Elgin Academy

Preschool through grade 12 on the hill in downtown Elgin.

When students graduate from Elgin Academy 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.

Whether a child starts their Academy journey in Preschool or Upper School or somewhere in between, we guide our students to be prepared for what lies ahead.

Hilltoppers are:

  • secure in themselves
  • disciplined in their thinking
  • creative in their collaboration
  • compassionate toward others
  • dedicated in their efforts
Lower, Middle, and Upper School students develop the qualities of a Hilltopper under the guidance of dedicated faculty and administrators. As students of all divisions become comfortable contributing as thinkers and doers in school and community, the key characteristics of Hilltoppers emerge.




A Portrait of an Elgin Academy Hilltopper

Valerie (Val) Scimeca

Elgin Acadmeny 2016
Stanford 2020

With her stellar record of grades, service, and leadership, Val distinguished herself as an excellent student and exceptional member of the Elgin Academy community. A faculty member described her as “every teacher’s dream student--bright, disciplined, hard-working, confident, and unfailingly upbeat and enthusiastic.” Val, who was enrolled as a kindergartner, was consistently the kind of student who worked well as part of a group, was always willing to listen to other people's’ views, and was not only willing but eager to take on leadership roles. Her leadership roles are too numerous to detail, but it should be noted that they extended beyond Elgin Academy to include state and national opportunities with the Junior Classical League.

My Elgin Academy education was the single greatest gift my parents could have ever given me. Yes, it's about the experiences I had here, but more so it's about who I've become as a result. That is the greatest gift.

Elgin Academy is a college preparatory school—having equipped me with understanding and confidence as I embark on my time at Stanford University—but it is so much more. I am prepared for every aspect of life, not only academic. Every building block of an education—the class style, the curriculum, the environment, the culture—boils down to the people that comprise it. I believe that is what makes the Elgin Academy education so distinguished: the people.

The two most critical pieces of my education were the faculty I was influenced by and the students who surrounded me. It is easy to learn from teachers who not only know you well, but know how you learn best. They are able to tailor each student's individual education. Being surrounded by contemplative students is equally as inspiring. Inadvertently, we motivate each other. To be surrounded by hard-working, critically-thinking peers not only improved my experience but also enhanced the curriculum and the opportunities that arose from it.

I am exceedingly grateful for my parents' decision to enroll me at Elgin Academy. I was presented with innumerable resources and opportunities during my time here, but the paramount benefit does not disappear after graduation. It is the lasting gift of who I have become.” Val Scimeca ‘16



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