The Impact

Since its inception in 2001, NFB Académie has impacted nearly 1000 students from Northwest Florida in third through eighth grades, graduating a total of 12 eighth-grade classes. The NFB Académie has been an A+ rated school for 14 consecutive years and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Currently, the NFB Académie has 142 students enrolled in third through eighth grades with a staff of 22 (academic, artistic and administrative) and is operated by NFB through a public-private partnership with the Okaloosa County School District (OCSD). Visit the NFB Academie page to learn more about our school.

NFB Académie Mission: Designed to nurture those in classical ballet for careers as professional artists while inspiring all students to pursue an enriched life, the Academie serves as a cultural anchor and economic driver in our community.

The Need

As part of this collaborative effort, NFB provides space for all academic classes for elementary students on the second floor of the Miramar Place building. The middle school academic classrooms along with the classrooms for art, music and French are housed across the street in NFB’s main building, the Sybil Smith Lebhertz Center for Dance Education. Additionally, NFB facilitates dance classes for both elementary and middle school students in the main building.

In 2018, the Miramar Place building was unexpectedly put on the market for sale and the academic classroom space was in jeopardy of being lost.

To facilitate the purchase of the property, NFB is pleased to announce the launch of the public phase of the Academie Academic Classroom Capital Campaign.

The Commitment

Building owner Susan Myers agreed to sell the second-floor space as well as the third-floor enabling NFB to bring middle school academics over to the same building for $100,000 below market value. Financiers Clark West and Elliott Mitchell brokered the transaction by obtaining below-average interest rates and cost savings at closing, which will save NFB more than $100,000 over the life of the loan.

Collectively the $200,000 in-kind commitments by Myers, West and Mitchell allowed NFB to act swiftly and secure the academic classroom space vital to the success of the Académie. In acknowledgment of the lead benefactors’ commitment to this mission, the second floor of the building will be dedicated to Myers, West & Mitchell as the first naming opportunity recognized as part of the campaign.

How You Can Help

In addition to these generous lead gifts during the quiet phase of the campaign, NFB must secure an additional $500,000 in contributions through fundraising efforts over the next two years to cover the cost of the loan and the necessary renovations.

Friends 02

2 Years Monthly Support
$3,600 - $6,000
  • $150/month for 2 Years
  • $250/month for 2 Years
  • Recurring billing

Builders

One time gift
$6,000 - $14,999
  • Choose amount in this category
  • Single gift towards the Academie Classroom
  • No monthly payments

To be a Gold Circle ($100,000+), Silver Circle ($75,000-$50,000), Bronze Circle ($25,000) or Champion ($15,000) donor, please download and complete the Pledge Form PDF. Builders ($14,999-$6,001) may also use the Pledge Form to make installment gifts and Friends ($6,000-$600) may use the Pledge Form to make one time gifts in this level.


“Kids are not all the same, and their education should not be either. NFB Academie provides my child with the opportunity to explore more than just traditional academic subjects. She will learn language, art, creativity, and fitness through dance.  This unique opportunity will open doors to a world that she would likely otherwise not be exposed to.”

–Academie Parent