Lake Ridge Academy is excited to be your potential academic home. We offer an inviting learning environment that fosters intellectual curiosity, cultural understanding, and a spirit of global citizenship.

Ready to Apply?

Our application process is designed to be smooth and efficient. Here's what you need to do:

List of 5 items.

  • Complete the Application

    You can either apply through your agency or directly through our online portal.
  • Gather Recommendations

    Two teacher recommendations are required; one must come from your English teacher.
  • Submit Transcripts

    Provide your official school records from the past two years, translated into English.
  • Showcase your English Skills

    Demonstrate your English language proficiency through TOEFL, TOEFL Jr., or ELTIS exams. (Our TOEFL code is C662)
  • Connect with Us

    Schedule an online interview once your application is complete. We look forward to meeting you!

Joining the LRA Family

Congratulations on your acceptance! Here's how to secure your spot:
  • Confirm Your Enrollment: Return the signed contract along with a 10% non-refundable deposit to secure your place.
  • Complete I-20 Requirements: Submit copies of your passport and proof of funding (SEVIS regulations require these forms) to receive your I-20 form for your student visa. Contact for address confirmation and FedEx delivery details.
  • Prepare for Health Needs: Provide copies of your health records, including immunization records. Review this list of required vaccinations.
  • New Student Orientation: Get ready for the upcoming school year! We'll hold a special orientation for all international students before classes begin. Admissions will share more details close to the date.

Frequently Asked Questions

List of 9 frequently asked questions.

  • What is an independent school?

    Independent schools offer a unique learning environment with smaller class sizes and personalized attention. Learn more about the benefits.
  • What special programs do you offer?

    We have exciting Graduate Certificate Programs allowing students to delve deeper into specific subjects: Global and International Studies, Engineering and Innovation, Scientific Research, and Fine Arts.
  • What are some of your unique classes?

    • 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 Politics, 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
  • When is the application deadline?

    We accept applications on a rolling basis, with space permitting. Apply early for the best chance of admission!
  • Do you offer ESL support?

    Absolutely! We provide dedicated English as a Second Language support for new international students.
  • When does the school year start?

    The school year typically begins in mid-August. Aim to arrive at least five days before classes begin to settle in and attend orientation.
  • Do you accept mid-year applicants?

    Yes, we do! Our second semester starts in early January.
  • Do you provide medical insurance?

    Students can obtain insurance through their agency or the school. Contact admissions for more details.
  • When will I receive my I-20?

    We'll send your I-20 with other enrollment materials upon receiving your signed contract, deposit, passport copy, and proof of funding. Please confirm your mailing address with admissions.

Thanks for your interest in Lake Ridge Academy!

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.