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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.

We help each student discover and pursue her emerging passions and interests—which can run the gamut from environmental science to social justice, international relations to sports medicine to videography— and our teachers, who know her exceedingly well, also know just how to inspire her to new heights. We closely follow—and, when needed, guide—her amazing progression from curious, wide-eyed preschooler to poised, articulate senior ready to make her mark on the world.

And just as we insist our classes unfold as vivid conversations rather than rote lectures, we invite you into a conversation about how your family might fit at Elgin Academy. By far the best way to get that all- important feel for us is through a visit and a tour, which you can arrange through our Admission Office.

Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit more about EA. We hope to meet you soon.

A Letter to the Elgin Academy Community
I hope you have had a restorative summer and that you are ready to begin the 2017 - 2018 school year. As always during the summer months, our maintenance staff and administrators have been busy preparing for the exciting year that lies ahead.

We are happy to share that the classrooms in North Hall and Sears Hall have been equipped with window unit air conditioners. We know that this will improve the learning environment for lower and middle school students on warm weather days. I would like to thank the generous donors, both those who have helped to make this possible, and those who have generously donated to our future plans to make improvements. We look forward to the chance to celebrate them publicly in the near future. Although Edwards Hall remains without air conditioning, please know that we have a plan to move classes to the Rider Center in extreme heat. In addition, we continue planning and fundraising for classroom renovations that will benefit students in each building. Air conditioning Edwards Hall will be part of that project.

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How to be Successful in High School: Don't Fear Failure

The following remarks were given at the 8th Grade Graduation on June 5, 2017.

My name is Doug Sept, and as the Upper School Director at Elgin Academy is my pleasure to welcome you to the Upper School tonight.

Elgin Academy Class of 2021, it has been an honor for me to join you and those around you tonight in applauding all of your significant accomplishments. We are excited to welcome you to the Upper School in August. We know that among you are artists, intellectuals, athletes, community servants, and good friends. You will fit right into our Upper School, which is filled with students ready to welcome you to their community and faculty who are looking forward to guiding you in the next four years.

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Congratulations Jonathan Cruz

Rising Senior Commits to NIU Baseball

Jonathan Cruz, '18, An EA baseball standout, has committed to play college baseball at Northern Illinois University. Jonathan has been a key contributor to EA's baseball program and has been instrumental in taking the team to ISL Regional titles in 2016 and 2017.

EA Coach Steven Shapiro had this to say about Cruz's recruitment to NIU, "Congrats to Jonathan! He will be a great addition to NIU as he was at Elgin Academy. Cruz, is a great example of how hard work both in the books and on field pays off. His "lead by example" leadership has taken EA to the top of the mountain of IHSA baseball. I look forward to his continued success at NIU!"
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Tuesday Tours

Take a 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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