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|Definition of Terms
| 2012 School Data
Lake Forest Academy
Boarding School Avg.
|School Focus||College Preparatory||College Preparatory|
|Grades Offered.||9-12, PG||7-12|
|Support for ADD/ADHD Students||No||No|
|Campus Size||150 acres||125 acres|
|Enrollment||430 students||300 students|
|Percent Students of Color||18%||18%|
|Percent International Students||27%||19%|
|Percent Students Boarding||50%||67%|
|Average SAT Score||n/a||* National Avg. »View|
|Average ACT score||28||*National Avg. » View|
|Offers Post-Grad Year||Yes||No|
|Academics and Faculty|
|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||26||14|
|ESL Courses Offered||Yes||Yes|
|% Faculty with Advanced Degree||65%||65%|
|Summer Program Offered||No||Yes|
|Endowment Size||$21 million||$14 million|
|Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students)||$47,000
(International students pay an additional $1800)
|Yearly Tuition (Day Students)||$34,700||$24,600|
|Percent Students on Financial Aid||31%||33%|
|Average Financial Aid Grant||$18,000||$19,000|
|Merit Scholarships Offered||No||No|
|Application Deadline||Jan. 31 / rolling||Jan. 15|
|Average Percentile SSAT||74%||-|
|Director of Admissions||Loring Strudwick|
|Associate Director of Admissions||Caroline Pugliese|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Total Interscholastic Sports Offered||16||13|
|Tennis||Track and Field|
|Total Extracurricular Organizations||41||24|
|African American Heritage Choir||Asian Exploration|
|Black Awareness Table (BAT)||Bridge Club|
|Caxy Keys||Chess Club|
|Chinese Club||Cooking Club|
|Cultural Diversity Club||Current Events Club|
|Foreign Film Club||Forensics Club|
|Free the Children||French Club|
|Gay Straight Alliance||Global Awareness Club|
|History Club||Hot Wings Club|
|Japanese Club||Knitting Club|
|Lacrosse||Library Club (TALK)|
|Literary Magazine (Lit Mag)||Mah Jong Club|
|Mock Trial Club||Newspaper|
|Paintball||Photo & Graphics = Art 2|
|Photography Club||Poets & Writers|
10 Most Popular College Choices (# Enrolled)
|University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign||16|
|University of Michigan||13|
|Carnegie Mellon University||7|
|Lake Forest College||7|
|University of Pennsylvania||7|
|New York University||6|
- 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.
- 75% of the Faculty live on campus and the majority of our faculty members have graduate degrees.
- Lake Forest Academy offers 24 Advanced Placement courses, 23 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 Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Duke, Dartmouth, Columbia, George Washington, Georgetown, Cornell, Middlebury and Wesleyan, Northwestern, University of Chicago, UCLA, Williams, as well as many other excellent colleges and universities.
- Many extracurricular opportunities are offered, including more than 30 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. 27% of our students come from outside the United States.
- The LFA student body represents 16 states and 22 countries.
- We are committed to making this education affordable. 31 percent of the student body receives financial aid ($2.8 million awarded annually).
- Important Traditions at LFA:
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.
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