Director's Welcome

Welcome to Elgin Academy!

Thank you for your interest in Elgin Academy. We are a preschool through grade 12 independent school founded in 1839 where we believe in taking learning personally both within and outside of the classroom. At Elgin Academy, we actively engage our students in academics, arts, and athletics where they build trusting relationships with their teachers, staff, and administrators. These interactions create empowered learners who are willing to take academic risks that enable them to grow in self-confidence. The best ways to get to know Elgin Academy first hand is to see it for yourself, talk with a member of our Admissions Department, and attend an event (whether that be in person or as part of a Zoom meeting).

Take A Tour

Please join us and find out how taking learning personally works at Elgin Academy. Take a virtual tour of campus to see teachers and students in action as they engage in classroom and E-Learning and take an on-campus tour to see the campus in person. We have recently set up sample classrooms that give visitors an idea of what socially distanced classrooms will look like this fall.

Let's Talk

Schedule a personal Q & A with the Director of Admissions to have your individual questions answered. These meetings can be held over Zoom or in-person.

Attend an Event

Admissions events are held throughout the year to provide interested students and their parents an opportunity to learn more about Elgin Academy. Take a look at our Admissions Events calendar to see what events are happening now.

As you browse our website you will notice a few themes:

Students learn at their highest potential when they are educated in a manner that allows them to take ownership of their learning.

Elgin Academy is dedicated to supporting each student’s individual growth intellectually, creatively, athletically, and independently, allowing students to have an active role in the overall process.

Elgin Academy supports each of our students as they develop into the best version of themselves, prepared for the world beyond our campus.

Likewise, we are here to support your student and family as your educational journey begins with the decision to select the highest quality learning environment: Elgin Academy.

There's so much to see virtually and in-person at Elgin Academy so check it out!  We look forward to talking with you soon!

Bonita Goist

Director of Admissions and Marketing




Elgin Academy, as a private 501(c)(3) educational organization and as an ISACS fully accredited educational entity, provides equal admission and access and opportunities to all students currently enrolled at EA and to students seeking enrollment at the Academy. Elgin Academy does not discriminate against any person or class of persons based on disability, race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation or in any other manner prohibited by either federal or state law. The Elgin Academy admissions policy is dictated by our implementation and usage of our mission statement as a guiding principle to the operation of the school.