Welcome, International Students!

Lake Ridge Academy welcomes international applicants from around the world! Our international families are attracted to our rigorous college preparatory academic program that offers curriculum flexibility for first-year international students, exceptional college counseling, and an established international support system. Lake Ridge Academy is located outside Cleveland, Ohio, on a large 93-acre campus. Our Midwest location makes it central to both the east and west coasts of the United States.

We value the diversity and perspective our international students bring to campus. We believe that international students enrich our community. Bringing together, people from multiple cultures into one classroom can create a positive and productive learning experience for everyone in our community.

International Program Highlights

  • A Niche A+ School

    Founded in 1966, Lake Ridge Academy is an exceptional independent school with an 8:1 student to teacher ratio. Our students acheive an average SAT score of 1320 and a 95% AP exam passing rate. View our school profile.

  • Grades 9-12 International Program

    We welcome students from all over the world to join our Upper School international program.

  • 8th Grade International Program

    International students entering 8th grade are welcome to join a one-year program specifically designed to prepare them for attending high school in the US.

  • College Planning

    Our Upper School international students are individually supported in the college search process. Many of our international students are accepted to prestigious college and universities in the US and abroad. Visit our college counseling page for a full list of college acceptances for the Class of 2020.

International Student Application and Enrollment Process

Application Process

Two teacher recommendations and one must be your English teacher.

School records from the past two year (translated into English).

TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., or ELTIS are preferred. Lake Ridge Academy's TOEFL code is C662

Applicants must have a complete admission files before the interview can be arranged. View the interview calendar to schedule an interview appointment.

Enrollment Process

Accepted students must confirm enrollment by returning the signed contract with a non-refundable deposit of 10%, which will be applied toward tuition.

Submit copies of your passport and proof of funding. (SEVIS regulations require these forms). Confirm your address with the admissions office to have the student i20 sent via FedEx via email at [email protected].

Student orientation will be held for all new international students before school starts. More details will be shared by the admissions office.


We have four Graduate Certificate Programs for students who are interested in studying a certain subject more indepth during high school.

  • Global and International Studies Program
  • Institute for Engineering and Innovation
  • Institute for Scientific Research
  • School of Fine Arts
  • English: Black Literature & the African Diaspora, Literatures of Self-Identity, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Honors Dramatic Literature, Honors Women’s Literature, Modern Interpretations of Classic Literature

  • Fine Arts: Mixed Media, Time Based Media Design, Foundations of 3D Modeling, Improvisation for the Theater, Musical Theater Workshop, Directing

  • Math: Discrete Mathematics, Multivariable Calculus

  • Science: Botany, Ecology, Anatomy and Physiology, Biomimicry and Design, Honors Introduction to Developmental Biology and Embryology, Animal Behavior, Astronomy

  • Engineering: Introduction to Engineering: Electrical and Mechanical, Engineering Design and Fabrication 1 & 2, Computer Aided Design 1 & 2, Computer Aided Machining

  • Social Studies: Nazism and the Holocaust, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, Honors Global Politics, Honors Comparative Politcs, The Roots of a Global Religion: The History of Islam in the Middle East and the Maghreb, Oil and Water: Energy, Resources, and the Remaking of the Modern World, History of Art: Survey of Western Art History of Art: Survey of Modern & World Art, History of Western Music: Ancient to Classical, History of Western Music: Classical to the 21st Century

  • Technology: Honors Computer Science, Honors Software Engineering 1 & 2, Digital Publishing

  • World Languages: AP and Post AP French and Spanish

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students can be accepted and enrolled space permitting.

Lake Ridge Academy offers ESL support for new international students who need the additional support

School typically begins in mid-August. We like new students to arrive in the area at least 5 days before school starts. This will give you time to move into your new home, adjust to the new time zone, as well as attend new student orientation

Yes, we accept mid-year applicants. Our second semester usually starts in early January.

Students can obtain insurance from either their agency or the school. Please consult the admissons office for more details.

Lake Ridge Academy will send you an I20 with other enrollment materials after we receive the signed contract, deposit, copy of passport, and proof of funding paperwork. Please confirm with the Admissons Office the address you want to be used when we send these documents to you.

Meet the Assistant Director of Admissions, International Admissions

Jane Lacoste
Jane Lacoste
8 years at Lake Ridge Academy