Pre-K to PhD: How Learning Fuels Lake Nona’s Growth

Lake Nona fosters a collaborative learning environment where goals are set and met. From the littlest scholars to PhD and MD candidates forging their career paths, Lake Nona is the education hub for 15,000+ students and some of the nation’s most exciting and forward-thinking learning institutions.

July 14, 2021

Innovation and collaboration are behind everything we do in Lake Nona. From state-of-the-art home technology to inventive dining and entertainment venues to small businesses and enterprises alike that understand what it is to forge new pathways, Lake Nona is an epicenter for learning and innovation. 

But what’s really fueling all that incredible brainpower and progress is a dedication to education. You might even say we’re education obsessed. After all, Lake Nona is known as a “living lab,” and how much we learn today has a direct effect on how far we go tomorrow.

Early Childhood Education: Where It All Begins

Four early-childhood learning institutions are in Lake Nona: The Learning Experience, The Goddard School, Primrose School of Lake Nona and Amazing Explorers Academy. Each school’s learning philosophy is different from the others.  

At The Learning Experience, children can investigate and indulge their curiosity in a fun, joyful atmosphere, building a lifelong love of learning and exploring. The Goddard School’s philosophy is that children earn best through hands-on experience, so they’re dedicated to helping children explore and discover through play. 

Accredited and private, The Primrose School’s “grounded in research, fueled by fun” approach to balanced learning provides children a holistic view of the world. Amazing Explorers Academy embraces a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) approach to early childhood learning, designed to inspire, connect and engage the littlest great minds of this century.

Elementary School: Inspiring Students to Reach Their Full Potential

The two elementary schools in Lake Nona — NorthLake Park Community School and Laureate Park Elementary School — are both A-rated schools by Orange County Public Schools. A third elementary school, Village Walk Elementary School, will be ready to receive students for the 2021-2022 school year. 

NorthLake Park Community School shares its space with the Lake Nona YMCA, and is founded on an innovative public-private partnership. The two entities share resources and encourage parent, teacher and student involvement and interface to achieve lasting school success. 

Middle School: Consistent and Challenging Through the Formative Years

Lake Nona Middle School is an A-rated school featuring the most up-to-date, technologically advanced resources for its staff and students. The school’s vision is to ensure every student has a promising and successful future, fueled by their education. 

High School: Making Memories and Forging Forward

Since the area’s development first began, Lake Nona High School has served as the launchpad for transitional education between grade school and career choice.

The A-rated Lake Nona High School gives students the opportunity to get a head start on college with its partnership with Valencia College, located just next door. The Collegiate Academy offers students the opportunity to complete an A.A. degree during their time in high school, and the Lake Nona High School Health Academy partners with AdventHealth East Orlando to prepare students for future careers in healthcare.

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Higher Education: Teaching Leaders of the Next Generation

The original plans for Lake Nona were founded on the area as a hub for higher learning and advancement in technology and healthcare. It should be no surprise, then, that both the UCF Health Sciences Campus, which includes the College of Medicine and Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, and the UF Research and Academic Center, home to the UF College of Pharmacy, decided to located in the Lake Nona Medical City. Recently, a new adult teaching hospital also opened in Medical City — the UCF Lake Nona Hospital — making way for even more advancement and innovation. 

The Lake Nona campus of Valencia College was designed with collaboration and attention to detail in mind, encouraging students to connect with each other and the world around them. The open-design library and learning support area encourage communication and exchange of ideas. The campus features 18 classrooms, two computer labs, six science labs and state-of-the-art educational tools for instructors. 

In 2022, Lake Nona will be pleased to welcome a new bilingual campus for the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico (IUPR). Announced in September 2020, the campus will include 187,000 square feet of academic and administrative buildings, plus 192 student housing beds. 

With all these students contributing to the continued growth of Lake Nona, including three new public schools currently planned for the area, it’s easy to see how our community has earned its place as a leader in education.

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