Head of School
In December of 2019, SailFuture became the owner of the historic Norwood School building located at 2154 27th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713. This site will serve as the SailFuture Academy campus as well as a community Hub that will provide community-based services in addition to multi-faceted support for teens and families that engage with SailFuture’s case management, independent living, life skills center, and mental health services.
Constructed in 1923, Norwood School exclusively served elementary students until it was renovated into an alternative secondary school in 2001. The Pinellas County School Board closed Norwood in 2009, and it has since remained a closed building.
The acquisition of the Norwood School is significant not only due to its local historical importance but more importantly because SailFuture will use the space to redefine the educational identity of a long-marginalized group of students, the non-traditionally engaged. Through hands-on learning and real-world application, students who have previously been pushed to the fringes will be placed at the center of their learning experience.
Students will progress from in-house training in one-of-a-kind skills labs to on-the-job experience via apprenticeships and employment in the SailFuture Kitchen, on commercial and residential construction projects, and in various maritime roles.
In December of 2019, SailFuture became the owner of the historic Norwood School building located at 2154 27th Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33713.
We are excited to announce that SailFuture has been selected as a national finalist to receive grant funding from The Drexel Fund.