Lake Forest Academy, founded in 1857, is an independent, coeducational, boarding/day, college preparatory school, grades nine through twelve.
Lake Forest Academy strives to embody in its practices and to cultivate in its students excellence of character, scholarship, citizenship, and responsibility.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 435 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $38,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Lake Forest Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Summer School Offered
Yes

Student Body

Total Students
435 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
48%
State avg.: 34%
Students by Grade
Lake Forest Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
91 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size
12 students
Number of AP Courses
21 courses
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language & Culture, AP Computer Science, AP Economics, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language & Culture, AP Latin Language & Culture, AP Music Theory, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language & Culture, AP Spanish Literature & Culture, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP World History
Average SAT score
1290
Average ACT score
27
Classroom Dress Code
Formal

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 31
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
The 2014-2015 school year tuition for day students is $38,000 and the tuition for boarding students is $51,400.
Admissions Director
Carolyn Gorowski

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
46 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
(Dis) Abilities Awareness, Amnesty International, Archive Club, Art Empowerment for Life, Black Student Union, Caxy Key, Caxy Service Board, Christian Fellowship for Caxys, Confucius Club, CROP Walk, Cultural Diversity, Debate, Deli Spice, Digitally Drawing, Doodles of Care, Food Bank, Future Business Leaders of America, Gay-Straight-Alliance (GSA), Global Affairs Club, Great Reads, Harlow Society, Indian Club, International Cuisine Club, Investment Club, Jewish Student Union (JSU), Knitting Club, Literacy Corps, Literary Magazine, Math Team, Model UN, Muslim Student Association (MSA), Nanoworld, PADS, Photography, Robotics Team, school newspaper, Science Olympiad, Science on the Fly, Secular Humanism Association, Star Gazers, Students for Christ, Technology Ambassadors, The Spectator, UNIDOS

Arts and Music Programs:
Co-Ax, VOX

School Notes

  • Lake Forest Academy, founded in 1857, is a product of a boys' school and girls' school, Ferry Hall. We admit both day and boarding school students who are enthusiastic learners and ready for different experiences. We have students of various backgrounds from all over the world and we provide educational experiences that extend beyond the classroom. Most of our teachers live on campus and embrace the opportunity to work with students in varied settings.
  • Sample of notable school alumni/alumnae:
    • Jean Harlow - Actress
    • Bix Biederbecke - Jazz cornet player
    • Bradley Russell Weinberger, - Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
    • Bill Ayers - Political activist and professor at the University of Chicago
    • David Bradley - Film director
    • Bill Schulz - Panelist, writer, and producer on Fox News Channel's late night show, Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld
    • Judy Baar Topinka - Former Illinois State Treasurer
    • Frances Perkins - First female Secretary of Labor
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Lake Forest Academy cost?

Lake Forest Academy's tuition is approximately $38,000 for private students.

Who are famous alumni from Lake Forest Academy?

Lake Forest Academy famous alumni include: Jean Harlow, Bix Biederbecke, Bradley Russell Weinberger,, Bill Ayers, David Bradley, Bill Schulz, Judy Baar Topinka and Frances Perkins.

What sports does Lake Forest Academy offer?

Lake Forest Academy offers 18 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball and Wrestling. Lake Forest Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for most sports offered.

What is Lake Forest Academy's ranking?

Lake Forest Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Illinois for: Largest student body, Most AP courses offered, Most sports offered and Most extracurriculars offered.

When is the application deadline for Lake Forest Academy?

The application deadline for Lake Forest Academy is Jan. 31.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Top Ranked IL School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 435 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $38,000
  • Average class size: 12 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 31
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Lake County, IL is $10,272 for elementary schools and $22,567 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Lake County, IL is 86% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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