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K-6
Public charter
Lutz, FL
Students enrolled: 566
 

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17951 Highway 41
Lutz, FL 33549

(813) 428-7100
(813) 426-7061
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Map of Lutz Preparatory Academy address.
April 15, 2015
I have 2 children at Lutz prep. My eldest has attended since the first year Lutz Prep opened its doors. To be honest, every year I have had issues with the school. For instance, my child not being challenged enough, or the principal that was never seen, and appeared uninvolved. I am happy to say this year I've seen a lot of improvements. Teachers are really open with communication on Edsby, grading is updated frequently, a lot more hands on science for 5th grade compared to years before. My child is being challenged more this year. Kids are held accountable for missing work or reading etc. BRAVO teachers! The principal is always involved & helping with carline & students. She makes announcements in the morning (last 2 principals had coaches do it). There is still a lot more growing and improvements for Lutz Prep. I personally would like see a new Chair on Board of Directors, to give opportunity for voices of the parents to be heard. Growth also has to come from parents too- let the teachers teach & be more involved with your child's learning instead of just sitting back & pointing fingers, & spoiling your child with "things." Be that bridge that connects to help academic growth.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2015
If you are considering this school, please stay away. This was once a wonderful school where our children did very well. They hired anew principal this year who is cold, no personality, I have heard her with my own ears speaking very negatively about both the students and her staff. I believe the word she used was "her minions" when referring to the teachers on staff. When I heard this, I did a little digging. At her prior school, she could not keep an assistant principal for more than year. They all left after a year because of her unprofessionalism and they did not want to be a part of some unsavory decisions she would make. Lutz Board, lets do some research and check some references before hiring the new principal. I understand this may be a possibility. If we get new leadership in there, I am confident quite a few of us will stay at this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2015
We had both our children enrolled at Lutz Preparatory since 2012- we finally pulled them out this year because we did not "fit in" with the supposed gifted-driven curriculum. After being chided for lack of monetary contributions to the school (yes, my husband and I have money, but it s at our discretion where we donate it), my kids exclusion from afterschool activities with classmates (because we did not fit in with the clique), and constant poor classroom leadership/instruction, we enrolled our kids in the local Hillsborough public school. Imagine my surprise, disgust, and stress when our kids, specifically our oldest that has FSA testing this spring, were very far behind, to the point they may need to be retained. Not once did an LP teacher, administrator, or anyone else conference with us about this, yet my child received "A's and B's". So disappointed...

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2015
Shame on you! What does it say about a school when a first year family and a volunteer who has given nearly 300 hours per year is faced with only one choice? To leave the school because the administration could not act to hold a teacher accountable for her job performance. 2 families departed LP last week. And instead of trying to find out how the issues could be fixed, the administration could only say "leave, we have a long waitlist". Wake up LP BoD!! Your school is falling apart because you hired a Principal with zero people skills. Soon noone will want to be on your famous "waitlist"

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2015
It is exciting to see the positive school culture that is growing here at Lutz Prep. Walking through the halls, it was wonderful to see how the students were creating posters of encouragement for the 4th grade and higher classrooms. Seeing the students and teachers all in their tie-dye shirts for testing really set a tone of unity and togetherness. This positive learning environment really makes Lutz Prep special!

- submitted by a community member
February 21, 2015
These swings in ratings for LP are disconcerting ... from 1 start to 5 starts! Let me tell those parents who complain about LP: I had my children attending some of those well regarded private schools one excellent the other one, at least on paper, as excellent as well. The latter was a nightmare. My child was bullied, underachieving, and the establishment did not care! At LP the Teachers and the Staff DO CARE! I have a HAPPY child who loves LP. I have a terrific kid in all subjects! It shows in the way he speaks and behaves (and on those state exams as well). Friends and relatives praise his intellect, personality, and manners! Not all of it is thanks to LP but a BIG % is! Viva LP!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2015
A parent recently made a good point that the anonymity of this site provides an easy platform for those who want to state negative comments full of untruths. I m disheartened because these untruths cast a shadow on one of the best schools I've ever had the pleasure of working at in over 15 years in my field. Every single day I see the lessons and rigor taking place in the classrooms, witness the joys of student learning and accomplishments, and most of all see kids progressing! The students are the BEST ones to ask! Observe the student who beams with a smile as they are greeted by name from the ESE Specialist, Coach, or Director walking in from the car loop at arrival. Or what about the student who told their parent that this is the first time that while challenging, they understand slope in 7th grade math because of how teachers are engaging her in an activity where she makes the connection. Ask the 3rd grade students who placed in their respective categories at the STEM Fair competition in Hillsborough County. Teachers ARE teaching and these and many more other examples are alive at Lutz Prep!

