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Private Schools in Elgin, Illinois

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Elgin Academy:
Elgin Academy, chartered in 1839, is an independent, co-educational college preparatory day school located in Elgin, a suburb approximately 40 miles north-west of Chicago. Most of Elgin lies within Kane County, with a portion in Cook County, Illinois. Elgin Academy serves preschool through to Grade 12 students from Elgin, Barrington, St. Charles, Dundee, Algonquin and approximately 35 other communities.

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Photo of Private Schools in Elgin, IllinoisPreschool & Pre-Kindergarten Curriculum:
Our approach to curriculum is not complex. We are constantly seeking to provide children with opportunities to find learning joyful. Our approach is integrated and holistic – we seek to provide developmental opportunities not only in cognitive areas but also in the social, emotional and physical aspects of the child's growth. Our philosophy includes an enduring respect for developing the individuality, creativity and self-esteem of each child. Material presented to children will at all times be developmentally appropriate.

While rote learning of concepts (the alphabet, counting etc.) is possible, meaningful learning does not take place for young children unless the information presented is relevant to the child's experience and development. If learning is relevant, children are highly likely to be motivated and persistent. The child's initiative comes from a natural curiosity about the world.

Lower School (Grades K-4) Curriculum:
While Image of Private Schools in Elgin, Illinoisthe curriculum provides significant structure and ensures a core background for all students, it also allows each individual the flexibility of a program that is appropriate, challenging and of particular interest. Students are required to take language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, the arts, foreign language and physical education.  

Middle School (Grades 5-8) Curriculum:
Our program provides significant structure and ensures a core background for fifth through eighth graders. Students are required to take mathematics, English, science, social studies, mythology, computer, humanities, foreign language (French, Spanish or Latin), the arts (music, visual arts, and theatre), and physical education. Underlying the core curriculum is an acknowledgment of the importance of character education. We agree with the words of Socrates that the goal of education is to enable our children to be both smart and good. 

Upper School (Grades 9-12) Curriculum:
The Upper School curriculum is structured with college preparation in mind. A series of courses provides all students with the depth and breadth expected by the finest colleges. Students must complete:

* English – 4 years
* Mathematics – 4 years
* Social Studies – 3 1/2 years
* Foreign Language – 3 years
* Laboratory Sciences – 3 years
* Fine Arts – 2 years
* Athletics – 6 seasons
* Total credits required – 24 1/2

While the program provides significant structure and ensures a core background for all students, it also allows each individual the flexibility needed to build a selection of courses that is appropriate, challenging and of particular interest.

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Acacia Academy Private Special Education / Therapeutic School
Courses / Programs
Acacia Academy is an accredited, private special education / therapeutic school for grades 1-12 and offers a Transition Program for ages 18-22 servicing the Chicago, IL area. The Acacia tree symbolizes what our school strives to achieve: educational stability with roots of strength and character that will last a lifetime making Acacia Academy a safe place to grow and learn.

Offering a variety of school year and summer programs designed to meet each student’s learning objectives in terms of his/her learning capabilities. Acacia Academy is AdvancED accredited and has locations in La Grange and Burr Ridge Illinois.

The Illinois State Board of Education has approved Acacia Academy for out-of-district placement for special education. Students from all over northern Illinois attend Acacia Academy. In many cases, the school district provides tuition and transportation. 

Acacia teachers are flexible in their approach to teaching and will personalize the curriculum to adhere to the student learning needs, as opposed to the student modifying themselves for the curriculum. Differentiated Instruction (DI) is a systematic approach to planning curriculum and instruction for an academically diverse learner through responsive teaching. 

Responsive teaching is focusing on who we teach, what we teach, where we teach, and how we are teaching.  Teachers consider student characteristics of readiness, interests and learning styles while planning curriculum.
Elementary (Grades 1-8), High School (Grades 9-12), Transition Program (Ages 18-22)
All Learning Disabilities such as Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia, Autism, Attention Deficit Disorders (ADD/ADHD), Executive Functioning, and Auditory/Visual Processing Needs
Anxiety, School Phobia, and School Refusal
Emotional and Social Needs. 

Students not performing at appropriate grade levels.

General education students to meet their academic goals and potential.
Children's Garden Montessori, Oak Park
Courses / Programs
Children's Garden Montessori is located in Oak Park, west of Chicago, Cook County, Illinois. It is a Montessori Pre-school & Kindergarten with daycare education programs for children ages 2 through to 6 years, of all races, religions and national origin. Children's Garden Montessori pre-school is a privately owned and operated school, chartered in Oak Park and licensed by the Department of Children and Family Services.

