Forest Lake Academy

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Forest Lake Academy
Forest Lake Academy logo.png
Altamonte Springs, FL
Type Private 9–12 High School
Religious affiliation(s) Seventh-day Adventist Church
Established 1918
Faculty 30
Enrollment 340
Average class size 25
Student to teacher ratio one to twelve
Campus size 80 acres (320,000 m2)
Color(s) Blue and White
Athletics conference Florida Conference
Mascot Panther
Newspaper The Reflector
Yearbook The Mirror
Graduates About 11,000
Adventist school locations in Florida

Forest Lake Academy is a private boarding high school outside Orlando, Florida. It is owned and operated by the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. It is a part of the Seventh-day Adventist education system, the world's second largest Christian school system.[1][2][3] [4]


The Lake Winyah School[edit]

The first academy established by the Florida Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists was Lake Winyah Academy [5] in 1918 [6] in Orlando, Florida. In March, 1918, the Florida Conference Committee and the Sanitarium Board met. William H. Branson, L. H. Wood, J. A. Tucker, and W. E. Abernathy were present. They planned for the opening of the school. This included the construction of two buildings; a main building and a dormitory. Both these buildings were to be built in the rough; as economically as possible. Later on more permanent structures could be built. The conference and sanitarium leadership served on the board of the school. They planned to open in the fall of 1918. This first school was to be located between Winyah and Estelle Lakes.[7] Adventist University of Health Sciences (formerly Florida Hospital College of Health Sciences) is located there now.[8]

Forest Lake Academy[edit]

The growing school moved outside the city to its current location in 1926 and was renamed Forest Lake Academy. The first classes were held in the farm house of the newly acquired 160-acre (0.65 km2) site.[9]


The campus is located in unincorporated Seminole County, Florida between Apopka and Altamonte Springs. Because of ZIP code assignments, the school is usually referred to as being in Apopka, although it is in a different county.

Academic programs[edit]

Forest Lake Academy was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) from 1948 to 2011, and is now accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In addition to offering a general diploma and a college preparatory diploma, Forest Lake has an honors program with various concentration tracks including mathematics, humanities, and science. It offers several dual enrollment courses to students with high academic standing.

The school runs a Distance Learning Academy which is a fully accredited four year high school and is attended by students across the United States. A wide variety of classes, similar to those offered on campus, are available.[10]


The schools curriculum consists primarily of the standard courses taught at college preparatory schools across the world. All students are required to take classes in the core areas of English, Basic Sciences, Mathematics, a Foreign Language, and Social Sciences. In addition, religion classes are mandated on a yearly basis.

Spiritual aspect[edit]

All students are required to take religion classes each year that they are enrolled. These classes cover topics in biblical history and Christian and denominational doctrines.. Instructors in other disciplines also begin each class period with prayer or a short devotional thought. Weekly, the entire student body gathers together in the auditorium for an hour-long chapel service. Outside the classrooms there is year-round spiritually oriented programming that relies on student involvement.

List of Principals[edit]

The first several principals of the academy also served simultaneously as pastors of the Forest Lake Seventh-day Adventist Church.

F. H. Parrish (1925–1927)

D.C. Ludington (1927–1929)

W. E. McClure (1929–1932)

Cecil A. Schutt (1932–1933)

W. E. McClure (1933–1937)

W.A. Wright (1937–1938)

J.E. Whelpley (1938)

W. A. Wright (1938–1942)

J. M. Howell (1942–1948)

H. M. Lodge (1948–1950)

J.M. Ackerman (1950–1953)

R. L. Osmunson (1953–1955)

W.E. McClure (1955–1958)

W. C. Strickland (1958–1960)

William Fuchs (1960–1966)

Lester C. Stannard (1966–1968)

Steven J. Yost (1968–1970)

Randall Fox (1971–1974)

Dick James (1974)

John Wagner (1974–1976)

H. Dean Kinsey (1976–1983)

Bob Caskey (1983–1994)

John C. Wheaton (1994–2005)

Gloria Becker (2005–2012)

David Denton (2012–2016)

Frank Jones (Interim 2016–)

See also[edit]


  1. ^"the second largest Christian school system in the world has been steadily outperforming the national average – across all demographics."
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-23. Retrieved 2016-03-18. 
  3. ^ "Department of Education, Seventh-day Adventist Church". Retrieved 2010-06-18. 
  4. ^ Rogers, Wendi; Kellner, Mark A. (April 1, 2003). "World Church: A Closer Look at Higher Education". Adventist News Network. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2010-06-19. 
  5. ^ Alternate names: Lake Winyah School; Lake Winyah Intermediate School; Orlando Intermediate School
  6. ^ Florida News Items. Field Tidings. October 16, 1918, p. 3
  7. ^ Florida Notes. Field Tidings. March 20, 1918, p. 3
  8. ^ Adventist University of Health Sciences
  9. ^ Elbert Anderson. Forest Lake Academy: Where the "Son" Shines Through. Southern Tidings. March, 1993, p. 26
  10. ^

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 28°40′11″N 81°26′19″W / 28.6696°N 81.438502°W / 28.6696; -81.438502