Lake Forest Academy - Review #2

Lake Forest Academy

About the Author:

College Enrolled Northwestern University
Home Town, State (Country) IL
Years Attended Boarding School 4
Activities During Boarding School I participated on the student judiciary board; served on student council representative; was Editor:Copy of the newspaper, and played volleyball, soccer, and track. I also learned languages on my own outside of school.

Reflections and Advice:

1.) What do you think makes your school unique relative to other boarding schools?
Lake Forest Academy is a caring and nuturing place to learn. Each student is assigned to an advisor. Students meet in advisories. Advisors serve as mentors to students, monitor students' academic progress as well as overlook the general aspect of quality of life for each student. LFA is a place where community comes alive. Every other day, the school meets for Morning Meeting; the whole school comes together and the News of the Day is read by the prefects. Lake Forest Academy strives to develop character in each individual through athletics, academics, and the such. LFA is a small school, and as a result, the community that is formed is a caring and nurturing one. Classes are small; my French class had only 7 students sophomore year.
2.) What was the best thing that happened to you in boarding school?
I felt as if I grew and matured socially and academically.
3.) What might you have done differently during your boarding school experience?
Boarding school is a very posititve and life changing experience. I would have been a little bit more social and I felt that the academic and athletic commitments burned students out. That being said, I would hope that the college placement rate to Harvard and Princeton, and the Ivies in general, increases as the implentation of the strategic plan takes place.
4.) What did you like most about your school?
I like the diversity of the school and the fact that I could excel at the school. Excelling gave me the confidence to accomplish anything I want.
5.) Do you have any final words of wisdom for visiting or incoming students to your school?
I would heavily recommend living in Atlass. I would also partake in the annual trips. For example, students went to South Africa and the Galapagos Islands one year.


1.) Describe the academics at your school - what did you like most about it?
Academics are first rate at LFA, especially classes in the humanities, such as English Literature. The books we read are amazing, and the faculty in the humanities department, especially Dr. Bird, are first rate. I like the emphasis on the seminar style of teaching, in which long tables are used for discussion. Discussion was a primary way of learning in the history and English departments.


1.) Describe the athletics at your school - what did you like most about it?
If you wanted to play a particular sport, you could. It is this idea of the desire to play without extreme competition that set the school apart. Students could partake in whatever sports they desired.

Art, Music, and Theatre:

1.) Describe the arts program at your school - what did you like most about it?
In 2002, Lake Forest Academy opened the Fine & Performing Arts Center, later named the Cressey Center. Its program is first rate. The FPAC is a mini-museum, where students' artwork is on display. Multiples plays are produced, and you also have the oppportunity to direct your own play. There were a wide variety of performances and presentations that took place in the FPAC.

Extracurricular Opportunities:

1.) Describe the extracurriculars offered at your school - what did you like most about it?
LFA offers a wide variety of extracurricular activities--from sports to publications, there is something for everyone.

Dorm Life:

1.) Describe the dorm life in your school - what did you like most about it?
I loved dorm life. Each dorm is seperated by gender. The best dorm in my opinion is Atlass Hall. I liked the small meetings that went on, the weekly dorm activities (intramural athletics,) as well as the weekly pizza nights. I met people from around the world and I learned so much from that type of diversity.


1.) Describe the dining arrangements at your school.
Students ate in Hutchinson Commons. I like the salad bar. The food was okay. Students were allowed to order from off campus restaurants and seniors had the privledge of going out for lunch.

Social and Town Life:

1.) Describe the school's town and surrounding area.
Lake Forest is a posh suburb bordering Lake Michigan. I liked the scenary and the downtown shops and restaurants. Other than that, students really did not hang out in Lake Forest. Buses would take them to neighboring suburbs, where students could go to the mall or eat at restaurants. Chicago is also close by.
2.) Describe the social life at your school - what did you like most about it?
LFA is a relatively social school. There is a work hard, play hard mantra here. There were multiple formals and dances that went on, and I liked that everyone could attend prom.

Daily Schedule:

8:00 AMAttend Advisory
8:15 AMClasses
10:00 AMMorning Break for Clubs and Activities
1:00 AMClasses/Lunch
3:00 PMMeeting for Publications
3:30 PMAthletics practice
5:30 PMShower and dinner
6:00 PMMeeting for Clubs/Activites; free time
7:00 PMHomework
1:00 AMSleep

Alumni Reviews
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  • Lake Forest Academy Alumni #1
    Class of 2011
    5 Stars   1/18/2017
    University of California, Irvine
    One of the most unique things about Lake Forest Academy are the state of the art facilities. Many buildings have been added and renovated since my time attending, and the campus truly is remarkable now. . .
  • Lake Forest Academy Alumni #2
    Class of 2003
    5 Stars   10/11/2005
    Northwestern University
    Lake Forest Academy is a caring and nuturing place to learn. Each student is assigned to an advisor. Students meet in advisories. Advisors serve as mentors to students, monitor students' academic progress as well as. . .
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