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Academy Prep

Lakeland, Florida

Academy Prep is a developing network of tuition-free private schools exclusively serving low-income students and providing them with a rigorous college-preparatory middle school education and ongoing graduate support that prepares and continues to guide them to be competitive in high caliber high schools and universities. Over the past twenty years, Academy Prep has grown into two high-performing schools in the Tampa Bay area—Academy Prep St. Petersburg opened in 1997 and the second school opened in Tampa in 2003—serving more than 225 middle school students. Its student body, which is 100% low-income, regularly arrives achieving below the 40th national percentile in reading and math and regularly leaves the middle school years achieving above the 70th percentile. Ninety-seven percent of graduates have gone on to complete high school and more than eighty percent attend college. Academy Prep leadership recently developed a strategic growth plan to scale to five campuses in west-central Florida that will eventually serve more than 630 students. Its third campus opened in fall 2019 in Lakeland, Florida.