Lake Ridge Academy

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Lake Ridge Academy
37501 Center Ridge Road
North Ridgeville, Ohio, (Lorain County) 44039
United States
Coordinates 41°22′53″N 82°2′22″W / 41.38139°N 82.03944°W / 41.38139; -82.03944Coordinates: 41°22′53″N 82°2′22″W / 41.38139°N 82.03944°W / 41.38139; -82.03944
Type Private
Established 1963
President Carol Klimas
Principal Michael Shaulis[1]
Faculty 60 full-time
Enrollment 415
Average class size 40 students
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue and Gold [1]         
Athletics Boys' & Girls' Tennis, Boys' & Girls' Basketball, Boys' & Girls' Soccer, Boys' Baseball, Girls' Softball, Girls' Volleyball, Co-ed Golf, and Co-ed Track & Field
Mascot Lion
Team name Royals[1]
Average SAT scores (2011) 1820
Athletic Director Rob Eckendorf [1]

Lake Ridge Academy (LRA) is an independent, nonsectarian day school in North Ridgeville, Ohio, United States

The school was founded in 1963 and offers co-educational classes from kindergarten through grade 12. Lake Ridge Academy is the only independent private school on the west side of Cleveland. The school facilities include 93-acres of open fields, wooded areas, a pond, a creek, tennis courts, Track and field track, playing fields. The buildings on the Lake Ridge campus include Lower, Middle, and Upper School buildings, the Bettcher Convocation Center, which houses classrooms, a stage, and an auditorium, the Community Resource Center, a building holding four foreign language classrooms, three computer labs, a video lab, a Kiva gathering place, and a K-12 library. The campus also includes a hardwood floor gymnasium, a Fine Arts Center with Lower, Middle and Upper School art studios, four acoustical vocal and instrumental music rooms, and a Black Box theater. Recently in 2016, a new structure named the Kemper Science and Engineering building was constructed.

Lake Ridge Academy is portioned into three divisions: Lower School (K-5), Middle School (6-8), and Upper School (9-12).


The school's President, Carol Klimas, had previously been employed as the Executive Vice President and Head of KeyCorp's Wealth Management Segment. She also previously worked for National Arthritis Foundation, the Red Cross, the United Way and the YMCA. Other administrators include Michael Shaulis, who serves as Head of Academics and Director of Upper School. Danielle Parrish holds the position of Director of Middle School, while Katherine Hatcher fulfills the role of Director of Lower School.

Recent events[edit]

In the fall of 2009, the Lake Ridge Women's Soccer team won their first ever district title, narrowly defeating Firelands by a score of 1-0.

In April 2008, the Lake Ridge Robotics Team won the LEGO Grand Challenge sponsored by Case Western Reserve University. Of the 22 teams from schools in Ohio and Pennsylvania, 2 of the 3 Lake Ridge teams placed in the top 50%, including the winning team. This was the first time Lake Ridge has ever won the LEGO Robotics Challenge.

Lake Ridge annually participates in the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education's Mock Trial competition, and took first place in the state of Ohio in the 2008 competition. The team moved on to the national competition, held in Wilmington, Delaware, and were ranked 13th in the nation.'

On October 25, 2008, the boys' Soccer Program won their second consecutive District Championship and earned a spot in the state's regional semifinals. They ended the season with their best record to date, 15-3-2, surpassing the 2007 record of 15-5. Both the 2007 and 2008 regional semifinals games were lost to St. Thomas Aquinas High School.

In 2010 Lake Ridge Academy launched the School of Fine Arts.

Notable alumni[edit]

- Briefly attended by Brian K. Vaughan, comic book writer.

- Eyad Zhara graduated in 2001 - Director of the 2008 feature film The Taqwacore (film), based on Michael Muhammad Knight's book The Taqwacores.


  1. ^ a b c d OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association member directory". Retrieved 2010-04-02. 

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