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Elgin Academy Upper School Students working together.
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Middle School students doing a science experiment.

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Upper School Biology students collecting samples in a river.
Upper School Art Students

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Middle School Advisories Reflect on the EA Mission

What is courage?  Is it only defined by grand gestures like saving a person from a burning building? Or can acts of courage be found in the daily experiences in our classrooms or in our social and emotional interactions? 

middle school students are pondering questions about courage during the school's newly reconfigured advisory program. The advisory period has been moved from morning to later in the day and lengthened to 20 minutes for the purpose of enriching our middle school students' learning experiences. 

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Eighth Graders Are First in Line at the Governor's Mansion

While Trip Week was an exciting time for all our students, one group of Middle School students made headlines!  Our 8th graders were featured on the Illinois Governor's Mansion Association Facebook page as the first school group of the academic year to tour the renovated Governor’s Mansion. The students toured the mansion and learned from updated programming and works of art on display. 

EA eighth graders trek to Springfield annually during Trip Week to visit historic sites and attractions. they explore the world of Abraham Lincoln and visit our state capital, among other historic sites.

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Thanks to the EA Community for an Outstanding Homecoming

I am always struck by the way our Homecoming celebration brings our community together, from our youngest student to our "most experienced" alum. This weekend was filled with images that demonstrate those bonds as our community came together, despite the weather (!) to celebrate Elgin Academy. I observed and heard stories all weekend that saluted the courage, compassion, and creativity that are our hallmarks.

Homecoming could not happen without much work. I am so thankful to work with the dedicated staff and faculty members who organized and executed our plan and can be proud of the result. And I would like to say a special thank you to our parent volunteers from all divisions who played such a key role in helping us celebrate. This weekend and all of its joy would not have been possible without all of you.

I am again grateful today for your partnership, and so appreciate everything you do to make this an excellent place for our students.

~Seth Hanford, Head of School

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inspiring students to become our creative courageous and compassionate future

One of the most exciting outcomes of our 2018 Strategic Plan was the development of a revitalized mission statement that accurately reflects who we are as well as where we are going.  We believe that in compelling and concise words, the statement re-affirms the more traditional ideals of Elgin Academy and captures the school's more contemporary ethos.

We are grateful to all those constituents who played a role in the development of this elegant statement of what makes Elgin Academy so exceptional.

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Bike Race

Elgin Academy is proud to be a sponsor of the elite and competitive Dennis Jurs Memorial Cycling Race on Sunday, July 22nd in Elgin. The all-day event (from 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.) features a festival atmosphere with exciting racing throughout the day, complemented by healthy and fun family activities, a lifestyle expo, as well as food and beverage from local vendors.

Elgin Academy is facilitating Bike Rodeo and Safety Classes from 9:15 - 11:00 a.m. and the ride-at-your-own-pace Family Fun Ride at noon. Look for us on the grounds of the Old Sherman Hospital at Slade Ave & Spring Street in Elgin. Both events are free.

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