Feature photo: All-America swimmer McKenna ’21 (who has attended Academy at the Lakes since Pre-K) signed her scholarship to attend Duke next fall
With acceptance letters from Yale, Johns Hopkins, Wake Forest, Georgetown, Cornell, NYU, Vanderbilt and the University of Florida, among many others, students graduating from Academy at the Lakes consistently garner significant brand equity for this small but impressive PreK3-12 private school.
Academy students have endless opportunities to find their path in life through the experiences they have in the school’s inclusive, inspiring culture. The opportunities Academy students have to lead and to participate build confidence and skill sets that prepare them for college and beyond. For years, Academy at the Lakes seniors have earned acceptance at the finest colleges at rates beyond those of other high schools in the Tampa Bay area. They are attractive to the most prestigious schools because their opportunities combined with expert college counseling produce impressive candidacies.
Academy’s athletic program not only gives all students the chance for meaningful participation, it also pushes and inspires truly talented student-athletes to heights of achievement. Just last month, senior All-America swimmer McKenna ’21 (who has attended Academy at the Lakes since Pre-K) signed her scholarship to attend Duke next fall. Her classmate since Kindergarten, softball player Vanessa ‘21, will be playing in the Ivy League for Brown. Over the past eight years, 14% of Academy’s senior athletes were offered opportunities to play at the collegiate level, while the national rate is only 1-2%.
The school’s success in preparing students to achieve great heights is not limited to student-athletes. Two brothers (also Academy “lifers” since Pre-K) recently received significant recognition for their fusion of computer science and biology. Now undergrads at Duke, Pranav ’16 and Anmol Warman ‘18, developed an effective artificial intelligence system to detect COVID-19 in lung scans this spring. While in high school at Academy, the brothers whetted their appetites for research in the school’s Intro to Medicine course. This signature Academy course is taught by MDs and offers an in-depth look at the medical profession through interactive experiences, guest speakers and practical field trips.
It is Academy’s goal to help each student find the best “fit” for college – academically, socially and financially. Finding the ideal match means finding a place that helps students fulfill their personal goals for higher education and offers the tools, opportunities and support for students to be prepared to successfully take the next steps in their lives and careers.
In fact, in the last two years alone, Academy seniors have earned over $8 million in scholarship offers, and over 30% of the class of 2020 earned full four-year scholarships. The College Counseling Program begins preparing students for college before their freshman year. As students progress through Upper Division, there’s an emphasis put on college visits, applications, essay writing, resume preparation and summer opportunities.
Academy students develop the skills that are necessary to succeed in college and career: critical thinking, research and analysis, writing and presentation. Students learn how to collaborate, solve problems, hone their interpersonal communication skills and become confident young adults who lead by example to inspire purpose and passion in others. It’s a great experience.