Lake Forest Academy begins year with its highest enrollment to date

  • Lake Forest Academy Head of School Chris Tennyson led the traditional All-School Handshake to start the 2022-23 academic year.

    Lake Forest Academy Head of School Chris Tennyson led the traditional All-School Handshake to start the 2022-23 academic year. Courtesy of George Pfoertner

Updated 8/29/2022 1:24 PM

Lake Forest Academy welcomed a total of 440 students on the first day of the 2022-23 school year on Aug. 22 as the school opened its doors with the first All-School Meeting of the calendar and the traditional All-School Handshake.

The 440 students are an all-time high for enrollment at LFA, which follows the largest graduating class in school history last spring. Overall, the school posted a 98% retention rate and the student body traveled to the Lake Forest campus from 14 different states and 38 countries and territories.


In addition to the students from across the nation and around the world, day students from 39 different local communities are enrolled this year at LFA.

Along with the new and returning students on campus this year, Chris Tennyson begins his first year as Head of School at Lake Forest Academy. Tennyson has been a member of the LFA community for just over two decades after starting as a math teacher in 1999.

He was most recently the Associate Head of School in addition to Dean of Students and a member of the Mathematics faculty for the two years prior to being named Head of School. Tennyson will continue to teach calculus while also serving.

Following the first All-School Meeting of the year, the entire LFA community met in the Formal Gardens and Tennyson started the All-School Handshake with a flip of the coin to decide which direction to start.

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He was joined by All-School President Riko Kishitani to get the line started around the formal gardens and pagoda.

Prior to the start of classes, a week of preseason brought the campus to life once again as fall sport athletes reported to campus and retreats were held for the senior and freshman classes.

The seniors traveled to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, for two days, while the freshmen spent a day on campus learning about LFA, followed by a day trip to Wisconsin and Boundless Adventures.

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