Posts Tagged ‘Upper Division’

Teacher Feature: Dr. Gary Compton

Posted on: May 21st, 2015 Tags: , , ,


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.

Honors Chemistry Class Brings Periodic Elements to Life

Academy’s honors chemistry classes recently conducted an in-depth study of the periodic table. As part of this project, students chose specific elements to research, either independently or through collaboration with a peer, and then presented their findings to their classmates. As students researched their elements, they also made a square for the chemistry/biology classroom periodic […]

The Advantages of Advanced Placement

Posted on: May 4th, 2015 Tags: , , ,


Recently, one of my students said to me, “It’s like a bubble, our own little world in this classroom; I don’t even recognize some of my classmates because everyone’s inner geek surfaces in our discussions.”

The bubble exists in room 32 seventh period – Advanced Placement Language and Composition.

Academy at the Lakes’ Upper Division offers Advanced Placement courses that run the gamut from language courses such as Chinese Language and Culture to technology courses such as Computer Science A.

Depending on one’s interest and aptitude, there’s likely an AP course that captures any Wildcat’s passion.

$92,000 in Scholarships Awarded to Academy Students in State Science Fair

Posted on: April 10th, 2015 Tags: , , , ,

  Academy at the Lakes was well represented at the State Science Fair on Tuesday, March 31 through Thursday, April 2 in Lakeland. Raj Warman ’16 placed 1st in Senior Mathematics and received a four year scholarship to New College of Florida totaling $8,000. Regan McCormick ’17 received Honorable Mention in Senior Health and Medicine […]

Musicals Spanning the Ages


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.

Student Showcase: Kite Runner Presentation

Posted on: February 28th, 2015 Tags: , ,

AATL Student Showcase

Teaching seniors can be challenging, because they seem to have one foot in the door and one foot out. Indeed, most of them feel that they are more than ready to move on and begin college.

To keep her students engaged, Mrs. Susan Zalac turned the tables and had her seniors do the teaching.  Zalac’s students, in both English IV Honors and AP Literature and Composition, read the novel The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.  Once they completed the novel, students chose a theme to research and present in an informative and creative fashion.

The Academy Difference: College Counseling Program

The Academy Difference

If you take a look at this map, it is easy to see that the diversity of the colleges our alumni attend is just as well-rounded as our students themselves.

“It is our goal to help each student find the best ‘fit’ for college, academically, socially, and financially,” College Counseling Director Mrs. Deborah Pitcairn explained.

Science Olympiad Teams Qualify for States

Posted on: February 27th, 2015 Tags: , , , , ,

  Although our Science Olympiad teams were missing 6 members on February 7 (four students were attending the Regional Science Fair, and two were taking the ACT), both the Middle and Upper Division teams will be moving on to states. This is the third straight year Academy has been represented at the State Competition. The […]

Four Academy Juniors Participate in Leadership Conference

Posted on: February 4th, 2015 Tags: , , ,

  Juniors Alex Baker, Gerald Beinhauer, Grace Faith, and Mikayla Owen attended the Young Leaders Conference (YLC) January 23-25, 2015 in Gainesville, Fla. The YLC is sponsored by the University of Florida Student Government. It is a three-day high school leadership conference organized and run entirely by UF students. This conference brings together the most […]

Student Showcase: Original ‘I Have a Dream’ Speeches

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015 Tags: , , ,

AATL Student Showcase

After studying Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, Mrs. Kimberly Vreeland’s English I Honors students wrote original I Have a Dream speeches and delivered them to their peers. Students embraced Academy’s core curriculum in their creative topics and enthusiastic presentations.