We are Lake Ridge Academy, the leading K-12 private independent school on Cleveland's West Side. We are known for our academic rigor, experiential learning, and small class sizes. Our students are truly known by faculty who create an educational experience that inspires and develops exceptional young people.

If you are exploring school options for your child, or just want to learn more about Lake Ridge, you are in the right place! A good first step is to complete an inquiry form so that we can learn more about you and your family and schedule a time to chat or a tour.

We can’t wait to see you soon!

The Admissions Team

Admission Process

Want to learn more about Lake Ridge Academy before you apply? Submit an online inquiry to receive additional information, schedule a campus tour, or register for an upcoming event!

Individual Campus Tours

Individual campus tours are a great way to experience the Lake Ridge Academy difference first-hand. To schedule a tour, please complete our online inquiry and select your tour time.

You can also virtually tour a few of our campus facilities including our newest building, Kemper Science and Engineering, along with our Fine Arts building, and Rob Hall gymnasium.

The first step in our admissions process is to create an account through our Parent Portal. Once you create an account, you will be able to complete the online application and other steps of our admissions process.

In addition to a completed online application, for students in grades 1-11 we also need teacher recommendations and school records, both of which are requested through our Parent Portal.

If you are interested in applying to kindergarten, please visit our kindergarten page to find more information regarding the application and screening process specific for that grade.

Shadow days are a wonderful opportunity for your student to truly feel what it's like to attend Lake Ridge Academy.

Lower School applicants to grades 1-5 will spend a full day in a current-grade classroom, and are paired with a student ambassador who will help your child enjoy a typical school day.

Middle School and Upper School applicants will also spend a full day attending relevant classes and activities, meeting faculty and peers, and will be paired with a student ambassador based upon their shared interests.

For students entering grades 1-4, we will schedule a day for your child to come to campus and complete in-person literacy, math, and writing assessments. Students entering grades 5-11 should register for the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Lake Ridge Academy is one of many ISEE test sites, and our school code is 363857 if you plan to test here. A schedule of all available ISEE test dates, locations, deadlines and registration information is available by visiting the ISEE website.

You can also take the ISEE Online from the comfort of your own home! When searching for available test dates, select "Prometric Test Date" at the "Prometric Testing Center" at the top of the screen and click the green "Register" button. When you are asked if you want to "Register for a Prometric Test Center" or "Register for a ProProctor At Home Test", select the ProProctor AtHome test option, and complete your registration.

Once the application process is completed and reviewed by our Admission Committee, families are notified of the committee's decision or are notified that more information is needed before a decision can be reached. Enrollment contracts are issued and space is reserved on a first-come basis determined by the date stamp on the return of the completed contract and deposit. Waitlisted students will be notified as space becomes available.

Admission to Lake Ridge Academy is based on academic and personal qualifications. Lake Ridge Academy admits students of any race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sexual orientation, religion, national and ethnic origin in administration of our educational policies, admission policies, financial aid programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Meet the Admissions Team

Megan Zahler

Megan Zahler

  1. Director of Enrollment Management
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9103
Jane Lacoste

Jane Lacoste

  1. Assistant Director of Admission, International
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9104
Jennifer Szwagulak

Jennifer Szwagulak

  1. Assistant Director of Admission, K-1
[email protected]
(440) 327-1175 ext. 9106