Frequently Asked Questions
- How many students are in each grade?
- How many spaces are available for new students?
- What is the acceptance rate?
- What is the most important part of the application for admission?
- How are applications reviewed to make decisions?
- What score do I need to receive on the SSAT to be accepted?
- Are there shadow days available for prospective students?
- When should I start my application?
- What is the sibling/legacy admissions process?
- What is the average class size?
- Who is successful at Lakeside School?
- What types of schools do students come from?
- How can I learn more about financial aid?
- How's the food?
- How can I learn more about college counseling?
- How do students get to campus?
Lakeside has no minimum SSAT score for admission and we enroll students who score across a wide spectrum. A perfect score on the SSAT does not guarantee admission. The SSAT is one part of the application process and is not more important than any other piece. As educators, we know what a standardized test can and cannot tell us about an applicant, therefore we consider all aspects of the application through our review process.
We recommend taking the SSAT only once.
Lakeside offers shadow days for accepted students (in late February for Upper school students and late March for Middle School students). We are unable to offer shadow days to all prospective students, though we have tours available for all interested families. You can learn more about our visit program here.
Applications can be started approximately one year prior to your desired start date. For example, if you are interested in starting in the fall of 2020, the application will be available starting in September of 2019 and due in January of 2020. We encourage families to start the application in the fall, though it is possible to complete the application within a few days if starting later. Applications for the 2020-21 school year are due January 16, 2020.
Lakeside has a generous and extensive need-based financial-aid program that supports qualifying families with incomes from $10,000 to over $250,000. Financial assistance for recipients extends beyond tuition and covers additional school-related costs including, but not limited to, food, books, bus, laptop, and field trips. For additional information, including average awards by income, click here and select the Policies and Income Commitments tab.
It's delicious! Faculty, staff, and students all eat on campus in either the Middle or Upper School cafeteria. Hot breakfast and lunch are available every day, with many snack choices. There are vegetarian and vegan options, and we also have "Meatless Mondays" each week. Students can choose to bring lunch from home, purchase their entire lunch on campus, or do a combination of both. See a sample menu here!
Lakeside has an extensive and personalized college counseling process that begins, in earnest, spring of a student's junior year. Our goal is for students to enroll at a school where they will thrive. Visit our college counseling page to learn more. Click here to view our college profile which includes our graduation requirements and five-year college matriculation details.