In 1975 SAIL was founded as the School for Applied Individualized Learning, in the belief that all students can learn and succeed when provided a learning environment that meets their needs and interests. SAIL emphasizes individualization, democratic decision making, and application of academics in a humanistic atmosphere. SAIL was the first public alternative school in Florida to be fully accredited for the Southern Association of Colleges and States. SAIL was recognized as one of the top 20 alternative schools in the nation by Phi Delta Kappa. The SACS Accreditation team wrote, "At SAIL, there seems to be a cement of cooperation, respect, purpose and dedication to the common mission ... it's an outstanding model that should be emulated throughout the state".
Students must meet the same credit and grading requirements as other Leon County students. However, the approach is an ever evolving dynamic one that capitalizes on the talents and interests of a diverse staff and student body.
Accredited since 1982, SAIL offers a wide variety of high quality academic opportunities to meet graduation requirements including honors courses, externships and dual enrollment with Lively, TCC, FSU and FAMU. Test scores on the FCAT are among the best in the district. Approximately 40% of graduates qualify for Bright Futures Scholarships.
The elective program has a special concentration in the creative arts including: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Fiber Arts, AP Art, Digital Photography, Darkroom Photography, Drama, Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Electronic Music, Video Production, Web Design, Flash Animation, Creative Writing and Journalism. SAIL also offers an intensive Spanish program, a PE program that ranges from weightlifting to Tai Chi, and a DCT program for students who work after school to earn extra credits. Students can also catch up on credits in our performance-based computer lab.
SAIL’s alternating block schedule allows students to take 6 classes, while concentrating on just 3 classes per day. This provides more time for discussion, project-based learning and teacher-student interaction. An optional 1st period is available as well.
SAIL has a freshman basketball team, the "SAIL Pirates". Students may also play sports and participate in extra-curricular activities at their zoned school as long as they meet academic requirements.
SAIL is a school of choice. Interested students should call 488-2468 and ask to be put on the waiting list. When an opening occurs, students and parents are invited to an interview, orientation and scheduling session. If they choose to enroll, students must withdraw from their home school and begin a ten-day trial period at SAIL. During the trial period, the staff and the student will decide whether SAIL is appropriate for them.