Glenridge Academy

The Glenridge on Palmer Ranch is an official site for many of ACEC’s classes, including Foreign Affairs, beginning & advanced computers, How Novel, Great Conversations, travel, painting, Discovering Our Powers Within, and various music appreciation courses. Students from around Sarasota County love to take classes in our beautiful setting. ACEC coordinators say they “take a proactive approach by providing something for everyone. Whether it is for self-improvement or simply for pleasure, the offerings are varied, affordable, and exciting!” Glenridge and ACEC are enjoying their sixth year of a wonderful partnership that began when the Glenridge first opened its doors.

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Academy Courses


Jackie Pillsbury / Dean

“Community members agree: It’s never too late to learn. And, The Glenridge Academy reflects that…” The Glenridge Academy is dedicated to providing enrichment and lifelong learning programs, such as courses on dancing, writing, music, history, philosophy and wellness. Curriculum is collectively organized and approved by a dedicated and working committee of Glenridge members. The Academy takes full advantage of the incredible expertise, talent, academic and professional background of members by utilizing them as instructors. Over 200 members actively pursue their passion for knowledge through the Academy courses.” Member and Honorary Dean, Jackie Pillsbury says, “I truly believe it’s essential to stimulate your mind.”