Elgin Academy

Tel: (847)695-0300
Grades: NS-12 | 387 students
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 387 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Elgin Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size 13 students
Number of AP Courses 7 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 Formal
("business casual")

Finances and Admission

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

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is St Edward Central Catholic High School (0.7 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is St Johns Lutheran School (0.2 miles away)
The nearest preschool is St Johns Lutheran School (0.2 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Elgin
    St Johns Lutheran School
    (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    Grades: PK-8 | 201 students
    0.2 miles
    109 N Spring St
    Elgin, IL 60120
  • Elgin
    Grades: PK-8 | 210 students
    0.2 miles
    274 Division St
    Elgin, IL 60120
  • Elgin
    St. Mary School
    (Roman Catholic)
    Grades: K-9 | 168 students
    0.4 miles
    103 S Gifford St
    Elgin, IL 60120
  • Elgin
    Grades: 9-12 | 430 students
    0.7 miles
    335 Locust St
    Elgin, IL 60123
  • Elgin
    Bethlehem Lutheran Child Dev Center
    Daycare / Preschool (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (formerly AELC, ALC, or LCA))
    Grades: K | 46 students
    0.8 miles
    340 Grand Blvd
    Elgin, IL 60120

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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