About Academy

Academy at the Lakes is a school community unlike any other. We believe that, to truly unwrap the potential in each child, the school experience must encompass far more than grades and college acceptance letters. At Academy, we instill values such as compassion, responsibility, and respect.

A community like Academy at the Lakes doesn’t happen by accident. We are intentional about our school’s culture – from the faculty we hire, to the students we enroll, to our advisory program, to the way our students, teachers, and administrators interact on a daily basis. A door held open, eye contact, and a sincere “thank you” are the norm here, not the exception.

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Accepting applications for 2021
Academy serves students in PreK3 through High School in a warm community, preparing them for college and for life. We celebrate the love of learning and the joy in the journey.

You Matter Here

At Academy at the Lakes, our students know what it means when we say
You Matter Here.

Facts & Figures

Academy at the Lakes graduates are accepted at top-tier colleges at a higher rate than the national average.


As a college-preparatory school, we guide our students, from the very beginning, to be prepared for college.

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  • When I started at Academy I was shy, reserved, timid, unsure, introverted, and so on. The person I am today, thanks to Academy, is the opposite. I’m confident, passionate, enthusiastic, resilient, strong, outgoing, and sharp.

    Cat Martin ‘07
    Queen’s University
  • The biggest thing Academy taught me is to do things you’re passionate about.

    Tommy Giglio ‘05
  • Academy is and will always be a second home to me, and it has prepared me to go out into the world.

    Raj Warman AJ ‘16
    Duke University
  • The faculty was outstanding, togetherness existed amongst students, and campus was growing and evolving – all of which helped to develop a culture that promoted learning, excitement, motivation, fun, and thought.

    Steven Stillman ’02

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Congratulations to McKenna Smith '21 and her family on her recent graduation! McKenna is headed to Duke University in Durham, North Carolina to continue her academic and athletic careers. Some of McKenna Smith’s early Academy memories are Munchie Math with Mrs. Heidi Ivester and the third-grade garden with Mrs. Mims Grifo. Her favorite memories also include trips to Sea Camp at Big Pine Key and New York as well as all-school events such as the annual Halloween parade, Homecoming, and House Day. McKenna shares, “These big events with all my friends were so fun and the best part of the year!” McKenna, an NHS Scholar, is headed to Duke in the fall to continue her academic and swim careers. She shares that Academy’s Public Speaking Program and Ambassadors Program provided her the opportunity to learn to speak confidently with others. “Over the years, whether speaking to teachers or parents, I have been comfortable speaking with adults. I truly believe that if I didn’t go to Academy, I wouldn’t have this skill and be so comfortable speaking publicly.” In addition to serving as Student Council President, McKenna contributed to her Academy community by participating in Green Club, JSA, Blue Crew, Volleyball, Soccer, and Swim. In the latter, McKenna first qualified for the state meet in seventh grade, and ultimately won nine District Championships and six Regional Championships in the 100 and 50 freestyles over her Varsity career. McKenna credits her growth and her success to perseverance and shares that being part of one school community has given her and her family a safe space, “Every other student, teacher, and faculty truly care about each person and wants the best for them. They will help you succeed in any way they can. Being a student at Academy means being a part of a loving and supportive community.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to Sarah Witt '21 and her family on her recent graduation! Sarah is headed to Florida Atlantic University in the fall. Sarah Witt began her Academy journey in Junior Kindergarten and has spent the past 14 years making memories and lifelong friends. Sarah shares, “Academy is a place where I met my best friends and formed strong relationships because of the time we spent together in one community.” Sarah took full advantage of everything Academy has to offer - serving as a student ambassador, participating in sports such as track and field, soccer, and cross country, and participating in its vast fine arts opportunities. Sarah’s favorite week of the year was Play Week during which students prepared and rehearsed for the All-School Musical. Sarah shares, “Some of the experiences I appreciate most are the performing arts opportunities such as the all-school musical and Cabaret night. I have truly cherished these moments.” Sarah also appreciates the academic opportunities, growth, and success she experienced. Sarah, an NHS Scholar, embraced Academy’s rigorous academic opportunities, such as Advanced Placement courses, and appreciates the support she received from her community. Sarah describes Academy as a place where you meet your best friends, make memories that will last a lifetime, and create connections with some of the best teachers. “All of this happens whether you're at Academy for 14 years or 2. Academy will definitely become a part of you forever, like it has me, and I will not soon forget the memories I’ve made and the people I’ve met along the way.” ... See MoreSee Less
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Congratulations to Zainab Nawaz '21 and her family on her recent graduation. Zainab is headed to the University of Florida in Gainesville this fall. Zainab Nawaz, who began her Academy journey 14 years ago, compares Academy at the Lakes to a family, “It’s not perfect and not always what you expect, but they’ll be there for you with open arms. There’s a sense of comfort and familiarity you get from being at a school - especially a small school like Academy - that only those who have experienced it can relate to. It’s a certain solidarity and understanding that we have even if we’re not personally close.” Zainab shares that she will never forget the people she’s gotten to know over the years, nor the classes, retreats, and field trips that only strengthened those bonds. Her favorite memories are the class field trips, “From having picnics with the seagulls at Honeymoon Island in kindergarten to spelunking and zip lining in Virginia, each one holds a special place in my heart and shows how I’ve grown as the years (and trips) continued.” An AP Scholar with Distinction, Zainab cites the strong relationships she created with her peers and teachers as motivating factors, “You’re not just learning English from a teacher, you’re learning it from Mrs. Vreeland.” President of the Creative Writing Club and Editor of Carpe Diem, the school’s literary journal, for three years, a violin, tennis, and basketball player, Zainab took full advantage of the opportunities afforded to her that encouraged her to have a well-rounded student experience she will never forget, “Those memories and people will always be a part of me.” ... See MoreSee Less
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