Application Process

What is your application deadline?

January 15th.
Please note that after the deadline we will review applications on a rolling basis, depending on space availability.

What is required for the application?

A complete application will contain the following items: application form, teacher recommendations, student and parent essays, an interview, SSAT scores, and current and previous year transcripts. You can find more details about each required piece here.

What if I can't come to campus for an interview?

We understand that not everyone is able to travel to campus for an interview. While we prefer an in-person interview, we can also schedule a Skype or Facetime interview.

Campus Visit

Can I visit classes at LFA?

Yes, current 8th graders and older are able to “shadow“ a current student. The prospective student can spend the entire morning visiting classes, interviewing, touring campus and having lunch with their Shadow host. We also offer an opportunity for parents to meet with someone on our Admission staff to answer their questions. Application forms, at a minimum, must be submitted prior to scheduling a Shadow Day. To schedule a Shadow Day, please follow this link.

What is the goal of the interview? How do I prepare?

The goal of the interview is to get a sense of the student’s fit in the community and how they could be involved on campus. It is a conversation between the applicant and admission representative. While the applicant will certainly be asked questions regarding their schooling, activities and interests, it is also a great time for the applicant to ask any questions they have about the school.

Life at LFA

What does a typical school day look like?

LFA operates on an A to G-day schedule. Every day is similar with a few exceptions: classes start late on D and G days (8:45 instead of 8:10am) and are released early on G days (1:30 instead of 3:00pm). Staples of a student’s day can include: breakfast, classes, advisory or morning meeting, lunch, afternoon activities, dinner and time to study. Depending on the day, students might have a free period or break to meet with teachers, start homework, or just relax with friends.

What are LFA’s athletic requirements?

Freshmen and sophomores must participate in an afternoon curriculum activity all three seasons with at least one team sport. Juniors and seniors are required to participate in at least two seasons with one being a team sport. Students are always welcome to participate in more than one team sport a year. If they are not involved in a team sport, students can sign up for P.E. classes, which include yoga, fitness, jujitsu, water polo, fencing, ultimate Frisbee, the fall play and more. For more information about athletics, please follow this link.

What's like being a day student?

Day students spend the entire day on campus. Day students are welcome to come to campus early for breakfast and stay for dinner and study hours. All students can enjoy weekend activities, meals in the dining hall and access to on-campus resources and teachers.

What’s boarding life like?

As a boarder, you have the opportunity to live in one of our five single-sex dorms. Each has dorm parents and its own unique personality. You get to live, study and spend time with your classmates. After school, boarders participate in athletics and clubs, just as day students do as well. Study hours are campus-wide and run from 8:00-10:00pm. During that time, boarders must be in their dorm or a designated study space around campus, supervised by on-campus faculty. With 48% of our students living on campus, there is never a dull moment!

What clubs are offered at LFA? 

LFA has a robust extracurricular and club list. Students can join any of our 60+ club listings every year. Clubs meet during free periods, after school and sometimes on weekends. Students are also welcome to begin a club that is not currently offered if a faculty member agrees to be the supervisor for the club. For the full list of clubs offered at LFA, please visit our Clubs and Activities page.

What is there to do on the weekends?

There is always something to do on the weekends for all students, boarders and day students alike! Every weekend, we host activities on and off campus from trips to downtown Chicago and Chinatown to sporting events and movie marathon in the dorms. For more information and to see what’s going on this weekend, click here.

What is a Caxy?

The Caxy is our mascot and is visually represented by a frog. Its name was derived from the ancient Greek word for “ribbet.” You’ll see our energetic, green frog jumping around our athletic events. Our students are proud to be a Caxy!

What is the dress code?

Young men are required to wear a collared shirt and tie with dress or khaki pants. Blazers are not required.

Ladies are to wear professional dress, which include but not limited to blouses, collared shirts or polo shirts. In addition, they are permitted to wear dresses and skirts of modest length and dress pants, corduroys or colored jeans.

While the dress code is defined by gender, the Academy recognizes that not all students express their gender in line with their biological sex. The school supports any student’s expression of gender within the spirit of the dress score.

For more detailed information about our dress code, please visit here.

What resources are available to students if they need extra help?

Lake forest Academy offers many different options for students who need extra help. The Academy has a Learning Resource Specialist who spearheads our academic support program. To learn more about our LRS program, please click here.

During study hours on weeknights, math help is offered twice a week and the Writing Center is open every night. Students are also encouraged to work with their teachers during free periods or a mutually agreed upon time outside of the classroom for extra help, if needed.

Being an LFA Parent

What if my child gets sick?

We have an infirmary staffed seven days a week with nurses from Lake Forest Hospital. They care for sick students, supply over-the-counter medication, and dispense any necessary prescription medication to students. They are also available to transport students to any medical appointments.

How do parents get involved?

Parents are encouraged to join our Parent Association to build connections with other families and stay up-to-date with community events. Through the Parent Association, families have the opportunity to be an ambassador for international and new families, help plan various events, get involved in the Arts and Athletics, and work on the Student Life Committee.

How do we keep in touch?

Your student’s advisor is the main point of contact between your child and their teachers/school community. Families meet with their child’s assigned advisor at the start of each school year to discuss the best mode of communication as well as the student’s specific needs and goals for the year. Advisories, which comprise of about 7 students from all grades, meet twice a week as individual groups and sit together twice a week during Morning Meeting. Advisors communicate with parents about grades 4 times a semester or 8 times a year.

What support services are available for my child?

LFA has many support services available to its students. From our counselors who provide clinical assessments and short-term therapy to our Learning Resource Specialist. To learn more about our licensed school counselors visit this page, and our LRS program, visit here.

Financial Aid

What is your financial deadline?

January 15th
Please note that financial aid is limited. Applications received after this date are based on available funding. For more information, click here.

How much financial aid is administered each year?

We award $5 million in need-based financial aid grants each year to assist qualifying students whose families are unable to cover the cost of an LFA education. You must apply for financial aid by the January 15th deadline to be considered.

How do I apply for financial aid?

Please follow this link to the School and Student Services website to apply for financial aid.

Do you offer scholarships?

We award a small number of Headmaster’s Scholarships to recognize students of high academic achievement. Students are automatically reviewed for a Headmaster’s Scholarship in the application process.

When do I receive my financial aid award?

Students are notified of their financial aid award with their admission decision on March 1st.

International Students at LFA

What is the Admission process for international students?

The process is the same for both our international and domestic students with one exception. If an applicant is applying from a non-English-speaking country, the student must take the TOEFL test and submit those scores as part of the application process. Please visit our Apply Page to see all documents required for a complete application.

Do you offer English as a Second Language (ESL) Classes?

Yes! Our ESL program is one of the best in the country. It is very well-established and has been around for almost 40 years. We offer full-time ESL classes, and students test into the appropriate level. For more details about our ESL program, click here.

Do you have any summer programs?

We have a six-week ESL summer program for international students. Classes are held for 4 ½ hours a day, four days a week with an all-school educational trip each Friday for our B-2 Visitor Visa and Visa Waiver students, and 4 ½ hours a day, five days a week for students who have been accepted to LFA for the upcoming fall academic year. To learn more, visit our summer programs page.