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Lake Mary Preparatory School

by Shelley Ouellette

Featured Photo from Lake Mary Preparatory School

This spring, as schools around the country shifted from in-person course delivery to online educational tools, Lake Mary Preparatory School (LMP) was a step ahead.

“We had already started designing our eLearning plan shortly before the lockdown,” explains Dr. Mara Delgado, curriculum director. “So, when our physical space closed, our teaching and learning transitioned seamlessly to an online format, and our system was able to provide access to our international students around the world.”

Lake Mary Prep’s eLearning structure emphasizes teacher-student interaction through a combination of live and recorded distance-learning methods.

“Synchronous distance learning occurs when the teacher and pupils interact during live lessons in different places but at the same time,” Dr. Delgado says. “Asynchronous distance learning occurs when the teacher and the pupils interact in different places at different times during prerecorded lessons. This mix of delivery strategies allows our teachers and students to enjoy accountability, flexibility, and consistent learning, all from the comfort and safety of their own homes.”

Convenience is another benefit of the LMP eLearning system, which allows teachers to deliver coursework to the whole class, small groups, or individuals based on the needs of the students.

“Depending on the subject, the teacher may instruct the whole group or do mini-lessons for differentiation,” Dr. Delgado adds. “All teachers are speaking to and conferencing with their students daily in some way, shape, or form, and all assessments are still taking place. Our teachers are also participating in weekly virtual professional development courses and interactive department meetings.”

Over the past several months, LMP continued to survey its teachers and families about the pace and timing of classes and their academic needs, and the school made adjustments, as necessary. Based on that data, LMP leaders were also able to begin designing the fall reopening plan. Thanks to the feedback, students and families remained engaged, and classes at all levels were able to continue with their planned academic program and assessments and finish the year as if they had been on campus.

LMP is optimistic about the upcoming fall semester, but it is also planning for all potential scenarios including in-person classes, online learning, and hybrid options.

“Our greatest wish is that all of our teachers, staff, and students will be back on campus together and in-person in August, but we’ll be ready for anything,” says Dr. Delgado. “Whenever the time comes, we will follow the recommendations of the governor’s office and health officials to ensure our LMP family enjoys a safe and welcoming learning environment upon their return.”

To learn more about Lake Mary Preparatory School’s academic offerings and admission requirements, visit LakeMaryPrep.com or call 407-805-0095.

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