Lake Michigan Academy

Lake Michigan Academy's Mission: Transforming lives by empowering students with learning differences to achieve their full potential.

School Overview

School TypeSpecial Education School
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 1-12
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLearning Disabilities, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia
Year Founded1985
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$1,850
Summer Program Cost NotesScholarships available
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students45 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 16%
Students by Grade Lake Michigan Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers10 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size8 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$14,500
Tuition NotesTuition dependent on part-time ($13,000) or full-time ($14,000) status and financial assistance is available. Mid-year enrollment will receive pro-rated tuition discount.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$2,000
Admissions DirectorNanette Clatterbuck
Admissions AssociateAmy Barto


Total Sports Offered2 sports
SportsEquestrian, Ultimate FrisbeeEquestrianUltimate Frisbee,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.1 extracurricular
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
volunteer/community service club

School Notes

  • Lake Michigan Academy is a state-recognized, non-profit non-public school for children with learning disabilities and ADD/ ADHD in grades 1-12. Our philosophy can be summed up in the phrase "different learning. different teaching" and our goal is to develop potential by breaking through learning challenges and helping students find success.
  • We are the only school in West Michigan devoted solely to educating children with learning disabilities (LD) and ADHD.
  • We customize our curriculum for each student based on their strengths and weaknesses to help each student discover their potential.
  • We combine small class sizes with positive attitudes to improve student self-esteem and self-confidence and promote social skills.
  • Students leave Lake Michigan Academy either college ready or work place ready as determined by their individual needs and plans/goals.  
  • Lake Michigan Academy graduates receive a state endorsed high school diploma meeting the same requisite standards of a traditional Michigan high school.

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    (616) 949-1690
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    (616) 451-8627
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  • Ann Arbor
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    104.8 miles
    111 East Mosley Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48104
    (734) 747-6641
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    Grades: 9-12 | 626 students
    7.5 miles
    Byron Center, MI 49315
    (616) 455-3210
    7.5 9-12
  • Byron Center
    Grades: PK-12 | 331 students
    9 miles
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    Byron Center, MI 49315
    (616) 878-9472
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
I really cannot say enough good things about this school. The teachers here are specially trained to teach children with various learning disabilites, and they are able to adapt their methods to the individual child to optimize the results. My wife and I discovered LMA when our daughter was in the second grade after private school that we previously thought might help told us that they were not capable of helping her. After enrolling at LMA, the results were amazing. She stayed enrolled until we moved away in the middle of 6th grade, and our greatest regret in moving was having to leave LMA.This is the place where other schools send their teachers to learn how to handle LD kids. They are the equivalent to subspecialists in medicine, and they are worth every penny and much more.
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Our son started here this year and the transformation has been dramatic. Where he was a "deer in the headlights" at our local elementary he now is learning at a pace he can handle, talking about school and really blossoming. If you have a child with LD and or ADHD I would highly recommend it.
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