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Celebrating a Great Year!

Dear Lakeview Family,
We are coming to the end of another Lakeview school year and can truly celebrate the accomplishments and talents of our students. 
Let me share some of these accomplishments with you as well as a few announcements:
  • Congratulations to the class of 2024, which has been offered $3,721,668 in non-Hope scholarships! The 51 seniors will enroll in 26 different colleges and universities in 9 states. They earned admittance to an impressive 66 colleges in 22 states. 
  • Here’s an impressive statistic:  21 out of the 51 seniors in this year’s class have been a part of a state championship team or individually won a state championship during their high school career. This includes all athletics, fine arts, literary, and robotics’ trip to the world competition. Congratulations!
  • Lakeview’s robotics program was one of 10 in the country recognized by FIRST® for our dedication to fostering innovation and technological literacy.  Additionally, the eSports team finished second in the Eastern Region finals competing against over 100 teams from Canada to Florida.
  • The Imagine Capital Campaign was a success and construction of the new fine arts center will begin in early June with completion scheduled for August 2025.  Thank you to the almost 200 donors who made this campaign a success.
  • NEWS FLASH:  Funds have been raised to renovate the lower school gym, including air conditioning and heat, electronic goals, LED lighting, and a refurbished floor. The improvements will take place during the construction of the fine arts building.
Dr. Wade Hanse has been named Assistant Head of School for Academics. Wade has been an important addition to Lakeview since joining the staff as director of curriculum alignment in 2021. He led the school to a successful SAIS reaccreditation this spring and has been a collaborative voice for the expansion of STEM opportunities across all divisions. Beth McElwee, who has served as Assistant Head of School for Academics for the last two years, will continue to teach in the upper school math department and will assist me as Special Counsel to the Head of School. I’m grateful for these two educators and the leadership they provide.
I want to thank Hope Harrison, LPA President, for her service over the past two years. Hope has done a great job, and I am grateful for her and all the LPA volunteers. We’re excited to welcome Sarah Creel, who will take over this role in the upcoming school year.
As mentioned above, construction will be underway shortly on the new fine arts building. Be aware if you are on campus this summer, parking in the back where the buses park will be closed. We will do our best to keep inconveniences to a minimum.
Having started a new tradition this school year, the Lion Family program, I’m so thankful for my entire Lion family, all of you – parents, teachers, students, coaches – who make Lakeview the wonderful school it is. All families need rest, so in the next three months, I pray you will get rest and come back energized and ready for the 24-25 school year.
It’s Always a Great Day to be a Lion,

John Simpson
Head of School
Lakeview Academy is a private, coeducational day school for students in preschool through 12th grade, located in Gainesville, GA minutes off I-985/Hwy 365.
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