We are Lake Ridge Academy, the leading K-12 private independent school on Cleveland's West Side. We are known for our academic rigor, experiential learning, and small class sizes. Our students are genuinely known by faculty who create an educational experience that inspires and develops exceptional young people.

Steps to Apply

If you are exploring school options for your child or want to learn more about Lake Ridge, you’re in the right place!
To get started, you can set up an account and apply, fill out an inquiry form to get more information, or schedule a tour on Preview Day! Our application opens on September 15th, and we recommend you complete your application by November.

In addition to a complete online application, students in grades 1-11 should also submit teacher recommendations and school records through our Parent Portal. Once we receive your documentation, a student shadow day will be scheduled. 

If you are interested in Kindergarten, visit our Kindergarten page for more specific application and screening criteria.

Please note that admissions decisions are made independently of financial aid considerations.

We hope to see you on campus soon!

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  • Step 1: Apply & Inquire

    Create an account and apply, including submission of teacher recommendations and school records, or submit an inquiry for more information.
  • Step 2: Testing

    For students entering First Grade, we will schedule a day for your child to come to campus and complete in-person literacy, math, and writing assessments. Students entering Second to Eleventh Grade should register for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Lake Ridge Academy is one of many ISEE test sites. Our school code is 363857 if students entering Fifth through Eleventh Grade plan to test here. A schedule of all available ISEE test dates, locations, deadlines, and registration information is available by visiting the ISEE website.

    You can also take the ISEE Online from the comfort of your own home! When searching for available test dates, select "Prometric Test Date" at the "Prometric Testing Center" at the top of the screen and click the green "Register" button. When you are asked if you want to "Register for a Prometric Test Center" or "Register for a ProProctor At Home Test", select the ProProctor At Home test option and complete your registration. We recommend that you complete ISEE testing by November.
  • Step 3: Decision

    Admissions decisions for new students will be announced in February. 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 is based on academic merit 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 the administration of our educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Plan Your Visit

Interested in seeing what makes a Lake Ridge education so unique? We invite you to visit our 93-acre campus and experience our close-knit community firsthand. You can schedule a tour, sign up for an open house, or explore our campus virtually to learn what sets us apart.

*For tours: please only select the tour for the grade your child is entering. All tours will visit the entire campus.*

Preview Days

You can tour the campus with one of our student ambassadors, see classes in action, and speak with Division Directors and members of the Admissions Team.

Upcoming preview days:
Monday, September 30, 2024 
Friday, November 8, 2024 
Friday, April 11, 2025 

Contact the Admissions Team for more information.

Meet the Admissions Team

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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.