Our Mission

At Lake Forrest Preparatory School, each child reaches his or her greatest potential as a responsible, productive, and capable individual.

Our Vision

Lake Forrest Preparatory School aspires to create an atmosphere where school is an extension of the family: a school environment where teacher, parent, and student interactions involve solid connections, enriching lessons, and responsibility on the part of all three participants. Throughout preschool, elementary, and middle school, LFPS instills healthy choices and character education.

Our Values

Lake Forrest Preparatory School is committed to values that support academic excellence and positive interactions among individuals and communities.

We Value:

  • Character education: responsibility, fairness, citizenship, caring, trustworthiness, and respect
  • Curriculum that is enriching and relevant; curriculum that is accelerated, but capable of appropriate modifications
  • Open communication with staff and families including mutual respect for each participant
  • Student contributions across all academic, social, and community involvement
  • Diversity in our staff and families
  • Regular instruction in physical education, music, and Spanish
  • Responsibility of our environment: recycling, “Big Help”-community service projects
  • Wearing a uniform that establishes unity and pride in all students

Testing Philosophy

LFPS administers the Educational Development Series (EDSeries) standardized testing for achievement testing at the elementary and middle school levels. We use the most current version available with the newest norms and most updated information when comparing our Orlando private school students to other students at the same age and grade level across the nation, not just in the state of Florida.

We do not put pressure on the students or staff to prepare for this test. The staff is provided with the carefully selected curriculum and any materials necessary to implement the curriculum. Research shows that if the curriculum is taught with integrity by effective teachers, the students will perform to their highest potential.

Achievement testing does not have to be high pressure if everything else is RIGHT.

Individual student test results are reviewed and discussed at parent-teacher conferences at the end of the school year.


Lake Forrest Preparatory School is accredited with the Association of Independent School of Florida (AISF). AISF is recognized by the Florida Association of Academic Nonpublic Schools (FAANS) as an accrediting agency for private schools in Florida. AISF is also a Charter Member of the National Council for Private School Accreditation (NCPSA), which serves as a national review panel for the standards and procedures of private school accrediting associations. For more information on the Association of Independent Schools of Florida, please visit their website at

Lake Forrest Preparatory School is also a member of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary School (MSA-CESS). For more information please visit

Our Founder

Lake Forrest Prep would not be here today without the vision of its founder, Karen Anderson. Through her determination, Lake Forrest Preparatory School has become a warm and nurturing place that fosters the education and growth of young minds. Since she was a child, her only dream was to have her “little red schoolhouse.” She wanted to create a welcoming environment for young children to learn, grow, achieve, and become good citizens. She also believed that, for the children to flourish, she must have a capable and caring staff to facilitate each child’s learning. Karen hand-picked many of the teachers that have become a part of our Lake Forrest Prep family, and many continue to enrich the lives of our precious students today. Although Karen is not physically here today to share in the joys at Lake Forrest Preparatory School, her legacy has continued to live on through her family, her Orlando private school staff, and most importantly, her dear students. Through her strength, generous heart, and tender touch, Karen Anderson has left such an impact on so many of us. Even today she continues to watch over our school. Jenna Kirsch, a Lake Forrest Prep alum, and formerly our Kindergarten teacher, once wrote, “She was the sunshine at Lake Forrest Prep and will be shining down on us forever and always.”

Non-discrimination Statement

Lake Forrest Preparatory School seeks a diverse student population and does not discriminate based on academic ability, race, religion, nationality or ethnicity.