Montverde Academy

Montverde Academy is a private PK-12 school in Montverde, Florida, United States.

Montverde Academy
17235 Seventh Street


Coordinates28°35′52″N 81°40′29″W / 28.5978°N 81.6748°W / 28.5978; -81.6748Coordinates: 28°35′52″N 81°40′29″W / 28.5978°N 81.6748°W / 28.5978; -81.6748
Established1912; 108 years ago (1912)
HeadmasterKasey C. Kesselring
Teaching staff106.0 (on an FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,234 (including 46 PK students)[1] (2015–2016)
Student to teacher ratio11.2[1]
Campus size125 acres (510,000 m2)
Color(s)Purple and Gold          


The school was founded in 1912 as Montgomery Industrial School. The school President was Henry P. Carpenter. It underwent a major expansion in 1921, when two new buildings were built for a cost of almost $40,000, including a concrete block dormitory for 200 boys and a new dining hall. The expansion was funded by donations, including $11,000 from R. Jay Arnold of Groveland, Florida. This expansion brought the organization to a total of 8 buildings on 200 acres and $150,000 worth of equipment. An observation tower above the new dormitory provided a view of Lake Apopka, Winter Garden, and Groveland. The dining facilities served 400 children.[3] In the 1920s, sports teams were established. The teams used were nicknamed The Crackers. In 1930, a girls dormitory was constructed with funds raised by the D.A.R.[4]


There were 1,188 K-12 students enrolled in 2015–2016 as the information is not compiled for Pre-K students. The breakdown was:[1]

  • Native American/Alaskan – 1.4%
  • Asian/Pacific islanders – 4.0%
  • Black – 7.7%
  • Hispanic – 9.3%
  • White – 44.8%
  • Multiracial – 32.8%

Athletic programsEdit

Montverde's athletic programs compete on a national level, rather than as a member of the Florida State High School Athletic Association. Sports offered include baseball, basketball, cross country, equestrian, golf, lacrosse, powerlifting, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, and volleyball.

In 2017 USA Today named Montverde Academy the best basketball program of the decade.[5]

1972 advertisement for Montverde Academy


In May 2017, Essence and Fox 35 Orlando published a story about Montverde Academy harassing a 16-year-old African-American student who was told that her natural hair was against dress code policy.[6][7] The school's headmaster, Kasey Kesselring, promised that the "dread lock" line would be removed from the hair policy in the student handbook.[7]

In 2007, Montverde Academy was sued for not returning $36,000 for tuition and boarding fees for the 2007–08 school year after expelling a Russian student who was allegedly spotted with alcohol, without giving the student an opportunity to contest the truth of the allegations.[8]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Private Schools – School Detail for Montverde Academy". Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "AdvancED – Institution Summary". Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Dedicates Buildings at Montverde I.S." Tampa Tribune. February 25, 1921. Retrieved December 1, 2019.
  4. ^ "DAR renames Mrs Leonardy State Agent". Tampa Tribune. March 7, 1930.
  5. ^ "Which is the best boys basketball program of the decade so far?". USA TODAY High School Sports. April 6, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  6. ^ "16-Year-Old Black Student With Natural Hair Asked By School To 'Get Her Hair Done'". Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "School asks teen to change her natural hair style". WOFL. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  8. ^ "Montverde Academy is sued after it says it caught the student from Russia with alcohol on school field trip". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  9. ^ "Montverde Academy's Alabi headed to NBA's Toronto Raptors". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  10. ^ "Con etiqueta de primera ronda" (in Spanish). Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  11. ^ Staff, Orlando Sentinel. "Montverde's Haukur Palsson commits to Maryland". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  12. ^ "2012 Basketball Commits in Florida".
  13. ^ "Alex Anyaegbunam's High School Timeline". Retrieved February 6, 2017.

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