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Lakehill Preparatory School's Baccalaureate Ceremony was held on Sunday, May 19, at Lakehill's Alice and Erle Nye Family Environmental Science Center. 
 
A time-honored Lakehill tradition, the ceremony provides an opportunity for each member of the graduating class to publicly thank the people who have made it possible for them to get to this moment of achievement in their lives. The afternoon of thoughtful reflection and heartfelt emotion provided a more intimate opportunity to pause and reflect on this rite of passage.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Schedule a private tour to find out more.

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Alanna Stern, Hayden Yoss, Jourdyn Owens, and Lynley Waggoner
Lakehill Preparatory School's Varsity Track Team concluded their season at the TAPPS State Track Meet in Waco ton May 4. The 4x100 meter relay team of Jourdyn Owens, Hayden Yoss, Lynley Waggoner, and Alanna Sternplaced fourth overall with a personal record time of 51.84. This time also broke the previous school record set in 2011 by Kara Gamboa ('11), Jenna Burch ('13), Ayana Heard ('12), and Alexis Johnson ('13). 
 
After taking third in the open 400m the past two years, Stern placed second in her open event with a time of 61.78, while Owens set a new personal best in the 100m with a time of 13.07.
 
The same relay team took home a bronze medal in the 4x200m relay with a personal best time of 1:49.85. This broke their own school record set in 2018 by almost five seconds. 
 
Congratulations to the team on an outstanding season.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Schedule a private tour to find out more.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

 
 
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Lakehill seniors are rapidly approaching the end of their high school careers. Recently, they had the opportunity to slow things down a bit and celebrate the journey that has brought them to this point as Lakehill celebrated Senior Day.
 
Seniors began their day with a catered breakfast in the cafeteria with their parents. They then headed to the auditorium for an assembly in honor of the Class of 2019. They were escorted by Lakehill's youngest students, the Class of 2031. 
 
The Senior Class sponsors introduced each student and shared his or her college plans. Each senior also had the opportunity to pass down a personal Lakehill memento to a lucky raffle winner. From athletic jerseys and shoes to a calculator and a book of Chinese poetry, there was no limit to the priceless treasures passed on to the underclassmen.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Schedule a private tour to find out more.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

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Lakehill Preparatory School's 21st annual Mark Twain Day celebrated the culmination of the fifth grade unit of study on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
 
The event offered fourth and fifth grade students the chance to have fun the old-fashioned way: sack races, bobbing for apples, and fence painting. Students also competed in a variety of good-natured contests, including sunflower seed spitting, pie eating, and bragging.
 
The fifth grade students said they loved making the miniature rafts, dressing up as the characters, and playing games that kids played more than a hundred years ago. 
 
Students honored for the most authentic costumes included Madeline Jones (Becky Thatcher), Ian Johnston (Tom Sawyer), and Clio Byrd (Huck Finn). Honorable Mention went to Grafton Robinson.
 
Jason Dickerson took the top prize for the jury-evaluated rafts, with Max Crist taking second. Grace Horne and Maya Patel took third, and Cece Degeyter and Jax Henegar claimed honorable mention.
 
Lakehill dad Ross Crum played the role of Mark Twain, conducting the bragging contest. Fourth graders enjoyed dressing up like Tom Sawyer's heroes - circus performers, pirates, and outlaws.
 
Karin Matz and Susan Widhalm organized a great team of parent volunteers who made the event go smoothly.
 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Schedule a private tour to find out more.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

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Lakehill Preparatory School is hosting an Admission Coffee and Conversation for prospective parents on Wednesday, April 24, at 8:30 a.m. The Coffee will be held at Lakehill’s newly renovated Main Campus, located at 2720 Hillside Drive, Dallas, 75214. Parents of students entering kindergarten through high school are encouraged to attend. Visitors will learn more about Lakehill's award-winning programs in academics, arts, athletics, and community service, and tour the expanded facility. 

RSVP for the Admission Coffee and Conversation here.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Attend an Admission Coffee or schedule a private tour to find out more.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

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On April 1, Visual Arts Chair Scott Boles took 21 selected works of art created by Lakehill Preparatory School visual art students in his drawing, painting, computer graphics, and sculpture classes and Cat Huitt's ceramics and fiber arts classes to Waco, Texas for the 2019 TAPPS State Art Championship competition.  
 
After advancing to the final round, senior Julia Bartholow was recognized with a bronze medal for her Senior Art Portfolio. She has been working on her portfolio over the past year in her AP Studio Art class.
 
Sophomore Cytheria Luo was recognized as a State Champion, receiving the gold medal in the Drawing - Color category for her self-portrait. Luo also received an 8th place in the same category.
 
Other notable finishes include the following:
Gary Hou, 7th place, Drawing - Black and White
Zak Goldstein, Honorable Mention, Drawing - Color
Ender Trout, Honorable Mention, Communication Design
Georgia Ferguson, Honorable Mention, Painting

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Join us on Wednesday, April 24, at 8:30 a.m. for our spring admission coffee. Register here.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

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Receive a patient file. Research and determine your diagnosis and treatment approach. Present your findings to a group of Attendings – and be prepared to answer their questions. 
 
This experience is not typically associated with middle school, but for Lakehill Preparatory School science teacher Bryna Thomson’s seventh graders it has been part of the curriculum since the 2013-14 school year. While studying the human body has always been included in seventh grade science, it was not until Thomson attended some professional development classes that she got the idea to create Grand Rounds, a “project-based learning” lesson for this area.
 
Over the years, she has adapted it to create a challenge that gives students the chance to experience what becoming a doctor would be like. Students are divided into groups and create their own “clinics,” with each one staffed with a variety of medical specialists. Each clinic presents information about their patient, health issues faced, diagnostic tests run, and the diagnosis the “doctors” determined. They then present their recommended treatment, including medications required.
 
