and prepare advanced students for culinary careers.

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Construction institute equipment + build out


Two dedicated classrooms to teach plumbing, electrical, HVAC, and Carpentry.

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Technology for 21st Century Learning


Laptops, software, and smartboards for all classrooms and students and faculty.

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Hours of Operation

  • Monday – Friday: 6:00AM – 10:00PM
  • Saturday – Sunday: 6:00AM – 10:00PM

Open 363 Days a Year

Closed on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day


O’BrianWilliams, Program Director

Thank you to our funders

State of Florida

$100,000 for Building renovations

The Drexel Fund

$80,000 for School Model Development

Johnston Family Foundation

$100,000 for Building renovations

JSP Education Foundation

$100,000 for Building renovations

TK Maritime Foundation

$250,000 for Maritime Training Institute

Action Labs

$200,000 for Building renovations

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