School Details

Lake Mary Preparatory School

650 Rantoul Ln, Lake Mary, FL 32746
(407) 805-0095
NR

(out of 10)

Private Grades PK-12 650 students 9 students/teacher (FL avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade

About this school

Lake Mary Preparatory School is a private high school in Lake Mary. The principal of Lake Mary Preparatory School is Glenn Chapin and can be contacted at Laurie.Gillen@lakemaryprep.com. 650 students attend Lake Mary Preparatory School and identify primarily as Asian/Pacific Islander; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. The ratio of students to teachers at Lake Mary Preparatory School is 9:1. Journeys Academy is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian/Pacific Islander 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 78% %
Asian 5% %
Hispanic 4% %
Multiracial 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    A few great teachers as for the others not so much. Not very academically challenging but has a secure classroom environment. Social interactions are a nightmare with the small class size although it leaves opportunity for clubs and leadership roles if there were any school spirit that is. Extremely negative sports program for girls. Students lack integrity and I would be glad to never go back.

  • (8 months ago)

    Terrible. Only good if you are in the "box" type of child. That box is getting smaller. The Principal doesn't belong in a position of leadership .Vindictive if you go to her with a problem or issue. Not worth the tuition. Education is okay. Not worth the money. PK3 teachers are great!!! 2nd grade teachers are also great. That is where it ends!!!

  • (9 months ago)

    This school does not recognize giftedness. Please note most of the good reviews are made by parents who works on the school. They are encouraged to create these reviews and these parents might be happy to get a discount and a snobby value of having their average or low IQ children in a private school. The bad reviews are primarily made by those with the brightest kids. Teachers faculty parents and students are either envying gifted families or completely unable to understand what gifted is. The teachers are NOT endorsed in giftedness neither do any of them hold a master in the field. Everything is tailored to help average intelligent students to become high achievers. Everything is very old-schooled. If your child is truly gifted he/she might become an underachiever at LMP. Go to your local public school where there are many more kids thus your child can't be the only one who is gifted on his/her grade level. All public schools in Florida identify giftedness and offer a gifted program. Private schools do not!

  • (9 months ago)

    We have been at LMP for 6 years and feel it has provided a great learning experience for our children !!!!

  • (11 months ago)

    Our family is new to LMP this year and we have felt welcomed from months before we even started! Our two children (one in lower school and one in upper school) have adapted well and were well prepared for the challenging curriculum. Teachers and administrators have a great open-door policy communication with parents is constant and informative and our children's classmates are kind and inclusive. We love that it is part of a broader network of schools (both in the US and overseas) and that it is an accredited institution going through a rigorous process every number of years to ensure a quality learning environment for all. The numerous extracurricular activities and school-wide events have been wonderful and a great opportunity for students to either showcase their talents or try out new ones in a safe environment. Families are very involved collaborating with teachers in special events and leading many of their own. Students themselves are encouraged to take on leadership roles and create opportunities for community service develop their artistic linguistic and athletic aspirations and meet with teachers when any questions arise. We are excited to be LMP Griffins!

  • (11 months ago)

    My daughter and son joined LMP this year (5th and 7th grade). My children were in public schools about 30 minutes north of LMP. I cannot begin to explain in writing what a difference this school has made to our family. My kids were A students and still are at LMP however what I see is a huge difference in their personality. They are not afraid to "come out of their shell." My son was bullied and hit at the public school. He started to become depressed and afraid. LMP is a non-intimidating kind of school where students actual support one another. The teachers respond to my emails even on the weekends! Mr. Chapin has embraced us as new parents and has reached out to us for our advice. My children do have an increase in homework but I am happy to see that! I was glad that LMP offered advanced courses so I could keep my son academically challenged. I have to admit that I really thought my kids would have a hard time transitioning but LMP went out of their way to make my kids feel at home. Sending my kids there was the best decision we ever made! Thanks LMP!

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter went to LMP from Kindergarten thorugh 3rd grade. They wanted to bump her a grade because she was making A='s with no input from us and we said no. We inquired multiple times about a gifted or AP program and never got an answer. We finally pulled her out and put her into the public school system only to find out she was behind in math and science. It took her a year to catch up but now she is gifted/pre-IB. The school really caters to the wealther students and donors. They do not handle unruley kids well at all especially if their parents are big donors. It was really not worth the tuition.

  • (1 year ago)

    PROSPECT PARENTS OF FIFTH GRADE PLEASE READ. I had 2 children at Lake Mary Prep 1 in 5th grade and 1 in 7th. This review is for my experience with the fifth grade. The math/science teacher is very energetic and all feedback from students was excellent. The reading/writing/social studies teacher on the other hand is the reason you should not transfer your child to this school. She picks favorites and is very difficult to work with. I could list all of the issues but figured the best one to relay is standardized test scores. My child dropped in all of the CPT-4 test scores related to this teachers classes. After discussing with other 5th grade parents their children's scores dropped as well. I was very disappointed after more research with parents of older children (who happen to also be big volunteers at the school) that this issue has been going on for years. Its a shame.

