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Lake Ridge Academy
37501 Center Ridge Road    
North Ridgeville, Ohio  44039  
Private/Independent School
Coed Day 12 415 students


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Lake Ridge Academy is an independent, nonsectarian, co-educational day school serving approximately 420 students from kindergarten through grade 12. Founded in 1963, Lake Ridge Academy is the only independent college preparatory school on Cleveland’s west side. The school is located on a 93-acre campus in North Ridgeville, a suburb 25 miles west of Cleveland. Students travel by bus or car from over 40 surrounding communities. All students are college bound; they represent diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds. The mission of the school is to send into a changing world confident young people of integrity who think critically and creatively while embracing the joy of lifelong learning. We reaffirm our dedication to this mission by understanding that a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization helps us to nurture students’ integrity and prepare them for just such a changing world. The pillars of the academic program are three Centers of Excellence: Scientific Exploration and Research, Fine Arts, and Global Citizenship. These Centers are focused academic programs that provide enhanced learning opportunities for all K-12 students. The Centers build awareness, knowledge, and applied skills in the Lower and Middle Schools, so that students are well prepared for rigorous and specialized coursework in the Upper School and college. In addition to the academic program, Lake Ridge has a strong school culture that features many innovative co-curricular programs, including an Upper School House System, Year of Service Kick-Off Day, Diversity Forum, Holiday Project, Culture Fest, and an active and engaged student senate. Students benefit from our small class sizes (average of 12-14 students per class) taught by dedicated and caring faculty. Lake Ridge prides itself on the strength of its faculty; most importantly, our highly qualified teachers make individual connections with students that allow highly personalized instruction and create an environment where each student is truly well known. To see a complete list of our open positions, please visit the careers page on our website, Head of School: Mr. Mitch White Teacher/Student Ratio: 8:1 Faculty: 66 % of faculty hold advanced degrees, 16 years average teaching experience, 94% teacher retention rate US AP/Honors: Over 40 AP and Honors Courses. In 2020, 56 students took 129 AP exams Centers of Excellence Science and Engineering – Innovative K-12 STEAM curriculum including robotics. State-of-the-art science and engineering building with advanced labs, equipment and greenhouse. Fine Arts – More fine arts courses than any other school in Northeast Ohio. Dedicated K-12 Fine Arts Building and performing arts stage. Global Citizenship – World languages begin in Kindergarten. Educational travel opportunities abroad. Outdoor Education: Our 93-acre campus naturally leads itself to multiple learning opportunities, with a 3-acre pond, fields and woods. Recent expansion includes a giant tree house classroom, silo classroom, sugar shack and chicken coop, constructed with repurposed Ohio materials. World Languages: Spanish and French beginning in Kindergarten. Upper School and Middle School Athletics: 75% of our students participate in interscholastic sports for over 20 team sports. Average gross tuition: $26,500 Average net tuition: $16,000 Average financial aid/scholarship: $10,500 Operating budget: $9,775,000 College Counseling: 100% of our graduates attend a 4-year college. College Counseling begins in 6th grade.
Diversity Mission Statement
The school’s Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee’s charge is to more effectively fulfill our school’s mission and ensure that Lake Ridge Academy truly is a place where everyone of any race, religion, gender, political belief, gender/sexual identity, family background, or socioeconomic status is “free to learn” and to be their authentic selves without fear of disrespect or discrimination. Students, staff, and teachers need to learn how to talk about race and racism, gender and queerphobia, sexism and misogyny, and how to have respectfully conversations about their political beliefs.