Windermere Preparatory School

Windermere Preparatory School is a private, coeducational PK–12 college preparatory school in Lake Butler, an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida, within the Orlando metropolitan area.[2][3] Established in 2000 and in proximity to the Town of Windermere, it is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Southern Association of Independent Schools, Florida Council of Independent Schools, and International Baccalaureate World School.[4] It is a part of the Nord Anglia Education network.

Windermere Preparatory School
Coordinates28°28′38″N 81°34′06″W / 28.477222°N 81.568333°W / 28.477222; -81.568333
TypePrivate, coeducational
MottoVeritas, Virtus, Unitas
Head of schoolDr. Mitchell Salerno
Number of students1,800 (PK–12)[1]
CampusUrban, 48 acres (190,000 m2)
Red, White, and Blue
Tuition$20,995 (1-5), $23,295 (6-8), $25,595 (9-12)



The school opened on September 5, 2000, using temporary classrooms, with an enrollment of 184 students and 25 teachers. Today, that enrollment has grown to 1,520 students including day and boarding on a 48-acre (190,000 m2) campus on Lake Cypress.[1]

Presently, WPS employs over 160 faculty and staff.[citation needed]

In 2016 it had 1,200 students.[5] In 2021, the school reported 1,800 students.



Windermere Preparatory School offers PK3 – Grade 12 education, plus boarding for Grades 7–12 under the Nord Anglia Education Family of Schools.





Windermere Prep competes in Florida High School Athletic Association's Legislative Division 16.[6]

In 2007, a player on the boys golf team won the FHSAA Regionals,[7] and went on to finish 31st at the FSHAA State Finals. The Windermere Prep Blue basketball team came in second place and the Red Team came in 1st place in each of their leagues.[clarification needed] In 2016, the Windermere Prep Boys Varsity Basketball Team won the Florida State Championships and the city of Windermere named March 8, 2016 "Windermere Prep State Championship Day."

From 2013 to 2015, an individual distance runner won 6 state titles in both cross country and track & field. Won the state championship two years in a row at cross country, 1600m run, and 3200m run.

Robotics Team


WPS also has a robotics team that competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition. In 2006, Team 1649, aka Team EMS (Engineers Mentoring Students), won the FIRST Florida Regional. It also won the FIRST Florida Regional in 2009, and went on to finish as semifinalists at the FIRST Championship, ranking 18th worldwide. Along with regional champion awards, the team has been recognized with other awards such as the Rookie All Star Award, Innovation in Control Award, Judge's Award, and most recently the 2011 Florida Regional Creativity Award.

Girls Golf Team


In 2010 and 2011, the girls golf team won back to back FSHAA State Championships led by Shannon Aubert, the individual winner of the state championship.[8][9] The girls team has produced many college golfers that went on to compete at schools like Stanford, Georgetown, Florida, and Rollins.

Boys Golf Team


In 2010, the boys golf team won the district and regional championship earning the schools first team bid to the state championship. The team repeated this accomplishment in 2011 reaching the state championship for back to back years.[10]

Notable alumni



  1. ^ a b "Our School: Our History". Windermere Preparatory School. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  2. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Lake Butler CDP, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 21, 2017. Page 1, Page 2.
  3. ^ Home. Windermere Preparatory School. Retrieved on April 21, 2017. "6189 Winter Garden-Vineland Rd Windermere Florida 34786 USA"
  4. ^ "Our School: The Windermere Prep School Difference, School Snapshot". Windermere Preparatory School. Retrieved April 16, 2011.
  5. ^ Hendrix, Danielle (2016-01-27). "Windermere Prep discusses plans for expansion, new buildings". Windermere Observer (Orange Observer). Retrieved 2017-04-22.
  6. ^ "FHSAA Office Directory" (PDF). Florida High School Athletic Association. Retrieved April 16, 2011. Pg. 169
  7. ^ "Florida High School Athletic Association".
  8. ^ "FHSAA Team Results (Final)". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  9. ^ "FHSAA Team Results (Final)2". Retrieved 2015-10-05.
  10. ^ "FHSAA Team Results (Final)2". Retrieved 2015-10-06.
  11. ^ Sports Illustrated "Faces in the Crowd", January 11, 2011
  12. ^ Collings, Buddy (November 9, 2020). "Fanbo Zeng is big missing piece for Windermere Prep basketball". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved December 27, 2021.