We are so thankful Lakeland School for Girls was there to help us in our role as parents. It was unspeakably difficult to admit we needed help to raise our daughter in a Godly way, but Lakeland School was gracious and understanding at every step. They provided an experience for her that we could never have duplicated at home and taught her things she would never have accepted from us. Going away for a while gave us all a break from the tension and pain. Lakeland School for Girls gave us solid teaching so we could step back and think constructively about our relationship while we healed. We are stronger now as a family than we have ever been before.
LCS used to be a Christian School that was interested in making sure students came from a Christian family and were members of a Christian church. Now with the government giving grants to students, LCS has changed priorities from Christian values to monetary interest. Even if a Pastor calls giving a negative report on family and/or student, students are accepted when money is guarenteed by government. Very dissappointed.
I can t say enough about how Lakeland Grace Academy changed my daughter. She is confident and respectful, and we trust each other again. She can enjoy her senior year of high school, having fun like a teenager should.
This is our 8th year as an LCS family and Lakeland Christian has been a blessing on so many levels. The academic and spiritual growth we have seen in our children has surpassed all expectations. Each of our children has their own personality and there are classes, clubs, athletics, performing arts and activities offered for each one of them. We are encouraged by the prayer, love and nurture given by all of their teachers. Yes, the campus is beautiful, but we started at LCS before any renovations were done and before the stadium and elementary/middle school building was built. What remains the same before and after construction is a school committed to Education in the Light of God's Word.
My husband and I are so grateful for the education our children are receiving at LCS. Our desire to raise them in a home that is completely dependent on the mercy and love of Christ is reinforced every day in the classrooms at LCS. The beautiful buildings are not full of perfect people. But they are filled with faculty and staff who understand their need for a Savior and are committed to pointing our children to Him as well. The excellent academic education they are receiving is preparing them for a world that worships the created more than the Creator. Thank you LCS for "preparing my children for the road"!
i went there for part of high school an most of elementary ... the kids are nice until they hit 6th or 7th grade then the clicks form an the hostility begins.... and administration turn there heads to the more well known or better off parents children lots of favoritism an the kids are not nice a very hostile environment to be in defiantly not a "christian" high school
We have had our 3 children at LCS now for 10 years, each starting in Kindergarten. Each of my children are different but at this school all of their needs have always been accounted for. Just like there is no perfect church, there is also no perfect school but there is no better place to have my children then in an environment in which they are prayed for daily, made to feel successful daily by their teachers and givien ample opportunities to use their unique gifts. Whether it be music, sports, academics, etc there is something for each child at LCS. This was the best choice for our family and when they are ready to graduate they will have all the tools needed for their next stage of life.......most importantly, a grounded sense of who they are in Christ!!!!
I LOVE this school! Our children are in middle school and elementary and have attended for 7 years. We've had great teachers and the school feels like a family. We are very pleased with the academic programs which are both, creative and challenging. Outside the classroom, my children also enjoy the musical and sports programs. I know there are no perfect schools, but we've seen Lakeland Christian strive at every turn to apply mercy, grace and Biblical truth to the lessons and experiences inside and outside the classroom.
There is a lot of partial treatment at LCS in the sense that the staffs and teachers profile a lot of parents and the kids based on social class level which at times they use to judge behaviors. There is more focus on "wannabes" rather than focusing on accommodating everyone especially when we are paying full tuition. If you are thinking of this school, I will advise you try other schools first...
This school is not the premier school that it portrays itself to be. A school like this really does damage to an outsiders view on Christianity. I was very unsatisfied with my child's treatment and education. The positive reviews you see are from faculty and heavy contributors. The bad reviews are from a normal parents perspective.
