About Us

LFA offers a transformative boarding school experience through a culture of participation characterized by rigorous academics, a global outlook, and Midwestern values.

Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Lake Forest Academy!

LFA is a boarding school with a long and rich tradition. Founded in 1857, small classes, active and varied learning experiences, and a close-knit advisory system are all important parts of our history.

LFA prides itself on having both a Midwestern heart and a global mind as we bring together boarding and day students from all over Illinois, the US, and the world. We provide a rigorous education that extends beyond the classroom curriculum. Our teachers live on campus and work with students in an educational program that continues well after the school day ends.

LFA provides each student with an enriching curriculum notable for its depth and breadth. Students also take part in athletics, the performing arts, service-learning, and clubs. Through this broad range of experiences, LFA students gain the confidence, self-reliance, and compassion that enable them to be thoughtful members of any community.

I hope that you find the LFA website helpful on its own, but I also encourage you to contact members of the community directly for further information.

John A. Strudwick, Ph.D.
Head of School

Board of Trustees

Dr. Makola M. Abdullah ’86 (Vice Chair)

Mr. Sam E. Adam, Jr. ’91
Mr. Todd E. Altounian ’86
Mr. Bruce W. Anderson ’70
Mrs. Sylvia Barros ’90
Dr. Kenny Bozorgi
Mrs. Molly Jane Pearson Campbell ’04
Mr. Patrick J. Carroll II ’87
Mr. Charles T. Cooper ’96
Mr. J. Patrick Corsiglia
Mr. Jim C. Cowart ’69
Mrs. Ann Danner Dwyer
Mr. Christopher E. Freeburg ’90 (Treasurer)
Dr. Rachel E. Goshgarian ’93
Mr. William J. Hayes
Mr. Maurice L. Holmes ’83
Mrs. Michele Marsh Ihlanfeldt ’89
Mr. Ned Jessen

Mr. Gregory K. Jones
Mr. Thomas B. Kelley ’65
Mr. Erik S. Kimble ’85
Mr. Rumi Kuli ’93
Mr. Michael P. Leonard ’66
Mr. Ben Malek ’91
Mr. William F. Markey
Mr. John S. Marlatt ’65
Mr. Patrick M. McCarthy ’73
Ms. Bethann Moritz
Mr. O. Keith Owen III ’64
Ms. Katherine Gray Pollock ’70
Mrs. Judith Reid-Anderson
Mr. J. Michael Schell ’65 (Chair)
Mrs. Marianne Silver (Secretary)
Mr. Mark S. Stevens
Mr. Richard L. Zhao ’04


Accreditation

Lake Forest Academy is governed by a board of trustees and accredited by the Independent School Association of the Central States, the National Association of Independent Schools, and the State of Illinois.

Head of School Office Contacts


John Strudwick
Head of School, History Faculty
847-615-3236


Bill Dolbee
Associate Head of School, Dean of Faculty, History Faculty
847-615-3270


Sarah Hill
Executive Assistant to the Head of School and Board of Trustees
847-615-3277

Contact Us

1500 West Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, IL 60045
(847) 615-3210

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