Welcome from Our Admissions Team

The Academy at the Lakes Admissions team hopes you are well as we all make our way through the challenges brought by the Coronavirus. Just as our students and teachers are continuing to do the work of school through our E-Learning platforms, so too is the Admissions team ready to serve you. We remain available to discuss all aspects of what Academy at the Lakes can offer your student and your family.

Whether you are completing the online application, uploading past transcripts or teacher recommendations, scheduling an interview with our Division Directors via phone or Zoom, or simply have any questions, we are here to assist in any way. Our Admissions phone line is being covered remotely, so please know that your call will be answered. We are also monitoring our emails routinely. Please feel free to reach out in whichever way is easiest for you. The admissions process goes on!

Thank you for your interest in learning more about Academy at the Lakes, a PreK3 through Grade 12 private, college-preparatory school located in the north Tampa suburbs.

As you browse the Academy at the Lakes website, you will notice a few themes:

  • Academy offers an academically challenging environment that will prepare your child for college and beyond.
  • The character-building culture of our school community will bring out the best in your child.
  • We strive for balance in all we do – academics, athletics, fine arts, and extracurricular activities.
  • You and your child are known here, you are heard, and you are important.

Our team members look forward to working with you and your family throughout the admission process, and we encourage you to schedule a tour of our campus or directly contact one of our Admissions officers.

Admissions Associate

Melissa Starkey

Associate Director of Admissions

Matt Grossenbach

Admissions & Development Associate

Sue Gunther

Admissions Liaision


Academy at the Lakes seeks to admit students and families who are aligned with our school’s Mission & Core Values, and who will engage in the AATL community.

Admission is based on selective criteria including: the student’s visit day; prior academic record; teacher recommendation; development readiness; and standardized assessments. The admission committee will also consider evidence of the applicant’s potential for success in a college-preparatory program.

Academy at the Lakes does not discriminate in its admissions policies or procedures on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or any other protected status in accordance with the requirements of all federal, state and local laws.