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350 Park St
Elgin, IL 60120

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(847) 695-0303
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November 24, 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. A great fit for our son! He's been at Elgin Academy for 9 years and looks forward to graduating from Elgin Academy.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 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.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2014
Elgin Academy is a place where my children have been challenged academically and given the tools to succeed in life. Not every child will be capable of getting straight A's, but every child will be given the opportunity to do their absolute best. Students are given the opportunity to participate in various sport teams, school musicals, school clubs, and outreach activities (soup kitchen, PADS, trip to Nicaragua / DR to volunteer at local orphanages, etc.) Families with more than one child will see how the school allows children from Early Childhood through High School to interact through Big Sister / Big Brother programs as well as occasional all school musicals and / or choral presentations. We never would've had that experience anywhere else but EA. Tuition may seem like a lot, but the school is not "money hungry". 80% + of faculty have MS degree or higher and they work there because EA is where they can teach their best. The majority of the tuition goes to faculty / staff salaries & benefits. The remaining $ goes to keep up a school that is 175 yo and growing in technology & services every year.Working to keep tuition affordable is a goal of their Board of Trustees every year.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
Elgin Academy, the high school: My son started there his sophomore year after bullying at the academically good high school he left. He graduated from Elgin Academy. The very small class size was outstanding, my son flourished academically and socially. He also picked up golf and tennis there, something he'll use all of his life. He found U of I at Champaign, a top college, easy after the training he had at Elgin Academy. The school works hard at getting students into the colleges they want, with a teacher advising them throughout the process. My son is now working in a college, and getting his masters as well. The teachers at our community high school were tops, 10 out of 10 in school grading. Elgin Academy teachers were good, and the personal attention and school class size that really made the difference.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
Great school! My son is in the high school and daughter graduated a couple of years ago. Solid curriculum, great teachers and a very supportive community. My daughter is excelling in college thanks to the preparation she received at Elgin Academy.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
I am a parent of 3 students at Elgin Academy. I have one in each division (lower school, middle school and upper school). Obviously I see the value in sending my children to Elgin Academy. Academically, they are all challenged at a level above what they would be in public schools. Socially, they all get along well with their peers. I have wanted to post something on this site for awhile, I get Great School emails almost daily. Something happened this weekend that I thought would help demonstrate a small reason why we love EA. My lower school child was at a classmates birthday party and her teacher showed up. I asked her why she was there and she told me, very matter of fact, that she was invited by the student. I know that she loves and cares for each one of her students but this was way above and beyond. She left her own home and family in a horrible snow storm to be with her students on her day off. The teachers spend almost more time with my kids during the week than I do. I know they are loved, cared for and are being molded into responsible, well educated independent thinkers. At EA having a good teacher is the rule not the exception.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2014
Elgin Academy has been a great school for both of my children to learn and grow. I currently have a child in lower school and a child in middle school. Both of my children are academically challenged in a positive nurturing environment. My daughter, who is in 5th grade, is independent, confident and caring due to the great influences she has at Elgin Academy. My son, who is in 2nd grade, is academically strong, caring and well liked by his peers. The kids at Elgin Academy are exposed to all forms or art. This exposure gives them the confidence to try drama, chorus and visual art classes at the Elgin Academy after school program. At every level, Elgin Academy encourages their students to explore the arts, excel academically, become strong public speakers and evolve into confident competitive leaders.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
EA was the biggest disappointment. My daughter's teacher was excellent and I would give her 5 stars! My son's teacher was awful. All year, I asked her about his reading and her continued response to me was, 'no he is fine.' We soon discovered that my son has dyslexia. It was a wasted year!! They tout small class sizes and individual attention, don't be fooled it is not true!! The administration is just money-hungry and tried to take money that our children's grandparents were paying for tuition and apply it to the 'general fund,' as if their tuition payment was a 'gift' to the school?! They live in CA!! Why in the world would they EVER gift thousands of dollars to a school they had no previous knowledge of?! After being called 'liars,' we provided all the paperwork regarding the tuition and they said, 'oh, you're right,' but never once did they admit that they were wrong/sorry for what they said to us. Be sure you research/ask about how many families have left the school in the last two years. They will never tell you, but it's astounding. They used to have two kindergarten classes, but now it's just one?? Why? I would highly recommend NOT choosing Elgin Academy for your children

