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PK-12
Private
Land O'Lakes, FL
Students enrolled: 429
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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2331 Collier Pkwy
Land O'Lakes, FL 34639

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(813) 948-7600
(813) 948-2943
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September 17, 2014
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!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Academy has been an outstanding experience for our daughter. She has a love of learning. When she was in pre-I she went to a Montessori based school and did very well. Unfortunately, we transitioned her to a public school in New Tampa and it was a horrid mistake. Academy has been great at training her as a person, student, artist and now athlete. The well rounded child we had is now back! I owe a massive debt of gratitude to Academy. I cannot say enough good things about the faculty, staff and the other parents. It is truly a microcosm community, which also does a lot in helping surrounding communities as well. If you are considering private school, Academy should be right on top!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2013
HOME AWAY FROM HOME! My children and our family love the school. The academics, sports, arts, and clubs are great. Most importantly, the teachers and the administration are the best and take genuine interest in your child, helping them develop to the best of their ability as an individual.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2013
My children could not be more pleased with their experience at Academy at the Lakes. They literally wake up each day looking forward to going to school to see their friends and teachers. I have total confidence that while they are there they are learning how to be a well-rounded child, both socially and academically, and a good citizen of the world. If you are looking for a school that will offer your child individual attention, small classes and a broad range of learning opportunities look no further-- you've found it! The access to (and communication with) the teachers and administrators is second to none! I can send my childs teacher and email or text and have a response back typically within an hour or so. Excellent!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
This is a top notch experience. We have been at this school for 6 years. My kids are excelling in all areas including fine arts and technology. The teachers are so carry and you and the heads of school really do have an open door policy. It's a true sense of community at this school with alot of areas that families can get involved

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
I have had my child at academy for some time now, I am surprised by some of the negative reviews and honesty would say this is not a place that caters only to people that make big donations. I struggle with the tuition every year and the staff always works with me on payment plans etc. My child has received an amazing education and was accepted into a top tier university largely thanks to the education, counseling and assistance from the college prep team at Academy. They reviewed every application, assisted her with letters of recommendation, provided college counseling from the 8th grade on and most importantly made sure she was ready to take make the transition into University (academically and socially). I would tell anyone looking to take a look themselves as it is worth it here

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
The Best School in the Tampa Bay Area.!! We moved from NY five years ago and have been happy since we found Academy. My daughter is getting a top notch education in a warm caring environment; where the teachers, staff and all care for the children. They offer a quality college preparatory education with a mix of arts, extracurricular activities, sports that develop a well rounded child; prepared for the real world.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
This is by far in my opinion the worst education I have ever seen they are a school that masks themselves by assemblies and fake smiles they only care about appearance not a true quality of education do not waste your money it's even worst then public education the headmaster needs to go back to school and learn what education s really about!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2011
5 Stars in my book! Our child has attended at this school for the 3rd year and so far we have no complaints to speak of. Previous to enrollment we have found that other schools both public and private have offered a sub standard product comparably. In reference to the foreclosure pitch, one should be honest and admit that the school's administration and board was nothing less than forthcoming and open about ongoing negotiations regarding refinancing options. So if your child truly attended the school last year then you would be able to admit that without any reservation and know that we as parents were NOT asked to keep a lid on it. If you are seeking to place your child in a warm, but challenging school environment then perhaps this would be the school of choice. If you want politics and inequality then keep searching. No complaints here.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
My son started this school after being in public school here in fl. We moved from NJ where the school system was excellent. The public Florida school was to say the least horrible the teacher didnt care and it showed everyday!!! Academy at the lakes is a wonderful school its like a big family my son is doing fantastic and has made many friends. The teachers care about the kids and do their best everday to show that!! I love this school and I am glad we found it!!! Tuition is high but if you want your child to be well rounded and happy this is the place!!!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
Academy is a GREAT school with dedicated teachers & staff. I would not send my kids anywhere else!!! Thank You Academy!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2011
Academy at the Lakes didn't pay their mortgage to the Bank of America in November of 2010 and foreclosure proceeding's were brought against them on April 18th of 2011. The school has sent out missives to its faculty to stay mum on the issue and keep a stiff upper lip, but this was wide out in the open in the press and the St. Pete Times. Further investigation needs to be made before committing to this shaky institution.

