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 firstname.lastname@example.org.