PLAYguide: Education

Private School Guide

From prep schools to nature-based learning, Central Florida offers a full spectrum of private school options. You’re sure to find the perfect learning community for your family.

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A Kids Gym Learning Academy

A Kids Gym offers little learners (walking to pre-K) a wonderful introduction to school in a half-day or full-day program with a literature-rich environment and hands-on activities. We have an outstanding physical education curriculum that introduces little learners to gymnastics and dance and teaches them the core skills needed for basic ball handling, skipping, jumping, kicking and more.

1495 Evans St. #400, Oviedo

Cranium Academy

Cranium Academy is a completely unique preschool and private elementary school experience, combining the highest level of academics with creativity and fun. With camps, after school programs, and birthday parties also available at both our Winter Garden (near Windermere) and East Orlando (near Lake Nona) locations, we offer year-round learning and play experiences that you won’t find anywhere else.

Two locations:
4068 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Winter Garden, 407-294-6950
10275 Savannah Park Dr., Orlando, 

Creative Inspiration Journey School

Creative Inspiration Journey School implements standards using a groundbreaking approach in an organized manner through interdisciplinary learning while integrating a project-based method of teaching with the Reggio-inspired philosophy. We establish an environment where children love to learn through self-discovery, imagination and creativity while interacting with others in a friendly and safe atmosphere.

780 E. State Rd. 434, Winter Springs

Holy Family Catholic School

Holy Family Catholic School serves students PK3–grade 8 and was voted #1 Private School in Orlando for consecutive years. Holy Family Catholic School is fully accredited by the Florida Catholic Conference. As a Blue Ribbon School, it boasts high academics, fine arts, foreign language and a vibrant sports program. Our philosophy is to provide a Catholic atmosphere where our students achieve academic excellence and a deep love for their faith.

5129 S. Apopka-Vineland Rd., Orlando

Lake Highland Prep

At Lake Highland, our unique academic continuum spans 14 years – from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. Students’ academic foundation is established as they learn to inquire, explore, discover, observe and collaborate. Inspiring teachers nurture a love of learning as students develop confidence in their abilities, acquire strategies for success and become young adults with strong moral conviction.

901 N. Highland Ave., Orlando
407-206-1900, ext. 1

Learning Minds Montessori

At Learning Minds Montessori we value the idea that each child is individualistic and naturally eager for knowledge and that each child is capable of initiating Creative Learning when put in a Nurturing and Supportive Environment. Come tour our Montessori and STEM based pre-school where children achieve their skills to the highest level and develop the Love of Learning and Discovery. 

2116 South Orange Avenue, Orlando

Loving Earth Preschool

We focus on early childhood education (ages 6 weeks old to 8 years old) and offer full-time, part-time and before-school and after-school child care. Our teachers are experienced professionals, maintaining up-to-date knowledge to ensure academic excellence. Our programs are offered in a loving, nurturing and challenging environment. Parents will find a spacious, clean, well-monitored, wholesome environment where safety is the #1 priority.

813 N. Lakemont Ave., Winter Park

O2B Kids

O2B Kids is an “Edutainment Company” for kids ages 0–13.  We offer hundreds of weekly classes for ONE ALL-INCLUSIVE PRICE! Families also enjoy unlimited daily visits to our Play Village, dynamic special events and free two-hour drop-off EVERY DAY for children ages 6–13. Plus, we offer amazing preschool & afterschool programs, summer camp, birthday parties, play groups, homeschool and parents night out.

Two locations:

Oviedo Mall, 1175 Oviedo Mall Blvd., Oviedo
Oak Grove Shoppes, 995 N. State Rd. 434, Ste. 600, Altamonte Springs

Orlando Catholic Schools

In choosing an Orlando catholic school, you are giving your child an educational experience rooted in high academic standards, steeped in the Catholic faith and immersed in extracurricular activities and sports. From pre-K through 12th grade and including students with special needs, we help form the whole child — mind, body and soul — within a safe and nurturing environment.

Office of Catholic Schools
50 E. Robinson St., Orlando

Orlando Science Center

The Orlando Science Center Preschool features an environment unmatched in Central Florida. Blending the Creative Curriculum with our own lessons, we apply STEM projects to traditional early childhood learning practices. Learners gain an understanding of how to apply knowledge and use critical thinking skills while benefiting from a developmentally appropriate learning space that includes the diverse STEM resources inside the Orlando Science Center.

Please visit for more information.
Contact the Preschool office at 407-514-2166 to arrange a tour.

Park Maitland School

Park Maitland is a private academy of academic excellence for children pre-K through 6th grade. State-of-the-art spaces meet whimsical places where learning and imagination take flight. Students learn, grow and thrive, allowing them to rise to the highest academic standards. Learning begins in wonder here. There is no end to out-of-the-box thinkers, innovative leaders, compassionate citizens and lifelong learners.

1450 S. Orlando Ave., Maitland

Serendipity Learning Center

Serendipity Learning Center is an inspiring and developmentally appropriate learning environment that allows children to express their creativity, explore their surroundings
and learn while providing peace of mind to parents when it comes to the care of their children. Starting at 6 weeks old. Located just off 17-92 between Casselberry and Maitland.
Ask about our corporate discounts.

410 Ridge Rd., Fern Park

StarChild Academy

StarChild offers the highest quality children’s programs for those parents who want the very best in education, personal development and safety for their children. For infants through school-age children, StarChild Academy’s caring and dedicated educators provide first-class developmental programs at seven convenient, world-class facilities in Apopka/Wekiva, Hunter’s Creek, Lake Mary, Oviedo, Waterford Lakes, Windermere and Winter Garden.

