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Elgin Academy celebrated its 161st Commencement on Saturday, June 3rd. The sun shone brightly (for the first time in three years) on the thirty-eight graduates of the Class of 2017. Commencement speaker Roma Khanna '96 encouraged the graduates to make life choices that take them down uncharted paths. Valedictorian Amelia Deering told her classmates that "believing in yourself despite setbacks and failures is hard work, but once you are certain of your abilities there is nothing you can't do. "

We wish all our graduates well in their future endeavors. They go forth as productive, conscientious, and mindful young people who continue to hone their understanding of world and self--a lifelong process that stands as the abiding gift of their Elgin Academy Education.

Summer hours are in effect from June 8th through August 24th.

Elgin Academy is running reduced office hours for the summer from June 8th - August 24th. In addition, offices will be closed the week of July 3rd to July 7th and on Fridays in July.

If you wish to meet with a particular administrator, please call ahead and make an appointment, as individual vacation schedules vary from the posted summer office hours.

Daily Office Hours:

  • Open: 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Closed for Lunch: 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Open: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Offices are Closed:

  • July 3-7 (Monday through Friday)
  • July 14 (Friday)
  • July 21 (Friday)
  • July 28 (Friday)
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8th Grade Graduation is a Celebratory Affair

Congratulations to our thirty students who graduated from eighth grade on Monday, June 5th in a ceremony in the Kimball Street Theatre in the Rider Center. Recent Upper School graduate Maisy Feeley, the 2017 Salutatorian, returned to campus to address the graduates. She urged the students to accept failure as part of the normal cycle of life, and to face failure as a learning tool. Emma Smiley delivered a spirited speech to her classmates, reflecting on middle school years and happily anticipating Upper School.

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Varsity Baseball Wins Regional Title

Congratulations to the Varsity Baseball team! The boys are the 2017 IHSA Class 1A Regional Champs after defeating Westminster Christian Academy last Saturday. The win advanced the Hilltoppers to Sectionals, where they finished out their season with a tough loss to Somonauk High School. We are proud of the team and Coach Shapiro and his staff! They had a great Season. In addition to the Regional title, they are the ISL Conference Champions.

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Welcome Wednesdays

Take a "Welcome Wednesday" tour of our campus to see teachers and students in action as they engage in active learning, and to meet with our Director of Admission. Click here to register in advance.

Admission Campus Preview Days

Admission Campus Preview Days are held throughout the year to provide interested students and their parents with an opportunity to learn more about Elgin Academy. You will be provided with a tour of campus, a formal overview of Elgin Academy, and the opportunity to speak informally with faculty, staff, current parents, and students. Check out our next Admission Event. Click here.

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About Elgin Academy

Why taking learning personally matters to your child.

As an intentionally small school, understanding the feel of Elgin Academy—our campus and our classrooms, yes, but primarily our people and our pedagogy—is vastly important to you as a prospective family.

Here, taking learning personally is more than a credo—it defines our promise to each and every student and family who calls EA home.

Our classes remain small to ensure we know, listen, and respond to the voice of every child. Instead of finding cracks to fall through, our students cement relationships that build character, bravery, discipline, and trust over their time here.

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