"Academics, Athletics, Fine Arts, Family/Community Atmosphere"
Students enrolled 650
School leader Glenn Chapin
Transportation options Yes
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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650 Rantoul Ln
Lake Mary, FL 32746

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(407) 805-0095
(407) 322-3872
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3 stars
Based on 58 ratings

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September 12, 2014
Lake Mary Prep is an Excellent school! Have 4 children attending for 8years and love everything about it!

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2014
I couldn't ask for a better or safer academic environment. The difference in my child's preparedness for college since transitioning from public school to LMP is remarkable. Teachers, admin, & coaches demonstrate their investment in my child's future on a daily basis. We are blessed to be a part of the LMP family!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2014
Wow, I think the previous reviewer picked the wrong school to go to 4 years ago. LMP isn't for everyone, which is true of any school. And if it isn't right, then you need to move on to the best/right school for you. I would have to disagree with most of what this student/parent had to say. Take a look at the list of colleges that this year's seniors are going to and tell me this school doesn't have high academic standards. Look at the various state championships won in sports to see how dedicated the staff and students are about athletics. My child has experienced so much more than just curriculum at LMP, expanding knowledge about the world and it's various issues. The school is relatively small, and very close knit, which I find to be the very best part of the experience. The tuition is in line with other area private schools, and yeah for the generosity of parents and alumni to help build a better school! I'm not crazy about some of the teachers but that is true of every school, and perhaps worse in public school with tenure. All in all, the years at LMP have been fantastic and the plan is to graduate from there.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
I have gone to LMP for almost 4 years and have never been more happy to switch schools. I am a freshman. I was in the gifted program when i attended public school and I learned more in one year than I have in all four at LMP. The teachers simply repeat everything and move slowly They add extra homework so it seems like we are doing something when in reality we are not. LMP makes the average students feel great and only cares about money. Also the athletics program is a joke. Especially for the girls Again it is political and structured for average athlete. People who donate money receive special treatment. The teams never win anything. LMP is fake when people come to see the school. The social environment is awful due to the small size of the school. If you are not at the same low maturity level of all of the other kids in your grade then you will be miserable. The classes are 50-70 kids each and the ratio for boys to girls is 3:1. If your child is exactly like every other LMP kid then this is the school for you. Also the foreign exchange student program has over run the school even though most do not participate in sports or other activities and are simply money for the school.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2014
Lake Mary Prep. School has been a home from home for my son. The elementary teachers were nurturing and caring which helped him to grow in confidence each year. Field trips such as the mud walk, pioneer day and St. Augustine engaged him and encouraged him to pursue learning outside of the classroom. In addition to those benefits, music classes and an elementary band program fostered a love of the performing arts; and all this before the age of ten! As he transitioned to middle school there were logistical and organizational challenges which the advisory program, and very caring teachers and administrators kindly helped him to overcome. Middle School also brought opportunities for further travel to play J H sports against other local schools, field trips to experience outdoor challenges at Cedar Kirk and Montana, and the M.A.O. to compete against students from around the world in academic/artistic pursuits such as geography, declamation and musical performance. The teachers are excellent, focusing strongly on writing and critical thinking rather than simply memorization and faculty members are very available to provide extra help if needed. All in all LMP has been a great choice!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
My daughter has thrived for the past 8 years at LMP. The teachers and administrators in the lower and middle school truly know my child's strengths and weakness and work as a team to provide her with opportunities to grow as a student and as an individual. I have found LMP to have strong academics along with a large variety of arts and athletics that allow my daughter try new things. I would recommend LMP to families who are looking for a safe, nurturing, but still challenging environment for their child.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
The faculty at this school could use some uprising. As for a few good teachers the others are as quick to judge as the head of middle school. Some teachers act completely different around visitors and the parents. The headmaster is wonderful and tries to provide a safe environment for the kids. If your child is not 'inside the box' then I would not reccomend this school. As for the Principal Leadership, I am referring to the Head Master

