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Upper School

#14 Private High School in Illinois

Pursuing Excellence in All We Do

Our Upper School provides a supportive, values-aligned community where all students have access to robust programs that help them realize and fulfill their potential. 

By the time they graduate, Hilltoppers are:
- Secure in their abilities
- Disciplined in their thinking
- Creative in their collaboration
- Compassionate toward others
- Dedicated to achieving their goals

To provide a holistic education, we combine high academic standards with expectations for involvement in the arts and sports in an environment where it is just as important to learn from failure as it is to flourish.

Nearly 100% of our graduates matriculate to their desired college or university to cultivate their interests, pursue meaningful careers, and make a positive impact on the world. 

“When my kids go to college, they will be fully prepared. And when they get out into the world, they will be able to write well, fend for themselves, and advocate for themselves.”

Current EA Parent

Meet Our Upper 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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Stephanie Metzler

Stephanie Metzler

Upper School Spanish
MA, Illinois State University
BA, Illinois State University

By studying the history, language and heritage of others, we begin to appreciate all that we have in common, rather than focus on that which divides us. It is my opinion that the spirit of the lesson is as important as the information presented, and if I can get the material to touch the hearts of my students, it has the power to change their lives.
-Stephanie Metzler

Renee Nealis

Renee Nealis

Upper School & Middle School Spanish
BA, Saint Xavier University

I love to teach! Spanish language and culture have been a big part of my life and I invite my students to explore the beauty in them in my class. Elgin Academy has been an amazing place to teach at. I love getting to know each of my students and belonging to such a close knit community. My goal for my students is for them to appreciate another culture and language to its fullest!
-Renee Nealis

Kazuyo Noda

Kazuyo Noda

Upper School Math
BA, Concordia University

I hope to see students achieve their own potential and become better versions of themselves. By developing their intellectual curiosity, moral character, and social responsibility I want to nurture the students to become well-rounded individuals.
- Kazuyo Noda

Valeria Saavedra

Valeria Saavedra

Upper School Videography Instructor
BA, Columbia College, Chicago