Lake Michigan Academy

The mission of Lake Michigan Academy is to transform lives by empowering students with learning differences to achieve their full potential. We service high functioning students with various specific learning differences including dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD. Lake Michigan Academy is a private, student-centered day school where positive relationships lead to authentic growth of the students.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MI School
  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 1-12
  • Enrollment: 47 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $17,950
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

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

Category
Attribute

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 1-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Learning Difference Programs
Yes
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia and ADHDscalculia, and ADHD
Year Founded
1985
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
47 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
8%
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade
Lake Michigan Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
4:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
75%
Average Class Size
8 students
List of Courses Offered
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
Jeans, sweatshirts, etc.

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition is dependent on part-time ($14,400) or full-time ($17,950) status. Tuition assistance is available. Mid-year enrollment will receive pro-rated tuition
Summer Program Cost
$2,275
Summer Program Cost Notes
Limited tuition assistance available.
% on Financial Aid
23%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$2,000
Acceptance Rate
85%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Nanette Clatterbuck
Admissions Associate
Kristina Eppinga

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
4 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Checkers Club, Chess Club, Tinker Tribe

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Sports and Movement

School Notes

  • Lake Michigan Academy is a state-recognized, non-profit private day school for children with learning disabilities and ADD/ ADHD in grades K-12. Our philosophy can be summed up in the phrase "different learning, different teaching" and our goal is to develop students' potential by helping them overcome their learning challenges and 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.
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Lake Michigan Academy cost?
Lake Michigan Academy's tuition is approximately $17,950 for private students and $2,275 for summer students.
What is the acceptance rate of Lake Michigan Academy?
The acceptance rate of Lake Michigan Academy is 85%, which is lower than the national average of 93%. Lake Michigan Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Michigan with low acceptance rates.
Does Lake Michigan Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Lake Michigan Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What is Lake Michigan Academy's ranking?
Lake Michigan Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Michigan for: Lowest average acceptance rates.
When is the application deadline for Lake Michigan Academy?
The application deadline for Lake Michigan Academy is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
In what neighborhood is Lake Michigan Academy located?
Lake Michigan Academy is located in the Ridgemoor neighborhood of Grand Rapids, MI. There are 2 other private schools located in Ridgemoor.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  
We love this school! It has helped tremendously with not only LD issues but social and emotional issues as well. they are always there to point you in a direction, add a thought, or help in whatever ways they can. It has made a tremendous change in my ability to learn and socially interact with my grandson!
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5  
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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5  
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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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MI School
  • School Type: Special Education School
  • Grades: 1-12
  • Enrollment: 47 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $17,950
  • Acceptance rate: 85%
  • Average class size: 8 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Grand Rapids, MI is $6,020 for elementary schools and $10,049 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Grand Rapids, MI is 95% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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