Year of foundation: 1999
Location: Orlando, Florida
Age of students: 6-18 years, residence from 15 years old
Type of education: joint
Number of students: 680, 40% are foreign students
Programs: elementary school, middle school, high school, AP, Golf Academy
Price: from 22950 USD per semester with accommodation
Ranking: one of the most successful private schools in Florida
Lake Mary School is one of the best schools in America and in Orlando. The mission of the boarding school is to reveal the potential of the student, giving the opportunity to successfully enter a selected university or college in the United States. Education in the school is based on responsibility, respect for the participants of the process to each other, striving for success, tolerance. In Lake Mary Preparatory School each student is surrounded by care, followed by his academic successes, creative development, gently directed to improve abilities and skills.
The educational institution is guided by the Meritas International programme. Here, an individual approach to students of any level is practiced. High level of education provided by the school makes it possible to guarantee 100% admission of students to selected profile universities in the USA.
One of the factors of the popularity of a boarding school, along with academic indicators, is its location. The school is located in the most favourable place for residing in the USA. In the suburbs of Orlando, the average annual temperature is + 24 ° C. There are no frosts and blizzards, but a lot of sun, fresh air, excellent conditions for sports. Entertainment Florida, which is Lake Mary School, too, is not deprived. In their spare time students of Lake Mary Preparatory School can go on an excursion to the studio Universal, Disney Park. Lovers of the beaches will also have something to do. The resort area is just a 45-minute drive from the school.
The school in the learning process distributes the hours for social development and the assimilation of new knowledge. Students are engaged in individual programs. Attention is given to creative courses and the study of foreign languages (Spanish or Chinese). Personal realization is possible in the field of music, acting or visual art. The school provides lessons for computer training, sports, classes in social science and nature studies.
At this stage, teachers work on developing the skills of analysis. At the Lake Mary Preparatory school, the certification subjects (Honors level) and the disciplines required for Advanced Placement (Pre-AP) are proportionally combined with the creative courses.
Inevitably passing the courses of foreign language, sports, mathematics, natural and social Disciplines. English literature and language, a letter also belong to the compulsory. In high school there are three levels of complexity programs. Children are divided into groups according to educational success. In groups with high complexity, the teaching of material is accelerated, and home and classroom exercises develop critical thinking.
The Pre-AP level is a preliminary preparation for the passage of Advanced Placement from the 9th grade. Teaching Honors level from the 10th grade prepares for the study of Advanced Placement subjects (preliminary enrollment). To enter a higher school prepares the level of College Prep. After completing this level, students can learn the discipline of the first year of college.
The motivation for success and the communicative abilities of students increases the program of cooperation with other schools of the Meritas group. Children from different educational institutions, in the course of joint work on projects, exchange experience and learn cooperation. As projects, meetings in a discussion group, experiments, and scientific projects are used. So, for example, in the 6th form, peers from different schools prepared a project on global education, and eighth-grade students learned from the scientific point of view the harm from narcotic substances.
High school education combines Advanced Placement (AR), electives and Honors courses (courses with attestation). The main goal of the programs is to prepare for writing a qualification work, a person-oriented education and a detailed study of subjects for admission to college.
Obtaining 26 credits (one for each annual certification in one subject) corresponds to the academic minimum. The greatest number of attestations is provided for medical education (5 credits). Within 4 years, social and natural sciences, special courses, mathematics and English are being studied. On them teenagers receive 4 credits. Latin, Spanish or Chinese provide for three credits, and the art is given for children at two annual certifications (2 credits). The course of physical education will require 1 credit.
Advanced Placement: courses in US and world history; biology; Spanish; English literature and language (+ essays); statistics; physics; History of Europe; ecology; Theory of the state; Latin language; Calculus AB; chemistry.
Electives: Humanities, Management and Business, Media (theoretical course), rhetoric.
To simplify the educational process and accelerate the adaptation to the American system, the school developed language courses. You can start from the basic level of the language, but the training in academic subjects should be at a high level. The Lake Mary Preparatory School conducts joint lessons for foreigners and American students, organizes cultural events. In a year, two excursions to Europe or trips to the USA are envisaged. With a proper level of English, foreign students can engage with high school students, passing science in-depth.
Foreign students are accommodated in a cozy residence. Its area is 48 thousand square feet. Boys and girls live in 2-4-bed rooms separately. The furnished apartments have everything a modern child needs for effective studying, comfortable living, including free Wi-Fi. In the residence there are rest rooms, laundry, ironing, fitness center. The building is under round-the-clock security. The staff of Lake Mary School live in the residence. Teachers provide all necessary support 24 hours.
Boarders have complex meals. Students can choose dishes from international cuisine. In addition, there may be dietary, vegetarian meals. Accommodation on campus is available for children from 9th grade, for an earlier age it is necessary to live with parents and relatives.
The Lake Mary School Campus is represented by a school building with well-equipped classrooms, laboratories, a library, a computer room, creative workshops (including a pottery workshop), a dance studio, a gymnasium, its own theater, residences, administrative buildings. For rest students are offered cozy living rooms, cafeteria. The campus has everything you need for studying, comfortable stay, communication.
On the territory there is a professional golf field, a running stadium, baseball fields, a softball court, a skate park, a water park, a fitness center.
The school year at the Lake Mary Preparatory School consists of two semesters. The school assumes upon admission a number of additional payments. The cost of studying does not take into account the assistance of the school on visa processing, payment of registration at the school, support of the school guardian (curator) and entering the programme - 3000 USD (if the visa is denied, the deposit is returned). There are compulsory payments (technological fee, telephone charges, books, uniform, accommodation during the holidays) - 6000 USD. All these types of payment must be paid additionally.
Required documents, depending on the type of institution:
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