Windermere Preparatory School

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Windermere Preparatory School
WPS logo.jpg
Lake Butler, Orange County, Florida
United States 28°28′38″N 81°34′06″W / 28.477222°N 81.568333°W / 28.477222; -81.568333Coordinates: 28°28′38″N 81°34′06″W / 28.477222°N 81.568333°W / 28.477222; -81.568333
Type Private, coeducational
Motto Veritas, Virtus, Unitas
Established 2000
Headmaster Thomas L. Marcy
Faculty 120
Number of students 1,400+ (PK-12)[1]
Campus Urban, 48 acres (190,000 m2)
Color(s) Red, White, and Blue
Mascot Lakers

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.


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 students[clarification needed] with a 48-acre (190,000 m2) campus on Lake Cypress.[1]

Windermere Preparatory School opened its doors for the first time 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.

The Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School reflect a friendly neighborhood environment, with spacious classrooms, state of-the-art gymnasium, Sports Performance Center and athletic fields, as well as an 8 lane/25 yard competitive swimming pool. The dining facilities include a boutique café[clarification needed], primary school lunchroom, and a large secondary school dining area.

Presently, WPS employs over 160 faculty and staff who hold multiple degrees and are state certified.[citation needed] 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.[citation needed]

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


Windermere Preparatory School offers PK-12 education under the Nord Anglia Education Family of Schools, where each student has a highly personalized educational experience, with an individualized Personal Learning Plan. High school students are able to participate in the IB program.

Awards and honors[edit]

Windermere Prep has been named "Best Private School" by the Orlando Business Journal in 2013 and 2014[citation needed] Windermere Prep has been named "Best Private School K-8" by Orlando Magazine in 2014, 2015, and 2016[citation needed] Windermere Prep has been named "No. 1 Choice for Best Private School" by Orlando Style Magazine in 2014[citation needed] Windermere Prep has been named "Best of Southwest" by Southwest Bulletin in 2016[citation needed]


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



Windermere Preparatory School 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.

The school sponsors the following sports:[7]


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


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


  • (B), (G) Archery
  • (B) Baseball
  • (B), (G) Lacrosse
  • (G) Softball
  • (B), (G) Tennis
  • (B), (G) Track
  • (B) 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.[clarification needed] 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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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]

Notable alumni[edit]

Kaylan Patel, 2018 State Geography winner


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ a b 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. ^ a b "Student Life: Athletics, Windermere Preparatory School Athletic Program Goals". Windermere Preparatory School. Retrieved April 16, 2011. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "FHSAA Team Results (Final)". Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  10. ^ "FHSAA Team Results (Final)2". Retrieved 2015-10-05. 
  11. ^ "FHSAA Team Results (Final)2". Retrieved 2015-10-06. 
  12. ^ Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd", January 11, 2011

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