November 5, 2019
As we approach the 50th anniversary of Lakeview Academy in 2020, there is no better time to celebrate all the great things happening here. When Lakeview opened its doors in August 1970, it opened with a few students, one building, limited extra-curricular activities and a dream of becoming a premier private school providing the best college-preparatory education available in north Georgia. Now 50 years later with more than 550 students, 120 faculty and staff, award-winning athletics and fine arts, and academic programs resulting in 100% college placement year after year, we are continuously looking for ways to propel Lakeview forward. We invite you to read more below about the Board of Trustee’s recent actions to position Lakeview for success in the next 50 years.
Moving Lakeview Forward
Continuing with the work outlined in our Pathways to Success strategic plan developed in 2014, our Lakeview Forward capital campaign efforts launched in 2016, and our recent parent survey results from 2019, we are thrilled to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously voted to take bold steps to move Lakeview Forward in 2020 in the three foundational areas of our school: academics, arts and athletics.
As you are already aware, the Board of Trustees recently announced its unanimous decision to hire Kirsty Montgomery, PhD, as the new Head of School. A seasoned educator and administrator from the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Northwestern University, Dr. Montgomery was selected from a national field of more than 200 candidates. We are fortunate to bring someone with Dr. Montgomery’s well-rounded academic credentials to Lakeview and look forward to her leadership. A magna cum laude graduate of Northwestern, Dr. Montgomery has led the school’s Osher Institute for the past five years. At Osher, she leads a team of five administrators, 300 faculty members, and over 1,500 students. Her accomplishments there included a strategic plan that resulted in a 55 percent increase in enrollment. “The school’s commitment to academic excellence in its curriculum is made possible by talented faculty, dedicated staff, and a supportive community. What a tremendous opportunity in its 50th year for Lakeview to strengthen the triad of foundational areas: academics, arts, and athletics. Lakeview Academy has an incredibly bright future, and I am delighted and honored to be joining at this time,” stated Dr. Kirsty Montgomery.
Propelling the Arts
Through a new partnership with Brenau University, Lakeview’s fine arts students and faculty will enjoy enhanced practice and performing space at the Brenau Downtown Center Theatre. Beginning in 2020, Brenau will provide Lakeview with the use of its theatre between October and March each year. “Having a dedicated fine arts facility, like Brenau University’s beautiful Downtown Center, will distinctively showcase the extraordinary training, work, and achievements of all concentrations and mediums of Lakeview Academy’s fine arts students unlike any other opportunity we have encountered before,” stated Joe Harris, Fine Arts Director. Dr. Anne Skleder, President of Brenau University is also very excited about this new partnership, stating, “We at Brenau are proud to partner with the highly-respected Lakeview Academy to help enrich the experiences of students on both of our campuses and warmly welcome the talented Lakeview theater students and faculty into our Downtown Center.”
For the past several months, a dedicated group of parents, grandparents, alumni and staff have led the Foundational phase of the Lakeview Forward II campaign, having successfully raised $1.7 million toward a $2.5 million goal to build new athletic facilities including a stadium with an eight-lane track. “This project shows the commitment of our Lakeview community to a competitive culture. We are truly blessed to have involved constituents so passionate about our mission and continued success,” stated Deuce Roark, Athletic Director. Be on the lookout for more information about this project as construction begins and we launch our public phase of the campaign soon. Additionally, once completed, Lakeview will provide Brenau’s track and field team access to our new athletic facilities as part of our ongoing partnership. “We are grateful for the opportunity for the Brenau Golden Tiger Track and Field team to compete in state-of-the-art facilities on the campus of Lakeview. I am eager to work with Dr. Montgomery when she arrives in Gainesville to pursue future mutually-beneficial collaborations between our institutions,” stated Skleder.
We are incredibly fortunate to live in a community where generosity is abundant. We continue to have a healthy Annual Fund and have been able to undertake various capital projects to move us forward – all without impacting tuition. Not only will our students and faculty benefit from these initiatives but we are also able to lean more deeply into our mission of excellence through a partnership of school, family and community.
Chairman, Lakeview Academy Board of Trustees