Chart Your Course to Success: College Counseling at Lake Ridge Academy

At Lake Ridge Academy, preparing for college should be an exciting adventure, not a stressful maze. That's why we offer a supportive and comprehensive College Counseling program designed to guide you every step of the way, from freshman-year exploration to senior-year acceptance letters.

Our Commitment to Your Success

List of 4 items.

  • 100% College Acceptance Rate

    Our proven track record ensures you'll be well-prepared for a successful future.
  • Dedicated College Counselor

    Mr. Rybarczyk is your personal guide, offering expert advice and individualized support throughout the entire process.
  • Holistic Approach

    We go beyond test scores, focusing on your unique strengths, interests, and aspirations to find the perfect college fit.
  • Extensive Resources

    From personalized essay guidance to financial aid workshops, we equip you with the necessary tools to succeed.

A Roadmap to Your Dream School

List of 4 items.

  • 9th Grade: Building a Strong Foundation

    • Explore Your Options: Brainstorm your academic and extracurricular interests to identify potential colleges.
    • Test Prep Introduction: Take the Pre-ACT to familiarize yourself with standardized testing.
    • College Search Tools: Learn to navigate Scoir, our online college research and application management platform.
  • 10th Grade: Deepen Your Exploration

    • Standardized Testing: Take the PSAT to benchmark your academic progress and qualify for scholarships.
    • Develop Your Skills: Boost your test scores and college readiness with optional SAT/ACT prep classes.
    • College Fairs and Events: Connect with college representatives and gain valuable insights into the admissions process.
    • Spring Meeting: The College Counseling Department will host a Spring Meeting for sophomores and their families. Students will learn about using Scoir to build resumes, take career assessments, and research schools.
  • 11th Grade: Make Your Mark

    • Personalized College Search: Work with Mr. Rybarczyk to craft a college list that aligns with your academic goals and financial needs.
    • Standardized Testing (Optional): Refine your test-taking strategies with additional SAT/ACT prep (if needed).
    • College Visits: Begin exploring your top choices and experience college life firsthand.
    • Formal Meetings: During the junior year, Mr. Rybarczyk will have three formal meetings with students. A Fall Meeting for juniors and their families, an individual student meeting, and a 1-1 for juniors and families. 
  • 12th Grade: Secure Your Future

    • Senior Seminar: Master the college application process, from crafting compelling essays to securing financial aid.
    • Expert Recommendations: Benefit from personalized letters of recommendation from Mr. Rybarczyk, highlighting your unique strengths.
    • College Acceptance and Beyond: Celebrate your achievements and receive guidance on navigating the next chapter.

List of 1 items.

  • The class of 2024 was accepted to the following colleges and universities:

    Read More

Class of 2024 at a Glance

List of 4 items.

  • $8.7 M

    The 43 Lake Ridge Academy graduates garnered over $8.7 million in college scholarships
  • 49%

    Of this year's grads are attending a private school, and 51% attending a public school
  • 47%

    Of this year's grads are attending a school in Ohio, 53% attending a school outside the state
  • 76%

    Of students were admitted to their top choice school.

Alumni Transcript Requests

Alumni transcript requests can be made by completing this Transcript Request Form. Provide full information as to where the transcript should be submitted. Please allow up to one week for processing from the time of request.

Meet the College Counseling Team

List of 2 items.

  • Rhett Rybarczyk

    Director of College Counseling (440) 327-1175 ext. 9173
  • Vanessa Butchko

    Coordinator of College Counseling & Upper School Administrative Assistant (440) 327-1175 ext. 9174
Lake Ridge Academy is the only independent college preparatory school on Cleveland's west side. Our co-educational curriculum offers a unique blend of academics, extracurricular activities, and a focus on character development, all on our beautiful 93-acre campus. With a student-teacher ratio of 8:1, our devoted faculty provides personalized attention to help every student thrive.