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Lake Mary Preparatory School

Private | PK-12 | 650 students

Academics, Athletics, Fine Arts, Family/Community Atmosphere
 
 

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $170,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,120.

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3 stars

Community Rating by Year
2014:
Based on 4 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted February 27, 2014

A few great teachers, as for the others, not so much. Not very academically challenging, but has a secure classroom environment. Social interactions are a nightmare with the small class size, although it leaves opportunity for clubs and leadership roles, if there were any school spirit, that is. Extremely negative sports program for girls. Students lack integrity, and I would be glad to never go back.


Posted February 5, 2014

Terrible. Only good if you are in the "box" type of child. That box is getting smaller. The Principal doesn't belong in a position of leadership .Vindictive if you go to her with a problem or issue. Not worth the tuition. Education is okay. Not worth the money. PK3 teachers are great!!! 2nd grade teachers are also great. That is where it ends!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2014

This school does not recognize giftedness. Please note, most of the good reviews are made by parents who works on the school. They are encouraged to create these reviews and these parents might be happy to get a discount and a snobby value of having their average or low IQ children in a private school. The bad reviews are primarily made by those with the brightest kids. Teachers, faculty, parents and students are either envying gifted families or completely unable to understand what gifted is. The teachers are NOT endorsed in giftedness, neither do any of them hold a master in the field. Everything is tailored to help average intelligent students to become high achievers. Everything is very old-schooled. If your child is truly gifted he/she might become an underachiever at LMP. Go to your local public school where there are many more kids thus your child can't be the only one who is gifted on his/her grade level. All public schools in Florida identify giftedness and offer a gifted program. Private schools do not!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2014

We have been at LMP for 6 years and feel it has provided a great learning experience for our children !!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

Our family is new to LMP this year and we have felt welcomed from months before we even started! Our two children (one in lower school and one in upper school) have adapted well and were well prepared for the challenging curriculum. Teachers and administrators have a great open-door policy, communication with parents is constant and informative, and our children's classmates are kind and inclusive. We love that it is part of a broader network of schools (both in the US and overseas) and that it is an accredited institution, going through a rigorous process every number of years to ensure a quality learning environment for all. The numerous extracurricular activities and school-wide events have been wonderful and a great opportunity for students to either showcase their talents or try out new ones in a safe environment. Families are very involved, collaborating with teachers in special events and leading many of their own. Students themselves are encouraged to take on leadership roles and create opportunities for community service, develop their artistic, linguistic, and athletic aspirations, and meet with teachers when any questions arise. We are excited to be LMP Griffins!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2013

My daughter and son joined LMP this year (5th and 7th grade). My children were in public schools about 30 minutes north of LMP. I cannot begin to explain in writing what a difference this school has made to our family. My kids were A students and still are at LMP, however, what I see is a huge difference in their personality. They are not afraid to "come out of their shell." My son was bullied and hit at the public school. He started to become depressed and afraid. LMP is a non-intimidating kind of school where students actual support one another. The teachers respond to my emails, even on the weekends! Mr. Chapin has embraced us as new parents and has reached out to us for our advice. My children do have an increase in homework, but I am happy to see that! I was glad that LMP offered advanced courses, so I could keep my son academically challenged. I have to admit that I really thought my kids would have a hard time transitioning, but LMP went out of their way to make my kids feel at home. Sending my kids there was the best decision we ever made! Thanks LMP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

My daughter went to LMP from Kindergarten thorugh 3rd grade. They wanted to bump her a grade because she was making A='s with no input from us and we said no. We inquired multiple times about a gifted or AP program and never got an answer. We finally pulled her out and put her into the public school system only to find out she was behind in math and science. It took her a year to catch up but now she is gifted/pre-IB. The school really caters to the wealther students and donors. They do not handle unruley kids well at all especially if their parents are big donors. It was really not worth the tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2013

PROSPECT PARENTS OF FIFTH GRADE PLEASE READ. I had 2 children at Lake Mary Prep, 1 in 5th grade and 1 in 7th. This review is for my experience with the fifth grade. The math/science teacher is very energetic and all feedback from students was excellent. The reading/writing/social studies teacher on the other hand is the reason you should not transfer your child to this school. She picks favorites and is very difficult to work with. I could list all of the issues but figured the best one to relay is standardized test scores. My child dropped in all of the CPT-4 test scores related to this teachers classes. After discussing with other 5th grade parents, their children's scores dropped as well. I was very disappointed, after more research with parents of older children (who happen to also be big volunteers at the school), that this issue has been going on for years. Its a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

Lake Mary Prep exceeded our expectations in our son's first year. It was not a glorified babysitter as we first thought it might be. The PK-3 program's curriculum and teachers were top-notch. They introduced several subjects and concepts in a fun and hands-on environment. The teachers treat the kids as their own and work with them and the parents to ensure their growth. My 3-year old's confidence in social situations grew exponentially in this first year (something that we and the teachers worked on). We plan on keeping him in LMP and hope they continue to exceed expectations in years to come. Thus far, we highly recommend it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2013

My son is in his first year at Lake Mary Prep and we are incredibly happy. He attended a highly accelerated preschool program elsewhere and LMP has continued to stimulate him with their wonderful academic program. It is absolutely incredible how much he has learned this year, how much he has grown and how wonderfully happy and excited he is to attend school each day. The administration and teachers are incredible and inspiring to my child. I am thrilled that my shy young son has found a place where he can thrive, learn, be challenged and feel safe and loved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2013

