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2023 NICHE Best School
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#8 K-12 Private School in Illinois.


12:1 Student/Teacher Ratio
Three Lower School students working together in a class

Intentionally smaller class sizes allow teachers to be flexible and inventive in the classroom.


Social Emotional Learning
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We teach our students to manage emotions in their everyday lives, navigate their social and academic demands effectively, and prepare them for success in life beyond EA. 


State of the School

It is with a heavy heart that we announce that this year, our 185th, will be the final year of Elgin Academy. Despite the tremendous efforts of the Board, school leadership and other dedicated community members to find a path forward, we have recently determined that our model of an independent Preschool through 12th grade school is no longer sustainable in Elgin.

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Upper School

Pursuing Excellence in All We Do

By the time they graduate, EA students have attained academic excellence and pursued varied interests in a supportive environment.

Middle School

Connecting newfound passion with newly honed ability.

Middle School students benefit from robust programs provided by caring educators that help them realize and fulfill their potential.

Lower School

Providing a unique student experience

We enrich the abilities and consciousness of K to 4th grade students through our curriculum, teaching approach and learning goals. 

Early Childhood


Harnessing children’s natural curiosity.

Our youngest students love coming to a school where they begin to collaborate with others, express original ideas and solve problems.

PEAK on the Hilltop

Helping students gain back hope and their love of learningAccessing the tremendous potential within students who have dyslexia, dysgraphia, and dyscalculia. 

International Students

Providing a global perspective.

Cultivating strong personal relationships across a diverse student body, including international students from a variety of countries.

What's Happening

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By the Numbers


Years Forging Future Leaders


Faculty Holding Advanced Degrees


Student to Teacher Ratio


Acceptance to Four-year Colleges


College Matriculation 


Graduates Eligible for AP Credits