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Center for Scientific Exploration and Research

Our philosophy is that every student has the potential to become a scientist.  Through our Center for Scientific Exploration and Research, we engage students in hands-on, minds-on activities delivered through our K-12 STEAM curriculum.  Innovation is the driving force behind our current and future economy.  A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art/Design, Mathematics) curriculum adds art/design to the traditional aspects of a robust science curriculum to encourage innovative thinking and creative solutions by students, best preparing them for real-world experiences.      

From tapping maple trees in the Lower School to designing advanced robotics in the Upper School, students are encouraged to “do science” at every learning stage.  Our curriculum provides students with training in the scientific method, experience in the laboratory using increasingly sophisticated instrumentation, and critical analysis of the ever-growing body of scientific understanding.  The pinnacle of scientific learning within the Center is the Institute for Scientific Research,  the graduation certificate program in which students conduct an independent two-year research project. 

The Center for Scientific Exploration and Research is supported by our new Kemper Science and Engineering building which opened in August 2016.  This 9,200 square foot, state-of-the –art facility includes advanced laboratories, engineering workshop and a spacious greenhouse.  

Center Distinctions:

  • Our 93-acre campus is the perfect natural living laboratory, which includes a pond,  stream, forests, gardens , solar panels and windmill.  It is used often, especially by our Lower School students to observe, collect data and test hypotheses.
  • An emphasis is placed on laboratory work for all K-12 grades, including over five and one-half hours of lab time every six days in AP coursework.
  • Upper School students can enter a track of scientific study in engineering, medicine or environmental sciences by selecting related coursework and  participation in associated student clubs.
  • Biomimicry is a lens that all K-12 students use within the science curriculum to investigate what can be understood and learned from nature to create solutions to scientific challenges.  Lake Ridge Academy is an educational member of the Great Lakes Biomimicry Collaborative
  • Partnerships with leading area science and medicine organizations, including the Cleveland Clinic and NASA, to offer unique curriculum experiences and internships for students.

Student Achievements:

  • Over 50% of our AP Chemistry and AP Biology students score 4 or 5 on their AP exams, well above the national average.