PROSPECT PARENTS PLEASE READ Our daughter attended LMP from September 4 through December 21, 2012. We withdrew her because LMP was not meeting her needs academically. Before deciding to attend LMP, I spoke to rep on and off for approximately one year. My main objectives were to have a strong academic program along with a nurturing environment. After taking a tour of the school and speaking with the rep we decided to enroll ##. LMP did offer a very warm environment; however it did not offer a strong Pre K 4 program. The curriculum that was offered was equal to Pre K 3. We understand that their program has a different philosophy; however in our opinion it s based more on a child that has not had any structure type of environment. Over the four months we spoke to her teacher on numerous occasions that our daughter was bored and not being stimulated. We requested additional homework, but never received any. Now LMP owes us over $800 and will not refund our money. They said we signed a contract. Really. It's Pre K for goodness sake. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE. THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT YOUR CHECKBOOK.. NOT ONLY DO YOU PAY TUITION YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR ADDITIONAL REQUIRED ACTIVITY.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2012

To be completely honest I moved from the UK and I went to the school for almost three years. I thought from reading the handbook and the website it was a good school. When I left on the first day I thought it was great, but after seventh grade, I had a whole group of girls who never excepted me, and the school teachers are very apalling. I finished going to the school in the year 2012 as a freshman. I will want to go back, only and if they get new and better teachers, not fresh out of college. There were many problems with one particular teacher, who was fresh and taught history, she would text during class and only teach us from videos she showed. Very appalling school, sugggest yoou don't sned your kids there if they are starting during the school year. Not the best social environment from what I've been through. I now go to Unionville High school in Pennslvania, and it is outstanding!


Posted October 4, 2012

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school. The teachers, students and administrative staff are incredible. My son is so happy. He feels feels safe, cared for, respected and challenged. I can also say that he has been inspired...to learn, grow and think outside the box. His confidence in himself grows each day. I am thrilled to have my son at Lake Mary Prep and look forward to when my other son finally enters school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

What a huge waste of time and money! I too wish I could give it less than one star! I truely wonder if this is the only place these people could get a job.I doubt you could get worse for free down the road!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2012

I wish I could give the school a lower rating than 1 star! On the positive there are a few good teachers that will go above and beyond for your child- in particular a math teacher in the upper school. However, most teachers don't care and arrive minutes before school starts and leave as soon as the last class clears out. The overall education quality is much lower than several oft he local public schools, but if you really want "prep school" on your childs' transcripts then... The school was bought out by Meritas several years ago and as other reviewers stated- it's all for money. Meritas is owned by Sterling Partners, an investment firm. Meritas exists to take your money and cares little further than that other than remaining far from law suits. Save yourself a headache and avoid LMP all-together as well, in my experience, as any other Meritas school!


Posted March 1, 2012

Please take the time to read all the reviews! I wish I had! I also wish I had gone to other web sites that rate schools. I hope you learn from my mistake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

The Veterans' Day event was great! I can not say anything else was. We sure paid a large sum for an event we could have attended for free.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2012

I have two children at LMP and couldn't be happier. The teachers are very dedicated and take time with each student to develop an individual plan for their learning and success. It has the feel of a small community school with a nurturing environment. My children are excelling academically and while no school is perfect - I am happy to make sacrifices financially to allow my children a great experience at LMP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2012

My sons have been attending the school since 6th grade. Highly recommended. Lots of extracurricular opportunities available. Nice group of kids. Strong academics. Participate in arts, music, sports, debate, and community service programs. Education can not be beat. if you want your child involved in school activities and given individualized attention, this is the place to be. It is the only place that I have seen where kids do not want to leave school. It could be 6pm and alot of the students are still hanging out at the school after their activities. IT IS A GREAT SIGN TO SEE A SCHOOL WHERE THE STUDENTS DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2011

Lake Mary Prep -NOT FOR THE GIFTED! Our gifted daughter went to LMP for 2 years. We kindly asked if the school would help us by minimizing the repetitive stuff for her, at least in the homework. The teacher and the head of lower school said yes to us but did the opposite to our daughter and refused that they started with agreement with us. They measure the kids on the number of books they reed and not on reading big chapter books, which pressed our daughter to put her level down for reading many too easy books instead of her interest in big history books. The principal ended up saying that LMP's program is not the right match for a gifted child. I am a gifted mom myself (member of mensa) and I can tell, that the staff at LMP obviosly don't even know what the word gifted means and the criteria of beeing hired on that school is not qualifications, but being family or friends to somebody who works there. But I believe some average families can be satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 44%
Black 10% 29%
Asian 5% N/A
Hispanic 4% 24%
Two or more races 3% N/A
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% N/A
Source: NCES, 2009-2010

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Security personnel
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Chinese (Mandarin)
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Math club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Dance club
  • Drama club
  • Marching band
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Clubs
  • Debate
  • National Honor Society
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Glenn Chapin
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Some boarding, some day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Fax number
  • (407) 322-3872

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many languages and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program school-wide for at least 25% of our population
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Security personnel
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • School-sponsored trips to college campuses
  • Summer college prep programs
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Archery
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Flag football
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Archery
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Power lifting / Weight lifting
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Jazz band
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Community service
  • DECA
  • Dance club
  • Debate
  • Drama club
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Marching band
  • Math club
  • National Honor Society
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student council/government
  • Television/Radio News
  • Yearbook
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  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
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  • From Our Headmaster Lake Mary Preparatory School offers a premier educational experience in PreK3 through high school. Our primary purpose is always to do what is best for our students. The touchstone of LMP is to identify and recognize the potential of each and every child. We strive to challenge our students academically, while teaching them to be responsible, compassionate members of our school community and the global community.
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Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$7000 - $14000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
School-sponsored trips to college campuses
Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
4 year college - 100%
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650 Rantoul Ln
Lake Mary, FL 32746
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Phone: (407) 805-0095

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