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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; 107 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 demographic breakdown of the 1,188* K-12 students enrolled in 2015–2016 was:[1]

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

*Demographic information is not compiled for Pre-K students

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.[3]

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.[4][5] The school's headmaster, Kasey Kesselring, promised that the "dread lock" line would be removed from the hair policy in the student handbook.[5]

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.[6]

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. ^ "Which is the best boys basketball program of the decade so far?". USA TODAY High School Sports. April 6, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2018.
  4. ^ "16-Year-Old Black Student With Natural Hair Asked By School To 'Get Her Hair Done'". Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  5. ^ a b "School asks teen to change her natural hair style". WOFL. Retrieved October 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ "Montverde Academy's Alabi headed to NBA's Toronto Raptors". tribunedigital-orlandosentinel. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  8. ^ "Con etiqueta de primera ronda" (in Spanish). Retrieved November 4, 2016.
  9. ^ Staff, Orlando Sentinel. "Montverde's Haukur Palsson commits to Maryland". Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  10. ^ "2012 Basketball Commits in Florida".
  11. ^ "Alex Anyaegbunam's High School Timeline". Retrieved February 6, 2017.

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