Lake Nona Y and North Lake Park Community School

PREPARING KIDS FOR SCHOOL WHILE ADDRESSING CHILDHOOD OBESITY

The co-located Lake Nona Y and North Lake Park Community School sit on the same property. Students, teachers, Y members and visitors enter through the same front door, reinforcing the sense of a fully connected community. The City of Orlando also built a park on the same 25-acre site. Sharing resources saves the city, the Y and Lake Nona.

By establishing a single, integrated facility that offers all Y, school and city programs, all three organizations are able to serve the community effectively and efficiently, providing programs that the men, women and children of Lake Nona need, without any overlap or wasted resources.

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THE CHALLENGE

Research has shown that strong parental involvement and a strong community connection are two major components of success. However, in some communities, parents and educators don’t remain in close contact, and children don’t feel strongly committed to their communities.

These factors contribute to the growing academic achievement gap between students of different socio-economic backgrounds.

THE SOLUTION

The Y collaborated with educators, business leaders and local governments to create the co-located North Lake Park Community School and Lake Nona YMCA.

This innovative and technology-rich learning environment gave a diverse student population access to a state-of-the-art educational experience as well as quality health and youth sports programs. It also created a vibrant hub that strengthened the bond between parents, schools, educators and the community.

LAKE NONA PRESCHOOL PROGRAM

NORTHLAKE PARK COMMUNITY SCHOOL

LAKE NONA Y

COMMUNITY PARK

For the past 13 years, Lake Nona Y has offered a preschool program that prepares children for primary education. Our preschool teachers work closely with the North Lake Park kindergarten teaching team to design the curriculum, which promotes growth and active learning. Over 300 children have graduated from the preschool program, and North Lake Park teachers report that those graduates are better prepared for kindergarten than other students.

The elementary school houses an incredibly diverse student body (40% White, 40% Hispanic, 15% African-American, 5% Asian-American). In addition to classrooms and a cafeteria, the state-of-the-art facility features a Music & Arts Room as well as Multimedia Center where students may read, borrow books, and use computers for research and school work.

The Lake Nona Y, a 32,000 sq. ft. facility, features a 7,000 sq. ft. gymnasium, 5,000 sq. ft. wellness center, indoor cycling room, multi-purpose room, locker rooms, swimming pool, soccer/baseball/softball fields, and outdoor basketball and tennis courts. An active youth sports program thrives with the help of volunteer coaches from the community.

The community park offers canoeing, fishing ponds, and an outdoor playground.

OUR MISSION

The purpose of this association is to improve lives of all in Central Florida by connecting individuals, families and communities with opportunities based on Christian values that strengthen Spirit, Mind and Body.

OUR CAUSE

The YMCA is committed to strengthen communities. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, is provided with opportunities to learn, to grow and to thrive.