As we approach the end of the current school year, we want you to know that we are  carefully considering the dates, details, and formats of the various end of year ceremonies and events that are a part of our EA traditions. We know that these milestones of your student's education are as important to your family as they are to us. As such, we want to continue making decisions balancing the health and safety concerns that the pandemic presents with our desire to celebrate our students in the way that we have become accustomed to over the years. When we have more definitive answers about end-of-year events such as Commencement, Prom, 8th Grade Graduation, Lower School Closing Program, Honors Convocation, and others, we will communicate them as quickly as we can so that you can make your plans based on accurate information. Thank you so much for bearing with us as we continue to navigate the uncertainties of this school year.

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Upper School

On Wednesday, March 3rd, we will be proctoring the SAT to all 11th-grade students who choose to take it. The exam will begin at 8:15 in the Sears Gallery building; there is no online option. Students should bring number 2 pencils (non-mechanical), a calculator, water, and a snack. The exam will conclude around lunch time; at that point, students will continue on with their regular class schedule for the remainder of the day. 

Also on Wednesday, March 3rd, we will be proctoring the PreACT exam to all 10th-grade students. This exam is designed to help experience an ACT-style test; results are not shared with any colleges. The exam will begin at 8:15 in one of the Upper School buildings; there is no online option. Students should bring number 2 pencils (non-mechanical), a calculator, water, and a snack. The exam will conclude around lunch time; at that point, students will continue on with their regular class schedule for the remainder of the day. 

All 10th and 11th-grade test takers will show their daily Magnus Health screen upon arrival to campus and then proceed to their testing location.

If your child has been learning primarily online this year and plans to come to campus to take either the SAT or PreACT, please email Kelley Fluegel at so that we can plan for their in-person attendance that day.

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Old Main

Elgin Academy was granted a charter by the Illinois General Assembly on February 22, 1839. On Monday Elgin Academy will be 182 years old!

Founders' Day of Service

Elgin Academy students traditionally participate in service activities on Founders’ Day as a way of honoring EA’s legacy of service to the community. On Monday, February 22nd students will be participating in various service projects throughout the day.

Family Trivia Night - Tonight!

Please join the EAPA tonight, Thursday, February 18th at 7:00 p.m. for Family Trivia Night! This exciting virtual event will include a few fun facts about Elgin Academy and its history and is appropriate for the whole family. For questions, contact Ron Woodruff at

Join Zoom Meeting - Tonight 2/18 at 7:00 p.m.
Passcode: 774585

I "Heart" EA Week!

Let’s see that Hilltopper pride! Alumni, parents, and friends share photos of you in your spiritwear or share your favorite EA memory, story, or photo on social media with the hashtag #IHeartEA. View all the #IHeartEA posts on our virtual I Heart EA wall.  

Cupola Creations

EA students, parents, alumni, families, and friends are invited to create their own Cupola art in celebration of Founders’ Day. Email a photo of your Cupola Creation to to be part of the virtual art show. Thank you to everyone who has already sent in their works of art. You can view all the Cupola Creations in the virtual art show on our website.

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Parent Webinar Series Offered by ISACS
Join other independent school parents for informational sessions offered by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS). Hear from leading experts in this four-part webinar series offered free of charge via Zoom on Wednesdays, beginning February 17th trough March 10th. Preregistration is required for each webinar to receive the Zoom link. Download the PDF instructions. The recording for the February 17th webinar is now available. Download Recording instructions.
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No Parking sign

Please refrain from parking in the strip mall parking lot at the bottom of the Kimball Street.  We have had complaints from the medical offices about their limited parking spots being taken up by Academy cars during dismissal and arrival times. Our relationships with our community neighbors are important to us, so please help us to keep them positive by cooperating with this request.

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Strenght Through Community - Extravaganza 44

Save the date! Extravaganza 44 will be held on Saturday, March 20, 2021!

Last year Elgin Academy community, both near and far, came together (virtually) in a night of celebration of our mission and in support of our faculty, staff, and students. This year we will be continuing the virtual format and are excited to bring a fabulous live stream evening to our community,

If you are interested in helping out on the Extravaganza committee, please email
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