Lake Forest Academy

1500 West Kennedy Road,
Lake Forest, IL 60045
Tel: 847-615-3267
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 430 students
Founded in 1857, Lake Forest Academy is a coed, boarding and day school serving 390 academically bright and motivated students.
The Academy is located in a National Historic Landmark 30 miles north of Chicago on a 150-acre wooded campus.
The Academy offers a challenging curriculum focused on academic excellence and characterized by small classes and close faculty/student interaction.
The community provides the support and caring needed to develop confidence and strong values and makes learning a constant adventure.

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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Lake Forest Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 8-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1857 1908
Campus Size 150 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 430 students 300 students
% Students of Color 22% 18%
% International Students 29% 20%
% Students Boarding 50% 67%
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 19 15
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree 75% 66%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $25 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(International students pay an additional $1800)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$36,300 $26,110
% Students on Financial Aid 32% 35%
Merit Scholarships Offered No No


Application Deadline Jan. 31 / rolling Jan. 15
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 63% -
Acceptance Rate 36% 58%
Director of Admissions Loring Strudwick
Carolyn Gorowski
Associate Director of Admissions Caroline Pugliese  

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP/Advanced Courses Offered 19 15
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 Environmental Science AP French Language
AP Latin Vergil AP Music Theory
AP Physics C 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 37 24
ExtracurricularsAfrican 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, Dance, Debate Club, Foreign Film Club, Forensics Club, Free the Children, French Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Global Awareness Club, History Club, Interact, Investment Club, Japanese Club, Knitting Club, Lacrosse, Library Club (TALK),

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
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes:

  • 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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