Academic News

The Transformative Nature of Elgin Academy

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.


PBL Students Present in the Fox Den

On December 6th in the Middle School, student-teams presented their product ideas as part of this year's Project-Based Learning unit. Each team entered "The Fox Den" (think Shark Tank) and presented their products to a panel of "investors." Some of the products presented included: an EA themed board game, scented candles, scented pencils, soap, and scrunchies. Twelve teams will be chosen to produce their products which will be offered for sale at the Product Faire on December 18th. The theme for this year's PBL is Outfoxing Poverty. All proceeds from the sale of products at the Faire will go to KIVA, an organization that helps fund entrepreneurs in underdeveloped countries.

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Addison Lanton Awarded Scholarship

Addison Lanton (7th grade) is joined by her mom, Colette, and Mrs. Veltri at the awards celebration on December 4th where she received a $1,000 college scholarship for her essay on Why the First Amendment Is So Important in My Life. Addison's essay received a second place out of 600 entries across the midwest. Congratulations Addison!

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Dulabaums Share Their Insight on Climate Change

On November 21st in the 5th and 6th grade Science classes, Dr. Dulabaum and Sophie Shanae Gould Dulabaum '22 came to introduce students to the "24 Hours of Reality" discussion. This event was occurring around the globe and tied into the students' unit on plastics and the concept of deplastifying our lives. The students also made bumper stickers and had a tree planted in their name somewhere in the world.

Thank you Dr. Dulabaum and Sophie Shanae for sharing your knowledge with us!

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4th Graders Use Simple Machines

Continuing their unit on simple machines, Ms. Ryan's fourth grade class played host to Mr. Goodman, 4th grade student Delilah's Grandfather, who taught them how to build some pretty cool beds and use simple machines like a screwdriver and screws. The results were amazing. Special thanks to Delilah's Mom, Mrs. Domres and Sarah's Dad, Mr. Buckner as well as Sterling and Ash from the EA Maintenance crew who also helped lend a hand!

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3rd Grader Reads One Million Words

Congratulations to third grader Nickzad who was the first student to read one million words through the Accelerated Reader program. Students take quizzes on the computer based on books they have read, the program tracks the number of words read since August. According to Ms. Boborci, EA’s third grade teacher, Nickzad is a highly motivated reader and has achieved this goal early in this school year!

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