Elgin Academy

5.00 5 1 (5 reviews)
Tel: (847)695-0303
'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.
'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 AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-12
Year Founded1839

Student Body

Total Students337 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by GradeElgin Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers50 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size16 students
Number of AP Courses9 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1290
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
("business casual")

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / Mar. 1 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition and fees vary by division; tuition assistance is available to qualifying students; international students can apply for grades 7-10.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorDr. Diane R. Schael
Admissions AssociateMary Ann Schumacher


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryField Hockey,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.15 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Battle of the Books, Chess Club, Environmental Club, Improv Club, Math Olympiad, Model UN, National Honor Society, newspaper, Robotics Club, Soup Kitchen, Student Ambassador Program, Technology Club, Tutoring Club, WYSE Team

Arts and Music Programs:
Theatre Arts

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.
Show me:
People Also ViewedPeople Also Viewed Nearby SchoolsNearby Schools
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools
Show me:
  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Elgin
    Grades: PK-8 | 210 students
    0.2 miles
    274 Division St
    Elgin, IL 60120
  • Elgin
    Grades: PK-12 | 720 students
    3.5 miles
    1000 N Randall Rd
    Elgin, IL 60123
  • Elgin
    Grades: PK-12 | 105 students
    1.9 miles
    747 Davis Rd
    Elgin, IL 60123
  • Elgin
    Grades: PK-12 | 418 students
    3.7 miles
    2700 W Highland Avenue
    Elgin, IL 60124
  • West Chicago
    Wheaton Academy
    Grades: 9-12 | 660 students
    11.6 miles
    900 Prince Crossing Rd
    West Chicago, IL 60185

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
5  6/23/2017
If you are looking for a PS-12th grade nondenominational school with small class sizes and an emphasis on individualized active learning, then this is the place for you! Our daughter and son have excelled socially, emotionally, and academically since starting at Elgin Academy in 2012. Their 1 month Immersion program in the Spring allows students to intimately learn about a select country including their language, culture, dance, and culinary cuisines. Our children became Kenya experts this year and were singing in Swahili at the dinner table! A one of a kind education and experience!
- Posted by
5  5/17/2016
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
5  11/28/2014
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
5  11/20/2014
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
5  11/20/2014
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

Endorsements should be a few sentences in length. Please include any comments on:

  • Quality of academic programs, teachers, and facilities
  • Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities
  • Academic or athletic awards

I am a:

Name or Alias:

Your review:

Endorse this school:
Recent Articles
January 19, 2018
Depending on their family circumstances, our Presidents received a wide range of primary and secondary schooling.
January 19, 2018
A fascinating look at where our first Presidents went to school.
January 18, 2018
From time to time we all wonder how things might have turned out if circumstances and situations had been different. We apply that questioning to private schools.
Request Information
I am a:      
Name of parent:
Student First name:
Student Middle name:
Student Last name:
Student date of birth:
Student is:
Currently in grade:
Seeking entry for grade:
Target start date:
Name of current school:
School type:
Applying for financial aid?:
Please describe academic, athletic, and extracurricular interests of the student.:

(enter "N/A" if not applicable)
Did You Know?
The average acceptance rate in Elgin, IL is 97% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).