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The Lakeside School seeks students from all ethnic, cultural, racial, religious, and socioeconomic backgrounds who can benefit from a challenging academic program and make positive contributions to the school community. Students are considered for admission on the basis of, but not limited to, achievement, academic testing, attendance, teacher/administrator evaluations and citizenship. Other factors that are considered include interests, talents, classroom scheduling capabilities, and space availability.

As an educational institution concerned with the development of the whole student, The Lakeside School seeks to enroll students who can achieve success inside the framework of a college preparatory curriculum. Although children of alumni, siblings of alumni, siblings of currently enrolled students, and children of faculty and staff are given preference for admission when possible, the overriding consideration is what is best for the personal development of each individual student. All students must meet the enrollment criteria outlined in the Academic Checklist for New Applicants.