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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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Kyle Spencer

Kyle Spencer

Upper School Mathematics
MSc, University of Edinburgh in Scotland
BA, Hampden-Sydney College

There's an inherent joy in learning that's different for everyone. My goal as a teacher is to help each student find that joy as they grow as both life-long learners and persons.
-Kyle Spencer

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