We serve Oak Park, Melrose Park, Galewood, Montclare, Elmwood Park and surrounding communities. Children must be at least 2 yrs old before entry and can stay until they complete the Kindergarten Year. We employ both Montessori & Early Childhood Education trained teachers.
- Preschool & Kindergarten program for children ages 2 through to 6 years.
- We follow the Montessori curriculum with interactive learning programs.
- We offer both an English and a Spanish Language Immersion program.
- Summer Camp programs are also available.
Sonshine Christian Preschool
Courses / Programs
A Ministry of St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sonshine Christian Preschool offers half day preschool programs for children ages 3-5.

Our school is situated in Dundee, Kane County IL, 45 miles north-east of Chicago.

The philosophy of Sonshine Christian Preschool is to provide children with a developmentally appropriate and positive learning environment that is Christian based.
Half-day Preschool Programs for Children ages 3-5:

3 year old morning class:
- Tues. & Thurs. 9:00am-11:30am

3 year old afternoon class
- Fridays 12:30pm-3:00pm

4 year old morning class:
- Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00am-11:30am

4-5 year old afternoon Pre-Kindergarten
- Monday-Thursday12:30pm-3:00pm
North Park Elementary, Chicago
Courses / Programs
North Park Elementary School (NPES) was founded in 1980 to create an affordable alternative for parents who wanted to provide top quality kindergarten through to eighth grade elementary school education within the City of Chicago in Cook County. A group of founding parents in the North Park neighborhood banded together to create the fledgling school with hope, high expectations and a great deal of hard work. Given our convenient Northside location, we typically serve families on the Northside of Chicago, from Lake View, North Center, Lincoln Square, Old Irving Park and even Evanston.

We show our commitment to gender equity and diversity in a variety of ways - such as in our culturally rich curriculum and in our recruiting practices where we commit to hiring teachers and admitting students without regard to race, religion, gender or other characteristics.

North Park Elementary is accredited by the Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS), the Illinois Board of Education (ISBE) and Lake Michigan Association of Independent Schools (LMAIS).
- Kindergarten program
- Elementary program
- Lower School program
- Middle School program
- Athletics program

* We emphasize a strong academic curriculum integrating the fine arts. We are committed to teaching basic education skills in reading, writing, mathematics, science, social science and critical thinking, using the best of contemporary and traditional techniques.
Morgan Park Academy, Chicago
Courses / Programs
Founded in 1873, Morgan Park Academy (MPA) is a co-educational, college preparatory, independent day school dedicated to preparing students for college and inspiring them to strive for excellence and realize their full potential, both academically and as individuals. We are located in the Morgan Park residential area of Chicago in Cook County. Families come to MPA from communities throughout Chicago, the southern and western suburbs in Cook, DuPage, Kankakee and Will counties, as well as north-west Indiana.

At Morgan Park Academy, our highly motivated faculty is complemented by a stimulating, time-tested curriculum. We have some of the smallest class sizes among the top schools in Illinois. We provide an engaging, personal learning experience for students from preschool through to high school.

At Morgan Park Academy, we embrace an overriding desire to inspire students to lead lives of purpose, to learn to work hard, to strive for excellence, and to appreciate the diversity that exists in this world.
- Preschool program
- Lower School program
- Middle School program
- Upper School program
- High School program

Additionally: Athletics program & Wellness program

* We provide a rigorous curriculum with English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Spanish, French, Visual Arts, Music and Physical Education.
British School of Chicago
Courses / Programs
British School of Chicago is located in the popular Lincoln Park area in Chicago City in Cook County, Illinois, with easy access from I-90/94 and the CTA Red Line. We offer nursery to year 12 programs consisting of a style of learning that's New World innovative and Old World refined. We approach every student's needs in a way that's as unique as they are. The student is at the centre of everything we do, and we help them build on their strengths, grow their talents and explore all the possibilities.

The unique and international style of the school has proven popular and attractive to a wide variety of American, British and international families in the Chicago metro area. The combination of three distinctive curricula, the International Primary Curriculum, the UK National Curriculum and International Baccalaureate Diploma Program provides a comprehensive, international programme of study which aims to equip every student with the essential skills for lifelong learning and meet individual learning needs.

Today, our enrolment comprises of approximately 485 students. British School of Chicago is accredited by the National Independent Private Schools Association (NIPSA).
- Early Years program
- Primary School program
- Middle School program
- High School program

The British Schools of America prepares students to meet the growing challenges of a rapidly changing world. The BSA academic programme is based on:

* The International Primary Curriculum (IPC)
* The UK National Curriculum
* The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP)