Specialty Partner Programs

Academy Prep Center of Lakeland collaborates with many partners and community leaders to offer its students a unique learning experience. By offering opportunities beyond typical academic classes, Academy Prep believes its student deserve the opportunity to expand their minds with specialty programs that are necessary for social and physical growth. The opportunities available to Academy Prep students include health and exercise, goal setting, social learning, and working with accomplished legal and medical professionals.

Some of our partners include:

First Tee
Golf lessons are taught through weekly golf trips to Rogers Park with various students during our enrichment period. Under the guidance of First Tee’s golf instructors, students learn fundamental golf skills, etiquette, rules and sportsmanship.

Fit Families for Life
Fit Families for Life is an educational initiative designed to engage our students and their families in programs and activities that foster healthy life choices and positive behaviors. With the involvement and commitment of BlueCross/BlueShield of Florida, the Lightning Foundation, All Children’s Hospital, Sweetbay Markets, University of Tampa, White Family Foundation, YMCA, and other organizations, Fit Families for Life is designed for sustainability.

This program is the centerpiece of a health curriculum engaging every grade level in multiple activities that reinforce healthy behaviors. Using nutrition training and physical fitness as the key subjects, activities for students and families include cooking classes, yoga, swimming, dance, kickboxing, and other healthy endeavors. As a comprehensive curriculum, Fit Families For Life becomes a model that can be replicated in other schools. Prevention is the key to change health outcomes, and intervening early in a child’s life is a direct way to foster good health decisions for generations to come.

Focus on Success
Business professionals lead students through a curriculum designed to prepare students for real life challenges through goal setting, turning limiting beliefs into empowering beliefs, and economic basics. The class concludes with a “Creating Destiny” party, a reunion based 15 years in the future.

Frameworks
Students in the fifth and sixth grades learn to manage their emotions, develop healthy relationships, and make good decisions. Once a week, instructors provide lessons in social and emotional learning, which allow students to discover methods of handling life challenges in their academic, social and professional environments.

Higher Ground
This high school guidance program assists eighth grade students in transitioning to high school in the following year. Students also work on applications, essays, and other documents necessary to apply for private and boarding high schools. They also have the benefit of presentations from current high school students, administrators, and faculty, getting the opportunity to gain vital perspective into college prep life and expectations.

Sierra Club’s Inspiring Connection Outdoors (ICO)
ICO works to promote awareness of and interest in conservation and preservation efforts. Fifth grade students attend Saturday field trips sponsored by the Sierra Club. Students enjoy hiking, nature lessons, canoeing, and the exciting challenge of overnight camping.

Too Good for Drugs
The Mendez Foundation brings “Too Good for Drugs” to Academy Prep’s sixth and seventh grade students each year. These quarter-long workshops empower students to meet the challenges of peer-pressure by building confidence and self-efficacy through setting and reaching goals, making healthy decisions, handling conflict, resisting peer pressure, and building healthy relationships. Students also learn to identify and manage their emotions and the emotions of others so they can better relate to others and associate with positive peer groups. Drug topics are discussed in the context of expectations, peer pressure and influence, and the role of the media.