We're in our second year at Academy, with our kids in 5th and 6th grades respectively. We couldn't be happier with our decision. The teachers genuinely care and go above and beyond to help each individual reach their maximum potential. I love the way our Head of School, Mark Heller, describes it: "We help each student become the best version of themselves." The kids begin each school day with our Middle Division Director greeting everyone with a warm smile and handshake. The 5th and 6th grade suite is perfectly situated and structured to work closely with students adjusting during these initial, foundational middle school years. Both of my kids thoroughly enjoy having the opportunity to play an instrument, and both selected the trumpet! Middle division sports begin in 5th grade and include soccer, track, volleyball, and more. What I love about sports and extracurricular activities is that Academy allows any student to participate, and my son currently plays soccer and is looking forward to track and baseball in the spring. Last year, one of my daughter's art pieces was chosen to be in a school-wide art show at a local gallery. This did wonders for her love of art, and it increased her confidence. Another wonderful recognition element includes "blue notes" that recognize students for a multitude of things. My son has earned several for things like helping fellow students. These blue notes really help build character and promote the school's five core values: balance, courage, distinction, inclusion, integrity, and stewardship. Next year, my son will move up to seventh and eight grade building, and I'm confident he'll be ready. Overall, the campus' beauty and warmth is evident, and we look forward to additions in facilities as the school continues to grow.
The middle school teachers are the finest you will find across the board in all subjects. The school does an excellent job of building an authentic culture where everyone at the school internalizes the school motto. Teachers are mentors, compassionate leaders, understanding and disciplined in their approach to inspiring kids to do their best. It's tough to find all of these attributes in a school, but Academy at the Lakes has carefully selected the best and brightest teachers that uphold its mission.
This school is fun. Balancing homework with in-school activities means kids aren't stressed-out all the time. Instead, they're happy, active and curious. And with so many opportunities to participate in athletics, arts, science and more, who wants to be loaded down with homework when you can be actively participating in learning experiences.
The school's motto is "You Matter Here" and every faculty, staff and administrator personifies honesty, integrity and empathy. I can't imagine a better school for developing character in a young person. Kudos to Mr. Pitcairn and Mr. Heller for instilling respect, appreciation and caring ever single day.
Very progressive teachers and curriculum. We are very impressed with the critical thinking assignments, hands-on projects and integration of technology into assignments and projects.
The atmosphere is very accepting, respectful and fun and no evidence of bullying in the middle school.
Teachers are smart, happy, energetic and enthusiastic and obviously love their jobs, students and the school.
Our second year here and we have no regrets after moving from another private school. Teachers care about each and every one of their students. The academics are rigorous and creative. I have two children in elementary school and one in middle school and all three are happy and thriving. This school is special and we are lucky to send our kids here. This happy, creative, supportive and academic environment has helped my children find their confidence while learning to not be afraid to take chances or make mistakes. They know that Academy at the Lakes is there for them every step of the way.
I have thoroughly enjoyed watching our daughter grow as a person and as a student over the last 3 years (she is in 3rd grade). Our goal in examining private education was to define a school based on excellent academics, social empowerment, a well defined arts and music program, technology initiatives and opportunities for sports. Academy has more than exceeded all of these requirements. We needed this after going to a local 'A' grade public school for kindergarten and were appalled with what we encountered: students showing up to the first day of school and not knowing basic colors, letters and 1-10. It affected our daughter's learning and skills. She knew advanced polygons, basic math and reading by kindergarten. She digressed massively in the public school system. Our daughter has returned to her love of learning, is empowered, plays piano and learning violin, has had art exhibited at a gallery, and enjoys her sports coaches. FYI - Each child learns a musical instrument. When competitions (sports or academics) occur they go and act with grace, whether winning or losing. I cannot say enough about this school and how much it has meant to us. Esse Quam Videri! Go Wildcats!