Our Community

As the only private, independent K-12 day school on the West Side of Cleveland, Lake Ridge Academy is both a school with exceedingly high scholarship, and a school where every student is known well and supported by his or her teachers and other adults. Every adult on campus contributes to our culture, regardless of his or her formal role at the school; we look for employees who want to spend their time in a school environment and build relationships with our students. We seek qualified candidates with high emotional intelligence and a history of flexibility, collaboration, and openness. For every opening, we seek to attract candidates from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.

Why Lake Ridge Academy

The best things about working at Lake Ridge Academy are the sense of community, of contributing to the success of our students, and the opportunity to align your professional life with a passion for helping young people. Our salaries are competitive, and our employee benefits for full-time employees include subsidized health insurance and a 403(b) retirement plan. In addition, Lake Ridge Academy provides generous tuition remission for qualified children of full-time employees.

Open Positions

Upper School Chemistry Teacher

Lake Ridge Academy is seeking a full-time Upper School Chemistry Teacher for the 2024-2025 school year. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in chemistry and be able to teach at every level, from general to AP Chemistry. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in curriculum design and knowledge of latest trends in pedagogy and assessment methods. The best candidates are those who embrace a healthy combination of joy and rigor in the classroom, love working with and supporting students, and model lifelong learning.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Teach 4 sections of chemistry at the general, honors, and AP levels with ability to teach electives
  • Provide extensive hands-on laboratory experience for students
  • Meet students for individual help outside of class
  • Serve as advisor to 8-10 upper school students
  • Participate in extracurricular life at school, including support of House events, sponsoring a club, etc.
  • Participate in faculty committees and meetings

A full job description is available here.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to [email protected].

Summer Camp Lead Teacher

Lake Ridge Academy is seeking a dedicated and experienced Summer Camp Lead Teacher to join a dynamic team for an enriching six-week summer camp program. The camp will begin on June 10th and end on July 19th, offering engaging activities and educational experiences for campers. We are committed to providing a nurturing environment for campers to learn and grow. Our summer camp program caters to children K-8 from diverse backgrounds and offers a blend of academic enrichment and recreational activities to learn and play on our beautiful 93-acre campus.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Providing creative leadership, supervision, and recreational guidance to campers in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Planning and implementing structured lesson plans, camp activities, and special events tailored to the interests and needs of campers.
  • Engaging with campers during various activities, outings, and events, promoting a sense of belonging and camaraderie.

A full job description can be found here.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to [email protected].

Director of Theatre

The 6-12 Director of Theatre is responsible for creating a dynamic and engaging learning environment that fosters students' creativity, confidence, and skills in the theatrical arts. This individual will develop and implement curriculum, direct productions, and provide guidance and mentorship to students interested in all aspects of theatre, including acting, stagecraft, and production management.

Responsibilities include:

  • Design and implement a comprehensive theatre curriculum that aligns with theatre education best practices catering to students with diverse skill levels and interests.
  • Teach four courses in theatre, including Acting/Advanced Acting, Musical Theatre Workshop, and other courses that cover various aspects of theatre, including acting techniques, play analysis, dance, and theatre history.
  • Lead all aspects of the direction and production of school plays, musicals, and other theatrical performances, guiding students through auditions, rehearsals, and performances.
  • Provide one-on-one coaching and feedback to students to help them develop their acting skills, stage presence, and overall performance abilities.
  • Offer guidance and instruction in technical aspects of theatre production, such as set design, lighting, sound, costume design, and stage management.
  • Serve as Thespian Troupe Advisor
  • Be an advisor in the Lake Ridge Academy School of Fine Arts (SOFA), with in-school hours and after-school hours commitments.
  • A Bachelor's or Master's degree in Theatre Arts, Drama Education, or a related field.

A full job description is available here.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume and references to [email protected].

Lower School Spanish Teacher

Lake Ridge Academy is seeking a Lower School Spanish teacher for the 2024-2025 school year.This is a unique opportunity to join our esteemed LRA World Language Department and be responsible for teaching early levels of Spanish language and culture. We are looking for candidates who can design and deliver developmentally appropriate, engaging lessons for students in Kindergarten-5th grade. We value cultural literacy and a passion for the Spanish language and Hispanic cultures. Native or near-native fluency, a strong commitment to and love for working with young children, excellent communication skills, and a willingness to contribute to a collaborative and close-knit teaching environment are essential.


  • 4-year college degree
  • Proven success with classroom teaching, including curriculum design and implementation, student engagement, family reporting, and collegial relationships
  • Experience with elementary-aged children and an understanding of the developmental norms associated with this age group
  • Effective fluency in the Spanish language, orally, aurally, and in writing
  • A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • A dedication to being a part of an independent school community

A full job description is available here.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, resume, and references to [email protected].

Substitute Teachers

Accepting applications for certified teachers to substitute grades K-8. An excellent opportunity for new teachers to build a curriculum vitae, or experienced teachers to keep their skills fresh. Please submit resumes via email to: [email protected] or mail to: Lake Ridge Academy, 37501 Center Ridge Road, North Ridgeville, Ohio 44039.

About Lake Ridge Academy

Lake Ridge Academy was founded in 1963 by a small group of parents who shared a dream to create a school that would provide an exemplary learning environment where their children would be known. While our school has grown tremendously in both size and academic program since then, the mission of our founders still holds true to this day. Our school offers a world-class K-12 education in a warm and inviting community where all of our students are known and supported by a highly-educated and committed faculty. When you step on our campus in North Ridgeville you will notice a few things that are different from other schools in our area: students learning outside on our sprawling 93-acre campus, teachers engaging students through hands-on learning activities or student-led discussions, older students collaborating with younger students, no locks on lockers, an appreciation for racial, cultural, ethnic, religious, and gender diversity, as well as diversity of thought, and unique creative learning spaces like our engineering fab lab or fine arts center. The mission of the school is to send into a changing world confident young people of integrity who think critically and creatively while embracing the joy of lifelong learning. Lake Ridge Academy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Lake Ridge Academy provides equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, sex, gender, gender identity, age, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, ethnic background or country of origin.