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
My student has developed into a global thinker. The programs this school has to offer is beyond any comparison throughout the county. You receive far more than your monies worth.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2014
Lake Mary Prep has been our school for just under seven years. In that time, our family has grown to call LMP home. When we made the decision to attend private school in one of the best rated counties in the state (Seminole County) we were hopeful to validate taking that risk. We spent a great deal of time speaking to families ahead of us to gain insight as to why they continued to come back. We wanted to have a learning experience with smaller class sizes, a close relationship with the teachers and various courses of study. To say the least, we have been blown away with how the process has unfolded. The staff and administration at LMP are passionate and work tirelessly to achieve success. We have found that over time, our children have grown confident at each stage of development. We knew it was a commitment we had to make for more than just one year to be able to evaluate progress fairly. Each year, we continued to see the next block of the process fit into place and reaffirm our decision. The teachers have always been willing to work with us in any respective areas of need and we continue to be hopeful that the years ahead will complete the story.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2014
We have two children at LMP and for our family the school truly does provide the best balance of high academic standards, creative learning opportunities and a warm, loving environment. There are many different opportunities for parent involvement/participation, extracurricular activities, and they offer a variety of terrific after-school enrichment programs on-site. There is something for everyone and really convenient if you have children spread out among grade levels or with varied interests. There have been a number of positive changes in the last few years, including a focus on improved communication and offering a more personalized learning experience for each student. You should really tour to see for yourself what a great school this has become - you will feel at home when you walk through the doors. ..... And 2nd grade was hands down the best experience ever!

- submitted by a parent
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.

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 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
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
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
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
September 03, 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
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
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
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
February 01, 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
December 01, 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!

- submitted by a community member
October 04, 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
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
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!

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 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
March 01, 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
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
February 09, 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
December 03, 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
September 16, 2011
My son is in 6th grade at LMP. This is our first year. We could not be happier! Love everything about it! Caring teachers and staff, along with a fabulous education! My son loves going to school every day. Also, he's made lots of friends. We heard that once Meritas bought LMP the changes made were all for the better!! :) .

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2011
This is a great school with great programs. My son has consistantly scored 4 or 5 on AP science tests. In response to parent comment in October, you may get more choices at a 5000+ high school, but LMP delivers a nuturing and supportive enviroment that has allowed myshild to succeed and grow. I would recommend this school over and over again.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2010
My son attended 6-9th grades. At that point I decided to shop local high schools - I found a local "A" rated public magnet high school - it offered more classes (AP/dual enrollment,.etc) than this school. Also once my son started the public school I found out he was 1 year behind many kids in science... not somthing I had expected when I spent $13-$15K a year on his middle school education at LMP.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2010
This is a great school with a staff that really cares about your child. I would highly recommend it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 11, 2010
I have been here here for two years with my son at LMP. This school has a very dedicated faculty and they really care about the students. Dr. Taintor, who is the headmaster, is always eager to help along with the other administrators. This school rally feels like a family. If you are looking for a school that is well rounded, has amoderate tuition, not to high and not to low, I would recommend LMP.

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January 04, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2009
Kids have been going here since 2001. Staff is very involved in students doing their best. Couldn't be any happier.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2009
We could not be happier to attend this school. They staff really cares about the success of all children. We are truly blessed to have the opportunity to go to this college prep school

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2009
Very helpful, small class size and the ability to work one on one with teachers. Leadership/adminstration has been strenghtened since meritas purchased. An excellent school getting better every day.

- submitted by a parent
July 05, 2009
Excellent school..Public schools in sanford are so in need of more...Lmp just keeps getting better....Sports,academics and music! my child has loved it for years.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2008
Wow! Reading the last two reviews completely surprises me. Our child attended the school prior to Meritas and continues today. She is challenged by the teachers & is testing in the 95% bracket on National exams. (act, psat) I feel many times parents wish to blame Schools, teachers & even snobby parents when their child is not excelling. Certainly they are correct in trying to find a better match for their child but should not 'blame' the school. I do not agree the school is going down fast but have seen constant improvement & better communication between the teachers and the parents. We are contacted by teachers (via email) whenever our child is not doing her best work. Due to this we have the ability to correct unproductive habits early. We are also provided several programs (international travel, Leadership conferences, College visits etc) that help enrich our child's education.

