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COVID-19 Update for Prospective Students and Families:

LFA re-opened its campus for in-person classes this past August. Updates regarding LFA's COVID-19 plans are on the lfanet.org/COVID-19 webpage. The Academy's admissions team is currently conducting various virtual sessions for prospective families to learn more about our programs. Please visit our website for dates and registration! Learn More

  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    B+

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$45,950
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$61,500
Received Financial Aid
34%
Average Financial Aid
$45,100
From Lake Forest Academy

Lake Forest Academy attracts students who seek rich and rewarding learning experiences and relationships.

LFA's culture of participation is evident in every aspect of our vibrant boarding environment. Both day and boarding students are given the chance to meet new challenges with openness and curiosity, and develop the confidence to stretch beyond their comfort zones.

LFA's transformative boarding experience is characterized by rigorous academics, a global outlook, and Midwestern values.

Lake Forest Academy Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1370
90 responses
Average ACT
30
128 responses

Entrepreneurship at LFA: Paving One's Own Road

Students in the entrepreneurship class learn concepts of business and entrepreneurship with particular attention to economic theory. Students develop their own business models for franchise restaurants, a minor league sports franchise, a small business, and more! Guest speakers representing all industries from LFA's network of over 6000 alumni visit the class for networking opportunities.

Culture & Safety

Poll
86%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.14 responses
Poll
86%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.14 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
  • All School Handshake and Move-Up Day!
    45%
  • Senior Lock In
    16%
  • Prom
    13%
  • Winter formal
    10%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Halloween Dance Party
    3%
  • None lol
    3%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    49%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    Canada, China, Mexico
    International Boarding Students
    25%

    Students

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    435
    79%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
    86%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
    71%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    6:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.17 responses
    Poll
    94%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.17 responses
    Poll
    88%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.17 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Average
    Boys Athletic Participation
    Average
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.13 responses
    92%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.13 responses
    85%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.13 responses

    Lake Forest Academy Reviews

    69 reviews
    All Categories
    My family and I choose Lake Forest Academy to prepare me for the challenges of college. We lived in Lake Forest, which had (and has) strong public schools. But LFA had smaller classes led by experienced and enthusiastic teachers as well as a great preparatory track record.

    Much has changed since I graduated over 50 years ago; now young men and women from all over the world study together at LFA. The traditional campus plan is just as beautiful but the 21st century facilities are state-of-the-art. Enrollment is larger today but classes are small and the many extracurricular opportunities (arts, service, sports) are integral and accessible for every student. Excellence is still the standard for teaching and learning. And great college careers await today's graduates. Go LFA!
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    Fantastic college prep school! Counselors were very helpful and allowed me to get into my dream college. Small class sizes with an average of 12 kids per class but some classes I have taken had as little as 3 kids so very individualized attention. Great boarding school, dorms are very nice and lots of different dorm bonding activities. Best thing in terms of activities: Free trips (paid by the school) to do fun activities like going to Six Flags on the weekend, roller skating, eating out and many more. Diverse student population, we have students from over 50 different countries and students from various states. Boarding students account for about 50% of the student population and economic diversity is present in all aspects of campus life. Great financial aid and scholarships given out including the newly created Waukegan and North Chicago endowment fund to facilitate scholarships to students in these minority areas. School spirit is lacking a bit but is steadily improving!
    Lake Forest Academy really is a special place! The faculty and staff are incredible people who actively work to improve the lives of their students. Most are warm, friendly, and have become my genuine friends throughout high school!

    Daily life at LFA is engaging, and I am always in for a surprise. With incredibly flexible course choices and student schedules, LFA truly cultivates independence in their students. Clubs grant students incredible independence, and while funding is at times limited, the school gives incredible responsibility to its student leaders.

    LFA has been vastly influential in fostering my love for learning, and thus the institution receives my greatest of praise! There is so much that LFA has done for me, and I know that it will do the same for any student who graces its halls.