Admiral Farragut Academy

501 Park Street North
St. Petersburg, FL 33710
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Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #1 - Steeped in history, with alumni in the White House, on the moon's surface, professional athletes, and key leadership positions worldwide, Admiral Farragut Academy is an international preparatory school offering elite academics and outstanding global leadership development. AFA's global headquarters and international boarding school is on the waterfront in tropical St. Petersburg, Florida.
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Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #1 - Steeped in history, with alumni in the White House, on the moon's surface, professional athletes, and key leadership positions worldwide, Admiral Farragut Academy is an international preparatory school offering elite academics and outstanding global leadership development. AFA's global headquarters and international boarding school is on the waterfront in tropical St. Petersburg, Florida.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #2 - Florida's aquatic wonders stretch from the Gulf of Mexico to the enchanting Ginnie Springs and the picturesque Florida Keys, making it a premier destination for diving enthusiasts. At our boarding school, students have the extraordinary opportunity to explore these remarkable underwater realms. Our high school SCUBA Program, tailored for 9th graders and beyond, provides access to these unique experiences.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #3 - With a focus on grades 8-12, our boarding program serves as a melting pot of cultures, fostering global perspectives and lifelong friendships. Female and male boarding school dormitories are separated. All boarding school dorm rooms have a private bathroom, and many have waterfront views of Boca Ciega Bay in sunny St. Petersburg, Florida.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #4 - Aviation, one of the many signature programs at Farragut, allows students to earn their Private Pilot's license and earn dual enrollment college credit at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, the #1 aeronautical university in the United States. Students wake up in the boarding school dorms, ride to the airport, and learn to fly!
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #5 - Admiral Farragut Academy offers 14 different sports over three seasons for our student-athletes! At Farragut, we strongly believe that students who participate in athletics learn to manage their time effectively and maintain an active lifestyle while forging meaningful bonds that extend far beyond the classroom. Our commitment lies in nurturing well-rounded individuals through athletics and rigorous academics.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #6 - Engineering is another Farragut Signature Program with a wide range of courses designed to unlock creativity, problem-solving skills, and technical prowess. Our curriculum is structured to take boarding school students from introductory concepts to advanced, hands-on engineering projects that will ignite your passion for innovation.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #7 - At Farragut boarding school there are a multitude of clubs for every interest! Opportunities grow according to student interest and may include: Aviation, Sailing, UAS Baseball, Swim, Zoo Crew, British Parley Team, Chess Club, Student Government, Disc Golf, Drama Club, Drill Team, Garden Club, Interact Club, Orienteering, Mu Alpha Theta, and National Honor Society.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #8 - Farragut international boarding school is proud to boast two alumni who became astronauts and walked on the moon. RADM Alan Shepard, Jr., USN (Ret.) `41N was the first American in space in 1961 and a member of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971. Brig Gen Charles Duke, USAF (Ret.) `53S was a member of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #9 - AP (Advanced Placement) Capstone is an innovative diploma program from the College Board that equips students with independent research, collaborative teamwork, and communication skills that colleges increasingly value. Students in this Farragut Signature Program stand out in the college application process, earn college credit in high school, and become self-confident, independent thinkers and problem-solvers.
Admiral Farragut Academy Photo #10 - Our international boarding and prep school seniors receive 100% college acceptance every year. The Class of 2024 has earned over $6 million in merit scholarships and has been accepted to Brown University, the United States Naval Academy, the University of Florida, and more. The College Counseling Center guides and supports each student through individual preparation and the college application process.
Admiral Farragut Academy is a private, coeducational, college preparatory school located on beautiful Boca Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg that servies students in kindergarten through twelfth grades with a world-renowned boarding and military program that begins in eighth grade.
Signature programs include such as STEM, Engineering, Marine Science, Naval Science (Leadership & Sailing), AP Capstone, Aviation, and SCUBA.
Diverse student body represents an average of 33 countries, 17 states, with ESL classes available for non-English speakers.
Farragut also offers a variety of clubs, competitive athletics, and weekend trips to theme parks, Florida beaches, and vibrant downtown St. Petersburg.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 467 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $58,600
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $29,100
  • Acceptance rate: 68%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Admiral Farragut Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 285 schools) for:

