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Dear Elgin Academy Alumni, Despite the tremendous efforts of the Board, school leadership and other dedicated community members to find a path forward, the Elgin Academy Board determined that our model of an independent Preschool through 12th grade school is no longer sustainable in Elgin. It was with a heavy heart that, at their November 2023 meeting, the Board of Trustees voted that Elgin Academy will close at the end of the 2023-2024 school year. Learn More

Alumni News

Painted Ceiling Tile Pick-up

In recent years, EA seniors have had the option to paint a ceiling tile to be displayed at Elgin Academy. Those ceiling tiles have been removed and are now ready for pickup. Students interested in keeping their ceiling tile may pick it up in Edwards Hall Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. prior to August 5th.

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2024 Commencement!

Congratulations to the EA Senior Class of 2024! On June 1st the senior class graduated from Elgin Academy. They listened intently to their classmate Kate Kihnke as she gave the Valedictory address, and were excited to welcome back Beth Hogan Corley '82 and Thomas Hogan '81 who gave the Commencement address. Congratulations to award winners Ryan Zonts (Ora L. Pelton III Award) and Victoria Hill (Mother-Daughter Award). We wish the entire Class of 2024 the very best in college and their future endeavors! 

We hope you enjoy this video of the 2024 Elgin Academy Commencement. (Thank you to Valeria Saavedra, Upper School Videography teacher, for filming and editing the video.) Photos of the event can also be viewed and downloaded. (Thank you to JGray Photography.)

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Long Live Academy!

Elgin Academy's Legacy Celebration brought together over 600 Hilltoppers of all ages under a beautiful blue sky on May 25, 2024. School spirit and nostalgia were soaring, and it was gratifying to see all of you reconnecting and reliving your days on campus. Thanks to all of you -- students, alumni, teachers, parents, and friends past and present who attended the event and sent messages sharing your EA stories. This memorable gathering served as a testament to your love for the school and a fitting farewell. Throughout the day, one thing was evident. Something as significant as the history and legacy of this amazing place will never be forgotten. Although the school's doors are closing, the spirit of Elgin Academy truly will live on in all of us. Long Live Academy!

We hope you enjoy this video of the Legacy Event (Thanks to Gideon Studios)

Photos of the event are available to be viewed and downloaded. (Thank you to JGray Photography.)

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Congratulations Jim Kidston!

On May 24th we celebrated EA's Director of Technology and senior faculty member, Jim Kidston, who retired after teaching at Elgin Academy for 44 years! Over 200 students, parents, faculty, trustees, and alumni gathered, along with his family, to wish him well. We hope you enjoy this video montage of Jim's time at Elgin Academy. (Thank you to Ethan Moore '20 for his work in creating the video.) Photos of the event can also be viewed and downloaded. (Thank you to JGray Photography.)

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Summer Office Hours

A very limited number of EA staff members will be on campus until the close of our summer program on August 2nd. Summer office hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Edwards Hall will be the only building on campus that will be open to the public. If you need to talk with someone on campus between now and August 2nd, please email or call ahead and make an appointment.

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Elgin Academy History Request From John Weck '73

Dear EA Friends,

I am reaching out to the extended Elgin Academy community in an effort to compile stories, memories, and general information on The Academy and its impact over the course of time. In particular, there is a need for information on those former staff, faculty, alumni, friends, and loved ones who experienced any of the following events:

  • World War I
  • Korean War
  • World War II
  • Vietnam
  • Gulf I
  • Gulf II
  • World Trade Center Attacks, etc.
  • Global War On Terror Deployments
  • Service Trips/Missions to Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, etc.
  • Service Clubs and local humanitarian efforts
  • Public Action To Deliver Shelter (P.A.D.S.)
  • Other information that you feel is important about EA

As the former archivist/curator for our school, I am excited to begin compiling this history for future generations to learn from and to enjoy. All submissions will be welcomed through August 31, 2024, and may be sent to me directly at:
Subject: EA History

Thank you so much for sharing your stories and those of our Academy friends,

John Weck, M.A. '73

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