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October 18, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 07, 2008
My children have attended LMP for two years and we have been very dissapointed with the teachers, administration, and snobby parents. There are only aboout two teachers in the school who are actually Fl. state certified and most are teaching out of field-this isn't just heresay-these are facts. The school has recently been bought out by the Meritas Corp. and seems to be going downhill fast. This new corp. is all about money and has already spent a ton re-painting the school(when it wasn't needed) and adding a new cafeteria. It is a disgrace to spend all of this money on trivial things when the elementary school-or 'lower school' is currently using an outdated(year 2000) reading curriculum. An eight year old curriculum is completely unacceptable for any school-esp. one that claims to be 'college prep'. My children will be leaving this pretentious, unorganized school fast!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
The school was recently bought out by a corporation that runs other private schools and everything about LMP that we once loved is gone.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
This is our second year at LMP (we just entered 1st grade). We chose LMP because of the size, cost, location and one of the few private schools in the country that doesn't involve religion as a part of the curriculum. We are extremely satisfied. Compared to public school, which my mother teaches at and nieces and nephew attend, there is no comparison. My daughter reads, writes, is telling time, working on fractions and having fun while doing it. She is ahead of her cousin by a grade level and she is 1 year younger! Your children are motivated, pushed and are expected to perform at an advanced level within this school.

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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2007
After two years at LMP, we are glad to be gone. The strongest plus at the school is the facility. The teachers were educational, but severely lacked parental socialization skills. This school is certainly not worth the money.

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- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2006
This school has wonderful, strong teachers. My children have received a good education. Unfortunately, the school is so poorly managed and very inconsistent with discipline.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
If you are looking for friends and enjoys crafts this is the school for you! Your kid(s) will get a mediocre education. It is all about the parents ego here. Your kids will achieve if you are there to help them achieve. If you leave them on their own they are competing with other kids' parents. This is from 1st grade up. It doesn't sound like it, but I actually like the school. In effect the high tuition keeps riff-raff out. I think the teachers are of average caliber at best, sort of petty. Admin policy: nod/smile/ignore you.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
At first visit, we were quite impressed with this school. However, we soon found the administration to be exceedingly difficult to deal with. The quality of the instruction is no better than what we've experienced in public school... We are dissatisfied with the entire experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
My daughter was at this school for 3 years and we absolutely loved it! We moved to Texas and that is why she stopped going there. Excellent academics, large parent involvement and great extracurricular activities are just a small sum up of this school. The teachers are very involved with their students. There is never a concern as to whether or not your child is getting enough attention. Now that we have moved to Texas, I have realized how far ahead our daughter is compared to the other children. The tuition is also very reasonable compared to the rest of the private schools in the nation. By far the best all round influence my daughter has ever experienced.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
While the education is top-rate there is a definate 'snooty' air about this school. The children - even at a young age - are driven hard and sometimes without good reason...one doesn't learn by force alone.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
What a wonderful school! You can not beat the education your children will get here. We recently had to relocate and move away from Lake Mary. We are so sad to have left such an amazing school. The teachers are wonderful, class sizes are perfect, and the education is solid and strong. We leave behind not only a wonderful school, but a 'family'. The parents and families involved with LMP are a community with strong values and huge hearts. I great value for a private school with so much to offer.

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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2004
From our 3 year experience I would say that the elementary is well run and curriculum is great. From 6th grade up, the school is not up to par with their standards. From our experience I would recommend the elementary, but the upper school has a long way to go.

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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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Lake Mary Preparatory School
650 Rantoul Ln, Lake Mary, FL  32746
(407) 805-0095
Last modified Lake Mary Preparatory School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Lake Mary Preparatory School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 59 reviews. Top