East Lake Academy

13911 W. Laurel Drive
Lake Forest, IL 60045
     Tel: (847)247-0035
Grades: PK - 8 | 135 students
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East Lake Academy is an authentic Roman Catholic Academy beginning with preschool that offers accelerated academics for every student in order to form future leaders.  The academic focus is on the fundamentals of reading, writing, and math skills which are a crucial aspect of academic development.  The faculty's mission is to bring out the best gifts in every student thus encouraging them to work to their greatest potential.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other religious school association(s)
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 8
Year Founded 2001

Student Body

Total Students 135 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 33%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade East Lake Academy Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 19 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 50%
Average Class Size 12 students
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Formal

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 15 / Jun. 30 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost $7,929
Tuition Notes Please visit our website under the Admissions tab for our Pre-Kindergarten tuition and options.
Acceptance Rate 65%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Mrs. Julie Handrich


Total Sports Offered 3 sports
Sports Basketball, Cross Country, Track and FieldBasketballCross Country,
Track and Field


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Apostolic Club, Boy's Club, Classical Piano, ENCOUNTER for Men, ENDOW for Women, Engineering for Kids, Girl's Club, Holy Week Missions, Jr. Great Books Club, Knights of the Altar, Math Club, Mission Trips Apostolic Club, Boy's Club, Girl's Club, Math Club, Mission Trips, Classical Piano,
ENDOW for Women,
Engineering for Kids,
Holy Week Missions,
Jr. Great Books Club,
Knights of the Altar,

School Notes:

  • East Lake Academy is a private, independent Roman Catholic school in Lake Forest, Illinois that has canonical approval, support and encouragement of the Archdiocese of Chicago. Our educational program consists of three essential elements: teaching, educating and forming.
  • To teach means to provide the student with the intellectual capabilities, content and skills needed to respond to the demands of today's society.
  • To educate means to train the student in the habit of intellectual rigor, structured reasoning, and in the appreciation of beauty; it means to cultivate sensitivity, memory, imagination; and finally, to develop the art of communication and the ability to express oneself clearly and elegantly.
  • To form is to lead the student to become a person for others, with an upright ethical code, sensitivity toward the needs of others - especially the most disadvantaged - and openness to human and spiritual values. In this way students are prepared not just for professional success, but also for their self-realization as persons and authentic Christians in the various facets of their personal and professional lives.

Profile last updated: 07/16/2015

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Lake Forest Academy (2.3 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Montessori School Of Lake Forest (0.1 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Montessori School Of Lake Forest (0.1 miles away)
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  • Lake Forest
    13700 W Laurel Dr
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    Montessori School
    0.1 mi | Gr. PK-9 | 174 students                      
  • Libertyville
    620 Mullady Pkwy
    LibertyvilleIL 60048
    Montessori School
    2 mi | Gr. K | 8 students                      
  • Lake Forest
    1100 N Westmoreland Rd
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    Daycare / Preschool
    2.3 mi | Gr. K | 157 students                      
  • Libertyville
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    (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod)
    501 W Park Ave
    LibertyvilleIL 60048
    (Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod)
    2.3 mi | Gr. PK-8 | 121 students                      
  • Lake Forest
    1500 W Kennedy Rd
    Lake ForestIL 60045
    2.3 mi | Gr. 9-12 | 441 students                      

School Reviews

7 months ago
I have three children than attend East Lake Academy. My oldest started at East Lake Academy in PK3, she is now in 6th grade. For nine years, East Lake Academy has been a blessing to our family. You will not find a more committed group of teachers anywhere. Over the years each teacher has loved our children as if they were there own. They''ve comforted them when they''ve cried. They''ve celebrated when they''ve succeeded. They''ve challenged them to be their best. They''ve helped teach them their faith and make it their own. Through their example, they model behavior that my children can emulate as they grow older. The teachers are in constant communication with my wife and I. We are comforted that what we teach at home is enforced at school and vice versa. My wife and I are the primary educators of our children and the teachers respect and understand this. We work together for the best interest of the children. If your thinking about East Lake Academy. Visit the school. Meet the children. Meet the faculty and meet the families. You''ll see why families move or commute hours to be part of the school. We love ELA!!!
- Posted by Parent
7 months ago
After first searching for a school that did not follow the Common Core curriculum, we discovered East Lake Academy. With that box checked, we discovered the true spirit and passion of East Lake Academy. The faith-based education supports our family''s values throughout the day, even at the teacher-led before- and after-care programs. We are continually in awe of the ELA teachers, with such a pure dedication to the children and learning. Our two boys love learning not only the academic subjects, but how to be good citizens and leaders of the world. It''s a common sense approach to education and a continual search for how to do better that sets East Lake Academy apart. It''s the best decision we ever made.
- Posted by Parent
7 months ago
East Lake Academy has been a terrific experience to-date for our children and for us as parents. The teachers are the most dedicated we''ve ever met. The curriculum is impressive. The before care and after care programs are well run and helpful as working parents. Our kids come home happy and fulfilled. We''re lucky to be part of the ELA family.
- Posted by Parent

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