Elgin Academy Middle School student at the computer.

mission statement for k12 fine arts school Elgin

Elgin Academy Upper School Students working together.
Preschool Student and teacher in class

local private upper school spurs academic discourse

Two Upper School students working together
Middle School students doing a science experiment.

k12 charter school Cook County provides hands on learning experiences

Upper School Biology students collecting samples in a river.
Upper School Art Students

fine arts junior high school West Dundee allows creative thinking

Lower School Play
Upper School Golfer

independent school West Dundee with numerous sports opportunities

Upper School Baseball Team



Upcoming Events


EA News

Founders' Day

Save the Date!

There are several events planned in February to commemorate Elgin Academy's 180th birthday. Here are some highlights:

February 18th - 22nd - "I HEART EA" Week
A week of celebrating everything we love about EA 
Details to be announced soon

February 19th - Founders’ Day Tea
Sears Gallery, 2:30-5:00 p.m.

February 22nd - Founders’ Day Celebration
Happy Birthday, EA! – All-school morning assembly
Student service projects in the afternoon

Check the website for details.

Read More about Elgin Academy is Celebrating 180 Years of Transforming Lives!

A recent article in Quintessential Barrington magazine captures the essence of the transformative nature of an Elgin Academy education.

Here is an excerpt:

“Families who are willing to invest in their child’s education know that an Elgin Academy education develops the whole child. As a “process school” the focus is on the whole student and his or her interests, not just on academics... Students are encouraged to explore interests outside of school including volunteering and activism, which helps them find their voice. Students are encouraged to think outside the box and to take responsibility for their education.”

If you weren’t already convinced of the value of an Elgin Academy education, you will be after you read the article.



Read More about The Transformative Nature of Elgin Academy
Ms. Kruse Recruits International Students

In December, Katie Kruse, Director of International Studies, spent thirteen days in China recruiting students for the 2019-2020 school year. She discussed the opportunities for international students at Elgin Academy at recruitment fairs in Shanghai, Beijing, and Shenzhen.

Additionally, Ms. Kruse traveled to Chengdu, where administrators at Shuangliu Middle School welcomed her. In an official signing ceremony against a backdrop of nation-state flags, Ms. Kruse, on behalf of Elgin Academy, entered into a sister school relationship with the large school in the Sichuan province.

Ms. Kruse was hired as the Director of International Studies in summer 2018 to advance international enrollment and expand student life for international students.

Read More about Ms. Kruse Recruits International Students
Kindergarteners' Art Displayed Locally

Our Kindergarten class created art in the style of Ezra Jack Keats, the author and illustrator of Snowy Day, a 1962 children's picture book. Keats received the 1963 Caldecott Medal for his illustrations. It features a boy named Peter exploring his neighborhood after the first snowfall of the season. To see our students work visit Arabica Cafe on Douglas Street in downtown Elgin. It's on display through the end of January.

Read More about Kindergarteners' Art Displayed Locally
Anika Jaitley Spells Sumptuous for the Win

Congratulations to this year's Middle School Spelling Bee classroom winners: Mahi Patel, Sebastian Mercado, Vamika Sanjay, Lillian Dirickson, Rahul Gowda, Ryan Zonts, Anika Jaitley, and Hailey Poziombka. On Monday, December 10th, before an audience of their peers, they competed in the Middle School Spelling Bee. Eighth-grader, Anika Jaitley correctly spelled sumptuous to win first place. The runner-up was sixth grader, Vamika Sanjay.

Read More about Anika Jaitley Spells Sumptuous for the Win
Illinois State Scholars Announced

Congratulations to Elgin Academy's Illinois State Scholars-Kristina Beligratis, Madigan Boborci, Neha Karna, Ethan Martin, and Leeann Rao. These exceptional students rank in approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors in Illinois and are chosen each year based on a combination of exemplary ACT or SAT test scores and sixth-semester class rank. Each year approximately 20 percent of the senior class are recognized as Illinois State Schools.

Read More about Illinois State Scholars Announced