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Elgin Academy

Private | PK-12 | 462 students

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $91,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 7, 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


Posted 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


Posted May 3, 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


Posted March 4, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted February 1, 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


Posted 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


Posted January 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted November 4, 2009

Challenging curriculum, nurturing environment with staff dedicated to their profession and devoted to their students academic and civic development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

Good academics, great atmosphere, wonderful teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

The faculty sincerely care about each child's education and health.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2009

Great Teachers, Great Environment, Caring Staff and Great Families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2009

It is a wonderful school for students and parents. There is a strong sense of community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 76% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 4%
Black 4% 18%
Hispanic 4% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

College readiness and student pathways

Colleges most students attend after graduation Kettering University
George Washington University
Depaul
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
Spanish
Latin
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Merit Scholarship (2009)
  • American History Essay (2010)
  • Daily Herald Fox Valley Academic Team (2011)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Dr. John W. Cooper
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (847) 695-5017

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Accelerated credit learning
  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Honors track
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Science
  • Technology
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Security personnel
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Visiting teachers or lecturers from colleges
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Chamber music
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Theory
  • Vocal lessons / coaching
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Yearbook
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Parent association, athletic booster club, patrons of the arts, alumni association
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • 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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350 Park St
Elgin, IL 60120
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