Lake Forest Academy

1500 West Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Tel: 847-615-3267
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12, PG | 436 students
Lake Forest Academy is on the grounds of the former J. Ogden Armour estate. The Armour mansion has been transformed into our main academic building, Reid Hall, while maintaining its old world charm and character.
Lake Forest Academy is on the grounds of the former J. Ogden Armour estate. The Armour mansion has been transformed into our main academic building, Reid Hall, while maintaining its old world charm and character.
An average class size of 12 students and a faculty to student ratio of 7:1, LFA provides an intimate  and engaging learning environment.
The Lake Forest Academy school year begins with the annual All-School Handshake, whereby everyone at the school - faculty, staff, and students - shake hands with everyone else.
100% of our graduating seniors are college bound, and they often have their choice of the best colleges in the nation.
Everyone at LFA (students, faculty, and staff) belongs to one of four houses - Bird, Lewis, Sargent, or Welch.   The four Houses compete in a series of mini competitions throughout the year and the House that earns the most points WINS!
LFA offers a variety of performing arts opportunities through courses, extra-curricular groups and the Arts Concentration. 

Some of the musical groups include Coax (rock band), VOX (glee club), choir, orchestra, and jazz band. Students also have several individual and small group performance opportunities throughout the year.
About half of the student body lives on campus in one of five dormitories. Over 80% of faculty live on campus and serve as dorm parents, building strong relationships with students inside and outside of the classroom. LFA offers an extensive weekend activity schedule so students can relax with their friends both on and off campus.
LFA offers 26 sports during the three athletic seasons in addition to PE options such as yoga, salsa dance, and fitness.
The Cowart Media Commons includes a Mac computer lab, color printer, 3-D printer, small recording studio, and a large collection of DVDs and video games for students to check-out. The Media Commons is open for students to use throughout the day as well as during Study Hours from 7:30-10:00pm.
LFA has developed an innovative class schedule that rotates classes and allows for non-class time within each student's school day. This schedule adds an energizing twist to each student's school day and offers free periods to get a head start on homework, attend a club meeting, get extra help from a teacher or just hang out with friends.
Lake Forest Academy is an independent, co-educational, 9-12 college-preparatory school for boarding and day students located on 150 acres in the Chicago suburb of Lake Forest.
Lake Forest Academy strives to embody in its practices and to cultivate in its students excellence of character, scholarship, citizenship, and responsibility.

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2015 School Data
Lake Forest Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1857 1910
Campus Size 150 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 436 students 298 students
% Students of Color
% International Students
% Students Boarding
Average SAT Score 1820 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 28 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Formal Casual
Average Class Size 12 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:7 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $25 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(International students pay an additional $2000)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$39,500 $27,800
% Students on Financial Aid
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 63 -
Acceptance Rate
Director of AdmissionsCarolyn Gorowski
Associate Director of AdmissionsCaroline Pugliese

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 21 16
CoursesAP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP Computer Science, AP Economics, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language, AP Latin Vergil, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Spanish Literature, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History, Formal Logic, Multivariable Calculus


# Interscholastic Sports Offered 19 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling


Total Extracurricular Organizations 38 24
ExtracurricularsAfrican American Heritage Choir, Asian Exploration, Black Awareness Club, Bridge, Caxy Keys, Chess, Chinese Language & Culture Club, Co-ak - LFA's rock band, Cooking, Cultural Diversity, Current Events, Dance, Debate, Foreign Film Club, Forensics, Free the Children, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Global Awareness Club, History Club, Interact, Investment Club, Japanese Club, Knitting Club, Lacrosse,

College Matriculation

Year: 2010 - 2013 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign 23
New York University 9
University of California Los Angeles 8
Cornell University 7
George Washington University 7
University of Michigan 7
Washington University in St. Louis 7
Carnegie Mellon University 6
Colorado College 6
University of Pennsylvania 6

School Notes

  • Lake Forest Academy is located on a beautiful 150 acre wooded campus in the northern Chicago suburb of Lake Forest. The campus features academic buildings, residence halls, a gymnasium and ice hockey rink, playing fields and faculty homes.
  • LFA's mascot is the Caxy, which is ancient Greek for the croaking sound made by a frog.
  • 82% of the Faculty live on campus and 75% of our faculty members have a Master's degree or higher
  • Lake Forest Academy offers 21 Advanced Placement courses, 26 varsity sports, and a wide range of artistic options.
  • 100% of our graduating seniors matriculate to college.
  • LFA graduates attend the best colleges in the country, including Babson, Bowdoin, Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, George Washington, Northwestern, Stanford, University of Chicago, UCLA, University of Michigan, Williams, as well as many other excellent colleges and universities.
  • Many extracurricular opportunities are offered, including student-run clubs, newspaper, yearbook, student dances, and many trips off campus to places like Chicago and Milwaukee.
  • Lake Forest Academy is a diverse community - we have students from all corners of the globe. 26% of our students come from outside the United States.
  • The LFA student body represents 16 states and 34 countries.
  • We are committed to making this education affordable. 32 percent of the student body receives financial aid..
  • Important Traditions at LFA:

    Move-Up Day
    Move-Up Day began as a tradition at Ferry Hall in 1906, originally called Ivy Day, commemorating the annual planting of Ivy at the base of Smith Hall. Over time, this tradition evolved into its current form, usually being held the day before Graduation. Departmental awards and speeches are given, and at the end of the ceremony, each class is invited to "move up" and literally take the place that they will occupy the next year: seniors move to sit with the alumni, juniors take the former spots of the seniors, and so on.
    All-School Handshake
    At the beginning of each year every student, faculty member, and administrator gathers in the formal gardens and participates in the all school handshake. The entire school arranges themselves in a line around the periphery of the Formal Gardens and the Head of School begins by shaking the person's hand next to him. As he moves down the line the next person shakes his hand, and the next, and the next. The procession behind the Head Master snakes around until every member of the school shakes the hand of everyone else.
    The House Cup
    The House Cup Competition was established under Dean Colley Bell in 2004. The students are divided up into four houses (Lewis, Sargent, Welch, and Bird) and compete in various events throughout the year. The house with the most event points at the end of the year gets their name inscribed on a trophy that is located in Reid Hall, and the colors of their team are used in the student handbook.
  • School accreditations: The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jean Harlow - Actress
    • Bix Biederbecke - Jazz cornet player
    • Bradley Russell Weinberger, - Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
    • Bill Ayers - Political activist and professor at the University of Chicago
    • David Bradley - Film director
    • Bill Schulz - Panelist, writer, and producer on Fox News Channel's late night show, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld
    • Judy Baar Topinka - Former Illinois State Treasurer
    • Frances Perkins - First female Secretary of Labor
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