- submitted by a teacher
January 28, 2015
I have three kids that have been attending Lutz Prep for three years now. This is a school where kids are challenged (all three of my children were in AGP in the county schools), and loved. They are encouraged to participate in the sports programs and the sports grounds are like no other middle school around. Parents are welcomed and informed. I choose to send my kids here, and know they are safe, loved, challenged, disciplined when needed and encouraged to always do their best. The teachers care about these kids. I feel blessed to be a part of this school and community of families. Lutz Prep is a perfect school for my family and I would recommend it to others with elementary and middle school age kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2015
One of the reviewers asked why we don't attend board meetings. We do. However, in order to avoid retaliation--we don't dare raise a stink--you can't have any gripes. The BoD doesn't care. The 5th graders are not going to Busch Gardens because Guertin says it's not educational. Physics. Zoology. Engineering. Really? Plus, the whole point of the field trip is to allow the kids to let loose and have fun. It's a 5th grade rite of passage. A friend whose son plays basketball with BDHS came to LP for a game and was disgusted at how dirty the property was--gym and the school grounds. Others agreed--some were parents of former students. BoD wants $250 for a brick? Our 5th graders would like their well-deserved field trip. Stop the reading logs. Trust us, our children read! Stop sending packets of homework home over winter break. Stop the nepotism (the substitute who is always on his phone). Focus on the whole student--not just academics. Yes, it's a choice school, but it's the lesser of two evils. The BoD reads these reviews. They know what needs to be done. Take note: ask the parents what you can do for them; not what the parents can do for you. And let the teachers teach!

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2015
I am a parent at Lutz Prep and I am completely taken aback by the egregious accusations and postings on the site by individuals who are electing to send their children to the school. It is your choice to send your child to LP. if you are unhappy, please remove your child from the school and provide an opportunity for someone on the 1,000 plus waiting list that wants their child to attend. In many of these posting there are a lot of general complaints, the school leaders are acting unethically, there is no accountability for money and how it is spent, the staff are incompetent, shut the school down, etc. Why don t you quit hiding behind the anonymity of this site and bring your concerns to the BOD, Administration or SDHC. Don t be general, actually come out and site factual specific examples, supporting your very general complaints. Be an agent of change - come up with ways the school can make things better. Do something productive with your negativity.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2015
This is in response to the post on 1/5 regarding the school and its finances. I would encourage you to go to the actual Board meetings and ask relevant questions regarding the finances. It is all public record and they are required to be independently audited every year regarding their finances and ALL of their accounting practices. In the three years that I have had children at this school they have never been flagged for any violation or improper practice. The school has also returned a positive net operating income every year and has built a reserve of over $600K and VERY little of that is actual fundraising. Ultimately, the campaign is trying to provide a permanent home for the kids to go to school for generations to come and that is hard for a public charter school to be able to do, most traditional public schools have their facilities provided for them, Charter Schools have to find their own, which does make it hard. It is my humble opinion, but I believe in the Teachers and I believe in the Staff, it may not be perfect but I believe all of their efforts come from a place of positive intent.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2015
LP is a public school accountable to the State and SDHC. Its financial results are audited by an independent third party. Charter schools get a fraction of the money that traditional public schools get from the State.The BOD is made up of volunteers, who have a vested interest in the school and had interviews to fill open positions. Anyone could submit a resume and interview to fill any of these positions.The BOD meetings are held monthly and dates are posted on LP s website. Parents are welcome to attend and voice concerns to the BOD attention at the meetings. Few parents attend meetings or speak of concerns. The administrative staff that is currently at LP is probably the most qualified staff since the school s inception. Perhaps you should review resumes before making a judgment based on a summarized paragraph from a website. The school is still in an infant state and are not going to run as smoothly as a public or private school that has a longer history and greater operating budgets.The BOD is asking for voluntary donations to purchase the building while considering other locations and financing options. Without a building there is NO school. LP is A rated.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2014
I have 2 children in the elementary and one child in the middle school, all in the gifted program. Over the last 3 years I have had incredible teachers who obviously LOVE what they do and focus on what they believe is best for the students within the requirements mandated by the School District of Hillsborough County. The students are not perfect, the teachers are not perfect, the administration is not perfect, and the board is not perfect; obviously the world is not a perfect place. As parents it is our responsibility to make the best decision for our children and then partner with our teacher\school to ensure our children are challenged, motivated, and have a positive school environment. When I have had a question or concern I have talked to my teachers. I have NEVER had a situation where they were not responsive, caring, and explained their viewpoint or reasoning (they are the experts after all who spend seven hours a day with my children). TEACHERS: Thank you for your hard work and dedication - you are the heart of the school!!

