Orlando’s Premier, Independent, College Preparatory School for Pre-K Through 12th Grade.
Lake Highland Preparatory School (LHPS) students receive an unparalleled education with long-lasting life lessons rooted in integrity, grit, and grace. Established in 1970, the school’s strong and inspiring educational tradition focuses on developing young people with a passion for scholarship, empathy for others, pride in our country and the determination to preserve its many freedoms, curiosity to innovate, confidence to contribute, courage to lead, and perseverance to conquer life’s challenges.
Community is a core strength of Lake Highland. Our students and families represent widely diverse backgrounds, experiences, and circumstances, and they find a welcoming home here to grow, learn, and love one another. Carefully nurtured and broadly celebrated, this special community underpins a powerful and persistent “Highlander spirit.” The incoming Lower School Director will be expected to consistently demonstrate an unwavering commitment to preserve and strengthen our school community. This commitment is central to “who we are,” and grows in scope, determination, and fidelity with each passing year.
Lake Highland’s dedicated faculty members carefully plan and lead the rigorous and broad-based curricula for Pre-K through 12th-grade students. Our unique academic continuum spans 14 years, and it offers an exciting array of college preparatory opportunities. Our students grow and develop their love of learning as they acquire confidence in their abilities and skills, and as they develop strategies for success in college and life.
Our Lower School is home to inspiring teachers and inquisitive students who love to learn. It is a place where learning and character development go hand in hand. We offer exciting opportunities for students through our outstanding academics and strong offerings in the arts, physical education, and leadership development. At every grade level, we focus on meeting each student’s academic and developmental needs, fostering motivated, creative and independent students who love learning.
LHPS Mission and Values
Mission Statement: Within an atmosphere of love, concern, and mutual respect, Lake Highland Preparatory School is committed to instilling Christian values, inspiring patriotism, developing leaders, and preparing students for college and lifelong learning through academically challenging programs and affirming competitive experiences.
Vision: Lake Highland Preparatory School develops and empowers students with noble character, keen intellect, and an enduring love of learning to thrive in a highly competitive, widely collaborative, and ever-changing world. The school’s “whole child” approach fosters confident, competent, and functional citizens who are intellectually, physically, emotionally, and spiritually prepared to pursue their dreams, achieve their full potential, and successfully cope with life challenges.
LHPS is committed to attracting and retaining highly diverse faculty and staff members to best serve our remarkably capable student body. Our duty and desire as educators are to recognize and celebrate the unique needs, talents, and abilities of each student, faculty, and staff member by facilitating learning and growth and by instilling confidence and self-worth. Every Highlander is considered and expected to be a contributing, valued member of our school community. Our culture of inclusion empowers all Highlanders to thrive in a challenging, accepting, and continually growing community of excellence, equity, and accountability.
Lake Highland’s student body comprises many different faiths, and we welcome families of all religions to the school. We believe each student is a unique child of God and that every child can thrive in an atmosphere of love, concern, and mutual respect. To create a culture where students respect and understand different religions, our teachers and staff strive to personify the nine attributes of the Fruit of the Spirit in all their actions. Please refer to our “Instilling Christian Values” web page for more information.
Current Total Enrollment: 2,045 Students
Lower School (grades Pre-K - 6): 893 Students
Lower School Faculty: 104 faculty, 38% with advanced degrees
Middle School (grades 7-8): 364 Students
Upper School (grades 9-12): 788 Students
Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and Florida Council of Independent Schools (FCIS)
Member: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Leadership at Lake Highland Preparatory School
The Lower School Director is a member of the School’s Leadership Team and reports directly to the School’s President, Vice Admiral Alfred G. Harms, Jr., USN (Ret.). Led by the President, our school Leadership Team and administrative staff are wholly committed to Lake Highland’s mission, and they actively lead our students, faculty, and staff members by living our mission daily in accordance with our Strategic Plan.
LHPS seeks an experienced and demonstrated leader, educator, and administrator to head our Lower School program. The Director must be comfortable and motivated to lead and carefully guide outcomes in alignment with our Strategic Plan. The incoming Director will commence working at LHPS in early summer, no later than July 1, 2022.
The Director provides leadership and supervision in the daily operation of the Lower School. The Director will plan for and oversee the quality of learning, student services, and student outcomes while ensuring cohesive integration with school-wide policies, programs, and initiatives. The Director continues to cultivate a school community based on love, genuine concern, and mutual respect.
The Director must be able to easily cope and skillfully deal with ambiguity while conducting critical analyses of current pedagogy, assessing mission alignment with organizational constructs, and ensuring unwavering commitment to our mission principles and Strategic Plan. The Director will assess current Lower School organizational structures, curricula standards, and practices, then confidently recommend and implement organizational streamlining and program changes to align with best practices, where appropriate.
The successful candidate will be a talented, mission-driven, and enthusiastic educational leader who is ready to contribute to a dynamic learning community. The successful candidate should be willing to work with and develop both strong faculty members and motivated students of diverse cultures and experiences, and will lead, inspire, and empower the Lower School Leadership Team to champion the school’s mission.
Important Qualities and Qualifications
The ideal candidate will offer most or all of the following:
Knowledge of best practices in lower school education
Deep understanding of age-appropriate development
Keen intelligence, intellectual curiosity, and visionary capacity
Demonstrated cultural awareness and commitment to our mission and vision
An open mind and trustworthy character
A collaborative and collegial leadership style
A passion for lifelong learning, and a willingness to change when necessary
Superior interpersonal skills; eager to connect with students, parents, and colleagues with warmth and confidence, particularly when difficult conversations are required
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail
Confidence tempered by humility and a sense of humor
Unwavering confidentiality in all activities
A record of success promoting the health and wellness of students and faculty
Candidates are welcome to submit the following documents no later than November 30, 2021:
Cover letter indicating interest and qualifications
Statement of educational philosophy
List of three (3) references (permission will be obtained from candidate before references are contacted)
Other supporting materials (e.g. articles, presentations, or letters of recommendation)
Please send these documents via email as a PDF attachment to [email protected] specifying “Lower School Director” in the subject line.
After an initial review of applicants in early December 2021, the Search Committee will contact a select group of candidates for interviews. Finalists will be invited to LHPS for a more comprehensive series of interviews with administrators and other school constituents. LHPS expects to make an appointment in by February 28, 2022. We will keep all applicants informed of their status throughout the process.
LHPS conducts background checks, fingerprinting, and drug testing, and may use a third-party administrator. Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Lake Highland is a drug-free workplace.
Lake Highland Preparatory School is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applicants from underrepresented groups to apply.
Lake Highland Preparatory School (LHP), a PreK-12 independent school in Orlando, Florida, was founded in 1970. The school strives to offer its students an unparalleled education with long-lasting life lessons rooted in integrity, grit, and grace. In spite of its size as one of the ten largest independent schools in the U.S., Lake Highland’s approach ensures that every child is known and nurtured. Students learn within an academically challenging and supportive environment, with teachers who are actively committed to the academic and social-emotional development of every child. This powerful combination results in joyful learning that prepares students exceptionally well for college and life beyond.