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Middle School

Connecting newfound passion with newly honed ability

We believe the middle school years mark the momentous time when students are physically, emotionally, and intellectually mature and capable enough to pursue learning at a level far deeper than before.

Our fifth through eighth grade students benefit from robust programs provided by caring educators that help them realize and fulfill their potential.

Starting in fifth grade, project-based learning invites students into hands-on collaboration with their peers and teachers. Middle School students also sign up for far-ranging co-curriculars including a variety of athletic options, a theater production, and more. Along the way, students meet daily in their small advisory groups, a hallmark of our supportive community, and assume more responsibility for shaping their own learning as a part of their Learning Plan conferences.


Doug Sept

Assistant Head of School for Academic Affairs

“EA’s strong academic program is a differentiator, but not as much as it used to be. What makes EA different is what is happening within those courses. They are collaborative in nature and not as teacher centric. When our Middle and Upper School students are in a class, they are expected to be active participants. We teach and mold them to learn what that means: advocate for themselves, share thoughts, develop communication skills.”

Meet Our Middle School Faculty & Staff

“We found some wonderful teachers who were caring, engaging, and personalized. You know those once-in-a-lifetime teachers you get? At EA, we got them multiple times.”

Parent of an EA Graduate

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Jennifer Starling

Jennifer Starling

Multisensory Math-PEAK
BA, Brandon University
MA, University of Calgary.

I am really excited to be a part of the Elgin Academy teaching community. It is definitely a community of knowledgeable teachers who genuinely care about the education and well-being of their students and this is why I feel confident and really happy about having my own child attend EA.
-Jennifer Starling

Gwyneth Turner

Gwyneth Turner

Middle School Social Studies, MS Cross Country Varsity Coach
BA, University of Chicago

In my classroom, studying history isn't about memorizing names and dates, it's about understanding how change happens over time. This understanding helps students grow into change-makers with the ability to think deeply and realistically about what change could look like in the future.
-Gwyneth Turner

Brian Wrightson

Brian Wrightson

Lower, Middle, & Upper School Music
MM Ed, VanderCook College of Music
BS, Elmhurst College

Music students should learn how to become independent musicians, and lifelong music lovers. My personal goal is to impart my knowledge and enthusiasm for music in the students I have been given the privilege to teach.
-Brian Wrightson