First Baptist Church of Land O’ Lakes opened a day school on September 5, 1978 using A.C.E. curriculum specifically to serve the needs of FBCLOL families. The facilities included a sanctuary, small fellowship hall/multi-purpose room, and multi-room educational/nursery building. LOLCS began with an enrollment of 23 students in K – 7th grade, all being children of First Baptist Church of Land O’ Lakes members.
In 1990, the school structure changed to the mainstream, traditional classroom school it is today. The program and facilities expanded in 1992 with a classroom/restroom addition and the addition of a K4 program. In 2000, the school population continued to grow and the facility expanded to include a Fellowship Hall, 2 additional classroom spaces, an addition to our sanctuary, and a remodeled educational classroom building (Education Building). In 2001, the school completed a large 8-room educational facility (Faithful Servant’s Building), an updated primary-aged playground area, and added our high school grades.
Now, our school has expanded to Pre-Kindergarten (3 year-olds) through 12th grade with over 260 students currently enrolled. Our facility has added a new dual-platform Mac computer lab, a state of the art science lab, an extensive library, a new gymnasium, a soccer field and basketball court all sitting on our 12 acre campus just 30 minutes north of Tampa.
From our humble beginning to our current growth, two things have remained constant: our unwavering commitment to academic excellence grounded in the Word of God and the longevity of our faculty and staff. In fact, our current Administrator, Dave Nichols, has been with the school since 2005, most of our teachers have been with the school between 10 and 20 years, and our Senior Pastor, Dr. David Peterson, has been our Pastor for nearly 35 years.