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
We have two kid at EA middle school and we are very happy. We will be staying at EA through highschool. We've spent several years at other private schools and very much appreciate the focus on academics while developing well rounded individuals by incorporating projects that build their confidence (which make them comfortable speaking in front of groups. In our 4th year at EA, we've found that the teachers and administrators actually like to be with the kids (we didn't find that to be true at other private schools) and genuinely care about each kid succeeding in classes that seem to not have more than 16 kids or so. The families are not pretentious and school teachers/staff are friendly and inviting.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
My son is in K & loves his school. There s been a great improvement in his reading & writing skills. Before reading, he tells his guess what the book is about. After reading, he summarizes the story, identifies/analyzes the characters, describes the setting & tells what the author & illustrator are trying to convey. Also, he's already doing basic multiplication learning French. The school does NOT tolerate bad behavior. When a 1st grader joked & called my son names in front of a teacher, w/in mins, both parents were contacted by the school to report the incident & relay the steps they ve taken to address the issue. My son said the 1st grader was joking & the incident was nothing compared to the behavior of 2 female Pre-K classmates in his FORMER Catholic school. The 2 girls constantly picked on my son & made him really feel bad. The worst thing about that incident was that the mother of 1 of the girls refused to apologize & insisted that IT SHOULD BE IGNORED as the kids will outgrow it. We moved out of that community & can't tolerate parents w/ totally different principles & values. FORTUNATELY, ELGIN ACADEMY ADMINISTRATION, STAFF, FACULTY & PARENTS SHARE THE SAME GOOD VALUES.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2012
Middle school teachers have good intentions but are unqualified. School long ago traded principles for money. This is no longer a college prep school. No uniforms, too casual and no real discipline for bad student behavior. Same or better value at a good suburban public school. Former student, current parent.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2012
Top school excellent teachers. Very helpful, always. We have had no problems at all. Everyone really has our childrens best at heart. I am so blessed to have found this school.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2012
We have been at this school for 12 years and it keeps getting better. As a parent it is a wonderful community where you can get involved as much as you want to be. As a student my daughter has had many wonderful teachers over the year. The small classes really provide individual attention and push her to be the best that she can be. She has had so many wonderful opportunities to explore her interests whether they be educational, sports or arts. She is now a strong, independent thinker. I am excited for her high school years.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2012
Parents, the lower school is wonderful and I highly suggest it; however, everything is downhill from there. I recommend sending your son or daughter to a proper social environment. The high school is in shambles

- submitted by a community member
January 08, 2012
I am always happy to come to work. I cannot imagine doing anything else. Playing and creating alongside the children is enjoyable.The conversations that we share in our play assist their language development and their imaginations! I also enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the respect given to me to create an environment in which children will thrive."

- submitted by a teacher
February 26, 2011
Elgin Academy was a great school for our two kids ((one is now a college grad and working, the other is in graduate school). The teachers are very caring and know how to reach each kid on an individual level. The College Placement program is fantastic. Also, the Academy provides outstanding experiences in sports, fine arts, community service, and environmental education. Facilities are very nice and it is a very safe environment (thanks for providing regular security personnel).

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Challenging curriculum, nurturing environment with staff dedicated to their profession and devoted to their students academic and civic development.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Good academics, great atmosphere, wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
The faculty sincerely care about each child's education and health.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
Great Teachers, Great Environment, Caring Staff and Great Families.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
It is a wonderful school for students and parents. There is a strong sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
It is truly a family community. As a parent, I am involved as much as I want to be. I can focus on life skills while EA focus' on educating each student. EA is a complete education from pre-K to high. Each child has mentors, examples and opportunities to explore real life situations. The education is phenomnal. the children are prepared for the next level the year before, they incrementally learn all the skills and tools they need to achieve success and happiness.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
The school has a great curriculum, run by an amazing teaching staff. They bring out the best in the kids and give them the confidence to do anything they set their minds to!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Small class rooms Great Teachers!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Awesome teaching, teaching methods, student teacher relatioship and fantastic teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Elgin Academy is a wonderful family community that has a great atmosphere for children to grow and learn. Wonderful teachers and teaching methods.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
It's a small school that averages about 15 students to each teacher. The teachers are there because they love what they do and not for the paycheck. Many of them not only teach but volunteer as coaches.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
I was provided an interactive education where I was allowed and pushed to examine and develop my thinking, writing and pereptual skills in all academic as well as social areas. In this small, attentive environment I blossomed socially and academically and felt challenged.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Small class sizes, and excellent teachers that love what they do -- Mr. Kidston, Mr. Shearer, Ms. Merrill, Ms. Stillmank, Mr. Dwyer, just to name a few!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 23, 2009
The small classrooms and high caliber, caring, and commited faculty make EA one of the best.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 23, 2009
It's a great place to learn. A great place for sport. A great place for making friends. Small learning environment gives emphasis and focus on the student.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 23, 2009
Perfect size classes for deep learning and complete subject knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
It provide me with an excellent education with small classes and very outstanding faculty.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Elgin Academy is a rare school, where the teachers and faculty truly care about the students. Their goal is to help the student fulfill their maximum potential through maximum challenge and support. No other school can really compare.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
Small classes, many opportunities, great student-teacher interaction! -EA Class of 2005

