Montverde Academy continuously pursues excellence in education, athletics and the arts with the recent opening of a new 38,894-square-foot middle school building. Students in grades 6-8 will begin the 2021-22 year with a fresh perspective and new facilities that include 16 classrooms, three innovative science laboratories, an attached gymnasium with locker rooms, a performing arts stage and a study hall for individual or group studies in a relaxed, inviting atmosphere.
Support From a Former Student
Francisco Lindor, Montverde Academy (MVA) alumnus and superstar Major League Baseball shortstop with the New York Mets, was among guests who celebrated the ribbon cutting and grand opening of the new facility in April. Lindor was the lead donor in MVA’s Time to Lead capital campaign, making a $1 million gift toward the construction of the state-of-the-art building, named Lindor Hall, that serves more than 200 students. He also established the Francisco Lindor Scholarship Fund to provide selected current and prospective students with financial assistance to attend MVA.
“Montverde Academy played an important role in my life and is a special place for me,” says Lindor. “By leaving Puerto Rico and coming to the Academy, I definitely grew up and became a man through my experience here. The education I received and the confidence, work ethic and character I developed and strengthened here as a student, helped shape me. I’m thankful for the blessings the Lord has bestowed on my family and me. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to pay it forward. I know middle school students and teachers will benefit from this new facility, and I hope this gift helps provide the same strong foundation for future students that it provided for me.”
Time at MVA is Time Well Spent
“Francisco’s gifts are of seismic importance to Montverde Academy,” says MVA Head of School Dr. Kasey C. Kesselring. “Francisco Lindor made an indelible mark on MVA as a student. He was special on the baseball field and in our community, with a tremendous work ethic, an infectious smile and grace toward others that we see continuing in his professional life. His donation sends a strong message to everyone that academics will always come first. Education is lifelong, and a sports career has an expiration date. This gift from Francisco is not surprising because he has always been selfless and humble. He sees the value of what the Academy instilled in him and is generously giving for a lasting impact on others.”
Lindor credits the diversity, structure and academic programs MVA provided as significant influences in his development of leadership and decision-making skills. With this foundation, he continues to build a successful professional career in the MLB.
“As a student, I received a lot of help and would not be where I am today without it,” he says. “I want to help others, to let them know that they have to focus on their schoolwork first and then practicing a sport is second. When you work hard, anything is possible.”
Discover Montverde Academy
Ranked No. 1 for Most Diverse Private High School in Florida by Niche.com, MVA’s goal is to inspire students in grades Pre-K3 -12 to develop a life-long passion for learning. Also to challenge themselves and remain fearless in their ability to develop and succeed.
Whether a student is striving for academic excellence, flourishing in the arts or aspiring to excel athletically, MVA’s history, experience and diverse community ensures a student’s growth, wellness and confidence will continue to expand in an inspiring and innovative environment.
17235 7th Street
Montverde, FL 34756