A COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

What’s better than advanced learning? How ‘bout advanced learning in a team environment? Lake Nona’s Collaborative Learning Environment—or CLE, as the cool kids call it—is our very own modern education system that enables doctors, professors and businesses to interact with students and residents.

What happens when you put state-of-the-art universities, research facilities, hospitals and primary education, from kindergarten through high school, all in close proximity? What’s that? A genius factory, you say? Close, but we think it will be more like a new model for learning. We’ve even given it an official name and a fancy acronym—Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE). Although, now that you mention it, “genius factory” does have a nice ring to it…

The CLE is the brainchild of the Lake Nona Education Initiative, which itself began in 2007 as a consortium of 70 education professionals representing over 30 institutions working together to design a thoroughly modern education system for Lake Nona. The basic idea of the CLE is to give students and residents the ability to engage in real-time interactions with researchers, doctors, professors and even the businesses at Lake Nona, as well as classrooms and other learning environments across the globe.

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The Education Initiative was also instrumental in bringing state-of-the-art learning tools to the community. A unique collaborative partnership with Promethean, a global leader in advanced classroom technology, is making Lake Nona an educational example for how innovative learning technologies, such as the interactive whiteboard, can be leveraged to create a community where classrooms, offices and homes are able to collaborate seamlessly.

In short, to say learning is important to Lake Nona would be like saying water is wet, the sky is blue or dinosaurs are cool.

Lake Nona High School

Lake Nona High School

A launchpad for continuing education, Lake Nona High School offers students the opportunity to get a head start on college. Beyond the advanced curriculum aligned with Lake Nona Middle School, the high school enables students to earn college credit. In partnership with Valencia College, the Collegiate Academy at Lake Nona High School offers selected college-level courses and, in the near future, will include the curricular options and scheduling necessary to complete the Associate in Arts (A.A.) degree. Lake Nona High School Health Academy, in partnership with Florida Hospital, prepares students for a future in health care. Beyond academics, the school also offers plenty of athletic and extracurricular activities to enrich student life.

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Lake Nona Middle School

Lake Nona Middle School

In partnership with Lake Nona High School, Lake Nona Middle School prepares students in 6th through 8th grade for advanced learning. The state-of-the-art facility opened in Fall of 2009, offering 21st-Century
curriculum supported and enhanced by the integration of cutting-edge instructional technologies throughout grade levels, across disciplines. And the shared campus with Lake Nona High School enables administration, faculty and staff to align skills, content and practices for students across a seven-year academic span.

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Valencia College

Valencia College

Those of you wanting to prolong being empty nesters will be happy to know that your kids can start college right here in Lake Nona. Expected to open in Fall of 2012, Valencia College’s Lake Nona campus is being designed on 23 acres adjacent to Lake Nona High School. An 85,000-square-foot building will be the first of four open at the evolving Lake Nona campus. The cutting-edge facility will provide students with an intimate learning experience, pairing caring teachers and staff with a range of advanced degree programs.

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NorthLake Park Community School

NorthLake Park Community School

An A-rated school for the past 10 years, NorthLake Park Community School brightens young minds, from Kindergarten to 5th grade. Nestled in the heart of Lake Nona’s NorthLake Park community, this unique school shares a building with the YMCA, encouraging wellness for the entire family. The safe, friendly learning environment encourages students to achieve above their individual levels. Through staff and community support, students are provided with a sound academic foundation that prepares them for future challenges.

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Moss Park Elementary

Moss Park Elementary

Built upon an educational foundation, Lake Nona is home to some of the area’s top schools. Children are encouraged to achieve academic excellence at Moss Park Elementary. The A-rated school curriculum broadens young minds through integration of fine arts, technology, character education and wellness, in partnership with the community. Along with the support of community members and parents, teachers and staff provide students with an abundance of enrichment opportunities that reach from fine arts and Spanish to service learning and clubs.

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