  • (1 year ago)

    Lake Mary Prep exceeded our expectations in our son's first year. It was not a glorified babysitter as we first thought it might be. The PK-3 program's curriculum and teachers were top-notch. They introduced several subjects and concepts in a fun and hands-on environment. The teachers treat the kids as their own and work with them and the parents to ensure their growth. My 3-year old's confidence in social situations grew exponentially in this first year (something that we and the teachers worked on). We plan on keeping him in LMP and hope they continue to exceed expectations in years to come. Thus far we highly recommend it.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is in his first year at Lake Mary Prep and we are incredibly happy. He attended a highly accelerated preschool program elsewhere and LMP has continued to stimulate him with their wonderful academic program. It is absolutely incredible how much he has learned this year how much he has grown and how wonderfully happy and excited he is to attend school each day. The administration and teachers are incredible and inspiring to my child. I am thrilled that my shy young son has found a place where he can thrive learn be challenged and feel safe and loved.

  • (1 year ago)

    PROSPECT PARENTS PLEASE READ Our daughter attended LMP from September 4 through December 21 2012. We withdrew her because LMP was not meeting her needs academically. Before deciding to attend LMP I spoke to rep on and off for approximately one year. My main objectives were to have a strong academic program along with a nurturing environment. After taking a tour of the school and speaking with the rep we decided to enroll ##. LMP did offer a very warm environment; however it did not offer a strong Pre K 4 program. The curriculum that was offered was equal to Pre K 3. We understand that their program has a different philosophy; however in our opinion it s based more on a child that has not had any structure type of environment. Over the four months we spoke to her teacher on numerous occasions that our daughter was bored and not being stimulated. We requested additional homework but never received any. Now LMP owes us over $800 and will not refund our money. They said we signed a contract. Really. It's Pre K for goodness sake. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD HERE. THEY ONLY CARE ABOUT YOUR CHECKBOOK.. NOT ONLY DO YOU PAY TUITION YOU HAVE TO PAY FOR ADDITIONAL REQUIRED ACTIVITY.

  • (1 year ago)

    To be completely honest I moved from the UK and I went to the school for almost three years. I thought from reading the handbook and the website it was a good school. When I left on the first day I thought it was great but after seventh grade I had a whole group of girls who never excepted me and the school teachers are very apalling. I finished going to the school in the year 2012 as a freshman. I will want to go back only and if they get new and better teachers not fresh out of college. There were many problems with one particular teacher who was fresh and taught history she would text during class and only teach us from videos she showed. Very appalling school sugggest yoou don't sned your kids there if they are starting during the school year. Not the best social environment from what I've been through. I now go to Unionville High school in Pennslvania and it is outstanding!

  • (2 years ago)

    I cannot say enough wonderful things about this school. The teachers students and administrative staff are incredible. My son is so happy. He feels feels safe cared for respected and challenged. I can also say that he has been inspired...to learn grow and think outside the box. His confidence in himself grows each day. I am thrilled to have my son at Lake Mary Prep and look forward to when my other son finally enters school as well.

  • (2 years ago)

    What a huge waste of time and money! I too wish I could give it less than one star! I truely wonder if this is the only place these people could get a job.I doubt you could get worse for free down the road!

  • (2 years ago)

    I wish I could give the school a lower rating than 1 star! On the positive there are a few good teachers that will go above and beyond for your child- in particular a math teacher in the upper school. However most teachers don't care and arrive minutes before school starts and leave as soon as the last class clears out. The overall education quality is much lower than several oft he local public schools but if you really want "prep school" on your childs' transcripts then... The school was bought out by Meritas several years ago and as other reviewers stated- it's all for money. Meritas is owned by Sterling Partners an investment firm. Meritas exists to take your money and cares little further than that other than remaining far from law suits. Save yourself a headache and avoid LMP all-together as well in my experience as any other Meritas school!

  • (2 years ago)

    The Veterans' Day event was great! I can not say anything else was. We sure paid a large sum for an event we could have attended for free.

  • (2 years ago)

    Please take the time to read all the reviews! I wish I had! I also wish I had gone to other web sites that rate schools. I hope you learn from my mistake.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have two children at LMP and couldn't be happier. The teachers are very dedicated and take time with each student to develop an individual plan for their learning and success. It has the feel of a small community school with a nurturing environment. My children are excelling academically and while no school is perfect - I am happy to make sacrifices financially to allow my children a great experience at LMP!

  • (2 years ago)

    My sons have been attending the school since 6th grade. Highly recommended. Lots of extracurricular opportunities available. Nice group of kids. Strong academics. Participate in arts music sports debate and community service programs. Education can not be beat. if you want your child involved in school activities and given individualized attention this is the place to be. It is the only place that I have seen where kids do not want to leave school. It could be 6pm and alot of the students are still hanging out at the school after their activities. IT IS A GREAT SIGN TO SEE A SCHOOL WHERE THE STUDENTS DO NOT WANT TO LEAVE.

  • (2 years ago)

    Lake Mary Prep -NOT FOR THE GIFTED! Our gifted daughter went to LMP for 2 years. We kindly asked if the school would help us by minimizing the repetitive stuff for her at least in the homework. The teacher and the head of lower school said yes to us but did the opposite to our daughter and refused that they started with agreement with us. They measure the kids on the number of books they reed and not on reading big chapter books which pressed our daughter to put her level down for reading many too easy books instead of her interest in big history books. The principal ended up saying that LMP's program is not the right match for a gifted child. I am a gifted mom myself (member of mensa) and I can tell that the staff at LMP obviosly don't even know what the word gifted means and the criteria of beeing hired on that school is not qualifications but being family or friends to somebody who works there. But I believe some average families can be satisfied.

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