“I hope that this is a much more fun and interactive way to learn about the human body,” said Thomson. “It is a great deal of work, but students get a lot of experience out of it. I also want them to get an idea of different fields of study they can pursue in the future.”
 
Each year, the Attendings are composed of Lakehill parents who are doctors and nurses. This year’s panels were made up of veterans Paula GillmanBrent WalkerWaleed El-Feky, and Ambareen Salam. New this year were Devra LangfordKelly Johnson, and Denise Sullivan.
 
Seventh grader Isabel Ketterson enjoyed the experience, but acknowledged it was hard work. “I really liked it, but it could be stressful at times. You really had to work well with your group to get anything done.” She was most worried about presenting to the Attendings, “but it was just three nice doctors.”
 
"I was impressed with the comprehensive presentations of each group," said Sullivan, a pediatric anesthesiologist. "The students were able to assimilate and discuss fairly complex information and address all questions posed by the panelists in a very thoughtful and logical manner. The Grand Rounds format is the method used in medical schools and academic hospitals to present interesting and challenging cases, so I think the students were able to get a glimpse of how physicians approach patient care in a very realistic way. Hopefully, some will be inspired to pursue a career in the medical field."
 
"I enjoyed learning about the procedures that real doctors take to diagnose a patient and start their treatment," said seventh grader Vivek Patel. "It gave me an idea of what it would be like to be a real doctor and further supported my desire to be an orthopedic surgeon when I grow up."
 
By Lacie Kuhn
 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Join us on Wednesday, April 24, at 8:30 a.m. for our spring admission coffee. Register here.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

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When school is out for the summer, Lakehill Preparatory School’s two campuses keep on bustling with programs for students, ages 5–18, from all over Dallas. The same principles that make our community thrive during the school year infuse our summer programs with a spirit of adventure, abundant learning potential, and guaranteed fun.

Lakehill Summer Camps offer award-winning programs for boys and girls entering kindergarten through grade 12. Lakehill provides quality, teacher-led camps at an affordable price, with FREE before- and after-camp care available daily. Half- and full-day, week-long camps run from June 3 through August 2.
 
Mix and match from a variety of camps to create your perfect summer!
 

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Join us on Wednesday, April 24, at 8:30 a.m. for our spring admission coffee. Register here.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

 
 
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Lakehill Preparatory School held a special ceremony on April 3, to honor seniors Connor Alexander and Ben Palmer, who announced that they will continue their varsity athletic pursuits at the college level.
 
Alexander will row for the Varsity Club team at Lehigh University, while Palmer will join the Southern Methodist University Mustangs as a preferred walk-on.
 
Both Alexander and Palmer are Lakehill Lifers, having attended the East Dallas private school since kindergarten. Palmer led this year's Warrior football team to the state playoffs, and was recognized with First Team All-District and Honorable Mention All-State honors. Alexander is a nationally-ranked member of Dallas United Crew, a team that encompasses rowers from across the city of Dallas.
 
As coaches, administrators, family, and friends gathered to cheer them on, Palmer and Alexander personally thanked those who had supported them on their journeys as students and athletes in heartfelt statements.
 
"I have known these young men since they were in kindergarten," said Headmaster Roger Perry. "I am impressed by their dedication to their academics and to their chosen sports. I am thrilled that they will be able to continue pursuing the sports they love at the college level."
 
Congratulations to these outstanding student-athletes.

 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.

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On Tuesday, March 25, acclaimed Scholastic author Elly Swartz visited Lakehill Preparatory School. Organized by the Parent Faculty Club Book Fair Committee, Swartz spoke with students in grades four through six, inspiring the writers and illustrators of the future by sharing her own experiences as a writer.
 
After being introduced by two sixth grade students, Harper Kuhn and Paulette Maney, Ms. Swartz was interviewed by two fourth grade reporters, Anniston Barrett and Andres Vann.
 
 
Ms. Swartz shared her journey as a writer and the 15-year process of getting her original idea to a book on a shelf. Students were invited to ask questions, and were treated to the first chapter from the advanced reader copy of Give and Take, her new book coming out in October.
 
While she loved writing in fourth grade, Ms. Swartz confessed that she was not a good writer. She shared her philosophy: "The thing you are passionate about does not have to be the same thing you are good at today."
 
She specifically remembers when she decided she wanted to be a writer: after reading Mick Harte Was Here with her children, laughing and crying and and experiencing the full range of emotions. She loves being a writer, and connecting with her readers, learning what her stories mean to them. Developing a connection with her readers is important to Swartz, and she values the time she can spend in schools and with readers.
 
Ms. Swartz explained that the ideas for stories can come from anywhere - the dinner table or a yoga class - and encourages budding writers to write down their ideas. She spends a lot of time with the characters in her stories, getting to know them, their likes and dislikes, before she writes about them.
 
Ms. Swartz's advice for young writers is to read voraciously and to write about the things that matter to them. She encourages students to just keep writing and not to worry about what others think of their work. "I love writing more than I fear rejection," she explained.
 
After answering questions, Ms. Swartz signed copies of her books Smart Cookie and Finding Perfect.
  
By Anniston Barrett and Andres Vann, fourth grade
 
 

About Lakehill Preparatory School

Lakehill Preparatory School is an independent, co-educational college preparatory school for students in kindergarten through grade 12. Our challenging and nurturing educational community, supported by passionate faculty, inspires students to be independent thinkers and collaborative problem-solvers. Athletics, the arts, and a wealth of student activities and organizations promote teamwork and help develop valuable leadership skills. Lakehill is a special place where students realize their intellectual, physical, and creative potential while recognizing their responsibilities as members of their community.

Visit our website at lakehillprep.org for more information.