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Why Lakeview

Lakeview Academy is an independent, co-educational, college preparatory day school in Gainesville with almost 600 students in grades K3 through 12 and is accredited by SAIS-SACS. Lakeview is committed to the personal growth and academic development of the college-bound student. Lakeview offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum with small classes that include Honors and Advanced Placement courses for academic enhancement. While Lakeview’s students are offered the opportunity to excel at a higher level, an academic support program is offered to students at all grade levels when extra help is needed.

Lakeview Academy’s academic rigor begins in the Lower School and aims to provide a student-centered and applied approach to enhance a deeper understanding in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). Academic rigor continues in the Middle School with emphasis on developing good study habits, self-advocacy skills, independence, and technology competency. Lakeview Academy’s Upper School offers a variety of curricular options to meet the needs of all learners seeking a college bound experience.

Since 1999, the school has integrated technology in every discipline. Students in grades six through 12 have their own laptops and students in grades 3-5 have classroom notebooks on a fully wireless campus. Foreign language is taught at all levels including Early Learning. Extracurricular activities include clubs, cultural and academic field trips, performing arts, and a full athletic program. Enrollment is open to people of all races, religions, and national origins; financial aid is available to qualified students. Virtually all Lakeview graduates attend four-year colleges or universities. Bus transportation is available.
Open House – for All Grades

Lakeview Academy is a dynamic and nurturing day school for pre-K through grade 12 off I-985 in Gainesville, Georgia. Join us to learn more! Whether you are just starting your school search or ready to apply, this is a chance for you to hear about our programs, tour our school, and meet parents and students in our community. Our open houses are informal events and open to the whole family. We ask that you register so we can have a packet tailored to your interests available for you. However, walks-ins are always welcome!

What to Expect
We'll start with a short presentation by our Head of School and introduce you to members of our faculty. Parents and children from our school community will also be available to answer questions you may have about their experience as part of our community. We'll end the session with small group tours of our school, focusing on the division(s) you are interested in for your children. Light refreshments will be served.

Contact Kim Cottrell at kim.cottrell@lakeviewacademy.org or call 770-531-2602.

Lakeview Mission Statement & Core Values
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.

We believe Lakeview Academy should:
  • Deliver exceptional educational opportunities.
  • Maximize the unique potential of each student.
  • Cultivate a family environment.
  • Value honesty, integrity, and respect.
  • Respect and develop each faculty and staff member.

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Schedule a Private Tour

Please contact Kim Cottrell via email or by phone at (770) 531-2602 to make an appointment. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

Admissions FAQs

List of 12 frequently asked questions.

  • Q: Do you offer financial aid?

    Yes, financial aid is awarded only as a need-based decision. Lakeview Academy does not offer any merit-based scholarships. To apply for financial assistance, please contact Angela Presley in the Business Office at (770) 531-2656, or angela.presley@lakeviewacademy.org. You must complete the online application process prior to applying for financial aid.
  • Q: When is the best time to start the admission process?

    Lakeview Academy accepts applications year round. We send out acceptance letters for the following school year beginning in early March, but we encourage you to begin the application process as early as possible for the following academic year to secure your space in the class.
  • Q: What are the next steps after I turn in all of the required documents?

    Our teachers and students enjoy showing prospective students what a day in the life of a Lakeview Academy student is like, so we ask all applicants in rising grades 2-12 to spend a day visiting in the classes of their current grade. These visits are not used to test aptitude or ability, but assists our teachers in seeing how they can best suit the needs of the potential student in our classroom environment. Students applying for grades 6-12 will also be required to submit a handwritten, personal essay answering “Why I want to be a Lakeview student and how I intend to contribute to the school.”
  • Q: Is child care available after-school for Lower School children?

    The Lakeview Academy on-site Extended Learning program is available to K3 through 5th grade students from 2:15 p.m. (or whenever their school day ends) until 6:00 p.m. Our program consistently receives the highest score from the state regulatory agency. The rate for this service is $6/hour; $10/hour for drop-ins.
  • Q: What is Homework Lab?

    Lakeview’s Middle School offers an after school homework lab to meet the needs of our students. Students attending Homework Lab will find a distraction free environment available to complete homework. Homework Lab is available Mondays – Fridays from 3:30 – 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend this lab.
  • Q: What are the benefits of attending an independent school?

    Independent schools are home to educational innovation. They teach young people academic skills and the importance of hard work, leadership, personal responsibility, and good citizenship. Each school features close-knit learning environments, challenging instruction, and safe communities. Independent schools are also good neighbors and partners, making both social and economic contributions to their communities.
  • Q: What geographic area does your school serve?

    Lakeview serves 11 counties in a forty-five to fifty mile radius around the school with approximately two-thirds of the students coming from within Hall County. Gwinnett, Dawson and Forsyth counties are our next largest populations.
  • Q: Does the school provide transportation?

    Yes, there are three bus routes with designated stops where students gather to meet the bus. The bus routes travel to Buford, Chateau Élan, Cumming, Dahlonega and Suwanee.
  • Q: What opportunities are there for parental involvement?

    Many opportunities are available for Lakeview parents to volunteer. The LPA (Lakeview Parents Association), LAG (the Lakeview Arts Guild), the Athletic Association’s Booster Club and various in-class and other school activities all welcome parental involvement. There is a place for everyone. For more information, please visit our Parent web page.
  • Q: Is there a uniform or dress code?

    Yes, there is a uniform dress code in all grades. For more information, go to our Dress Code web page where you can download the Dress Code and see a list of uniform vendors.
  • Q: Does my child need to bring lunch or is it provided?

    You have a choice! Lakeview provides a variety of tasty and nutritious meals for breakfast and lunch. Our chef is a favorite with the students and works with the student government to make recommendations for menu choices. Cooking and baking are done from scratch, and no fryer is used in the preparation of food. Students are also welcome to bring a lunch from home.
  • Q: What time does the school day start and end?

    Classes for all divisions begin at 8:15 a.m. We encourage students to arrive a few minutes early in order to be prepared to start at 8:15. End times are as follows:

    K3 - Kindergarten: 2:15 p.m.
    1st – 2nd: 3:00 p.m.
    3rd – 5th: 3:10 p.m.
    6th – 8th: 3:25 p.m.
    9th – 12th: 3:25 p.m.

Our Admissions Team

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  • Photo of Kimberly Cottrell

    Kimberly Cottrell 

    Admissions Officer
Lakeview was the first school we visited where we immediately felt at home. Our son felt welcomed and was able to join in from the moment he stepped foot into his classroom. He was actively engaged in learning and challenging himself from day one. We love that! He’s building skills and confidence now to grow into a leader tomorrow. Lakeview’s small classes and sense of community allow for the extra attention and nurturing kids need to feel comfortable and safe so they can love learning.
-The Beverly Family
The experience our boys have at school reflects the values important to our family – things like high expectations for learning and conduct, character formation and meaningful relationships. With small class sizes, rigorous curriculum, numerous extracurricular activities and service programs, Lakeview puts in to practice everything that is right in education today. 
-The Harrison Family
796 Lakeview Drive  Gainesville, GA  30501 • (770) 532-4383
Lakeview Academy is a private, coeducational day school for students in grades K3 through 12, 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.