Our experience at LCS to date has been mixed. Solid academics for sure, but based on fellow parents who have children at charters or other private schools I'd say not superior but definitely solid. What'll sell you on this school is the facilities as everything looks brand new and top notch. I'd recommend looking past this and making your decision based on the other things important. Our concern with the school has a lot to do with its status as the generally recognized top school in Lakeland. Lots of parents went there and have never moved from Lakeland and there's lots of "old money" there. Lots of BMW driving women dropping their kids off in full makeup if that gives you a picture of it. Lots of cliques and snooty attitudes and the staff seems to spend a lot of time dealing with that. Lots of parents start their feedback with the "I pay X amount for this school so you better do Y" type stuff. There are nice parents there obviously but they're not the vocal ones. With regards to the Christian side, it's a "generic" Christian school and that means exactly what you'd expect. Christian values taught, generally, but there's something missing from this school - a soul.
Great School! We are so blessed to have found LCS-everything we were looking for is right here.... Christian values, challenging academics, family atmosphere, wonderful staff, excellent athletic program and most importantly , my children LOVE to go to school everyday. I would definitely recommend Lakeland Christian School!
I am a new parent at LCS of elementary age children. I am so thankful we made the change from our previous school to here. The faculty, the administration and the curriculum are fabulous. I can't say enough!
Small enough to stay in touch; large enough for great sports and socialization for my daughter; great Christian values
I am currently a student at Lakeland Christian and believe some aspects of the system are great while others are fairly disappointing. The overall curriculum is satisfactory, the only 'challenging' courses I have experienced so far are Math and Science. The only 'problem' course has been bible. Once the students reach a certain age and maturity level, bible teachers become oppressive when it boils down to an personal opinion. I have had to lie on worksheets and tests to maintain an 'A' or even a 'B' average. They look down upon those who 'doubt' and 'have questions'. I would definitely not recommend this school to receive a 'wholesome' and 'well-rounded' christian education.
I am a graduate of LCS and an thrilled that my children are receiving a quality education at LCS. They are taught by teachers who love and pray for them everyday, they are taught the scriptures daily and acadmeically are testing well above national scores. They are taking computers, arts, and languages that will put them ahead in universitys and in the work force We are reciving an excellent education at LCS and I wouldn't put my children anywhere else. The school puts a great effort in balancing arts, academics, and athletics we couldn't be happier.
LCS provides a good foundation during elementary school, except for the lack of focus on vocabulary words. If you want good education, with a strong emphasis on the Bible this is the school. For high school I will say; however, that the parental involvement can almost be too much - and there is an overwhelming dominance in theological opinion. Not much creative freedom is given for expression or writing. You will earn a bad grade for opining in the 'wrong' direction. Rules are great - the more strict the better - but domination of thought is another thing. There are a lot of good kids that would otherwise flourish, that may feel stifled in this environment. Elementary great - High School...no! That is my vote :)
LCS provides our children a safe learning environment mixed with high-quality academics and tons of enrichment. Our children love being able to pray in school and rave about chapel every week! Both of our children are involved in music and sports programs as well as academic challenges such as Odyssey of the Mind and Math Olympics. What a joy to walk through the campus and see the high schoolers interacting positively with the younger elementary children. LCS isn't utopia, but it is a great place to be! We are proud to be part of the tradition of Lakeland Christian School!
I would rate Academic program quality at LCS very good. Parental involvement level is very high as you would expect from a Christian private school of this type. LCS is large for a a K-12 Christian school, about 900 students, and has a good selection of arts and music programs. Sports is important at LCS with soccer, basketball, baseball, swimming, track, golf, etc. Football has recently been added 'due to popular demand!' The real emphasis at LCS, though is on the spiritual dimension. Christianity is central not only to Bible courses but at every level and in every course. A real advantage is the fact that the school is not tied to a specific church but was started and is run by a board of directors composed of local Christian businessmen.
My daughter is in First grade and I can't say enough good things about this school. I feel she is truly blessed to be there.There are so many afterschool activities and the parents are great. We have a prayer meeting to pray for our kids, parent luches, family get togethers. This is a great school with a great focus on education.
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