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Attribute

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2023 School Data
Admiral Farragut Academy
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
8-12
9-12
Grades Offered (Day)
K-12
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Supports Learning Differences (LD)
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Dyslexia/Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
n/a
Dual Language Immersion Program
Yes
Secondary Immersion Language
Spanish and Mandarin
n/a
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1933
1906
Campus Size
40 acres
126 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
467 students
319 students
% Students of Color
20%
25%
% International Students
25%
20%
% Students Boarding
32%
68%
Average SAT Score
1038
(Out of 1600)
* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score
20
(Out of 36)
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
No
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
No
No
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Various Uniforms
Casual
Average Class Size
17 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
15:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
63
18
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
54%
71%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$6 million
$27 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$58,600
(Payment plans are available. Tuition Includes all meals.)
$64,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$29,100
(The tuition range is 21,000 kindergarten-5th grade, 23,400 6th-7th grade, and 29,100 8th-12th grade.)
$35,900
Tuition international students
$64,000
$57,300
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$49,300
$47,000
Summer Program Cost
$400
(We offer four summer day camps: Anchors Away, Mine Camp, Real World Literacy, and Basketball Camp. Average cost per week is $400.)
% Students on Financial Aid
30%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$10,000
(SSS is used to determine the need per family.)
$24,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
None / Rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
68%
60%
Director of Admissions
Jeff Ogden

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
63
18
Courses
2-D Art and Design, 3-D Art Design, AP Research, AP Seminar, AP World History: Modern, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Chemistry, Chinese Language and Culture, English Literature, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, Government/Economics, Human Geography, Microeconomics, Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, Physics C: Mechanics, Pre Calculus, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, Spanish Literature and Culture, Statistics, United States Government and Politics, United States History

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
23
23
Extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Aviation/UAS, Book Club, Color Guard, Drill Team, Drone and Robotics, Interact, Model U.N., Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, National Junior Honor Society, Naval Science Academics Team, Naval Science PT Team, Poetry Club, Russian Club, Social Studies, Spanish National Honor Society, Spanish National Junior Honor Society, Student Government, Teen Sci Cafe

Arts and Music Programs:
Drama Club, Guitar, Soccer Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
SCUBA

College Matriculation

Year:
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)

