Elgin Academy

Tel: (847)695-0303
Grades: NS-12 | 337 students
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'Old Main' building of Elgin Academy    Old Main is the academy's original building. Today, it is primarily used as the museum for the Elgin Area Historical Society. One room still serves as a regular school classroom for the school.
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'Old Main' building of Elgin Academy    Old Main is the academy's original building. Today, it is primarily used as the museum for the Elgin Area Historical Society. One room still serves as a regular school classroom for the school.
Elgin Academy is a preschool-12th grade, independent, college-preparatory, coeducational day school committed to academic excellence and developing the full potential of each student. Through a proactive partnership among faculty, parents, and students in a nurturing, dynamic, challenging, and diverse community, the Academy creates an environment where students acquire the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary to become intellectually engaged and confident about their places in the world.

School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc. Other associations(s) for exceptional children
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools
Illinois Coalition of Nonpublic Schools
Religious Affiliation Non-sectarian
Grades Offered Grades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded 1839

Student Body

Total Students 337 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
30%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
60%
Average Class Size 16 students
Number of AP Courses 9 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1804
Average ACT score 27
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
("business casual")

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Jan. 15 / Mar. 1 / rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition and fees vary by division; tuition assistance is available to qualifying students; international students can apply for grades 7-10.
% on Financial Aid
39%
Acceptance Rate
96%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Dr. Diane R. Schael
Admissions Associate Mary Ann Schumacher

Sports

Total Sports Offered 46 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Archery, Badminton, Ballet, Bowling, Boxing, Cheering, Climbing, Crew, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Drill Team, Equestrian, Fencing, Figure Skating, Flag Football, Football, Freestyle Skiing, Gymnastics, Ice Hockey, Indoor Soccer, Intramural Sports Only, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Marksmanship, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Paddle Tennis, Polo, Riflery, Rock Climbing, Rugby, Sailing, Ski Jumping, Snowboarding, Softball, Squash, Surf Team, Swimming, Ultimate Frisbee, Water Polo, Weightlifting, Winter Track, WrestlingAlpine SkiingArchery,
BadmintonBallet,
BowlingBoxing,
CheeringClimbing,
CrewCycling,
DanceDiving,
Drill TeamEquestrian,
FencingFigure Skating,
Flag FootballFootball,
Freestyle SkiingGymnastics,
Ice HockeyIndoor Soccer,
Intramural Sports OnlyKayaking,
LacrosseMarksmanship,
Mountain BikingMountaineering,
Nordic SkiingPaddle Tennis,
PoloRiflery,
Rock ClimbingRugby,
SailingSki Jumping,
SnowboardingSoftball,
SquashSurf Team,
SwimmingUltimate Frisbee,
Water PoloWeightlifting,
Winter TrackWrestling,

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 12 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Battle of the Books, Chess Club, Environmental Club, Math Olympiad, National Honor Society, Robotics Club, Soup Kitchen, Student Ambassador Program, Technology Club, Theatre Arts, Tutoring Club, WYSE Team Chess Club, Math Olympiad, Robotics Club, Soup Kitchen, Theatre Arts, Tutoring Club, WYSE Team, Battle of the Books,
Environmental Club,
National Honor Society,
Student Ambassador Program,
Technology Club,

School Notes

  • Elgin Academy is the Fox River Valley`s preschool through grade 12 independent school where taking learning personally shapes every school day, every interaction, and every learning moment between your child and his peers and teachers.At Elgin Academy, taking learning personally means. . .Classrooms characterized by open conversation and probing dialogue,because intellectual discourse lays the foundation for a lifetime of critical thinking.Active learning projects in every subject and every division,because proving knowledge through kinetic applications cements concepts for life.Mutually empowering relationships between fellow students and students and teachers, because learning breakthroughs accelerate within a culture of trust, respect, and compassion.At Elgin Academy, taking learning personally defines our commitment- to each other, and to every child who finds her second home on our campus.And it stands as your child`s abiding giftas she continues to hone her understanding of world and self through her time here, well into college, and long after graduation.

Profile last updated: 04/29/2016

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School Reviews

We chose Elgin Academy for our son and have been glad he has been given the opportunity to experience the Elgin Academy difference. He started in Pre-School and has grown in so many ways. He is able to interact with students as well as teachers of very diverse backgrounds. He has a great choice of electives. His academics are taught in a way that makes learning fun. It is a great feeling as a parent to have your child eager to get to school and awaiting what new experience will unfold. The class sizes as well as student to teacher ratio is great. Once he gets into Upper School he''ll have individual attention for college placement. Students are involved in a variety of Community Service Programs-reinforcing the importance of giving back to society is very important to us.
- Posted by Parent, 11/28/14
Students at EA enjoy a lot of opportunities that other schools cannot offer - small class sizes, a rich arts curriculum, and lots of opportunities for sports and other extracurricular interests. We highly recommend it!
- Posted by Parent, 11/20/14
We are very pleased with the progress of our four year-old daughter so far through preschool and pre-k at Elgin Academy. She is building self-confidence and maturity while maintaining curiosity and excitement about school each day. By starting with French class in preschool, she is getting a jump-start on learning a second language which we never had and she just embraces it as a normal part of school. Experiential, hands-on learning of both small and large motor skills are a favorite daily part of the curriculum. Separate music, library and art classes from dedicated, specialized teachers also rounds out the excellent half-day pre-k program.
- Posted by Parent, 11/20/14
We choose Elgin Academy for our daughter because of the student to teacher ratio, classes offered from preschool through high school, and a staff of teachers and administrators aligned with our expectations concerning our daughters development. The balance between academics, social activities, and athletic opportunities are one of the academy''s greatest benefits. The fact that our child, who began in the preschool program has role models and interaction with students in upper grades is another benefit the academy offers. Regards, Phillip and Elena Cowen
- Posted by Parent, 11/20/14

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