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Photo Bomb: Peruvian Amazon Trip

Posted on: October 8th, 2014


For six Academy at the Lakes’ students, summer vacation included the adventure of a lifetime.

The students, ranging from Grades 5 through 10, traveled with their families as part of Academy at the Lakes’ Amazonia Expedition group, spending eight days deep in the heart of the Peruvian jungle. Amazonia Expeditions is owned and operated by Academy parents of alumni Paul and Dolly Beaver (daughter, Stephanie ’14).

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Student Retreats Nurture Academy Community

Posted on: September 4th, 2014


Academy’s retreats began in 1995 and have continued every fall with retreats tailored for the Middle and Upper Divisions. The goals are the same – to set the school culture: a community. Students bond and form friendships. New students and faculty learn about Academy’s culture; returning students and faculty are renewed by it.

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8 Questions (and Answers) When Applying for Financial Aid

Posted on: July 10th, 2014

8 Questions (and Answers) When Applying for Financial Aid

Academy at the Lakes, like many Tampa private schools, offers need-based financial aid to help families offset the cost of tuition. We understand that committing to attend a private school represents a significant investment, and Academy’s goal is to provide qualified students with the opportunity to benefit from an Academy at the Lakes education.

We asked Penny Rogers, Academy’s Director of Admissions & Marketing, to answer the 8 most frequently asked questions about applying for financial aid.

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The Academy Difference: House System

Posted on: March 25th, 2014

House Signs

Kestrel. Nighthawk. Osprey. Peregrine.

Ask any Academy at the Lakes community member, and they will quickly identify these Florida birds of prey as the school’s four “Houses.”

But did you know that Academy’s Houses could just as easily have been named Feta, Gorgonzola, Muenster and Gouda?

Cheesy, yes. But it’s also true.

Of course, the committee members charged with developing and naming Academy’s Houses were only kidding around when they toyed with the idea of cheese names.

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A Day at Academy with…Hannah Burnley

Posted on: January 29th, 2014

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Teacher Feature: Mrs. Kelly Rodowsky

Posted on: January 15th, 2014

The Teacher Feature blog series celebrates our faculty’s passion for education and their joy in the journey of building our students’ futures. In this series, we will get to know these beloved educators. Just like our students and families, our instructors matter here. To learn more, visit our website.

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Helping Students Find Their Future – The Academy Difference

Posted on: November 4th, 2013

The Academy Difference blog series explores how our faculty integrates the 6 “Cs” of Academy at the Lakes’ Core Curriculum. Our faculty ensures “the success of each individual at school, in the community, and in the world,” by connecting every classroom experience with at least one of our 6 Cs.  To learn more, visit our […]

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Common Core Standards: Is this the Answer?

Posted on: October 7th, 2013

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Financial Aid 101: Finding the Right Value for You

Posted on: September 23rd, 2013

By Deborah Pitcairn — A college education is an investment in your future and the future of your (future!) family. It is wise to approach this significant investment as you would a home or car or other large purchase – choosing the best college you can afford rather than the best at which you can be […]

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Choosing a Private School: 19 Questions to Consider

Posted on: September 16th, 2013

With so many educational options available for your child, it can be difficult to even know where to start.

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