On behalf of the Lake Ridge Academy community, I am pleased you're interested in learning about our incredible school. There is one comment that always rings true from all of the new families that I meet. Lake Ridge Academy is truly a special place that develops exceptional young people.

The best way to learn about Lake Ridge Academy is to really feel it! I encourage you to schedule a visit with our admission team and come see our faculty and students in action together. We look forward to meeting you and your family soon!

All the best,
Edie Sweeterman

Meet the Admissions Team

Megan Zahler

Megan Zahler

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

Edie Sweeterman

  1. Senior Admission Officer
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9106
Jane Lacoste

Jane Lacoste

  1. Admission and International Program Coordinator
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9104

Upcoming Admission Events

Admission Process

1. Inquire

Want to learn more about a Lake Ridge Academy education? We are happy to answer any questions that you have! It's easy to contact our Admission Department by completing an inquiry form and a member of our admission team will contact you shortly. You can also contact our admission department directly via e-mail at [email protected] or call our office at (440) 327-1175 ext. 9104.

2. Visit

There are several ways to tour our campus and get to know our community.

Individual campus tours are a great way to experience the Lake Ridge Academy difference first-hand. Tours are offered weekdays during school hours by our admission department. Your visit will include a campus tour with the opportunity to see classrooms and students in action, and meet faculty. To schedule a visit, call our office, email us at [email protected], or complete our inquiry form.

Open houses are another wonderful opportunity to learn about Lake Ridge Academy. Campus tours are hosted by current families, students, and alumni, and our faculty is on hand to share information and to answer your questions. This year's open houses are scheduled for October 14, 2018, January 27, 2019, and April 4, 2019. To register to attend an open house, complete the online registration form, call or email the admission office.

3. Apply

At Lake Ridge Academy, we strive to make the application process a simple one. Student applications are submitted through our online student application system. The application process will prompt you to supply an email address for required teacher recommendations (one for students applying to grades K-5; two for students applying for grades 6-12). In addition to the online application, all applicants need to provide a release of their school records. Students applying for grades 6-12 also need to complete a student questionnaire prior to their shadow visit.

If you are considering the need for financial support, a financial aid application should be submitted at the same time as the student application. For those applying to grades 6-12 and seeking the consideration for a scholarship, a scholarship application should also be completed with the financial aid application. For more information on financial support and a list of available scholarships, visit our affordability page. All admission decisions are blind of funding decisions.

Once the application is received, we will contact you to advise you of admission timelines and to schedule applicable screening, shadow and assessment visits as explained below:

Kindergarten applicants participate in a group screening visit that is designed to help determine kindergarten readiness. The screening offers a play-based morning for a small group of children, along with several individual readiness assessments conducted by faculty and staff.

Kindergarten screenings will be held on the following dates at 9:00 am. Space is limited so please contact admission to reserve your spot. Applications must be received before the screening.

  • January 30, 2019
  • February 2, 2019
  • February 6, 2019
  • February 9, 2019
  • April 10, 2019

We strongly recommend that kindergarten applicants be five years of age by September 30 of their kindergarten entrance year.

For students applying to the Lower School, we schedule a shadow day. Students spend a full day in a current-grade classroom, and are paired with a student ambassador who will help your child enjoy a typical Lake Ridge Academy school day. Applicants are asked to complete in-class assessments during the day including literacy and math assessments. Applicants to fourth and fifth grade will also return for a testing day during which achievement and aptitude measures will be administered.

Shadow Day

Students applying to grades 6-12 participate in a shadow day that serves as an important introduction to Lake Ridge Academy. Students spend a full day attending relevant classes and activities, meeting faculty and peers, and will be paired with a host student based upon shared interests. Individual and group shadow days are offered.

2018-2019 Group Shadow Dates

  • October 30, 2018
  • November 6, 2018
  • November 28, 2018
  • January 18, 2019
  • April 19, 2019
  • May 1, 2019


As part of the admission process, students applying for grades 6-12 are encouraged to 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.

2018-2019 ISEE Test Dates at Lake Ridge Academy

  • November 10, 2018
  • December 8, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • April 27, 2018

In lieu of sitting for the ISEE, applicants may elect to complete required testing through Lake Ridge Academy. Assessments include achievement and aptitude tests, writing, literacy, and mathematics. The tests are administered in one sitting of approximately three hours and can be scheduled through the Admission Department. Once a student is accepted, there may be additional placement tests for world language and mathematics.

4. Decision

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.