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 23, 2009
School community was like an extended family, great interaction with teachers, challenging coursework and engaging classroom discussions.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
It has the greatest teachers and traditions!

- submitted by a student
no rating October 17, 2009
Excellent and caring faculty and administration, excellent academics and focus on each individual student - very happy and appreciative to be at Elgin Academy

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Elgin Academy is an outstanding place for students and parents due to its caring and nurturing administration and teachers. The highly challenging curriculum, individualized student attention and co-curricular activities are reflected as the student grows and gains social and academic confidence. We are very proud EA parents! We truly believe that our university sophomore s placement was not only due to our student s hard work and dedication but it s attributed to the hard work and effort of EA and its mission to work through the process as a collaborative effort between faculty, student and parents. Furthermore, the growth, confidence and excitement of our younger students is truly rewarding and attributed to EA s philosophy of enabling and challenging students to try things that they wouldn t have imagined. Thank you EA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
I love EA because of the small class sizesand the top education my son receives. The teachers are of excellent quality and they really care about the kids. I like the whole EA community it's been an awesome experience for my family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Great teachers, great students, welcoming environment, students encouraged to stretch to their potential...

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Elgin Academy has a diverse and inclusive community of staff and students. My daughter is fascinated by the curriculum and she loves her teacher! What more could you ask for!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
We love the atmosphere and the small class size. My kids love having music, art and french class every week. It is a team approach to learning with the teachers and parents working together to create the best learning environment for the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I love Elgin Academy because my daughter has grown tremendously since enrolling there last year. She is being challenged daily and her mind is definately being stimulated. Everyone at Elgin Academy welcomed her with open arms and made her feel like she had been there forever!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I love the cultural diversity! There is a constant team effort between faculty and parents to ensure a positive learning environment for the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Elgin Academy is amazing! The creative environment, the dedication of the teachers and staff, and the overall positive atmosphere of the school -- you simply must come to see for yourself. Students are given every opportunity to blossom and be their best 'self.' I highly recommend Elgin Academy to anyone who wants the very best academic life for their child!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
The teachers! The classes! The organized approach to problem solving. These folks are really plugged in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Great community with strong support from parents and teachers where everyone is looking out for each other, and students are allowed to be themselves and to stretch themselves academically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Small class sizes and a caring environment. Rich in arts, academics, and community service.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
EA has small classes and a terrific learning environment for all students, but the teachers are the jewels in the schools crown. The faculty makes Elgin Academy the outstanding place for an academically challenging college prep education it is.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 14, 2009
Tremendous administrators following the time tested mission of developing the ful potential of each student. We're so happy we're here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Love this school! This is our 2nd year there and we couldn't have found more devoted and caring teachers. Everyone including teachers, staff and parents are involved daily. I have never seen anything like it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
A great school that begins in the early childhood years with a solid, well thought out early childhood curriculum and continues up though the grades. Top notch!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I really like the teacher to student ratio along with the availability of the instructors.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Faculty & Staff are great! Class sizes are small! Academically challenging with excellent college-prep courses. Students given every opportunity to have what they need to succeed in life. Family environment with Pre-School thru 12th grade students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 12, 2009
Our school is all about relationships from three years old through high school. The teachers, administrators and parents are all in it together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Caring, talented teachers, and great students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2009
We transferred our son to EA from a highly rated but over crowded public school district and have no regrets. He was much happier to be in a smaller class where he could participate in class discussions and have his questions answered. The teachers and staff are without a question dedicated, caring and very competent. It's a family atmosphere, where parents are welcome to be involved and part of our child's educational experience. How refreshing to go into a conference and listen to a teacher who actually knows our son! This school is a hidden gem.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
The Academy has deteriorated in many ways. The lower and middle schools have suffered in the quality of their teachers. Their admission standards are lower than they have ever been, and the academic standards are consequently lower. Poor leadership is evident, and the curriculum has been watered down. The average class size is the same, but one might now wish to ask hard questions about who is in the class, who is teaching it, and what is being taught??

