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.


scolastic bowl team

Elgin Academy’s Scholastic Bowl Team hosted the Masonic Academic Bowl sectional, competing against five other teams. Going 4-1, EA finished 2nd after a hard-fought loss. Congratulations to team members Michael Xu, Teddy Ellis, Christopher Perez, Reece Zonts, Taylor Bundrant, Joseph Hargrave, Ryan Knight, Johnathan Vogt, Tommy Guyett, and Madhu Mannivanan. Their next match is at the NAQT State Championship in Urbana on February 29th.

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EA's BOB Team

Congratulations to Elgin Academy's Battle of the Books Team on a “Perfect 90” at Meet 5! You all did a fantastic job! The "Perfect 90" reflects your hard work and preparation. Reading, learning authors and illustrators, attending and participating in practices, and your teamwork is evident at every Battle. We are proud of you!

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Computer Science Students Encrypt/Decrypt Code

In Mr. Kidston's Introduction to Computer Science, students created a simulation of an e-commerce transaction through an encryption/decryption process.

The students completed the math portion by hand (because the numbers they were calculating were too large for a calculator) and used algorithms that resemble what really happens when you buy something through Amazon. Each student created their own secret code, encrypted it and sent it to Mr. Kidston. He did the same back to them. If successful they will be able to decipher each other's secret code.

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Students Learn to Create and Play on the Piano

Ms. Giebel in the Piano lab...While the 5th and 6th graders are working in the piano lab to re-create a Medieval chant inspired by Guido D'Arezzo, the kindergarten students did some creating and improvising of their own, after learning about Frederic Chopin. Currently, the first grade students are spending most of quarter 3 working through the primer level of the "Piano Adventures" series. It is so important that students of all ages learn, create, and play!

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