Frequently Asked Questions


Elgin Academy Application Process

Is there an application deadline?
Elgin Academy offers rolling enrollment until classes reach capacity. Please contact the Admission Office as soon as possible at 847.695.0303 or

What is required as part of the admission application?
We require an application form, previous school transcripts, copies of standardized testing results, recommendations, campus visit/shadow day and an age-appropriate admissions test.

If I am not able to travel to visit the campus, how can I set up an interview?
We accept interviews over Skype and this can be set up by contacting the Admission Office at

What should I expect on a visit day?
Prospective students will experience a typical day in the life of an Elgin Academy student. They are also given time to talk with an admissions representative, chat about their day and have questions answered.

Preschool and Prekindergarten applicants will attend a one-hour interactive play session. Kindergartners will spend a half-day and take part in a screening interview. First through twelfth grade students will spend an entire day with a current EA student.

Does my student have to take an entrance exam?
Fifth through twelfth graders are required to take an Independent School Entrance Exam.

Where is the admission office and where should I park?
The Admission office is located at the Main Entrance of the Rider Center on the corner of Academy Place and Kimball Street. Visitors are encouraged to park in the designated spots on Academy Place. When you enter the Rider Center precede to the reception desk where a member of our staff will assist you.

Tuition Assistance and scholarships

Does Elgin Academy offer Tuition Assistance?
An Elgin Academy education is an investment in your child’s intellectual, personal, and emotional growth. Our goal is to make an Elgin Academy education affordable for as many students as possible. About 40% of our students receive some form of merit scholarship or tuition assistance.

Does Elgin Academy offer scholarships?

Each academic year the Academy recognizes a select number of rising freshmen that personify the mission and principles of Elgin Academy and have been selected by a review committee to receive renewable merit awards.See the taking learning personally merit-based scholarship page for more information.

Does Elgin Academy offer tuition payment plans?
Elgin Academy students can pay in full (in July) or use FACTS Online Payment Options to pay in either 2 payments (due July and January) or 10 monthly payments (May through February).

What is the “New Family Heritage Fee?”
The “New Family Heritage Fee” is a one-time fee for NEW FAMILIES with students enrolling in grades K-12 who are joining Elgin Academy and becoming a part of our school’s heritage.

  • $1,000 Domestic Students
  • $2,500 International Students