Elgin Academy

Preschool through grade 12 on the hill in downtown Elgin.

Active Learning

Not that long ago, school mostly meant a teacher passing down facts and information to students in rows. Today, when the internet makes every fact, from state capitals to the dates of the Chinese Revolution just a click away, how should a school respond?

At Elgin Academy, we make learning active. Our teachers count on our students to not just know the content, but to work with it, apply it, test it, and ultimately build upon it. That’s why you see project-based learning at every level of our school, and why our students don’t live in an ivory tower, but take their learning out into the world.

We believe projects and demonstrations become the best way not just to prove knowledge, but to trigger nuanced application. To innovate. And to anticipate the next question far in advance. That’s how we prepare students for the evolving world they’re about to inherit.

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