School Notes

  • Memorable Mentors: We are not only a school -- we are a home. Many of our high school students live here. When we ask our students to describe Farragut in one word many say "family" and it's true. Our faculty and staff are much more - they coach your favorite sport, give advice when you need it, remember your birthday, join you and your friends at the dinner table, help with those tough assignments during nightly study hall, and truly care how you are.
  • Life-Long Friendships: Your classmates are also your roommates, study partners, and best friends. Boarding students go home with day students for the weekend and day students are often found on campus after school hours. Since our students come from all over the world, they share their cultures and languages with us and we share ours. When school's out friendship isn't over - these newfound friends visit each other's homes whether it be across Florida, the United States, or on the other side of the world.
  • Beautiful Weather: Located on the gulf coast in St. Petersburg, Florida you will find incredible tropical weather with an average of 74F (23C) and 361 days of sunshine a year. Our students sail, fish, kayak, and go to the beach ALL YEAR LONG!
  • Unique Opportunities: Learn about the world of aviation and earn your pilot's license; dive deep into marine science during scuba and marine science class; make robots come to life in engineering; explore your creative side in our fine arts program; play one of our sports that welcomes all levels of athletic ability; head to the waterfront after school to sail, kayak, cast net, fish, and more; enjoy the weekends camping and diving the Florida springs, at one of the many Florida theme and water parks (Disney, Universal, Busch Gardens, Sea World, etc), enjoy shopping and dining at the local mall or Downtown St Pete, or relax on campus for our big screen movies and game nights.
  • College Preparation: Living in the dorms on our college-like campus gives students the tools to become independent, responsible young adults. They learn to manage their time and live harmoniously with others. Students note that living with peers pushes them to work harder than they would in another setting.
  • Naval Science: This program provides academic structure and the tools to become organized, accountable, self-disciplined, and respectful to self and others. Leadership positions are earned based on qualifications, performance, and seniority which really makes college applications stand out.
  • Success in the Future: The Farragut Experience is unforgettable and the lessons learned are instrumental in their success today. Farragut is proud to say it has graduated TWO of the twelve moonwalking astronauts, Alan Shepard '45 and Charlie Duke '53, as well as national leaders in the areas of finance, business, philanthropy, entertainment, and military officers.
  • LD types supported: Dyslexia/Language-based or Mild Learning Differences
  • Admiral Farragut Academy accreditations: FCIS, SACS, TABS, SAIS, NAIS
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • RADM Alan Shepard, Jr., USN (Ret.) '41N - Moonwalking NASA astronaut: First American in space in 1961 and a member of the Apollo 14 mission in 1971
    • Brig Gen Charles Duke, USAF (Ret.) '53S - Moonwalking NASA astronaut: member of the Apollo 16 mission in 1972
    • Lorenzo Lamas '75 - Actor whose notable works include the role of Tom in Grease and the role of Lance in Falcon Crest, for which he received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
    • RADM Mark H. Buzby, USN (ret) '75N - Former United States Navy Rear Admiral and Administrator of the United States Maritime Administration
    • Maj. Megan M. McClung '91N - The first female United States Marine Corps officer killed in combat during the Iraq War
    • Rayshawn Jenkins '12 - Safety for the Los Angeles Chargers
    • Joseph Zolfo '86N - Film and television producer of the most notable shows God Friended Me and NCIS New Orleans
    • Casper Van Dien '88S - Actor on the most notable movies Starship Troopers and as Tarzan in Tarzan and the Lost City
    • John Hodges '85N - Started his career on Capitol Hill in 1992 and is currently the Director of Office Supply Services under the Chief Administrative Officer of the House. He has served the US House of Representatives for a total of 27 years
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Admiral Farragut Academy cost?
Admiral Farragut Academy's tuition is approximately $58,600 for boarding students and $29,100 for day students.
What is the acceptance rate of Admiral Farragut Academy?
The acceptance rate of Admiral Farragut Academy is 68%, which is higher than the boarding school average of 60%.
Who are famous alumni from Admiral Farragut Academy?
Admiral Farragut Academy famous alumni include: RADM Alan Shepard, Jr., USN (Ret.) '41N, Brig Gen Charles Duke, USAF (Ret.) '53S, Lorenzo Lamas '75, RADM Mark H. Buzby, USN (ret) '75N, Maj. Megan M. McClung '91N, Rayshawn Jenkins '12, Joseph Zolfo '86N, Casper Van Dien '88S and John Hodges '85N.
What sports does Admiral Farragut Academy offer?
Admiral Farragut Academy offers 19 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Diving, Drill Team, Golf, Lacrosse, Orienteering, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling.
Does Admiral Farragut Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Admiral Farragut Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Admiral Farragut Academy's ranking?
Admiral Farragut Academy ranks among the top 20 boarding schools for High # of AP/advanced courses offered.
When is the application deadline for Admiral Farragut Academy?
The application deadline for Admiral Farragut Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).

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Description

Class of 2016
5.00
Attended
Boarding at Admiral Farragut Academy was one of the best experience of my life, even though I was a foreign student, I never felt home sick.Staff at Farragut where always supportive and well experience. They. . .

Class of 1980
5.00
Jacksonville University
A naval preparatory school on Bocas Ciega Bay in St. Petersburg, Fl. making it ideal for naval sciences. It has increased it's curriculum of sailing and navigation to include snorkeling, scuba diving and marine. . .

Class of 1980
5.00
St. Pete Collage, Univ. Of South Florida
Great education, although i didn't appreciate at the time. i also learned how to be a gentleman and Naval Science. . .
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 8-12
  • Enrollment: 467 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $58,600
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $29,100
  • Acceptance rate: 68%
  • Average class size: 17 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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