Academy at the Lakes, a PreK3 through Grade 12 school in Land O’ Lakes, will kick off its 25th anniversary celebration with a school-wide Day of Service on Sept. 20, the 25th day of the school year. On this day, all members of the school community – students, faculty, and staff – will engage in community service opportunities throughout the Tampa Bay area.
On the Day of Service, Middle and Upper Division students and faculty will volunteer with area charities including Metropolitan Ministries, Feeding America, Crystal Springs Preserve, and Old Lutz School House. Students and faculty in PreK3 through Grade 4 will engage in age-appropriate service by planting “pollinators” such as sunflowers throughout Academy’s 9-acre campus.
The Day of Service is just one example of how Academy brings its Core Value of Stewardship to life: “We care for each other and our school, serve our communities, and responsibly engage with the world – today and tomorrow.”
Lower Division students regularly serve the broader community by collecting donations for charities such as Support Our Troops and Helping Hands Pantry, while Middle Division students dedicate several school days each year to working on-site at area non-profits. Academy’s Upper Division students are required to perform more than 150 hours of community service in order to graduate – well above the considerable amount of hours required by the Florida Bright Futures Scholarships Program.
Academy first opened its doors in 1992 with an enrollment of 32 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Since that time, the school has grown to become one of Tampa Bay’s best PK–12th grade college preparatory schools, featuring a beautiful lakeside campus and exceptional academic, athletic, and arts programs.
Academy’s growth has been synonymous with the growth of Pasco County and the North Tampa area. Centrally located in Land O’ Lakes, Academy employs more than 100 faculty and staff members, and partners with area businesses to be a resource for the broader community.
(PHOTO: March 2017, 6th grade students – Community Service Day at Metropolitan Ministries)