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Lake Mary Preparatory School

Private | PK-12 | 650 students

Academics, Athletics, Fine Arts, Family/Community Atmosphere
 
 

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 13 ratings
2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted Friday, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted May 4, 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 65% 42%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 3%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Hispanic 6% 29%
Black 4% 23%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Percentage of students going to 4-year college 100% (2013)
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Source: Manually entered by a school official.

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
School leaders can update this information here.

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

Don't understand these terms?
  • 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
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • 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.)
More from this school
  • 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.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

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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