College Counseling

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 6th grade when Lake Ridge Academy's Director of College Counseling meets with Middle School families to outline the journey ahead. Students are first introduced to the college admission process at the beginning of their 9th grade year.

In 11th grade, the Director of College Counseling meets with each student and his or her parents to outline an individualized plan to find the college or university that best suits each student's talents, academic strengths and needs. During the senior year, all seniors attend Senior Seminar, which is a class led by the Director of College Counseling who helps guide the senior class through the college application process. The Director of College Counseling also works individually with every senior on his or her college application. To that end, seniors are provided with a wide array of resources that includes campus visits by college admission representatives, ready access to catalogs and view books, guides to every aspect of the admission process, and dozens of scholarship and financial aid guidebooks.

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The Class of 2019 was accepted to the following colleges and universities:

Students will be attending colleges in bold

Allegheny College
American University
Babson College
Boston College
Bucknell University
Case Western Reserve University
The Citadel
College of Wooster
Fordham University
George Washington University
Hiram College
Indiana University, Bloomington
Ithaca College
Johns Hopkins University
Knox College
Lancaster University
Lehigh University
Loyola University - Chicago
Loyola University - Maryland
Manhattanville College
Miami University - Honors College
Michigan State University
Oberlin College
Ohio University - Honors College
The Ohio State University
Pennsylvania State University
Purdue University
Rochester Institute of Technology
Rutgers University-Honors College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Stony Brook University
Thiel College
University College, Dublin
University of California, San Diego
University of Cincinnati
University of Colorado, Boulder
University of Connecticut
University of Dayton
University of Florida
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
University of Iowa
University of Massachusetts, Lowell
University of Pittsburgh
University of Rochester
University of St. Andrews
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Villanova University
Virginia Military Institute
Virginia Tech
Xavier University

The 39 Lake Ridge Academy graduates garnered $3 million in college scholarships!

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Annual Mini College Fair

In November, Lake Ridge Academy hosts an annual Mini College Fair, an event open to all area families to attend and meet college admission representatives from more than a dozen prestigious private and public colleges and universities. The evening includes keynote sessions delivered by subject-matter experts on pertinent college planning information like navigating the college admission process, saving for college, and learning how to apply for financial aid. The 2019 Mini College Fair was held on November 6, 2019.

"I've attended several State approved college fairs and multiple college nights that schools have organized on their own. The Lake Ridge Academy Mini College Fair is among the best communicated college fairs that I've attended. For one school to pull in 250 plus students from around the area to its first event was amazing!" - Ohio State University Admission Representative

Meet the Director of College Counseling and Strategic Engagement

Keeon Gregory

Lake Ridge Academy is a special place with wonderful people that offers a stimulating intellectual environment. It has been my honor to serve as college counselor to hundreds of families during my many years at Lake Ridge. As I get to know the student and their parents, I work diligently to help them find the "best fit" for college. This approach often times leads to placement into some of the most competitive colleges and universities in the country.

Keeon Gregory
17 years at Lake Ridge Academy