My son attended this school between ages 2-4. While some of the teachers are truly wonderful, you have to beware of getting a teacher who lacks compassion or empathy. I was constantly pulled aside and being told that my son was problematic. Poor listening, getting up during circle time, and not participating during activities were cited as issues. The teacher at that time was reluctant to listen to my input, and kept insisting my son needed special intervention. Even when I had him evaluated by an outside source, and was told there was nothing wrong, this teacher did not stop her negative comments. She rarely praised him and was rude to me at times. We placed him in a different preschool after that and he did perfectly well. He had no problems whatsoever. I think some of the teachers are great and compassionate, but some are not. I wish I had pulled him out sooner.
We had a rough experience at Elmhurst Academy. To start, during our initial interview, we were told by the administrators that the classes hold school outside as much as possible, even in raining/snowing conditions. This is exactly what we were looking for. Several months later, during a 30 degree day that was snowing, I asked how the kids liked being outside during the snow. The response was unnerving. I was told it was too cold outside today so they were only out there for a few minutes. So there seems to be a policy that is told to the parents and another internal policy that the teachers adhere to. The class room that my child was in was extremely small, especially with all the kids in there. I was ok with that at first since I was told the kids are outside a lot. Not ok with that if the kids have to be inside all day. Being lied to (or misled) by a school is a really hard thing to come to grips with. I really expect that I can fully trust a school to be honest. I very strongly suggest avoiding this school. Considering the high price of this school, trust me, you will not be getting what you pay for, no matter what you are told.
Fantastic! I have had three children attend EA and wish they continued past kindergarten. No other school compares (and I have been searching) We are indebted to the experience at Elmhurst Academy. It is truly a magical place to learn
Smoke and mirrors - beware. Refreshing, inviting, the perfect place for your child...or so one might think. If/when things go bad, they go down hill rapidly. The owner does believe in her school. She is quite comfortable putting down any opinion that is not in line with hers (or her instructors should I say) about your child and all but inviting you to leave. I was the happiest of happy parents when things were going well - but one disagreement showed me what was really behind the curtain and opened up lots of dialog to reveal that many other parents feel the same. Good luck breaking through the click of existing parents...if you get in you are golden...if not, forget about it!
I have been part of the Elmhurst Academy family for over 10 years, as I've had two children go attend there. My youngest is now in 3rd grade and continues to receive high level grades and is now placed in the gifted program. This is due to the extraordinary education they had at Elmhurst Academy. I have received countless recommendations to this school by everyone I know in Elmhurst. It is by far the best. A++
This is a wonderful school. I specifically chose it for the Reggio Emilia approach. Yes, the administrative staff can be a bit stuffy at times, but the teachers and the whole educational approach is great. And, in the end, it's the teachers that you and your children deal with on a day to day basis.
This is one of few schools that use the Reggio Emilia philosophy. The Executive Director took me on a tour and was impressed at her knowledge and expertise. The school grounds are beautiful and the aspect on nature is best for all children. I could not find this type of education anywhere else. My son started over a year ago and is truly receiving the best educational experience.
My daughter just graduated from the kindergarten class at Elmhurst Academy and have to comment on how well educated she is. If you want your child educated at a gifted level, this school compares to no other. She is reading at a second grade level and marked very high in math. They study government, greek mythology, French and Spanish. The school even has the students learn tai chi and yoga. The art program is fantastic and the outdoor garden areas you will not find at another school. Not sure where she is going to go from here, wish they went up through 8th grade! She's really had the best start at Elmhurst Academy. The staff is excellent. The school and the classrooms are beautiful.
I would give this school higher marks if it wasn't for the owner. She is as a previous person said condescending and unprofessional at times. I try to avoid her at all costs. When I can do that I love this school. The teachers are fabulous and the children love to learn because of it. The teachers obviously love what they do and they love kids. I do not think anything else in Elmhurst compares. When I see what my children can do, they are definitely more advanced than other kids their age. This school is not rigid or uniform in any way that I have see in the years I have had kids here. They let the students learn in their own way but with some guidance from the teachers. All of these things are a blessing. If they could just get a new owner, or if she would just have someone else as the administrator and she is a silent partner the school would be 5 stars
There were some positive aspects of this school, but they did not outweigh the disappointing aspects. The owner was unprofessional and condesending. The processes and procedures are rigid, not just organized and uniform as needed when educating a group of children, but rigid, unyielding an draconian. Some of the extra programs they brought in for summer programs were good. Otherwise, it was a negative experience for my son and me. He still comments when we drive by - "I never want to go back there mommy."