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State of the School

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that the current school year, our 185th, will be the final year of Elgin Academy. Despite the tremendous efforts of the Board, school leadership and other dedicated community members to find a path forward, we have recently determined that our model of an independent Preschool through 12th grade school is no longer sustainable in Elgin. The Board of Trustees has voted that the school will close at the end of the 2023-2024 school year.  

We understand that with this sad news there will be many questions. We have created a Frequently Asked Questions document in anticipation of some of those questions. In the FAQ you can learn more about the challenging landscape independent schools are facing, the strategic discussions the Board of Trustees has engaged in, and efforts they have made over the last decade to try to develop a financially sustainable path for our beloved school. In addition, the FAQ shares more specific details for current families and Alumni. 

For now, we resolve to remain focused on giving our students the Elgin Academy experience that they love and that you expect. We will continue to work diligently in service of our mission to inspire students to become our creative, courageous and compassionate future. We will do so by preserving our close-knit community built on a culture of trust, respect and compassion, by observing cherished EA events and traditions right through graduation, and by staying in the moment and allowing your children to keep on learning, doing, and being who they are—Elgin Academy Hilltoppers. We owe nothing less to our students, to our faculty and staff, to the over 5000 EA graduates, and to the thousands of parents who have given their time, resources, and love to honor this great institution and its remarkable history. 


School Fair & Prospective School Information

Thank you to the many EA families who attended the School Fair this past weekend. With over 45 schools represented we hope this was a good opportunity to have face-to-face conversations with admissions representatives and learn more about the schools. 

Moving forward we have created a prospective school information page on EA's website for families to visit to learn about upcoming open houses, testing, and shadow days. We have asked all the schools who attended the Fair to keep us updated on their upcoming Admissions Events. Please feel free to reach out to Bonita Goist in the EA  Admissions office if you have any questions or would like help with your search.

You can find admission event details for the following school on the Prospective School Information page of our website.

  • St. John's Northwestern - open house on December 15th
  • Westminster Christian School - preview night on February 5th or April 15th
  • Wolcott College Prep - in-person coffee and tour on December 14th and Virtual "Coffee" Zoom on January 17th
  • Harvest Christian Academy - online informational session on December 13th 
  • Montessori Pathways School - open house on March 2nd, April 6th, or May 4th
  • Saint Viator High School - exam for current 8th graders on December 9th, shadow day and tour information
  • Lake Forest Country Day School - open house on January 23rd and March 6th
  • St. Edward Central Catholic High School - tours and visit day information
  • St. Francis High School - entrance exam on December 12th
Read More about School Fair & Prospective School Information
Elgin Academy in the News

ABC News aired a story on Channel 7 and both the Daily Herald and the Chicago Tribune published articles about Elgin Academy.

Here are the links in case you missed them:

Read More about Elgin Academy in the News
Parent Webinar Recording

A video recording of the parent webinar that took place on Wednesday, November 8th has been posted on the State of the School page of our website. If you missed the webinar please take some time to view the recording.

Please don’t hesitate to email your questions to We are eager to be in conversation with you, so that we can provide information that we hope will support and sustain you as we all navigate this transition for our families. 

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Please don’t hesitate to email your questions. We are eager to be in conversation with you, so that we can provide information that we hope will support and sustain you as we all navigate this transition for our families. 

Media Contact

Bonita Goist
Communications Office
847-695-0300 x 243