Teaching Imagination: The Value of Fine Arts in Education

Posted on: February 9th, 2017

Words by Jay Gibson, Director of Library Services One of the best things about teaching at Academy at the Lakes is seeing the effect our Fine Arts programs have on our students. When I interact with a student in the classroom, I only see his or her academic persona, the one that is intellectually focused, […]

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Academy at the Lakes Teacher Invited to Speak at Florida Gulf Coast University

Posted on: January 4th, 2017

As part of Florida Gulf Coast University’s Black History Month celebrations in February, Academy at the Lakes’ Upper Division United States History instructor Mr. Shawn Moore has been invited to present a lecture about the evolution of hip-hop. Moore’s lecture explores how modern day hip-hop has progressed from drumming in Africa through work songs, touching […]

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Here’s What Our Teachers Did This Summer

Posted on: August 18th, 2016

Before school let out for the summer, a few of the faculty members answered the pressing question: “What exactly do you do over the summer?” Now, as we enter the new school year, we caught up with a few of our teachers to find out exactly how they ended up spending their time these last […]

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Teacher Feature: Head of School Mark Heller

Posted on: June 1st, 2016

Words by Kenny Quayle ’16, Marketing Intern and Alumnus All students at Academy at the Lakes know who Head of School Mr. Mark Heller is. He is the man you go to see when you first come to Academy; the man whom you go to for help and sometimes discipline; the man who conducts you […]

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Middle Division Instructor Attends Special USF Session

Posted on: March 3rd, 2016

On Tuesday, March 1, 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies Instructor Mr. Joel Williams attended an event hosted by the University of South Florida’s Center for Strategic and Diplomatic Students and Her Majesty’s Consul General of the United Kingdom in Miami, Fla. entitled “Five Years After the Arab Spring: US-UK Policy, Threats, Challenges and Opportunities […]

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What Do Teachers Do Over the Summer?

Posted on: June 25th, 2015

It is summer time! We are hitting the beach, having fun at Summer Camp, and going on family vacations, but have you ever wondered what your teachers are up to during these sunny days?

Well, we asked 10 Academy teachers what their plans for the summer are, and this is what they had to say:

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Beyond the Classroom: 5th & 6th Graders Visit Tallahassee

Posted on: April 15th, 2015

Each year, Middle Division students travel together on multi-day, overnight trips. These trips relate to students’ course of study, expose them to the life skills involved in travel, and give them the opportunity to bond with their peers in an out-of-school setting. On March 31-April 2, 5th and 6th graders visited Florida’s state capital, Tallahassee. […]

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Student Showcase: Original ‘I Have a Dream’ Speeches

Posted on: January 23rd, 2015

AATL Student Showcase

After studying Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech, Mrs. Kimberly Vreeland’s English I Honors students wrote original I Have a Dream speeches and delivered them to their peers. Students embraced Academy’s core curriculum in their creative topics and enthusiastic presentations.

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Photo Bomb: Alma Mater Day

Posted on: November 13th, 2014


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Academy Difference: Advisory Program

Posted on: October 27th, 2014

Academy Difference: Advisory Program

Hundreds of good old-fashioned, hand-written letters, the kind requiring pen to paper, are en route to Class of 2014 Academy graduates. The letters, written by Upper Division students, will land in New York and Chicago and as far as California.

And while those letters are bringing smiles to our alumni, current Wildcats are also spreading smiles on campus by writing letters during advisory and delivering them to their respective buddies.

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