Windermere Preparatory School

Windermere Preparatory School is a private, coeducational PK–12 college preparatory school in Lake Butler, an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida, within the Orlando metropolitan area.[2][3] Established in 2000 and in proximity to the Town of Windermere, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, and International Baccalaureate World School.[4] It is a part of the Nord Anglia Education network.

Windermere Preparatory School
Location
Windermere Preparatory School
Windermere Preparatory School
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Coordinates28.477222°N 81.568333°W / 28.477222; -81.568333
Information
TypePrivate, coeducational
MottoVeritas, Virtus, Unitas
Established2000
HeadmasterDr. Steven Lyng
Faculty120
Number of students1,40 PK–12)[1]
CampusUrban, 48 acres (190,000 m2)
Color(s)Red, White, and Blue
MascotLakers
Websitewww.windermereprep.com

History

The school opened on September 5, 2000 using temporary classrooms, with an enrollment of 184 students and 25 teachers. Today, that enrollment has grown to 1,520 students including day and boarding on a 48-acre (190,000 m2) campus on Lake Cypress.[1]

Windermere Preparatory School opened on September 5, 2000, with an enrollment of 184 students housed in 12 portable classrooms, and taught by 25 faculty members. In the last thirteen years the school has grown to 1,400 students.

Presently, WPS employs over 160 faculty and staff who hold multiple degrees and are state certified. WPS is fully accredited by (SAC) Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, (FCIS) Florida Council of Independent Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools (SAIS), and (FKC) Florida Kindergarten Council, International Baccalaureate, as well as the (FHSAA) Florida High School Athletic Association.

In 2016 it had 1,200 students.[5]

Academics

Windermere Preparatory School offers PK3 – Grade 12 education, plus boarding for Grades 7–12 under the Nord Anglia Education Family of Schools, where each student has a highly personalized educational experience, with an individualized Personal Learning Plan. We are a community school with a global vision. We strive to ignite your child's generosity and drive them to believe there is no limit to what they can achieve. As part of the Nord Angelia Education Schools, Windermere Prep collaborates with world-leading organizations and experts to create innovative programs that enhance our outstanding curricula so that our students learn from the best. As the only school in Central Florida who offers the IB Diploma & Certificate Program, we strive for our high school students to become critical thinkers to prepare them for their future. Our multidisciplinary STEM curricula is designed through our collaborations with MIT. Our Fine Arts program is infused through our collaborations with The Juilliard School offered at all ages.

Windermere Preparatory School students are nurtured intellectually, emotionally and socially to prepare them for the ever-changing challenges of tomorrow. Our Lakers embrace the ethos of "learning by doing" in all areas of the curriculum. Community service and extracurricular activities allow our students to broaden their horizons, expand their cultural knowledge and foster connections with other students and the community.

Campus

In 2016 the school announced that the cafeteria would be expanded and that there would be a new two story theater.[5]

Activities

Athletics

Think like a champion with Windermere Prep Athletics. Windermere Prep competes in Florida High School Athletic Association's Legislative Division 16.[6] The school's athletic teams are called the Lakers,[7] and the school colors are red, white, and blue. We encourage our students to discover their passions in a diverse range of activities, gain skills in recreational and competitive play and find their spot in the athletic world. Windermere Prep offers over 60 competitive teams in 20 different sports in middle and high school. Our athletes are able to train year-round plus with a full-time strength and conditioning coach to work with daily.

The school sponsors the following sports:[7]

Fall

  • (B), (G) Cheerleading
  • (B), (G) Cross Country
  • (B) Football
  • (B), (G) Golf
  • (B), (G) Swimming
  • (G) Volleyball

Winter

  • (B), (G) Basketball
  • (B), (G) Soccer

Spring

  • (B), (G) Archery
  • (B) Baseball
  • (B), (G) Lacrosse
  • (G) Softball
  • (B), (G) Tennis
  • (B), (G) Track
  • (B), (G) Weightlifting

In 2007, a player on the boys golf team won the FHSAA Regionals,[8] and went on to finish 31st at the FSHAA State Finals. The Windermere Prep Blue basketball team came in second place and the Red Team came in 1st place in each of their leagues. In 2016, the Windermere Prep Boys Varsity Basketball Team won the Florida State Championships and the city of Windermere named March 8, 2016 "Windermere Prep State Championship Day."

From 2013 to 2015, an individual distance runner won 6 state titles in both cross country and track & field. Won the state championship two years in a row at cross country, 1600m run, and 3200m run.

Robotics Team

WPS also has a robotics team that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. In 2006, Team 1649, aka Team EMS (Engineers Mentoring Students), won the FIRST Florida Regional. It also won the FIRST Florida Regional in 2009, and went on to finish as semifinalists in the international FIRST championships, ranking 18th worldwide. Along with regional champion awards, the team has been recognized with other awards such as the Rookie All Star Award, Innovation in Control Award, Judge's Award, and most recently the 2011 Florida Regional Creativity Award.

Girls Golf Team

In 2010 and 2011, the girls golf team won back to back FSHAA State Championships led by Shannon Aubert, the individual winner of the state championship.[9][10] The girls team has produced many college golfers that went on to compete at schools like Stanford, Georgetown, Florida, and Rollins.

Boys Golf Team

In 2010, the boys golf team won the district and regional championship earning the schools first team bid to the state championship. The team repeated this accomplishment in 2011 reaching the state championship for back to back years.[11]

Fine Arts

The stage is yours at Windermere Prep. Visual and performing arts form the creative cornerstone of Windermere Prep's teaching philosophy. We believe that every child is a creator at heart, and we strive to unleash expression and unlock the passions of all our students in our new state of the art Cypress Center for the performing arts. Our collaborative approach with The Juilliard School comes to life in public showcase of student work, combined with evaluations by peers and faculty. We offer classes in visual arts, theatre, media arts, music and dance to all students. Our Fine Arts program offers IB certificates or IB Diploma in Dance, Visual Arts, and Music.

Notable alumni

References

  1. "Our School: Our History". Windermere Preparatory School. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  2. "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Lake Butler CDP, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 21, 2017. Page 1, Page 2.
  3. Home. Windermere Preparatory School. Retrieved on April 21, 2017. "6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Rd Windermere Florida 34786 USA"
  4. "Our School: The Windermere Prep School Difference, School Snapshot". Windermere Preparatory School. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  5. Hendrix, Danielle (2016-01-27). "Windermere Prep discusses plans for expansion, new buildings". Windermere Observer (Orange Observer). Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  6. "FHSAA Office Directory" (PDF). Florida High School Athletic Association. Retrieved April 16, 2011. Pg. 169
  7. "Student Life: Athletics, Windermere Preparatory School Athletic Program Goals". Windermere Preparatory School. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  8. http://www.fhsaa.org/guest/golf/regional/1A4boys.doc
  9. "FHSAA Team Results (Final)". www.fhsaa.org. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  10. "FHSAA Team Results (Final)2". www.fhsaa.org. Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  11. "FHSAA Team Results (Final)2". www.fhsaa.org. Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  12. Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd", January 11, 2011
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