The Cupola on old main
Rider Center contains math, science, and arts classes
Elgin Academy's Old Main
Aerial View of the Elgin Academy Campus
Elgin Academy's Sears Gallery
Ariel view of the Fields at Elgin Academy


Elgin Academy not only takes learning personally but also understands the importance of cultivating strong personal relationships across a diverse student body—including international students from a variety of countries. When their friendships cross demographic divides, both visiting students and their local classmates learn to deeply value new cultures, customs, and traditions while gaining a global perspective.

We limit our program to only a select few international students each year to ensure cultural integration and language development within our intimately scaled classes, our required participation in athletics, opportunities to perform in the fine arts program, and intentional engagement with numerous student organizations, clubs, and social activities.


Host families are typically EA families with students attending our upper school. Elgin Academy conducts comprehensive background checks on potential host parents, carefully considers the international student’s personality and preferences through the matching process, and remains in close communication with each family to ensure a good experience for our visiting students.

Host families support international students as they adjust to a new culture, a second language, and an unfamiliar school. Host parents work with their student’s teachers to make sure he or she is academically successful and help facilitate social activities, athletic participation, involvement in clubs, and other activities.

Most importantly, a home environment immerses visiting students in conversational English and ensures an enriching cultural experience. Many of our placements grow into close relationships between host parents and children—friendships that last for years and deepen with time.




Because we hope to be only the first step on an extraordinary adventure, Elgin Academy prepares our international students for highly selective and academically competitive colleges and universities and connects them with recruiters from schools all over the country. Our counselors advise international students through all stages of the college application process, from selecting appropriate schools and preparing for standardized tests to acquiring financial aid.

Students also receive individual guidance in compiling application materials, transcripts, test scores, and letters of recommendation, and are allowed access to Naviance, an Internet-based management system that tracks their progress through this long and complex journey.