Forest Ridge Academy

Forest Ridge is an ISACS accredited preschool - 8th grade independent school that inspires a passion for learning, global awareness and leadership, and strong values through a challenging curriculum and service to humanity. At Forest Ridge Academy we believe in providing an environment in which children will succeed by developing academic skills and a strong sense of self-confidence and esteem. Forest Ridge Academy holds students to high academic standards but does not consider race, religion, national origin or economic status when making acceptance. We seek students who match our mission, having a passion for learning and a willingness to accept academic challenges. Forest Ridge Academy is proud to have a very diverse community and celebrates that diversity whenever possible. We are committed to making an exceptional education accessible to students from all backgrounds. We recognize that education is a major investment and one that can be a challenge for many families. Forest Ridge Academy is firmly committed to helping families afford this educational choice. Contact the Admissions Office to arrange an initial campus visit by calling the school at 219-756-7300. It is very important for parents to visit the school during our regular school hours to witness the students and teachers in action and to assess the climate of the school.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1982

Student Body

Total Students218 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade Forest Ridge Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio9:1
National avg.: 13:1

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling


Total Sports Offered4 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, VolleyballBasketballCross Country,
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  • Hobart
    Grades: PK-4 | 83 students
    5.1 miles
    2109 57th St
    Hobart, IN 46342
    (219) 942-9410
    5.1 PK-4
  • Griffith
    St. Mary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: PK-8 | 230 students
    3.3 miles
    525 N Broad St
    Griffith, IN 46319
    (219) 924-8633
    3.3 PK-8
  • Merrillville
    Grades: PK-8 | 188 students
    4 miles
    801 W 73rd Ave
    Merrillville, IN 46410
    (219) 769-2049
    4 PK-8
  • Griffith
    Grades: K-12 | 156 students
    4.4 miles
    826 N. Harvey St.
    Griffith, IN 46319
    (219) 922-8428
    4.4 K-12
  • Hammond
    Grades: PK-6 | 176 students
    10.4 miles
    5935 Hohman Ave
    Hammond, IN 46320
    (219) 932-5666
    10.4 PK-6

School Reviews

My daughter has only just started attending FRA last week. I cannot express the shock of how motivated every teacher is. She is in their Young Scholars program (pre-k) and on the second day came home speaking some words of Spanish. The amount of technology they use is astounding, between the use of Instagram to publish photos almost daily to show parents of what they are doing to the 3 year olds using I-Pads. I so far cannot say enough about this school!
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