- submitted by a community member
January 14, 2011
What a school! We struggled to come to terms with the cost at first, but working with the staff there proved to be quite rewarding!!! Thank you! Our daughter's education was so important to us, above anything else. Here, she is thriving, enjoying a fantastic education, social mix, athletics, etc. We are very pleased with everything!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2010
I like the school because of all the Fabulous events i see my Friend Kristen's kids doing. Luc and Travis are always talking about the fun they have and how much they LOVE their teachers.....

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2010
The one on one attention my children get, and the family like atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
Academy is truly the best school I have ever attended. I have been through public schools, other private schools, and even homeschooling. None of these compare to academy. They challenge me academically and offer me numerous opportunities to grow as a person. The teachers offer extra help sessions and everything else they possibly can to help us. The school offers numerous extra-curricular activities as well, which not only creates well rounded students, but a family-like environment. Academy is where I feel safest, and it really is my home.

- submitted by a student
August 29, 2009
Academy at the Lakes is a great place for children to grow into confident, accomplished young adults. My children have been at the school for a number of years and are very well prepared for their future. The administration is great -- open, caring, inspiring. The teachers change lives because they care about individual students. Some of the reviews on this site are crazy! (From parents who either don't have their demands met or whose kids can't cut it.) This is a great school, and it's getting better with the changes they are unafraid to make every year!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2009
academy is an awsome place to go to school. The teachers and faculty realy care about the students and want them to do well. Also, all of the teachers and faculty are easy to talk to no matter the topic. Academy is accomotating to all needs. If a student is very advanced or has disabiluties, the proper care and placement is aworded. This coming year will be my 12th year at academy. 1st grade-11grade, and i plan to graduate from academy. they have helped me with my SLD( learnig disabiluty) and i repeated 1st grade. i'm now basicly non-disabled because of the help I've received there. I have many close friends and every one if freindly towards each other. Even though it sounds corny, we are like a family.

- submitted by a student
June 14, 2009
I regret going to that school also the school has to many activities that there is no time to teach

- submitted by a student
June 09, 2009
Academy deserves recognition for all the hard work they put into this school. The faculty really do care for the children. The facililty is growing faster than the school could handle at this time. It is going through growing pains. In comparision to the school my children attend now it is a very young school. The quality is there you just have to look for it and make the best of it. I am no longer a parent from this school. We have moved away. I wish this school success.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 19, 2009
Academy offers a safe and nurturing environment for kids while offering a huge array of opportunities. The academics are first priority, though, and my kids have far exceeded the levels our public schools offer.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2009
Academy does offer good experiences for some and an overall nice atmosphere. Unfortunately, even though they offer a couple advanced courses, their core academic curriculum falls short of what is offered in public schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2009
This school is unrivaled in its ability to develop and mature students. As a senior at the school who has attended Academy since the second grade, I can profess from personal experience that this school has provided me opportunities that I would not have had at any other school. I will head off to Yale University confident in my ability to study with top students from all over the world, because of my experience at Academy at the Lakes. At no other school would I have had the opportunity to sing in a choir and play lead roles in school plays, while simultaneously leading the student political club, heading the school s soccer team, being active in service organizations, all while creating intimate relationships with students and teachers alike. I am who I am today because of my experience at Academy at the Lakes, and for that I am eternally thankful.

- submitted by a student
December 11, 2008
Academy at the Lakes is a top-notch school. As someone who is about to graduate from one of the best universities in the country, I truly believe that I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren t for the amazing teachers and the enriching experience I had at this fantastic school.