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
This year, of all years, the tuition for the Academy begs the question: 'is it worth it?' The answer is a definitive yes. The average class size of 15, coupled with the most dedicated teachers you could ask for is just the beginning of being a member of the community that is Elgin Academy. Fine arts such as art and music, as well as physical education and foreign language are a priority at EA, rather than requirement. Starting in preschool students become members of this diverse community which provides interaction between and among kids from age three to eighteen. These things in addition to a comprehensive curriculum truly dedicated to providing opportunities for critical thinking, independence, and worldly respect are what make EA the perfect school for my children.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2008
Elgin Academy no longer deserves its reputation. Their admission standards have suffered, resulting in a lower academic standard in curriculum and student ability. The faculty is not as good as it has been in the past. Their leadership is not very strong, and the school has deteriorated.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
Elgin Academy offers small class sizes and curricular flexibility. Our Middle School boy has been at EA for many years and is flourishing. Highly recommend.

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December 19, 2006
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July 24, 2006
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February 27, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
My son attends PreK at Elgin Academy and he loves it. The academic program is very enriching and everything they learn seems to be through exploring and hands on experience. Wonderful teachers. Good first experience for young children.

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January 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
I think this is clearly the best school around. The small class sizes (12-15 students on average) make it possible for teachers to really know the kids. Academic problems are quickly noticed and corrected in such an environment. When my kids are doing homework, I see my younger daughter helping my older daughter's friends -- because she is being taught material at least a year ahead of the public school. Well worth the cost.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Great educational environment in historic setting. Old Main pre-dates Civil War! Class size 15-16 max. Great teachers. Really helped my 1993 graduate find her self-confidence and areas of interest. Trip week program for upper schoolers to Canada, Montana, etc. effected students individually and as a class unit. My 5th grader has decided science and art are her favorite subjects - diversity and individuality! Negative comment - does not have a band! One of the dad's brought a sax to the field hockey homecoming game and took it upon himself to be the band!

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2004
Elgin Academy is the very best for the money. Elgin public schools are the worst for the amount of tax money we spend for each student. We should have that tax money applied to private schooling. We would get more for our money and probably save money in the end.

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August 26, 2003
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Average SAT scores for the 2011 2012 academic year were as follows: Math 618; Critical Reading 610, and Writing 616. The average ACT score was 26. Two years in a row, the National Merit Scholarship program recognized 3 Elgin Academy seniors. The Class of 2011 had an average SAT score of 1846, much higher than the national average of 1509. Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in the following eight subjects: American history, biology, calculus AB, calculus BC, chemistry, European history, psychology, and studio art. Students may choose to prepare for AP examinations in the following thirteen subjects: comparative government and politics, computer science, English language, English literature, environmental science, French language, French literature, Latin, music theory, physics, Spanish language, Spanish literature, and U.S. government and politics. Honors courses are offered in chemistry and physics. Of the Upper School faculty members, 88 percent hold advanced degrees. 100 percent have at least five years of teaching experience, and 92 percent have at least fifteen years of teaching experience. Elgin Academy is accredited by ISACS and is a proud member of the following associations: NAIS, ISACS [ISACS Accreditation Certificate], LMAIS, ISM, ICNS, CAPE, IHSA, and the Cum Laude Society. One hundred percent of Academy graduates are admitted to four-year colleges, with most students admitted to highly selective colleges and universities (as classified by U.S. News & World Report). Sports offered to both girls and boys include basketball, cross-country, golf, soccer, tennis, track, and volleyball; girls’ field hockey is offered as well. A long list of extracurricular options includes Model United Nations, Chinese language classes, mathematics and science competitions, musical and theatrical productions, formal and informal dances, Chess Club, Outdoor Club, Mock Trial, Improvisational Theatre, National Honor Society, and Student Government. There are also several courses to choose from in the Academy’s Accelerated Program with the Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development. Community service opportunities include an annual service trip to volunteer at an orphanage in the Dominican Republic. In order to keep Elgin Academy diversified, 198 need-based scholarships are awarded, the value totaling over $1,600,000. Financial aid grants can help cover the tuition cost. To start the admissions process, prospective families should request an information packet by completing the online inquiry form. For international admissions information, international students should e-mail the Admissions Office directly at admissions@elginacademy.org.

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Elgin Academy
350 Park St, Elgin, IL  60120
(847) 695-0303
Last modified Elgin Academy is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Elgin Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top