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Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Lakeview Academy!  For over 50 years Lakeview has been providing students and their families with an energetic, caring, and success-oriented environment of learning for students in PreK 3 through grade 12. We are committed to the personal growth and academic development of all students through a partnership of family, school, and community.
As head of school, I am committed to
  • Helping students find their passion, whether in the classroom, athletic field, or stage
  • Creating a family culture that is welcoming to all
  • Sustaining our strong academic program that is individualized as well as inclusive
I welcome you to visit and see for yourself why Lakeview Academy is an educational gem that produces graduates ready for any ambition. College is the next steppingstone for 100 percent of our graduates, but even when they achieve post-secondary degrees, it’s no wonder that many of our graduates tell me, “I would not be who I am or where I am today without Lakeview.” 
Call and schedule a visit today.  You’ll be glad you did!
John Simpson
Head of School
Head of School Transition
Lakeview Head Leaves Record of Accomplishments


Dr. Kirsty Montgomery, head of Lakeview Academy, and her husband, Chris, will move back home to Chicago at the close of the current school year. Dr. Montgomery informed the Board that after much deliberation, she has accepted the position of head of school at a school in Illinois. Dr. Montgomery cited the need to be closer to family as the reason for her decision to move back to the Chicago area.

Jay Kilroy, chairman of the Lakeview Board of Directors made the announcement to the school community on Thursday, January 6 stating “Kirsty’s decision was not an easy one for her to make, and we are saddened to lose her as head of school. Her achievements in the last two years have been remarkable and extensive. The most significant is her leadership through the pandemic that resulted in Lakeview staying open for in-person learning virtually every day of the last 18 months.”

Dr. Montgomery was named head of school in November of 2019 and moved with her husband to Gainesville from Chicago, where she had been Director of the Osher Institute at Northwestern University. Her appointment to Lakeview came as the result of an extensive nationwide search. In addition to leading the school, Dr Montgomery also teaches an Advance Placement course in Comparative Government & Politics. Read More
796 Lakeview Drive  Gainesville, GA  30501 • (770) 532-4383
Lakeview Academy is a private, coeducational day school for students in preschool through 12th grade, located in Gainesville, GA. 

Lakeview Academy is committed to excellence in the personal growth and academic development of the college-bound student through a partnership of school, family, and community.