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  1. "Great community"

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    Current Employee - Dean of Communications in Lake Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Dean of Communications in Lake Forest, IL

    I have been working at Lake Forest Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is an inclusive community.

    Cons

    Not a con, but just something important to understand. Boarding school life requires one to participate fully in the life of the school, this is not an 8-4 kind of setting.


  2. "Great Family-Friendly Employer!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lake Forest Academy full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are extremely generous.
    The school strongly encourages professional development.

    Cons

    Teachers who live on campus have difficulty with work-life balance, but that is the nature of a boarding school.

  3. "Great, family-like atmosphere."

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    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Lake Forest, IL
    Former Employee - High School Teacher in Lake Forest, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Lake Forest Academy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are great if you're willing to work on campus. Good students. Colleagues are a dream and administration generally makes very good decisions. I didn't feel that the administration was hiding anything.

    Cons

    Like any boarding school, it's tough to balance work life with personal life. In fact, you can pretty much guarantee you have no personal life when students are on campus. This isn't an LFA problem, it's part of the boarding school lifestyle.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the transparency in decision making. I really loved my colleagues here!


  4. "Excellent School and Benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lake Forest Academy full-time

    Pros

    LFA has a long history and is in a period of unprecedented growth and development. The benefits package is unparalleled, and the students are truly topnotch.

    Cons

    The management style is more micromanagement than anything else. It is a very formal and somewhat conservative space, which in my mind contradicts the ethos of global pluralism. Salaries are low, especially for those who do not receive a housing benefit.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who you trust and then entrust them with the power to do their jobs without excessive invasion into the decision making process. Include administrators in your goal to have competitive salaries in the top 75% of independent schools.


  5. "Great benefits and welcoming environment."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    I have been working at Lake Forest Academy full-time

    Pros

    Although salaries are not high, benefits make up for the difference.
    Talented and motivated leadership.
    Focus on student success as goal of institution.
    Nurturing environment for student development.
    The school has grown and improved exponentially with the current Head of School in the past 12 years.

    Cons

    Not much room to grow.