Sarasota Community School

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Current status Closed
Detainees.gif Capacity 50
Checked October 19, 2010
Open.gif Opened ?
Close.gif Closed 2009

Sarasota Community School was a behavior modification facility located on 845 S. School Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34237 [1]

It was founded by Joseph "Chuck" Kanner - known as Joseph Charles Katz in relationship with a now closed chain of schools called DeSisto School [2].

They were able to detain up to 50 teenagers.

The facility closed on June 30 2009 [3].

Program Structure

Admission process

The parents and the child were required to visit the facility before their child was accepted. However the facility warns against lying to teenagers before enrollment.

Then students - current and past - will provide positive testimony regarding how much the school will help your child. The parent were asked to read and sign a 10 plus page contract - which when read carefully requires 'enrollment' through 'graduation,' with complete annual fees paid regardless of length of stay. The school charged $5,400 per month tuition.

Effective June 30, 2008 Sarasota Community School canceled the Southern Colleges and Schools Association (SACS) accreditation. They have were contacted by SACS (12/Aug/2008) for removal of their reference, and the association was advised that a web-site update is forthcoming.

In the news

In relationship with a new voucher program, the founder did open a second facility in St. Petersburg [4] [5]


The building formerly housed facilities with the names Cold Springs, The Farm.

External Links

Info pages

Message boards


  1. The facility on Google Maps
  2. Joseph Katz from DeSisto, a thread on Fornits webforum
  3. The Road To Teaching Part 14, How Military School
  4. Voucher plan for disabled grows, By STEPHEN HEGARTY, St. Petersburg Times, published November 23, 2001.
  5. Interest grows for special ed vouchers, by Stephen Hegarty, St. Petersburg Times, 07/23/01