Elgin Academy Middle School student at the computer.

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

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

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

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Lower School Play
Upper School Golfer

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Upper School Baseball Team



PEAK on Hilltop


PEAK is geared to accessing the tremendous potential within students who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia.


Introducing PEAon the Hilltop

With the prevalence of language-based learning differences nearing 20 percent of the U.S. population, Elgin Academy has designed an immersive program to meet the educational needs of these students. 

Elgin Academy is the only EC-12 school in the region offering an approach that specifically remediates these language-based learning differences, offering multisensory instruction embedded in a whole-school environment.

We are currently accepting PEAK on the Hilltop applications for the 2022-2023 school year.


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Thank You to Our Donors - Foxes Are on The Hill! 

Thank you to all our donors in our uniquely connected community!The foxes on the hill in the senior knoll honor each of our donors. Your gift to the Hilltopper Fund enables us to be intentional about offering smaller class sizes, flexible and inventive in the classroom, deliberate about holistic education, and conscious about connecting emotions and learning. 

For every gift or pledge made to the Hilltopper Fund through #GivingTuesday on November 29th, we will place a fox on the senior knoll in honor of each of our donors. Make your gift today and help us Top the Hill!


We are so grateful for our donors' support of Elgin Academy. Thank you!

Andrew Kolba
Tim & Jenn Brown
Mr. & Mrs. Bud Mathieu
Craig Pinson
Heather Bragg
Kazuyo Noda
Doug & Andrea Sept
Tanya & Regis Moore
Drew Roling & Jennifer Starling
Bonita Goist
Amy & Dave Criswell
The Anderson Family
Suzy & Brian Ceci
Sue Morton '66 Lloyd
Michael & Maura Knight
Murray Webster, Jr. '59
CME Group Community Foundation
Jennifer Sampson '88
Susan Kennendy
Amy Maly
Frank & Beth Hering
James & Carol Kidston
Katie Schiyer
Kiana McDarrah
Carolyn Dunoon
Mary & Steve Bayer
The Collins Family
Joshua Mettille
Jody Ireland
Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
The Rafkind Family
Stephen VanZandt '63
World Richman
David Huang & Diana Qiu
Susan Anderson
Seth & Desi Hanford
Lloyd "Chip" Fry '71
Donna Bolz
The Panagakis Family

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Frank Hogan HOS  1975-1985

It is with sadness that we are contacting our school community to let you know of the passing of Frank J. Hogan III, Elgin Academy’s Headmaster from 1975-1985.  He died in California on the morning of June 27th surrounded by his family.


Mr. Hogan arrived on our campus at a critical moment in the Academy’s history.  After what had been a particularly turbulent period of time, Mr. Hogan’s decisive leadership was instrumental in raising academic standards, strengthening the sense of school community and spirit, and reinvigorating athletic and co-curricular programs. The quintessential independent school educator, Frank stayed connected to the Academy even after he moved on to become Head at Ransom Everglades School in Florida and the Latin School in Chicago. We were so pleased to be able to welcome him back to campus for our 175th anniversary celebration in 2014.  Mr. Hogan’s wife, Nancy, and their children were all an integral part of the EA community during Frank’s decade-long tenure, and our hearts go out to them as they grieve his loss.  We know that our alumni, past parent, and past faculty communities join us in acknowledging the life of such a remarkable Elgin Academy personality.


Please find below a link to Mr. Hogan’s obituary with details of the funeral arrangements which will take place in Chicago this coming week.



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Northern Minnesota J-Term

Who would guess that nearly 20 students and three teachers would choose to spend 5 days in the cold and snow of Northern Minnesota in January but that's exactly what is happening for the students in Elgin Academy's Northern Minnesota Wilderness Experience. During the January term course and in preparation for their trip north, the students have learned about the history and culture of the Ojibwe tribe (native to the area) and also honed their camping and winter survival skills.

Today in class, students carved and painted sticks they found during a recent field trip to Lord's Park. The sticks were used to play a traditional Ojibwe game of Snow Snake. The decorated sticks are launched down tracks carved in the ice. The straightest traveling stick wins.

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January Term Forensics Class

The January Term Forensics class, students performed DNA analysis utilizing the Electrophoresis machine that was generously donated by EAPA (Elgin Academy Parent Association) to the Science Department in 2020. Electrophoresis machines apply an electric charge to molecules, causing them to migrate towards their oppositely charged electrode. The technique is found in all research and clinical laboratories utilizing DNA and protein applications. And now it can also be found at EA. Very Cool!

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