Lake Michigan Academy's Mission: Transforming 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.

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Learning Difference Programs
Learning Programs Supported
Dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, and ADHD
Year Founded
Summer School Offered
Summer Program Cost
Summer Program Cost Notes
Limited tuition assistance available.
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
47 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 20%
Students by Grade
Lake Michigan Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

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

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Tuition dependent on part-time ($13,000) or full-time ($16250) status. Tuition assistance is available. Mid-year enrollment will receive pro-rated tuition
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Nanette Clatterbuck
Admissions Associate
David Staal


Total Sports Offered
1 sport


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
1 extracurricular
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 K-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.
Profile last updated: 08/18/2021

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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