Admission

Welcome!

We are Lake Ridge Academy, the West Side’s leading K-12 private independent school. We are known for our academic rigor, experiential learning, and small class sizes. Our students are truly known by faculty, and in this environment inspired education develops exceptional young people.

Like so many schools, due to the COVID-19 pandemic we have had to shift to a virtual learning environment and also halt traditional on-campus tours or shadow days at this time. However, our admission team continues to enroll students for the 2020-2021 school year. We are now implementing new virtual ways to help prospective families fully engage in the admission process while providing ample opportunities to get to know the school and its amazing faculty and students.

To learn more about Lake Ridge Academy, we encourage you to set-up a virtual visit or you can contact me directly at [email protected].

I look forward to speaking with you about the opportunities that await your child!

All the best,

Megan Zahler
Director of Enrollment Management

Admission Process

The best way to learn more about Lake Ridge Academy right now is to schedule a virtual visit! Our Admissions team is ready to introduce you to the faculty, staff, and students that make our school stand out.

If interested in applying to kindergarten, please visit our kindergarten page to find more information regarding the application and screening process specific for that grade.

For Grades 1-11, the admissions application process involves the following:

Students in grades 1-4 will complete in-class assessments during their shadow day including literacy and math assessments.

Students in grades 5-11 will sit for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Lake Ridge Academy is one of many ISEE test sites and our school code is 363857 if you plan to test here. A schedule of all available ISEE test dates, locations, deadlines and registration information is available by visiting the ISEE website.

2019-2020 ISEE Test Dates at Lake Ridge Academy

  • October 5th
  • November 9th
  • December 7th
  • January 11th
  • February 1st
  • March 7th
  • April 4th
  • May 9th

Shadow Days are now Preview Days

Though shadow days are a wonderful opportunity for your student to truly feel what it's like to attend Lake Ridge Academy, we must now protect the safety of our prospective students and families. As a result, we have modified our shadow days to be preview days.

For Lower School students (grades 1-5), individual virtual meetings will be made for the student to meet with the grade-level teacher to interact and complete testing. Parents can also meet virtually with Katherine Hatcher, the Lower School Director, to discuss the curriculum at length.

For Middle School students (grades 6-8), the Preview Day will involve a virtual student interview with members of the Middle School Admissions Committee, and a virtual parent meeting with Tim Unger, the Middle School Director, to discuss the curriculum at length. Middle School students will also be connected to a current Lake Ridge student in their grade so they can discuss the Lake Ridge experience from someone who knows it best!

For Upper School students (grades 9-12), the Preview Day will involve a virtual student interview with members of the Upper School Admissions Committee, in addition to virtual interactions with faculty in the student’s area of interest. Upper School students will also be connected to a current Lake Ridge student in their grade so they can discuss the Lake Ridge experience from someone who knows it best!

Once the application process is completed and reviewed by our Admission Committee, families are notified of the committee's decision or are notified that more information is needed before a decision can be reached. Enrollment contracts are issued and space is reserved on a first-come basis determined by the date stamp on the return of the completed contract and deposit. Waitlisted students will be notified as space becomes available.

Admission to Lake Ridge Academy is based on academic and personal qualifications. Lake Ridge Academy admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Meet the Admissions Team

Megan Zahler

Megan Zahler

  1. Director of Enrollment Management
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9103
Jane Lacoste

Jane Lacoste

  1. Assistant Director of Admission, International
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9104
Jennifer Szwagulak

Jennifer Szwagulak

  1. Assistant Director of Admission, K-1
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9106