Lake Mary Preparatory school is certainly not new to the area – it’s been around since 1999 – but several new and exciting developments have taken place there over the last year. The school officially changed management at the beginning of 2017 and has been thriving ever since.
Rachel Freeman, marketing and admissions specialist for Lake Mary Prep, praises the school’s trajectory made possible by its new leaders.
“They came in and were able to see what we had available to our students,” says Rachel. “They interviewed parents and students, saw what we were missing, incorporated what we asked for, and put in nearly $3 million of new investments. We want to be leaders and innovators, and with this support, we can be at the forefront.”
One of the most significant changes for Lake Mary Prep is the new STEM program that has been fully incorporated into each of its three schools: lower, middle, and upper, which serve PreK3 through 12th grade. The lower school gained an Innovation Lab and Think Tank, each meant to provide an elementary introduction into the STEM world.
“It’s really hands-on and problem-solving-focused,” Rachel says.
For the middle school, the new STEM element capitalizes on the popular makerspace concept.
“The makerspace provides an area for students to get hands-on experience experimenting or identifying and bringing to light what they’re already thinking or imagining,” says Rachel.
The new makerspace, which debuted at the start of this school year, is intended to be used in all subject areas – including English, history, and math – and not just science.
Probably the most exciting STEM incorporation is in the upper school, and Rachel says it’s really the high-school students who were the impetus for bringing STEM into Lake Mary Prep to begin with.
“Our student population helps to formulate what we offer based on their interests,” explains Rachel. “Meaning, things are very fluid, like the STEM program. The students really asked for that and we were able to find a teacher, innovate it, and come up with these classes based on their interests.”
Lake Mary Prep has also added robotics and coding classes as well as an AP computer science class that launched this year. Upper school students can also expect to have the opportunity to participate in robotics competitions beginning this school year.
Lake Mary Prep’s mission is to truly become a global community and borderless school by promoting diversity, inclusivity, and innovation. Considering its recent efforts, it looks like the school is doing just that.