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About This School

Elgin Academy is a private high school in Elgin. The principal of Elgin Academy is Dr. John W. Cooper, whose e-mail is jcooper@elginacademy.org. 462 students go to Elgin Academy and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Hispanic. Gifford Street High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Cantonese
    • French
    • Latin
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Cross country
    • Field hockey
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School
White, non-Hispanic 82%
Asian 7%
Hispanic 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 3%
Multiracial 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    Great school! My son is in the high school and daughter graduated a couple of years ago. Solid curriculum great teachers and a very supportive community. My daughter is excelling in college thanks to the preparation she received at Elgin Academy.

  • (7 months ago)

    I am a parent of 3 students at Elgin Academy. I have one in each division (lower school middle school and upper school). Obviously I see the value in sending my children to Elgin Academy. Academically they are all challenged at a level above what they would be in public schools. Socially they all get along well with their peers. I have wanted to post something on this site for awhile I get Great School emails almost daily. Something happened this weekend that I thought would help demonstrate a small reason why we love EA. My lower school child was at a classmates birthday party and her teacher showed up. I asked her why she was there and she told me very matter of fact that she was invited by the student. I know that she loves and cares for each one of her students but this was way above and beyond. She left her own home and family in a horrible snow storm to be with her students on her day off. The teachers spend almost more time with my kids during the week than I do. I know they are loved cared for and are being molded into responsible well educated independent thinkers. At EA having a good teacher is the rule not the exception.

  • (7 months ago)

    Elgin Academy has been a great school for both of my children to learn and grow. I currently have a child in lower school and a child in middle school. Both of my children are academically challenged in a positive nurturing environment. My daughter who is in 5th grade is independent confident and caring due to the great influences she has at Elgin Academy. My son who is in 2nd grade is academically strong caring and well liked by his peers. The kids at Elgin Academy are exposed to all forms or art. This exposure gives them the confidence to try drama chorus and visual art classes at the Elgin Academy after school program. At every level Elgin Academy encourages their students to explore the arts excel academically become strong public speakers and evolve into confident competitive leaders.

  • (8 months ago)

    EA was the biggest disappointment. My daughter's teacher was excellent and I would give her 5 stars! My son's teacher was awful. All year I asked her about his reading and her continued response to me was 'no he is fine.' We soon discovered that my son has dyslexia. It was a wasted year!! They tout small class sizes and individual attention don't be fooled it is not true!! The administration is just money-hungry and tried to take money that our children's grandparents were paying for tuition and apply it to the 'general fund ' as if their tuition payment was a 'gift' to the school?! They live in CA!! Why in the world would they EVER gift thousands of dollars to a school they had no previous knowledge of?! After being called 'liars ' we provided all the paperwork regarding the tuition and they said 'oh you're right ' but never once did they admit that they were wrong/sorry for what they said to us. Be sure you research/ask about how many families have left the school in the last two years. They will never tell you but it's astounding. They used to have two kindergarten classes but now it's just one?? Why? I would highly recommend NOT choosing Elgin Academy for your children

  • (1 year ago)

    We have two kid at EA middle school and we are very happy. We will be staying at EA through highschool. We've spent several years at other private schools and very much appreciate the focus on academics while developing well rounded individuals by incorporating projects that build their confidence (which make them comfortable speaking in front of groups. In our 4th year at EA we've found that the teachers and administrators actually like to be with the kids (we didn't find that to be true at other private schools) and genuinely care about each kid succeeding in classes that seem to not have more than 16 kids or so. The families are not pretentious and school teachers/staff are friendly and inviting.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is in K & loves his school. There s been a great improvement in his reading & writing skills. Before reading he tells his guess what the book is about. After reading he summarizes the story identifies/analyzes the characters describes the setting & tells what the author & illustrator are trying to convey. Also he's already doing basic multiplication learning French. The school does NOT tolerate bad behavior. When a 1st grader joked & called my son names in front of a teacher w/in mins both parents were contacted by the school to report the incident & relay the steps they ve taken to address the issue. My son said the 1st grader was joking & the incident was nothing compared to the behavior of 2 female Pre-K classmates in his FORMER Catholic school. The 2 girls constantly picked on my son & made him really feel bad. The worst thing about that incident was that the mother of 1 of the girls refused to apologize & insisted that IT SHOULD BE IGNORED as the kids will outgrow it. We moved out of that community & can't tolerate parents w/ totally different principles & values. FORTUNATELY ELGIN ACADEMY ADMINISTRATION STAFF FACULTY & PARENTS SHARE THE SAME GOOD VALUES.

  • (2 years ago)

    Middle school teachers have good intentions but are unqualified. School long ago traded principles for money. This is no longer a college prep school. No uniforms too casual and no real discipline for bad student behavior. Same or better value at a good suburban public school. Former student current parent.

  • (2 years ago)

    Top school excellent teachers. Very helpful always. We have had no problems at all. Everyone really has our childrens best at heart. I am so blessed to have found this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been at this school for 12 years and it keeps getting better. As a parent it is a wonderful community where you can get involved as much as you want to be. As a student my daughter has had many wonderful teachers over the year. The small classes really provide individual attention and push her to be the best that she can be. She has had so many wonderful opportunities to explore her interests whether they be educational sports or arts. She is now a strong independent thinker. I am excited for her high school years.

  • (2 years ago)

    Parents the lower school is wonderful and I highly suggest it; however everything is downhill from there. I recommend sending your son or daughter to a proper social environment. The high school is in shambles

  • (2 years ago)

    I am always happy to come to work. I cannot imagine doing anything else. Playing and creating alongside the children is enjoyable.The conversations that we share in our play assist their language development and their imaginations! I also enjoy the friendly atmosphere and the respect given to me to create an environment in which children will thrive."

  • (3 years ago)

    Elgin Academy was a great school for our two kids ((one is now a college grad and working the other is in graduate school). The teachers are very caring and know how to reach each kid on an individual level. The College Placement program is fantastic. Also the Academy provides outstanding experiences in sports fine arts community service and environmental education. Facilities are very nice and it is a very safe environment (thanks for providing regular security personnel).

  • (4 years ago)

    EA has given our child a better education than he would have gotten in the public school system. While many of the teachers are true jewels a high teacher turnover has been wittnessed the last three years directly affecting my child in twice. If you want a conservative education for your child then choose again because EA is a liberal Mecca. Nice new building but question the decision to build in a rapidly declining area that requires a six foot fence and security company. Our opinion of EA has eroded as our child has moved from lower school to middle school and feel we can find a better value for our childs education. We placed our child in another private school for a year due to a work assignment and only when compaired against one of thier own and not the public schools did we come to see EA's shortcomings.

  • (4 years ago)

    Challenging curriculum nurturing environment with staff dedicated to their profession and devoted to their students academic and civic development.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great Teachers Great Environment Caring Staff and Great Families.

  • (4 years ago)

    The faculty sincerely care about each child's education and health.

  • (4 years ago)

    Good academics great atmosphere wonderful teachers.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is truly a family community. As a parent I am involved as much as I want to be. I can focus on life skills while EA focus' on educating each student. EA is a complete education from pre-K to high. Each child has mentors examples and opportunities to explore real life situations. The education is phenomnal. the children are prepared for the next level the year before they incrementally learn all the skills and tools they need to achieve success and happiness.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is a wonderful school for students and parents. There is a strong sense of community.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school has a great curriculum run by an amazing teaching staff. They bring out the best in the kids and give them the confidence to do anything they set their minds to!!

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