Academy At The Lakes is located in Land O Lakes, FL. It is a private school that serves 331 students in grades PK,K-12. Academy At The Lakes is coed (school has male and female students) and is nonsectarian in orientation. The school belongs to the National Association of Independent Schools.
My daughter was MENTALLY TORTURED! by the meanest 7th graders ever...to think that my husband and I thought this small school would be better than the public Liberty Middle...not so. I know teachers witnessed what she was going through because years later she has been able to start talking about it...and admits she hid it at home because this was a private school that was suppose to be "better" so if she tells her parents or shows signs of anything wrong she thought she'd be letting us down and not only that but maybe she was deserving of the abuse!!!!
My daughter is a strong, smart, pretty....but unless you as a parent are willing to spend time and money on therapy after...ovoid this misery. I do have to say that both the math and english teachers they had in the middle school '05/'06 where strict and excellent.
Great school....Great teachers....the lower division does need some improvements....but the education & dedication of the teachers is remarkable!!! The middle and upper division are NOT located in a strip mall. Not even close to the strip mall!!!
by a Parent
on May 21, 2011
Academy At The Lakes
Grades 5-12 are a fiasco. Students are forced to eat on a park bench outside under a pavillion, sometimes in rain storms and on chilly windy days.
Security and surveillance is mninimal to non-exixtant as any sociopath could breach the classrooms or campus within seconds.
Academics are decent in many areas of curriculum, but math has been a problem at this school, with many of the students receiving off campus tutorial services and an oft changing faculty in math.
Bullying and verbal threats of bodily harm are widely accpeted as the norm and if the subject is broached by guardians, administration will turn their sites on you as the villain.
Special exemptions and odd behaviors are the norm for those who can afford to pony up large donations to the school.
Tuition rates continue to climb at the rate of 5-10% a year due to the mass exodus of students from the program.
Every effort is made to brush all problems aside at thsi school and showcase it as some type of mini British private and proper typel school. It never apporaches such status and for the price of the school was a real let down.
I do agree about the poor elementary school infrastructure, for the amount of tuition you pay -- better classrooms & facilities should be expected. For music class, the kids sit on an old dirty ratty carpet. The computer lab is a joke as well. They require uniforms for all elementary & middle schoolers but not at the high school level where uniforms are needed most.
Although the high school is in a separate building, it IS adjacent to a busy strip mall. The elementary school does indeed have sub-standard facilities where the library is in the main entrance/foyer and the kids do eat at their desk. Maybe the 12/19 parent should take a long hard look at the elementary school before posting their comments.
PS: BTW, I certainly wouldnt send my children to any school located in an area where police situations seem to be the norm!!
by a Parent
on Apr 9, 2011
Academy At The Lakes
My daughter loves this school. The tuition is a little high but the attention and guidence that she receives off sets that. What attracted me to the school four years ago, was the small class size, the one on one time allowed with the teachers, the communication level between teachers and parents and the opportunities that the kids had to eat outside in a park environment. As for the above comment, I'm not really sure what that parent is talking about. The upper division library is not in the foyer, the kids eat outside and the High School is in a separate building on campus, not a strip mall. Frankly, I wouldn't trade this school for any around. Recently we had a police sitation down the street and not only did the school take a proactive response by locking down the school but they kept the parents well informed.
My kids hated this school to the extent that I had to pull them out. The tuition is over priced to say the least, the administration is focused more on the almighty $$ than the kids' education. The infrastructure is poor - the library is in the foyer, the kids eat at their desk & the high school is in a strip mall.
by a Parent
on Oct 14, 2010
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