Apply to the Caxy Life

We look forward to working with you throughout your application process! The application deadline for the 2022-2023 School Year was January 15, 2022. We are still accepting applications on a rolling basis, subject to space and availability. If you have any questions, please contact the Admission Office. 


LFA sign at entrance of Caxy Drive

Step 1: Inquire

To learn more about Lake Forest Academy, request more information, and begin the admission process, please complete our inquiry form. You will be emailed login information to access the admission portal where you will complete the application process.

Step 2: Application Form & Fee

To begin the application process, submit the application form and pay the $60 application fee in the admission portal. Once this is complete, all other requirements for the application process will be available in your portal. To access the admission portal, please use link here.

Step 3: Testing

Lake Forest Academy practices a holistic application review in order to determine a student’s fit in our community. It has always been our philosophy to review all aspects of a student’s application without relying solely on test scores.

Lake Forest Academy will be requiring testing as part of the application process this year. Please contact the Admission Office if you have any questions regarding our testing policy. Below are the accepted standardized test options for applicants during the 2022-2023 application year.

9th Grade Applicants


10th Grade Applicants


11th Grade Applicants


12th Grade/
PG Applicants



International applicants: In addition to one of the tests above, international applicants are asked to take either the TOEFL iBT, the TOEFL Essentials, or the Duolingo test. If international applicants are unable to take these tests due to test center closures or other COVID restrictions, please contact

Test scores can be sent directly to LFA using the following codes:
ISEE: 142525
SSAT: 4450
TOEFL: 8161
Please email or fax a copy of PSAT, SAT, ACT-Plan or ACT scores to the Admission Office.

Step 4: Recommendations & Transcripts


Applicants are asked to provide three letters of recommendations:
  • English Teacher
  • Math Teacher
  • School (Principal, Counselor, Advisor)

Letters of recommendation may be completed by your current or last year teachers and a current school official.

Please note that recommendations are available in the admission portal to be shared electronically with teachers and school officials once your application form has been submitted.


Transcripts and academic records are required from the past two consecutive years of schooling. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the applicant’s school to LFA’s Admission Office.

Parents should also complete the Confidential Records Release Form and submit it to the applicant’s current school. Please also send a copy to Lake Forest Academy’s Admission Office.

LFA library reading room

Step 5: Essays

Student Essays

The essays give applicants the opportunity to tell the Admission Committee who they are and what is important to them. These are helpful for the committee to get to know them and better understand their fit at LFA. Essay prompts can be found in the admission portal.

Parent Essays

Parents are asked to answer two questions on their student’s application, which will provide the admission counselors with another perspective about the applicant. The parents’ essay prompts are also located in the admission portal.

Step 6: Apply For Financial Aid

Lake Forest Academy awards $6 million in financial aid annually to families with demonstrated financial need. Completing the financial aid application is required in addition to the LFA admission application, and both must be submitted before January 15, 2021. You can find more information about LFA’s financial aid program and how to apply by visiting our Tuition and Financial Aid page.

sidewalk to school with green grass and trees with fall leaves

Step 7: Schedule an Interview

We want to learn more about you and how you will contribute to the LFA community! This year, all student interviews will be conducted virtually with a member of the Admission Office. To schedule your interview, please email We can’t wait to talk with you!

Step 8: Supplementary

Arts and Athletic Supplements

Please complete this optional Arts Supplement and/or Athletic Supplement if you have a specific talent or interest that you would like to highlight. Please upload the completed forms to the admission portal.