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Dear Academy Community:
As a non-profit independent school, we are charged with the responsibility of setting our own direction. Toward that end, our Board of Trustees has led our community in a strategic planning process, the result of which is Charting Our Course: Academy at the Lakes 2017-2021.
In setting the strategic direction for our school over the next five years, the board determined that we will focus on growth in the following areas: Program, Community, Facilities, and Financial Strength. It adopted four Commitments and then set out to craft a plan that brings those commitments to life.
Charting Our Course provides great direction and guidance for our way forward that both retains and enhances our unique school culture. The complete plan includes direction for the board and school. This document describes each commitment, the intent behind each commitment, and the action steps that will bring each commitment to life.
Through our strategic plan, we will prepare ourselves and our students to meet the challenges of the future.
Head of School
Chair, Board of Trustees, 2013-17
Academy at the Lakes is a learning community of shared values dedicated to the success of each individual at school, in the community, and in the world. We celebrate the love of learning and the joy in the journey.
To be and be known as Tampa Bay’s choice for educational and personal discovery.
2016-2017 EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE
John Faith, Chair
Brent Smith, Vice Chair
Jeffrey Dobish, Treasurer
Cynthia Martin, Secretary
Tommy Giglio ’05
Mary McCormick, Ex-officio, Emerita
Marguerite LaPunzina Wells
Mark Heller, Head of School, Ex-officio
Dorie Burnham, Business Manager
Elizabeth Reynolds Hult, Director of Development
Karen Sooklal, Secretary to the Board
STRATEGIC PLAN COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Marguerite LaPunzina Wells
Academy at the Lakes will invest in and support relevant programs that build and promote a passion for learning. The school will attract, develop, and retain faculty who inspire, challenge, and empower all students to lives of purpose and fulfillment.
Built on relationships, Academy at the Lakes will continue to create an environment that maximizes each student’s engagement and every family’s experience.
Academy at the Lakes will provide distinctive spaces that energize and inspire, that embrace and respect nature, foster flexibility, and promote creativity and community.
Academy at the Lakes will develop and implement financial strategies that identify and steward resources to achieve the school’s goals according to the Mission and Core Values.