Sweetwater Episcopal Academy

Sweetwater Episcopal Academy offers pre-K–8th grade academic and enrichment excellence in a supportive Christian environment. Our curriculum, our new STEAM lab
and our partnerships with Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation combine to promote and inspire discovery and give extensive opportunities for our students to explore diverse interests, be academically challenged and grow as individuals.

251 East Lake Brantley Dr., Longwood

The Christ School

The Christ School partners with families to provide an academically rigorous and Christ-centered K–8 experience. Our students and graduates confidently pursue excellence in scholarship, service and leadership. Lessons are focused on
the 4Cs: collaboration, communication, creative problem-solving
and critical thinking. STEAM-based activities are infused across
all subject areas and a growth-mindset is instilled in our
students through daily words, actions and lessons.

106 E. Church St., Orlando

The First Academy

The First Academy provides Christ-centered, customized college preparatory education. The First Academy serves students from preschool through grade 12. Families love TFA for the safe environment, world class teaching and learning, and life changing spiritual formation. TFA boasts a 100% college acceptance rate and award-winning technology, arts and athletic programs. Schedule your tour today!

2667 Bruton Blvd., Orlando

The Methodist School for Early Education

The Methodist School has been educating pre-school and kindergarten children since 1956 as a ministry of the First United Methodist Church of Winter Park. Our play-based curriculum offers enrichment programs, including drama, S.T.E.M., Spanish, dance, chapel and sports. Classrooms are strategically organized to encourage interaction so children learn to function as members of a community, make meaning of their discoveries and become lifelong learners.

125 N. Interlachen Ave., Winter Park

The Parke House Academy

The Parke House Academy’s vision includes the preparation and continual assessment of a well-balanced academic program with both competitive and cooperative learning experiences. Our curriculum promotes a healthy social and cognitive development. Students acquire the necessary skills to meet present and future challenges within our advanced curriculum. We are traditional in our content, but young and innovative in our approach.

1776 Minnesota Ave., Winter Park

Trinity Preparatory School

Trinity Preparatory School is an independent college preparatory school for grades 6 through 12. Trinity Prep is developing individuals who will excel in college and life, contribute to their communities, lead in a changing society and grow spiritually. The vision of Trinity Prep is to be a top college prep school built on a foundation of tradition and excellence while embracing the future.

5700 Trinity Prep Ln., Winter Park

Walden Community School

Walden offers a unique educational experience that focuses on the whole person through the development of each student’s artistic, intellectual, emotional and physical abilities. Led by excited, passionate teachers who utilize hands-on activities and big-picture thinking, Walden students learn how to think, not what to think. Walden is accredited by SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) and is now enrolling for both full-time and part-time programs.

4595 Howell Branch Rd., Winter Park

Windermere Preparatory School

Windermere Preparatory School (WPS) is a private college preparatory school educating students from pre-K3 to 12th grade. WPS is located on a 48-acre campus in Southwest Orlando, and its curriculum culminates with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). WPS is the only Central Florida private school to offer the IB Diploma, which is widely considered as the gold standard of high school curriculum.

6189 Winter Garden Vineland Rd., Windermere

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Jewish Academy of Orlando

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.58.23 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.58.19 PM Jewish Academy of Orlando is a K-5 school where students receive academic excellence within a culture of Jewish values. Our faculty strives to engage every student with new and innovative ways that best fits their learning style. Critical thinking, problem solving and challenged-based learning create an environment that encourages our students to be risk takers and strive for excellence. 851 N. Maitland Ave., Orlando, FL 32751 407-647-0713 • •

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One School of the Arts

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.51.14 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.51.09 PM One School of the Arts is a fast-growing, private, Christian school offering classes for children from pre-K to 12th grade, incorporating visual, performing, communicative and culinary arts into our program. Our mission is to provide a school of excellence, creativity, innovation, honor and curiosity where the mind and heart are fully engaged. Through this environment, scholars will thrive, discover their true identity and, as a result, find themselves positioned for success as leaders in our culture. Innovate. Create. Collaborate.1675 Dixon Rd., Longwood, FL 32779 • 407-774-0168 •

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St. Luke’s Lutheran School

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.42.38 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.42.35 PM St. Luke’s Lutheran School provides a strong academic foundation. Our staff studies and uses materials that align with our school philosophy on education from multiple sources, such as Florida Sunshine State Standards, Regional Education Laboratories, Common Core State Standards Initiative, Concordia Curriculum Guides and national subject area organizations such as STEM education.Our goal is to help your child grow spiritually, socially, emotionally, physically and academically. 2025 W. State Rd. 426, Oviedo, FL 32765 • 407-365-3228 •

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Ampersand School

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.42.21 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.42.13 PM Ampersand School is an innovative K-12 learning environment. Ampersand is a radically new school experience for makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, philosophers, writers, thinkers, doers and world changers. If you’re looking for been there done that, we might not be the place for you. If not, let’s talk. 893 E. State Rd. 434, Longwood, FL 32750407-960-7994 • •

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The Geneva School

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.13.26 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.14.25 PM The Geneva School is a private school serving students in grades K4-12. The Geneva School embraces the gospel of Jesus Christ and applies the truths of Scripture as the foundation for all its programs. Subjects are integrated historically, thematically, and developmentally, all under the banner of God’s over-arching truth in history and creation.2025 State Rd. 436 Winter Park, FL 32792 • 407-332-6363 •

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Weekday School

Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.12.39 PM Screen Shot 2016-07-27 at 3.12.35 PM Weekday School is a Christian preschool serving children ages 2 ½ to 5 years. Known for its committed teaching staff, play-based learning environment and personalized focus on each child, Weekday School offers small class sizes and a strong parent-volunteer network. Established in 1950 at First Presbyterian Church of Orlando and accredited by the Christian Schools of Florida. 106 E. Church St., Orlando, FL 32801 407-996-5864

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