Academy at the Lakes was founded in 1992 as a co-educational, non-denominational college-preparatory independent school. The school graduated its first class of seniors in 2002, and now has more than 240 alumni.
Academy at the Lakes is nestled on nearly 9 acres on both sides of Collier Parkway in Land O’Lakes. Convenient to New Tampa, Lutz, Wesley Chapel, Odessa, Carrollwood, and Trinity, our facilities include 12 buildings with more than 52,000 square feet: a Lower Division building for grades PreK3 through 4; a Middle Division building; a separate 5th and 6th Grade suite; an Upper Division building; a Music Studio; a Visual Arts studio; a technology lab; frontage along Lake Myrtle; a 14,000+ square-foot gymnasium that includes a weight room and performance stage; a practice field; and several outdoor common spaces for students and teachers. The school recently acquired 47-acres nearby by its current campus to be used for future expansion.
Academy serves approximately 430 students in PreK3 through grade 12 in three divisions: Lower Division, Middle Division, and Upper Division, each with individual directors.
To receive a diploma, Academy students must earn 24 credits, including 4 in English, 4 in Mathematics, 3 in Science, 3 in History, 3 in Foreign Language, 1 in the Arts, 1 in Physical Education, .5 in Personal Finance and 4.5 in elective areas, which most often include History, Mathematics, Science, and the Arts. Academy offers 11 Advanced Placement courses in English, Science, Mathematics, History, Foreign Language, Computer Science and Studio Art and 19 Honors level courses
Typically, 100 percent of graduates pursue their education beyond the secondary level. A very high percentage are accepted by their “first choice” colleges. The Peterson’s Guide to Four-Year Colleges ranks 51 colleges, universities, and conservatories in its “Most Difficult” Entrance Difficulty category. The average rate of acceptance for all students at these 51 colleges is under 30%. From 2002 to the present, Academy at the Lakes seniors who have applied to these “Most Difficult” schools have been accepted at a rate of 48%. The 38 members of the 2013 graduating class earned over $2.2 million in scholarship offers from colleges and universities.
Academy’s student body is racially, ethnically and socio-economically diverse. Fourteen percent of the Upper Division student body is African American, 14% is Latino/Hispanic, 15% is Asian and 1% is Native American.
The Academy’s faculty includes 55 teachers. Half of our faculty hold advanced degrees, and 9% hold doctorate degrees. The school also employs a guidance counselor to serve all three divisions.
Students may participate in visual art, acting, choral and instrumental music, and video production. Students may play a stringed instrument starting in second grade. They can continue with strings or switch to a band instrument in fifth grade and beyond. All 5th and 6th graders play a band or orchestral string instrument. Students and faculty present several stage productions throughout the year as well as a visual art show in the spring.
Academy’s athletic department offers 12 sports for boys and girls, and fields 34 teams in those sports at the Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels. More than 70 percent of Academy students in grades 5-12 participate in school-sponsored athletics. In keeping with its mission, the school has a no-cut policy for all athletics teams.