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 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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Definition of Terms 
2014 School Data
Lake Forest Academy Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Preparatory College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 7-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support No No
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1857 1909
Campus Size 150 acres 124 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 436 students 295 students
% Students of Color 25% 19%
% International Students 26% 20%
% Students Boarding 50% 68%
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 75% 67%
Summer Program Offered No Yes


Endowment Size $25 million $15 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
(International students pay an additional $2000)
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$39,500 $27,240
% 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 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 21 16
AP 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 13
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:

  • 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

Nearby Schools:

The nearest boarding school is La Lumiere School (70.5 miles away)
  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • La PorteLa Lumiere School
    6801 North Wilhelm Road
    La PorteIN 46350
    70.5 mi | 232 students | Gr. 9-12
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