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2014
The Director of Schools held a very informative Town Hall meeting last night. This school is so superior to the other schools in the area. I am so grateful to have a placement in this school. The teachers are given the freedom to do what they were hired to do, individualize education. This school lives its core values everyday.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2014
Our kids have been going to Lutz Prep since day 1. Lutz Prep went from a great school to possibly an average school, mainly because of our school board. We lost a lot of our great teachers from last two years because they didn't want to stay. They have hired a new principal each of the 3 years our school has been in existence, and the one we have now is the worst! We went from a huge parent participation to very low, and it seems the principal and teachers are the cause this year. My wife and I participated a lot last 2 years because we WANT to be involved in the school our kids are at, and now it seems like we are ignored. This school is no longer WORTH driving the extra distance for our kids. Like most public schools, they teach to COMMON CORE, and cannot think out of the box or for themselves anymore. I wouldn't even give our school even a 5 SCHOOL RATING anymore, where the first year I would have given it, even with the confusion starting out, an 8 or 9.. We will be pulling our kids out of Lutz Prep for a better school because our kids deserve better!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2014
It is a shame to see this exceptional school that was building a foundation the last few years, simply become a "typical" charter cutting corners and being run by an ineffective and inexperienced staff (just look at the bios) - when there was already a competent staff in place with procedures and protocols. The lack of communication is deceptive and disorganized. No mention of teachers teaching out of field or specials teachers not even being certified. They are parents that used to volunteer that now just get paid, with little to no school experience. The "click" runs the school. There is no equality or fairness or sunshine laws being met. The quality and safety of the students has been lowered. If you are at a public school that is an A or a B, I'd think twice in sending your child here. Students are no longer the priority. Sad.

- submitted by a parent
July 03, 2014
Run away from this place This school had so much potential, but due to an over-powering board president (Tom Murray), it has floundered. For some reason, the other board members consistently listen to him, believing he is more knowledgeable than he really is. If you look at the mistakes the school has made, he has spear-headed most of them. Right now he is on his Worldly Scholars kick, before it was Technology , and before that Individualized Education ; what next? Speaking of individualized education, I never even saw the Individual Learning Plan this year that was supposed to be at the core of my child s education at this school. The new principal and her pet teachers are like a high school clique of misfits. I am so sad to see what started out as an amazing place for ALL children turn into one where only gifted students are welcome. The board president has told staff that the new administration will contact parents of underperforming students weekly, harassing them to the point where they will want to withdraw their child(ren) from the school. The board needs to get rid of that man and his newly hired Director of Schools puppet. This school is ready to implode!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2014
This school went downhill this year. I am appalled and heartbroken by the lack of learning that happened in my child's classroom. Nothing was taught, instead it was non stop multiple choice bubble in the choice worksheets. This may have improved the testing scores but does not indicate anything about actual learning. Look at the writing pass rate, it was awful. My local school has a 91 percent pass rate for writing and comparable scores for everything else. We will be returning there for the upcoming school year.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2014
Lutz Prep is full of the hardest working most dedicated staff and I have seen remarkable growth in my son since he began attending Lutz Prep in 5th grade. The teachers work incredibly hard often times making personal sacrifices for the betterment of the students. The FCAT results support everything the teachers are doing in the classroom and showed tremendous growth of all students during this past school year! Lutz Prep is a rising star among all the local schools especially when scores of MANY of the local scores are plummeting! I see great things ahead during the 2014-2015 school year and I am so proud my son attends this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2014
Lutz Prep provides a sound education for the average student as well as the ESE student as posted below. However, my 2 boys are both gifted and the school lacks a gifted program. Yes, they employ 1 gifted teacher, but she only serves 1-3 and not grades 4-5. Gifted services often encompass building a skeleton out of dry pasta- not my idea of gifted science. Hoping the new Director and her staff will make improvements in the gifted program. After all, the school is collecting funds for each gifted child yet no services are being provided. The classroom teacher in 4th grade was supposed to provide differentiated lessons for gifted but this did not happen. I am being patient as this is a developing school. But left wondering- where is my gifted $$$ going??

