By Melissa Starkey, Associate Director of Admissions and Luci Ward, Admissions Associate
Part of the admissions process for Academy at the Lakes includes a student visitation day. This gives you, the student, an opportunity to get to know what life at Academy at the Lakes is like, and it gives our students, teachers, and admissions staff an opportunity to get to know you!
Dress Code: Collared shirt, slacks, shorts, capris or skirt. Denim and flip flops are not allowed. What to Bring: For full day visits, bring a snack, lunch, and a couple of drinks. For half-day visits, bring a snack and a drink. Candidates entering PreK3 participate in a group screening session in the spring.
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Candidates entering Junior Kindergarten (JK) and Senior Kindergarten (SK) spend a morning on campus. Candidates entering Grades 1 through 4 spend an entire school day accompanying one of our student ambassadors. Your day will start in the Main Office of the Lower Division Wendlek campus at 8:30 a.m. When you arrive you will meet Ms. Twila, the Lower Division Administrative Assistant and Mrs. Kathy Carley, our Lower Division Director. You will be walked to your class and introduced to your teacher and the students in the class. If you are applying for JK or SK, you will spend a few hours in class in the morning participating in our hands-on approach to education. Your day might include calendar time, math lessons with manipulatives, or a fun reading lesson. When parents arrive for pickup, they will meet with Mrs. Carley to recap the day. If you are applying for Grades 1 through 4, you will spend most of the day participating in the same activities as your classmates. There will be math and reading lessons, possibly a hands-on science activity, or one of our six “special” classes: art, library, performing arts, physical education, Spanish, or technology. At some point in the day, your teacher will meet with you one on one to do some math and reading assessments. When parents arrive for pickup, they will meet with Mrs. Carley to recap the day.
Dress Code: Collared shirt, slacks, shorts, capris or skirt. Denim and flip flops are not allowed. Middle Division candidates will visit a PE class, so you might want to wear sneakers if you’d like to participate (you do not need to bring a change of clothes). What to Bring: A snack, lunch, and a couple of drinks. Sneakers for P.E. Candidates applying for 5th through 8th grade spend a full day on campus visiting classes, interacting with students, and meeting with Middle Division Director Mr. John Pitcairn. Your day will start in the admissions office where you’ll check in and receive a copy of your student host’s schedule. Students applying for 5th and 6th grade will be escorted to the 5th/6th grade suite to meet up with your student host. Students visiting in 7th and 8th grades will meet your student host in the admissions office. Your student host will introduce you to each of their teachers, sit with you in class and at lunch (make sure you pack a lunch and a snack for your visit), and introduce you to his or her peers. Take the time that you are on campus to get to know our students — you may find yourself next to them on the athletic fields or challenged/inspired by them in the classroom! Ask them questions. What do they like best about Academy? Least? What are the teachers really like? Toward the end of the day, you will meet with Mr. Pitcairn, our Middle Division Director, for an informal interview. He’ll find one of the beautiful outdoor spaces on campus (not the “scary Principal’s Office”) to sit down and chat. It’s definitely not an interrogation! It’s an opportunity for you to share your interests and passions and to add your character and personality to an otherwise mostly paper-based application process. It’s also an opportunity for you to learn more about the Academy school community by asking any and all questions. 5th/6th grade applicants will complete their admissions assessments, which will include some reading, math and writing exercises. Your parents will pick you up in the admissions office at 3:15 p.m.
Dress Code: Collared shirt, slacks, shorts, capris or skirt. Denim and flip flops are not allowed. What to Bring: Lunch, a snack and a drink. Students applying for 9th through 12th Grade will spend a half-day on campus (7:55 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.) on a Monday, Tuesday or Friday. Your student host will meet you in the admissions building at 7:55 a.m. You will receive a copy of his or her schedule so you can keep track of which classes you will visit. You will likely visit three core classes, an elective, and attend morning meeting, or advisory session. During morning meeting, our Upper Division Director, Mr. Sullivan, will go over class, sports, and club announcements. You may also have the opportunity to hear one of our senior speeches, or listen to a guest speaker. Is there a teacher or a coach that you’d like to meet? Or an advisor for a particular club? Ask your student host if that person is available, and if he or she could introduce you to them. While you are on campus, you will also complete your interview with Mr. Sullivan. College planning is an important part of the Upper Division process and it all begins during your admissions interview. The purpose of the interview is two-fold. The first and most important step is to start what will be a strong working relationship with the Upper Division Director. The second, equally important step will be to develop a coordinated high school course of study that will take you through graduation. It is important to begin with the end in mind so that you know what to expect. Your parents will pick you up in the admissions building at 1:00 p.m. Questions about visit days or the admissions process? Please contact our Admissions Office at 813-909-7919 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We can’t wait to host you and get to know you better!