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Welcome Letter from Eden '24

Welcome Letter from Eden ’24

Welcome to a new school year, Wildcats! It is with warmth and excitement that I welcome you to our school community. On behalf of the student body, we are so thrilled to have you here. Truthfully, each addition to our school community makes us stronger....
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odyssey of the mind

World tour! 

Words by Brad Shellgren For the second year in a row, Academy’s Odyssey of the Mind team has placed 4th at the World Finals.  After winning the state championship, the team headed to Lansing, Michigan for the World Finals (May 24 – May 27). In front of...
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Wildcats in the Press: AATL softball honors family

Words by Mike Camunas, The Laker/Lutz News The Academy at the Lakes softball community experienced a tragedy, however, the team and school are rallying around one of its players.  Junior pitcher Sydney Klein’s 12-year-old cousin, Noah, passed away from a terminal form of brain cancer...
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Words by Brad Shellgren The Wildcats reign continues!  On May 3rd the Academy softball team beat Hernando Christian 13-2 to capture their third straight district championship.  It is the program’s 10th district title overall.  After a 16-win season, head coach Elizabeth Munn believes this is...
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Odyssey of the Mind


Words by Brad Shellgren Academy at the Lakes sent two Odyssey of the Mind teams to the State Championships in Orlando, and both did amazing things.  The Technical Team comprised of Audrey Gorski ’25, Allison Fox ’25, Ben Harrison ’25, Geno Lee ’24, Henry Levy...
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Words by Brad Shellgren Dedicated and motivated weightlifter CJ Fernandez ‘25 has qualified for States! After narrowly missing out on the State Championships as a freshman, Fernandez attacked his sophomore season with the goal of not missing out a second time! “This year I have dedicated...
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AATL Softball

Wildcats in the Press: Their Field of Dreams

Words by Mike Camunas with The Laker/Lutz News They built it because it was time. But now, after two decades, Academy at the Lakes finally has an outdoor sports field at its campus, off Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. The new field belongs to...
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Welcome Letter Jack '23

Welcome Letter from Jack ’23

Dear Students and Families, Welcome to Academy at the Lakes! Selecting a school that’s right for your family is one of the most important and difficult decisions you’ll make, and one my family knows well. Just last year, I found myself in the same uncomfortable...
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Maty Stals

Finding joy – Lifer Maty Stals ’22

Words by Kim Vreeland After spending 14 years at Academy at the Lakes, Maty Stals ’22 is headed to Florida Gulf Coast University to study finance, and she feels fully prepared. “Academy is a place where you can feel comfortable to be yourself, to find...
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Sean Emmons

Sean Emmons ’22 – Seizing the moment!

Words by Kim Vreeland Sean Emmons describes his 13 years at Academy at the Lakes as having been an integral part of a community that made him feel comfortable trying new things and making new friends. Sean shares that he had the opportunity to figure...
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From here, our students go everywhere

From PreK3 to Georgetown – Anisa Nanavati ’22

Words by Kim Vreeland Anisa Nanavati began her Academy journey when she was 3 years old, and in two months, she will head to Georgetown University in Washington D.C. to study International Politics. Anisa shares that it was the strong support system at Academy at...
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Odyssey of the Mind competition

Hello, World! Odyssey of the Mind teams shine at World Finals.

Words by Brad Shellgren, Marketing and Communications Associate Fresh off their first and second-place finishes at the state championships, Academy’s Odyssey of the Mind teams headed to Ames, Iowa for the World Finals (May 25 – May 28). In front of a packed Hilton Arena...
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Playing with fire!Academy chemistry students have been spending their lab time observing how different chemicals release different energy when placed in a flame. When different energy is released, the flame changes color. Never a dull moment here at AATL! #chemistry #chemistryclass #coolschool #electrons #science ... See MoreSee Less
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We've got you covered!The 4th grade class is looking out for our people and planet through the Earth and Safety Patrols. From recycling to making sure students get to class safely, they've got the Lower Division covered! #safetypatrol #earthpatrol #recycling #4thgrade #coolschool #earth ... See MoreSee Less
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Day of Giving: Portraits of Academy is almost here! Take the Early Bird Challenge by making your gift to the Fund for Academy by midnight on October 4, and your gift will be matched dollar for dollar up to $5,000! Don't forget, your donation to the Fund for Academy will also earn House points for the 2023-2024 school year! Thank you for your support of Academy at the Lakes!interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E100750&id=12 ... See MoreSee Less
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I'm outta here!Our 7th and 8th Graders took an overnight trip to Lake Aurora for their retreat. Games were played. Bonds were made. Fun was had. Great opportunities await! #retreat #bonding #relayrace #middleschool #coolschool ... See MoreSee Less
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