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2014
This school has been through transition in the first three years. Teachers and staff are very excited about the positive changes for the 14/15 school year that they are involved in implementing. The test scores from this school year demonstrated improvement across the board in reading, science and math. Some of the scores on state assessments this year where among the near top for this district. This is a school of choice in the district with a large wait list for entrance. Teachers work very hard and want the best for their students. The future is very bright for Lutz Prep. Since it is a school of choice you need to make sure it's the right fit for you. You can choose to support the school or move to a school that better fits your child's needs. We are excited to witness the continued growth of this great school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 12, 2014
Lutz Prep is a one of a kind school that has been a blessing for our family. The faculty is innovative and goes above and beyond to integrate the curriculum while supporting all of the varying levels of students. No child is left behind- on level, below level , or gifted students. Due to the outstanding team of teachers and unique programs like Iready, students are able to thrive and learn at there own levels- not just what is dictated by a state test. Thank you to the Board, PTA, faculty , and new director for daring to be different !

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
This is our second year and we are looking forward to our 3rd next year. We have 3 children here, all of which have had great experiences so far. The new director seems great and I feel confident my children will continue to get an excellent education. I look at all the upcoming changes( including teachers leaving) with a positive attitude. Change is often good.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2014
Finally, it is the end of the school year. Unfortunately, Lutz Prep has not lived up to its promises. While my child has learned this year, it has been thanks to Kumon and private tutors. Most of the teachers try but there is a lack of cohesive curriculum. They use a program called I-Ready, no one in Hillsborough county has ever heard of it yet it is the guiding academic tool used in grades K-6. 50%of the teachers do not believe in it & tell parents it is worthless. There is no Student Council after 3 years or any other clubs. There is a new Director who I hope will turn things around, but it looks as of she is already playing favorites with teachers and parents. This school had so much potential but a few parents and board members have ruined it.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
We used to love this school but now we can't wait for the year to end so we can move on. The school has lost Track of its mission. The curriculum has been dumbed down and assessing students with a computer program allows no room for deeper thinking. If you want your child to have a top notch education this school is not for you. A group of parents and teachers openly gossip about the children so be prepared to have half of the school know confidential information about your student. You may even hear from a parent how your child is doing academically before the teacher has a chance to tell you.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2014
This school is a sorry excuse for what it was supposed to be. 3 years ago we, parents, came together to create this wonderful educational institution. We had dreams, a vision, individualized education plans for each student, and a staff/administrator that worked so hard for our students. The school has developed into this monster of a place where the Board President, Tom Murray, makes empty promises on a regular basis and has destroyed this school. We haven't completed our 3rd year and we are now on our 3rd principal, 3rd AP, and countless other employees have been forced out by him. To top it all off, our daughter's 6th grade teacher, who lacks manners, respect, and positive communication, has been named the Middle School AP. Our dreams of making this school, we parents who started this process in the beginning, a warm, welcoming, positive environment, has been replaced by a Board President who does nothing but stomp on anyone and everyone to make sure his personal goal and vision is met. Forget educating the students, its more important about our image and how we are viewed by "elite schools". Stay clear of this school- enrolling your child here is a step backwards!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2014
This school STINKS!! Do not put your children here if you want them to LEARN!!

