Fine Arts

Academy Sophomore Receives Superior at Pasco County Music Performance Assessment

Posted on: February 29th, 2016

Evan Lutz ’18 will be attending the All-State music assessment in Cape Coral, sponsored by the Florida Bandmasters Association. This will take place during Spring Break. He achieved this status by receiving a Superior rating at the recent Pasco County Music Performance Assessment, where he was judged in the bass clarinet solo category. In order […]

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Choral Program: More Than Music

Posted on: February 18th, 2016

Boys Chorus

“The subject of chorus is not really music as much as it’s confidence,” shares Mr. Heller. At Academy, all students are welcome to join chorus; no audition is required. “Performing as part of a group can unlock a certain confidence that students will carry with them into other parts of their lives.”

Contrary to what most might think, choral work is not as much about creativity as it is about teamwork. Performing is physical, mental, and auditory. It requires a good deal of concentration, energy, and awareness of your teammates.

“Everyone has a different role,” said Mr. Heller. “Each young man plays a significant part in our successful communication with an audience. Each person must know when to breathe together in succession, depending on the musical line, when to listen for the other parts, when to move or act or deliver a joke or gesture. ”

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Portrait of a Graduate: Monique Montoute

Posted on: February 2nd, 2016

Portrait of a Graduate Monique Montoute

Monique Montoute ’14 knew, as she sat in the audience at the Wesley Chapel Performing Arts Center watching Academy at the Lakes’ annual musical, that she wanted to be part of Academy’s family. Academy’s performance of The Sound of Music was music to her ears and a defining moment in Monique’s decision to pursue her education at Academy at the Lakes.

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Student Showcase: Honoring Our Veterans through Art

Posted on: November 13th, 2015

AATL Student Showcase

Veterans’ Day Printmaking Project
Instructor: Mrs. Sarah Gates
Class: Upper Division Studio Art

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A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Posted on: July 9th, 2015

A Color of His Own Preschool Craft Ideas

Like all of the grade levels at Academy at the Lakes, our rising PreK3 students have a summer reading assignment. This encourages students to read with their parents and continue their education while enjoying vacation and the Florida sunshine.

In conjunction with the summer reading assignment, preschoolers engage in a related activity that they will share in class on the first day of school.

PreK3’s summer reading assignment for the 2015-16 school year is A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni. This is a cute story of a chameleon trying to find his place in a very colorful world.
As the book revolves around color, so does the corresponding assignment. Our preschoolers are instructed to create a picture using their favorite colors. The choice of media is up to the student – paint, markers, colored pencils, crayons. The opportunities are endless!

It is with this inspiration that we present you with several arts and crafts project ideas inspired by this adorable book, A Color of His Own.

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Student Showcase: Cabaret Night

Posted on: May 29th, 2015

  During the annual Cabaret Night, the audience enjoyed beautiful voices and extraordinary musical talent, but the work that took place behind the scenes was also a unique experience for a group of students. Ms. Sarah Gates led students who volunteered to participate in the Decoration Committee and Tech Crew for the annual event. Upper […]

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Teacher Feature: Dr. Gary Compton

Posted on: May 21st, 2015


With his credentials and experience, there are many things Dr. Gary Compton could be doing every day, but Academy at the Lakes is where he chooses to spend his time.


It’s simple: Because of our community – something that has drawn families and faculty alike to Academy.

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Musicals Spanning the Ages

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015


The Academy at the Lakes’ all-school musical is an amazing tradition.

The production of a fully-staged musical involving over 250 students, faculty and staff – with all rehearsals during the regular school day – is not only an incredible example of collaboration on all levels, but a unique and wonderful experience.

This tradition truly incorporates all of Academy’s “6 C’s” and allows our students – the scholars, the athletes, the artists, the musicians, the STEM teams – and faculty and staff to participate and shine.

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Student Showcase: Digital Arts Portfolio

Posted on: April 2nd, 2015

AATL Student Showcase

Digital Arts Portfolio
Instructor: Aimèe Nadow
Class: 8th Grade Digital Arts

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Student Showcase: Shakespeare Play

Posted on: February 2nd, 2015

Shakespeare Plays Instructor: Ms. Aimee Nadow Class: Language Arts Students in Ms. Aimee Nadow’s Language Arts classes have been working cooperatively in small groups to prepare for their acting performances of scenes from Shakespeare’s plays. This activity fosters collaboration as a cast, communication as performers, and creativity in costume and prop choices. View the video […]

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