Local Business Spotlight: The Lakeside School
For nearly 50 years, Lakeside School has stood as a pillar of education Eufaula community.
Lakeside, which was founded in 1968, provides students with a nurturing and challenging curriculum that prepares them for the next step of their lives.
As the school gears up to celebrate its golden anniversary, new headmaster Rick Rainer is excited about the future of the private school.
Rainer is in his first full year as Lakeside headmaster – after spending more than 30 years in the public-school ranks – and loves helping mold young minds every day.
“You have to be in it for the students,” said Rainer. “I love the kids, and being around them every day. They keep my battery charged up. I am in my element and in a place, I need to be.”
The Lakeside experience is broken down in to four different steps.
The Pre-K program is open to students between the ages of 2-4 years old and is designed to get children ready for the rigors of school, while in a nurturing and structured environment. Lower School encompasses grades K-5 and is geared toward prepping young students for middle school.
Lakeside’s Middle School houses grades 6-8 and begin the college preparatory program. In middle school, students hone in on study skills and work on becoming better members of the community. Upper School, grades 9-12, emphasizes the core curriculum and cranks up the college prep skills.
“We are a college preparatory school,” said Rainer. “We take great pride in having most of our students accepted to colleges. Just last year, the class of 2017 – 24 students – was awarded more than $3.6 million in scholarships, and every student was accepted to at least one college. Our average ACT score was 25, and we are extremely proud.”
In addition to the college prep program, Lakeside offers extra-curricular activities such as sports, student government and clubs.
If you are interested in potentially enrolling your child in Lakeside, contact the school at 334-687-5748.
“We encourage prospective students and families to come visit us,” said Rainer. “I love to talk with parents about our school and to give them a tour of our facilities. We have made numerous improvements to our campus over the last few months.”