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
It is quite unfortunate that this school is not living up to the expectation we all had. I think the success will be forever compromised if Thomas Murray and the board continue on. If the teachers had more say with the direction of the school..... It could be wonderful. But, ego's and unnecessary spending are putting the vision of this school in jeopardy. What happened to the individualized plans that we once had for our children? The small school feel could be maintained throughout the growth if parents, teachers, students and admin worked together the way we once did.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
RE: the middle school-- teachers are apathetic unless they know you (Allen is great though). RE the entire school: There is a male sub who is there all the time, and he just sits behind the desk and plays on his phone. I've walked into a class many times to observe this. The school claims to be a school in which each student has an ILP, but every student does the exact same work (6th grade uses 7th gr math book). They're trying to be advanced, but forgetting to take necessary steps to get there (perhaps why math scores were so horrible last year). It looks nice from the outside (the main building), but the modular in the back leaves much to be desired. We also have a student in 4th grade. Durham and Brown are top-notch. Not looking forward to 5th gr and the lack of traditions that established schools have. The Spanish they learn during one semester is basic (alphabet and some nouns). The school will never invest in a bus system. It's an OK school, but if they're wanting to be the best in the country, they need to do more than dish out HW and teach common core. This is the principal's last year, so not sure what the future holds. The "in" parents will disagree with this.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2014
I went to the information session on January 29th at 7pm at Lutz Prep and I just wanted to say that even if my son does not get into the Kindergarten program there I still wanted to come on here and say how aweseome the administration team is. The principal took time to talk to me about my son being one of the younger students in Kindergarten and how that may or may not hinder him socially. She even "watched" him while we were talking and was able to tell me that she didn't see any issues with keeping him out of Kindgarten for another year.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2013
This is our 2nd year and I continue to be impressed with the level of commitment from everyone to the principal, staff, teachers and volunteers to create a great learning environment for the students. Everyone wants to be there and learn.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2013
Our child's teacher is experienced, thorough and differentiates the curriculum appropriately. This school is certainly a BIG step up from my local "A" rated school that has had more than 2 teachers quit only 9 weeks in, doesn't offer specials like Spanish & technology weekly, and has a poor parent involvement. Name me a "county school" that enriches Classes with Wordly Wise & additional math curriculums! My experience was that the "county schools" had teachers who wanted to do the least and not learn any new curriculums or procedures. The fact that it is smaller also builds a stronger school community. In our second year here Ii continue to be impressed! Keep up the good work Lutz Prep!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
My son started this Fall 2013. I have been volunteering everyday for an hour to help out the classroom teacher. What I have seen so far has been extremely good. My son loves his teachers, the kids and howbhe is being taught. I especially live the fact that all the kids are compliant in following the uniform pilicy. The school uniform policy makes it easy for everyone to follow Very impressed so far with this school..

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2013
I had 2 children at Lutz Prep last year. None of their teachers were very young and all of them came with years of experience. I was very pleased with their academic progress. Both are honor roll students (both before and during) and scored well on FCATs. Is Lutz Prep perfect? Absolutely not. But I believe it is accomplishing and teaching beyond what our local, now rated C, school was doing due to bussing. I also think every teacher we have encountered are teaching because they love their jobs and take their jobs very seriously. Our family is very happy.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2013
If you are looking for mostly young and inexperienced teachers and little to no cultural variety, then this is the school for you.

- submitted by a teacher
July 07, 2013
This school has been a blessing for us!! The teachers are amazing - they really go the extra mile for the students!! Our children have flourished! I can't say enough about the staff! Please keep doing what you are doing!!

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2013
We are very happy in our first year at this school. Our kids love going to school. The quality of education, environment and overall experience at Lutz Prep is fantastic and continues to get better each and every day.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2013
This is our 2nd year at Lutz Prep and I still think its a great school! Yes it has had growing pains and teacher turn over, but many schools do. I also agree that it doesn't have that small community feel that it had last year but the school had to grow. It has nearly doubled in size since last year which means many new teachers, students and parents with all sorts of opinions. With that growth however, the school is better able to educate the kids with a variety of equipment and opportunities because the funds are there. I know a lot of people are saying its "just like a public school." Well technically it is a state funded school! Lutz Prep has a strong name in our community for a reason. Not EVERY family is going to be happy there and that's fine! I think the school has great ideals and truly attempts to individualize education for each child to the best level that they can and that's all I want for my children.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2013
This is a good school but the education is not different than the local public schools which are "A" schools. The teachers are good but the administration is disorganized. Communication from the website is different from what you will get if you call. When this is brought to the staff's attention they make no effort to change it. They don't really care about what an inconvenience it is to the parents. They are so focused on "branding" their school and raking in money from their Pre-Prep that they are forgetting about the education of the kids that made them special in the first place. It is not a place where you can speak freely. Being "critical" of the school or offering suggestions is looked down upon. I was so excited to have my child get into the school but now I will be going elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
I agree with reviews mentioning many changes at LP. However, LP is a new school, and I know that no matter what project you are involved with there are always changes. What is important is for parents to keep a closer eye on your child development in all areas. In our case we are happy to say that our son has given the opportunity to excel. His teachers in 2nd and now 3rd grade have been caring, and truly interested in the development of the children under their care. I also see the new Principal growing into her positon. Once again you have to give a chance for people to adapt, learn, and execute. She is now fully engaged from what I can see. My son enjoys going to LP. Could LP be better? You bet - but it is up to all the parents to make it even better. God Bless LP! we are grateful for being part of it!