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2008
The Academy is a community valued school which guides children to discover their full potential. The dedicated and caring teachers and innovative curiculum motivate children to become responsible young adults who embrace learning. My children have been at the Acdemy for over 10 years. The Academy teachers have celebrated their successes and enriched their opportunities. My children have matured into respectable well-rounded young men who value their community and friendships.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2008
This school claims to be teaching a year ahead.... not true! We moved our son to a private school after 3y at Academy At The Lakes and he was actually behind.... but caught up in the public school just fine. Not all they claim to be and too expensive for what you get in return.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2008
I have to agree with the previous poster that faculty turnover is too high here. This will be my child's 3rd year here and it will most likely be the last given the return on educational investment. There are too many schools in the area that offer- at worst -an average curriculum. I feel the Academy does not offer the exceptional curriculum I expected and was told my child would receive (especially for the steep tuition). It is average at best, a real disappointment organizationally and academically.

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July 05, 2008
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June 27, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
June 09, 2008
In my opinion, the faculty turnover is too high, and the new administration is not as focused on the basics as they should be. A new charter school is opening in the area that's free, and in my opinion, a much better choice.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
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April 01, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
February 12, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating November 09, 2007
I am so pleased with Academy at the Lakes! The teachers are warm and caring, the students have integrity and are academically motivated. You couldn't ask for a better school!

- submitted by a community member
November 06, 2007
Academy at the Lakes was recently named best private school in Tampa Bay by Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine and I couldn't agree more! Academy is a wonderful, caring learning environment that our family is proud to be a part of!

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2007
Academy at the Lakes, is a very expensive for a child, and to receive the little education that academy offers as well as most of the teachers are not teaching children anything, and compared to a public school, there is a very big difference. My experience with this school was horrible and I would not recommend it for anyone's child.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2007
This is a wonderful school with high academic standards, offering students a wide range of classes, many of which other schools don't have, and offering them at a challenging level (regular, honors, and AP). SAT scores are high and 90 percent of students get into their choice colleges, a few students in which are going to ivy-league schools. The teachers hold high degrees and are very motivational. This school offers a wide range of extracurriculars, including a wonderful arts program, giving students many opportunities to get involved.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2007
Proceed with caution: New principal, lots of changes in teachers & staff. The school is outgrowing its space and the space they do have is tight. Children have no cafeteria, no inside gathering space. Current school improvements are focused on upper division campus. Academically the school does a fair job, although more challenging programs are offered in other bay area schools. The school promotes their teaching at one grade level higher than other schools, but is not truly equipped to challenge above-average or gifted children.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
January 30, 2007
Our move from public school to Academy at the Lakes has been nothing but positive. The smaller class sizes allow for individualized attention and a great learning experience.

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2006
This is my daughter's sixth year at the Academy. Her scores on the SAT, which the kids take starting in the second grade, have been very high. I'm amazed at the amount she is learning here. The music program is particularly impressive, and the yearly school play is not only enjoyable to watch, but dazzling!

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2006
This commands an extraordinary intellectual environment. The teachers concern and a predominant amount of the students want to be there. The teachers and students have mutual respect for each other. This makes it a wonderful place to learn.

- submitted by a student
January 16, 2006
This is a wonderful school. My three children all attend and are thriving. The faculty and administration become friends and feel like family. It is a great place to send your children.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
This school , although small, lacks a nurturing and warm environment. The teachers are uncaring and not very well trained or organized. My overall experience with this school was very negative and I would not recommend it for anyone's child.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2004
Academy at the Lakes is a great school. It teaches children from the age of 3 to 18. It offers many difference elements in its approach. Children are required to volunteer and give of themselves. Children graduate with a well rounded perspective of life.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 26, 2004
Academy at the lakes is a great school. Some of the parents feel as if they are better than the rest of the families. The children are taught extremely well. They have many wonderful teachers and some that I would like to see leave. My daughter has recently graduated and has been excepted to a wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
A great learning environment that offers all students an opportunity to explore their talents academically, artistically and socially. Inspiring teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Wonderful scholastic advancement with focus on each student's needs.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2003
Wonderful place. An educational gift to your children that will last a lifetime.

- submitted by a parent
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Academy At The Lakes
2331 Collier Pkwy, Land O'Lakes, FL  34639
(813) 948-7600
Last modified Academy At The Lakes is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Academy At The Lakes Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top