Academic News


Driver's Education Coming to EA Fall 2018

In the fall, a local state certified driving school, will offer teen driver's education courses and behind the wheel training at Elgin Academy. The after-school, fee-based program will consist of 15 two-hour classroom sessions (one per week) along with individually scheduled appointments for driving practice. 

The instructor will be Upper School teacher, Susie Howe. Classes will begin the week after Labor Day and conclude by Winter Break. Future sessions for Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and beyond are also being  planned. More information will be forthcoming this summer.



Joyce's Driving School,

n the fall, Joyce's Driving School, a local state certified driving school, will offer teen driver's education courses and behind the wheel training at Elgin Academy. The after-school, fee-based program will consist of 15 two-hour classroom sessions (one per week) along with individually scheduled appointments for driving practice. 

The instructor will be Upper School teacher, Susie Howe. Classes will begin the week after Labor Day and conclude by Winter Break. Future sessions for Spring 2019, Summer 2019, and beyond are also being  planned. More information will be forthcoming this summer.

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Frist Graders on stage

Every year, in the spring, first grade students present a play. The play is a culminating project for the young students as they are called to apply and incorporate all that they have learned throughout the year. The students actually write and perform two plays. They use their fundamental skills in reading and writing to work collaboratively and creatively on the scripts as well as choose their props and costumes. They even opened their performance with a song that was written for the plays in their music class.

The first play was about the U.S. President whose plane has to make an emergency landing in Brazil while on route to South Africa. The second play featured explorers who steal a beautiful crystal from a museum only to have it stolen from them as well.

Great job, first graders and Ms. Collins!

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newly inducted members of the National Honor Society

Congratulations to the newly inducted members of the National Honor Society. Inducted students have demonstrated enthusiasm for scholarship, service, leadership, and outstanding character. 

Senior - Xinran (Merlinda) Liu

Juniors - Yumei (Candace) Feng, Jack Peak, Katie Peak, Lauryn Yost

Sophomores - Cameron Agno, Ashley Gordon, Danielle LaVigne, Caelinn Leahy, Claire Noland, Arman Pabani, Christopher Perez, Raphae Sami, Elizabeth Sporina, and Jaden Tabak.

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Students playing homemade instruments

The Lower School concluded the 2018 Immersion study of Australia with a half-day of celebratory fun. Students and teachers met on the campus lawn for a variety of activities conducted by parent volunteers and faculty. Students had the chance to draw on the knowledge they had accumulated about the country and culture of Australia over the last three weeks.

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Student picking up trash

The Environmental Club organized a week full of events dedicated to environmental awareness and conservation. During Advisory on Monday, students played charades using sustainability related terms. On Tuesday, advisories competed in a Recycling Relay to accurately sort waste. Wednesday featured a can drive to collect aluminum for recycling. Thursday students gathered in advisory groups again to play an enviro-quiz challenge. Activities for the week ended with students taking a "pledge" to treat the environment well.

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WYSE State Champs

Meet the 2018 WYSE State Champions! The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) team competed on Wednesday against 35 other schools in their division on the campus of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

They took tests in the fields of Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering Graphics, English, and Physics. The team placed 1st overall!

 Individual medals were awarded in the following categories:

  • Biology - 5th Sharene Gould Dulabaum
  • Chemistry - 1st Haolin Liu, 2nd Karan Gowda, 3rd Candace Feng, 4th Neha Karna
  • Computer Science - 1st Ben Simon. 2nd Pranav Sai, 3rd Simon Balisi
  • Mathematics - 2nd Simon Balisi, 3rd Haolin Liu, 5th Ben Simon
  • Physics - 3rd (tie) Richard Zhang and Prudhvie Gudapati 


Additional WYSE members include: Madigan Boborci, Connor Jaworski and Danielle LaVigne. Congratulations to all competitors and to sponsor Jorge Sanchez on an outstanding season!

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Seventh-graders Hisham Shirazi (left) and Kyle Saurer (right)

Congratulations to our Middle School winners in the Elgin Elks Lodge #3737 Americanism Essay Contest. The contest was open to 5th through 8th-graders across the country. 

Seventh-graders Hisham Shirazi and Kyle Saurer won 1st and 2nd place respectively, for their excellent essays on the prompt Why Our Veterans Are America's Heroes. Kyle's essay also placed 2nd for the North District Elks Association.

Their essays can be read on the blog. Click HERE.

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tudents cook and then sampled a traditional Australian soup

Lower School Immersion is underway with a study of the land down under!  This week students began participating in mix-grade level workshops for innovative lessons about many facets of Australia. For example, in one classroom students learned about the Great Barrier Reef and then began building a reef of their own from egg cartons, while in another classroom, under the supervision of a teacher, students cooked and then sampled a traditional Australian soup. In still another class, the students were making ceremonial rain sticks. There is so much to learn. It's a good thing Immersion lasts a few weeks!

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Another National History Bee Winner!

Congratulations to 7th grade student, Krish Patel, who also qualified for the Regional History Bee competition at Fenton High School in Bensenville during Spring Break. Due to a conflict with that date, Krish competed in a Regional History Bee competition in Detroit, Michigan and placed in the top eight.

He will be moving on to compete at the National History Bee competition in Atlanta, Georgia this May 31st - June 3rd with our other two previously announced middle school winners, Tommy Guyett and Jonathan Vogt.

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