Elgin Academy

Preschool through grade 12 on the hill in downtown Elgin.

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Application Procedures

Elgin Academy will continue to accept applications as long as space is available in our classrooms. Enrollment is based upon space availability. We strongly urge you to begin the admission application process one year in advance to allow sufficient time to process all necessary paperwork, and to provide you with the best chance for an opening in your desired grade level.

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Upper School

Upper School Application Process (Grades 9-12)

1. Submit the online application, including the $50 application fee.

2. Submit two teacher Recommendation forms.
  • One recommendation from an English teacher, and one from a Math teacher.
  • Download the English and Math recommendation forms.

3. Complete the Release of Records form and send to the applicant’s current school.

4. Schedule a shadow day by calling the Admission Office at 847-695-0303.

5. Register to take the ISEE exam at Elgin Academy.

  • Applicants entering grades 5-12 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).
  • ISEE testing will take place at Elgin Academy. Please contact the Admission Office to make an individual appointment to take the exam.


Application materials, testing and visit must be completed by the January 15th deadline.

Middle School

Middle School Application Process (Grades 5-8)

1. Submit the online application, including the $50 application fee.

2. Submit two teacher Recommendation forms.
  • One recommendation from an English teacher, and one from a Math teacher.
  • Download the English and Math recommendation forms.

3. Complete the Release of Records form and send to the applicant’s current school.

4. Schedule a shadow day by calling the Admission Office at 847-695-0303.

5. Register to take the ISEE exam at Elgin Academy.

  • Applicants entering grades 5-12 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE).
  • ISEE testing will take place at Elgin Academy, please contact the admission office to make an individual appointment to take the exam.


Application materials, testing and visit must be completed by the January 15th deadline.

Lower School

Lower School Application Process (Grades K-4)

1. Submit the online application, including the $50 application fee.

2. Submit a teacher Recommendation form.

3. Complete the Release of Records form and send to the applicant’s current school or day care.

4. Schedule classroom visit and a screening interview by calling the Admission Office at 847-695-0303.


Application materials, testing and visit must be completed by the January 15th deadline.

Early Childhood

Early Childhood Application Process

Preschool (age 3) and Prekindergarten (age 4)

1. Submit the online application, including the $50 application fee.

2. Submit a teacher Recommendation form, if applicable.

3. Complete the Release of Records form and send to the applicant’s current school or day care, if applicable.

4. Schedule classroom visit and a screening interview by calling the Admission Office at 847-695-0303.


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