Academics

College Counseling

Finding the Right College: A Four-Year Program

Preparation for college is paramount at Lake Ridge Academy. As such, our school is proud of its rich matriculation history: 100% of our graduating seniors are accepted at four-year institutions, many of them highly selective.

Lake Ridge’s wide variety of resources, including a dedicated College Counseling Office, individualized essay-writing assistance, in-person and virtual visits from college representatives, personalized letters of recommendation, mock interview training, and links to merit scholarships and financial aid opportunities, ensures the student and family are well informed throughout all four years of the high school experience.

Choosing a college is about finding the right mix of academics, activities, location, resources, and faculty. The process of finding that right fit begins in 9th grade. Through several formal contacts with the College Counselor, freshmen learn how to build a strong academic and extracurricular profile.

October:

Testing
All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the PSAT in mid-October. In December, the College Board will share a detailed score report highlighting each student’s strengths and potential areas of growth. While the freshman and sophomore tests are intended to introduce the student to the formal testing environment, the junior test is the first step to entering the National Merit® Scholarship Program.

March:

Freshman Seminar
During Freshman Seminar, Mr. Rybarczyk will introduce Naviance, the college search and application service used by Lake Ridge Academy, to help students begin exploring colleges and universities.

As students transition into the sophomore year, the college conversation becomes more focused as students begin to think more seriously about testing and scores. In the spring, College Counseling will host the Spring Meeting for Sophomores and Families. At this meeting, students will learn about using Naviance to build resumes, take career assessments, and research schools. Students are encouraged to make appointments with Mr. Rybarczyk to discuss any questions and/or concerns.

October:

Testing
All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the PSAT in mid-October. In December, the College Board will share a detailed score report highlighting each student’s strengths and potential areas of growth. While the freshman and sophomore tests are intended to introduce the student to the formal testing environment, the junior test is the first step to entering the National Merit® Scholarship Program.

November:

SAT/ACT Prep Class
Open to sophomores and juniors, the SAT/ACT Prep Class will afford the student the opportunity to learn and practice test-taking strategies.

January:

Cleveland Council of Independent Schools Sophomore Event: Navigating the College Process
Held annually each January, this program will feature a panel of admissions deans representing several colleges. College Counseling will share specific details with students and families as the program is finalized.

April:

Spring Meeting for Sophomores and Families
At this meeting, College Counseling will introduce a college process checklist for the upcoming year and discuss ways to use the summer to assist in the college search/admission process.

Cleveland Council of Independent Schools College Fair
Held annually at a Cleveland-area independent school, this event features over 100 colleges and universities and panel programming. Open to sophomores and juniors only.

The junior year is important as the college search and admissions process begins in earnest. This year the PSAT counts: it puts students in the running for a National Merit Scholarship.

During the junior year, Mr. Rybarczyk will have three formal meetings with the students, the Fall Meeting for Juniors and Families, an individual meeting with each student, and a one-on-one meeting for juniors and families in early spring. Students are encouraged to make appointments throughout the year to see Mr. Rybarczyk with any questions and/or concerns.

October:

Fall Meeting for Juniors andFamilies
At this meeting, Mr. Rybarczyk will discuss the junior year college search timeline.

Testing
All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors will take the PSAT in mid-October. In December, the College Board will share a detailed score report highlighting each student’s strengths and potential areas of growth. While the freshman and sophomore tests are intended to introduce the student to the formal testing environment, the junior test is the first step to entering the National Merit® Scholarship Program.

November:

SAT/ACT Prep Class
Open to sophomores and juniors, the SAT/ACT Prep Class will afford the student the opportunity to learn and practice test-taking strategies.

January-March:

Junior/Family One-on-One Meeting
At this meeting, Mr. Rybarczyk will discuss college visits and help develop a list of colleges based upon aptitude, merit, financial aid, interest, distance from home, and other factors.

April:

Begin College Visits
Juniors are permitted 4 college visits in the spring semester.

Cleveland Council of Independent Schools College Fair
Held annually at a Cleveland-area independent school, this event features over 100 colleges and universities and panel programming. Open to sophomores and juniors only.

During the required Senior Seminar, students will be led through all aspects of the college application process, from narrowing the college list and writing the essay to navigating financial aid and scholarships. With a thorough understanding of unique backgrounds, needs, and accomplishments, Mr. Rybarczyk will write a personalized college recommendation for each senior. Students are encouraged to make appointments to see Mr. Rybarczyk with any questions and/or concerns.

September:

College Night for Seniors and Families
This meeting will provide families an overview of the senior year. Topics to be covered include the Senior Seminar role in the admissions process; submitting the application; timing and deadlines; sending scores; financial aid; and scholarships.

Cleveland Council of Independent Schools Financial Aid Night
Open exclusively to parents of seniors, this presentation will help parents understand the difference between need-based and merit-based financial aid. Specific attention will be devoted to how and when to complete the FAFSA and the CSS Profile.

September - May:

College Visits
Seniors are permitted up to 6 days for college visits. Students should reserve at least one day to attend their chosen school’s spring Admitted Students Day.

Download the 2021-2022 Lake Ridge Academy School Profile

College Admission Reps: Schedule a Visit

The Class of 2022 was accepted to the following list of colleges and universities:

Students will be attending colleges in bold

University of Akron
The University of Alabama
Albion College
Alfred University
Allegheny College
American University
Baldwin Wallace University
Beloit College
Bentley University
Bluffton University
Bowling Green State University
Brown University
Butler University
University of California-Davis
University of California-Irvine
University of California-Santa Barbara
Canisius College
Capital University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Central Michigan University
Centre College
Chatham University
University of Cincinnati
Cleveland Institute of Art
Cleveland State University
Coastal Carolina University
College for Creative Studies
University of Dayton
Denison University
Duke University
Duquesne University
Earlham College
Eastern Michigan University
Elon University
Florida State University
Goucher College
Harvard College
Hiram College
University of Illinois at Chicago
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indiana University-Bloomington
John Carroll University
Kent State University
University of Kentucky
Kenyon College
Lake Erie College
Loyola University Chicago
Loyola University Maryland
Malone University
Manhattanville College
Miami University
Michigan State University
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota
Monmouth University
Montana State University
Muskingum University
North Central College
Notre Dame College
University of Notre Dame
Oberlin College
Ohio Northern University
Ohio State University
Ohio University
Ohio Wesleyan University
Otterbein University
Pennsylvania State University
University of Pittsburgh
Point Park University
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Saint Leo University
Saint Louis University
Seton Hall University
Skidmore College
University of Southern California
St Bonaventure University
St Lawrence Universiy
Syracuse University
University of Toledo
Tulane University
Union College
University of Mount Union
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Washington & Jefferson College
West Virginia University
College of William and Mary
University of Wisconsin
Wittenberg University
The College of Wooster
Xavier University

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Other Class of 2022 Stats:

  • The 38 Lake Ridge Academy graduates garnered over $5.2 million in college scholarships
  • 53% attending private universities and 47% attending public universities
  • 57% attending Ohio universities, 42% attending out of state universities
  • 3 National Merit Scholarship Finalists, 3 National Merit Semi-Finalists, 1 National Merit Commended Scholar

See our History of Valedictorian and Salutatorian Matriculation

Meet the College Counseling Team

Rhett Rybarczyk

Rhett Rybarczyk

  1. Director of College Counseling
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9173
Kelly Prill

Kelly Prill

  1. Assistant Director of College Counseling
  2. International Student Coordinator
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9174