Student Life

What is a Caxy?

In the late 1800s LFA students started cheering from the crowd during sports events “coax, coax” – a tip of the hat to Aristophanes and one of his comedies The Frogs. Caxy is ancient Greek for “rrribbet.” It sounds weird, but trust us that you’ll love being a Caxy!!

Traditions and Strong Values

As a Caxy, you will be representing Lake Forest Academy, where character, history, scholarship, school spirit, citizenship and responsibility are promoted so you will have the necessary skills to face your future with strength and confidence.

When you are a Caxy, you can live on or off campus

As a boarding student you will live in one of the five single-sex dormitories on campus. Each dorm has resident faculty members either living within or assigned to a specific dorm.

If you are day student, chances are you will be spending most of your time on campus, so please know that you are encouraged to eat all three of your meals in the dining hall and take advantage of all our school sponsored weekend activities.

Student Handbook 2017-2018

Dean of Students Office Contacts


Chris Tennyson
Dean of Students & Academic Affairs, Mathematics Faculty
847-615- 3248


Jon Freeman
Assistant Dean of Students, Director of Residential Life and Activities, English Faculty
847-615-4871


Katie Gilbertson
Learning Resource Specialist, Mathematics Faculty
847-615-3229


Teresa Zaiff
Dean of Students Office Manager
847-615-3247


Sarah Collins
Director of Service Learning, School Counselor, Seminar Faculty
847-615-4809


Jen Madeley
School Counselor, Seminar Department Chair
847-615-4784

Contact Us

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

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