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
My husband and I couldn t have chosen a better school for our daughter. The school s philosophy is Individualized Education and I can attest that it works and it s implemented effectively. My daughter is excelling in academics and she s met so many wonderful new friends. Every single child in her classroom is her friend because the school instills a safe learning environment and focuses on building children s self-esteem and helping them relate to one another. My daughter loves her teachers and, as a parent, I m also very happy. I interact with them every day as my daughter brings home her individualized homework folder and we check off the items we ve worked on and what needs improvement, etc. Studies show children who typically excel in academics are the result of strong parental involvement which is why the school requires volunteer hours and provides parents with a lot of communication via emails, newsletters, blog, etc (which I happen to really like). I can t say enough good things about the school and we re very proud and happy to be a part of it.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2012
STUDENT: I was here last year and I LOVED iT but in the changes of this year it's hard to say the same. I am in 6th grade and I think the school needs to be equivalently geared to younger children and older children the teachers are great but, since I spend ALL DAY there I think it's hurting my grades and if you ask others I am sure they will say the same thing. The new principle is fine but not the best, there no mean kids so that's great that I won't have to stand up for my sister, in the end it's not as great this year as it was last year because of rapid growth and extra hours. Remember this was written in a 11 year old 6th grader.

- submitted by a community member
October 17, 2012
How disappointing....last year, this school showed such promise and my kids loved it. However, at the end of last year, the principal pretty much quit on the spot and sent all the parents an unsolicited email saying so, citing her reasons behind her decision being due to a profound lack of support by the administration. Now I am not in a position to say whether there was any truth to that or not, but what I can say with 100% accuracy and certainty is that ever since that happened, the schools underwent sweeping changes...all for the worse... They have doubled in size, extended their hours, depersonalized everything and now the place is run like a factory....the teachers they have brought in are AWFUL. They have the most condescending attitudes and are rude and apathetic. Have they forgotten that these are kids and they learn best when the learning is tangible and made to be rewarding?? Anyway, the school gets a major league THUMBS DOWN this year....which is a stark contrast from what it was a year ago....

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
We are new to the school this year and our children love it! They have never been more confident or eager to learn. The principal is great! Since she came into her position late Summer, we are impressed at all she has accomplished in such a short time. It will only get even better! We look forward to being at LP through HS! (hopefully)

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2012
Absolutely love this school...far beats any public elementary school education in Tampa. Beautiful campus, friendly staff and great school atmosphere. Don't mind the time change...I think it's great actually!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2012
This school has been admitting areas of weakness through the constant emails we have been receiving. I was not actually aware of all of the problems that they seem to be having. We were happy with our teacher last year and that is all that is important to us. We stay out of the drama. Our children also attended the private school that this charter school was modeled from. It is now 'taboo' to speak of this school, but we were happy there for years. As long as the teachers are wonderful, we will stay. Hopefully this new Principal will understand what a special place Lutz Prep is and support the programs and teachers. I would like to know why the Board members keep changing. This seems like a problem to me. One would think that consistency is important in opening a new school. We have had many changes in administration and Board members..... perhaps this is the problem. Thank goodness the teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
My daughter attended Lutz Prep last year because it was suppose to be the same program as the Private School she had attended the two years prior. Fortunately, many of the teachers from the Private School are now at this school. This is the only reason we have stayed. They are wonderful and have carried through the philosophies and learning processes that she was used to and has excelled with. I for one, am tired of receiving emails with random thoughts and grammatical errors. My son will be starting in the Pre-Prep and we will likely stay for now, but I was less than thrilled with my first meeting with the Director. She was not warm and very hard to read. I have often wished that this school was still the smaller Private School that we started at, but we will stick it out in hope that they pull everything together.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
I met the new Principal. Not a good start. Was not warm. Was not friendly. Did not have time for me. I understand that school is about to start, but at least make me feel important for FIVE minutes. We also have concerns about the change of the school day hours. We are both working parents and have children at other schools. How are we suppose to coordinate, or shall I say re-coordinate, our schedule with just a few days to go. No input was requested. No heads up was given. Not sure what we are going to do.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
Although new, this school continues to push in a very positive direction. They have great new leadership in place to compliment the already fantastic teacher base. The test scores are phenomenal, and the facility is second to none. It is hard to believe Lutz Prep is a public charter school. It is wonderful to be part of something this good, knowing it is only going to get better. Go Lightning!

- submitted by a parent

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Lutz Preparatory Academy
17951 Highway 41, Lutz, FL  33549
(813) 428-7100
Last modified Lutz Preparatory Academy is a Charter school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Lutz Preparatory Academy Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top