About Us

About The McKay Academy
Mission Statement
Established in 2004 by Sister Gilchrist Cottrill, CE, the school complies with the Florida Standards in its curriculum, but delivers it differently: non-graded students classes are assigned according to ability, need for  credits, social skill abilities and achievement.

The McKay Academy serves students ages 6 to 22 from Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Myakka City, Venice, North Port, Port Charlotte and Parrish in the Tampa Bay Area. 

The McKay Academy is a school that serves students with learning challenges and their families in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Hardee Counties. From Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, Myakka City, Venice, North Port, Port Charlotte and Parrish in the Tampa Bay Area, its mission is to maintain a safe and caring atmosphere where students and staff are valued for their God given gifts and dignity.

​​Our classes are designed to both challenge students and teach to individual needs. Orton Gillingham Intensive Reading, Touch Math and Saxon Math Programs are combined with a fine arts curriculum as well as college preparatory classes.  In addition, The McKay Academy provides career and transitional education, introducing all ages of students to a variety of employment opportunities and skills for the workplace.

Sister Gilchrist has been co-presenting with the President of the International Dyslexia Association, Dr. Eric Tridas. At these conference, both Dr. Tridas and Sister Gilchrist have been keynote speakers on the topic of “Executive Function” in the classroom. This is about the planning, organizing and memory skills needed for success.
In imitation of a providing God, The McKay Academy maintains a safe and caring atmosphere where students and staff are valued for their God given gifts and dignity.
Philosophy
The McKay Academy is a private school open to all religions. A primary goal of our school, in regard to students parents and staff, is to strengthen belief in a providing God. It is therefore the mindset of our school community not to discriminate against or turn away students and families who are unable to meet the financial requirements of our institution.

Because of its belief in the God-given dignity and abilities of each student, the school provides a unique opportunity for education for students with special learning needs. Furthermore, respecting the right for all children to receive a quality education, it does not discriminate according to race, color, creed, or national origin.

In addition, The McKay Academy recognizes the various manner and levels in which a student can progress academically. Therefore, the school operates within the concept of “continuous Progress Education,” a specific structure allowing the student to be challenged at his or her own rate, with individualized accommodations. We believe that our responsibility to the students does not end with high school graduation. Therefore we are proactive in partnering with other entities to provide students post-secondary education and employment opportunities.
Non-Discriminatory Policy
The McKay Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, or national origin in its admission or hiring policies, scholarship or loan programs, athletic or other school-administered programs.

The McKay Academy Awareness Chart

Stabilizing in Marriage
Reaches out to Others
Manages Problems
Productive in Community
Less Behavior Problems
Motivation
Supportive Education
Contributors to Community
Successful in College
Confidence Gains
Self-Advocates
Persistence on the Job
Successful in Employment
Children with Learning Conflicts
Escalated Behavioral Problems Unstable Relationships
Generates Problems
Unprepared for College
Job Instability
Liability to Community
Misunderstanding
Low Self-Esteem
Anti-Social Behaviors
Lack of Social Acceptance
Dependent on Others
Decreased Self-Esteem
​High Divorce Rate

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