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Lake Forest Academy

Private K-12 School

Mailing Address
1500 Kennedy Road
Lake Forest, Illinois 60045
Phone
(847) 615-3210
Email address
admissions@lfanet.org
School Information
"Lake Forest Academy was founded in 1857, and Ferry Hall in 1869. LFA merged with Ferry Hall in 1974 and has been co-educational ever since. LFA is a co-educational college preparatory boarding and day school. LFA is situated on a wooded 150 acre campus, and is made up of 30+ buildings, including dormitories and athletics facilities." The school enrolls around 430 students, has a 6:1 student-faculty ratio, and offers 22 Advanced Placement courses. (Source: https://www.lfanet.org/about-us/facts-figures)
General Information
It is unclear whether Lake Forest Academy requires critical race training for its students. The head of school announced that community members recommended, "Structured curricular evaluation to diversify content." The head of school added, "Our 2018 strategic plan called for a review of our curriculum through a multicultural lens," though whether the "multicultural lens" includes features of diversity, equity, and inclusion is unclear. Community members also recommended "Conducting cultural competency training for all community members." However, the content of this "cultural competency training" is also unclear.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Community members recommended "Conducting cultural competency training for all community members."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • Community members also recommended, "Structured curricular evaluation to diversify content." The head of school added, "Our 2018 strategic plan called for a review of our curriculum through a multicultural lens."
Disciplinary Measures
  • The head of school announced that community members recommended "Greater student and adult accountability after racist and biased incidents."
Resources
  • The school's division for "Pluralism And Multicultural Affairs" said, "To educate the community about the dynamics of bias in society and the positive benefits of a multicultural, inclusive educational program and community, we have programs that facilitate a true understanding of what it means to live and participate in the global world."
  • The school suggested community members read "How To Be An Antiracist" by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, as well as listening to the 1619 (New York Times) podcast. The school added that the resource list "is intended to serve as a resource to white people and parents to deepen our anti-racism work."
Symbolic Actions
  • The school created a task force "dedicated to finding short-term and long-term solutions to our challenges with race and discrimination." The head of school added, "After conducting surveys and having conversations with our community, this task force will help make actionable plans related to the seven goals I have identified above, goals that will position LFA as an anti-racist community that believes deeply in the value and worth of all of our students."
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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