Focus on Early Education Fuels Success of Elgin Private Schools
Davis, Jon, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)
Byline: Jon Davis Daily Herald Staff Writer
Enrollment at Elgin's three non-religious private schools is booming as the 20th Century wanes.
More students are attending Chicago Junior School, Elgin Academy and Summit School - the result of a strong economy and the desire for more attention and smaller classes, admissions officials said.
Growth at all three schools is particularly strong in the younger grades, as parents respond to studies showing children do better when they start learning at an early age, they said.
Much of Summit School's growth - 40 percent since its Elgin campus opened in 1992-93 - is in early childhood programs for 2- and 3-year-olds, said Colleen Brown, coordinator of marketing and admissions.
This year, Summit, at 333 W. River Road, began a new program for infants through 2-year-olds, she added.
"The biggest window for children to learn now is zero to 5 years old," she said.
Chicago Junior School, 1600 Dundee Ave., has added preschool programs and sections in kindergarten and the first and second grades, Admissions Director Kathie McNeil said.
Likewise, officials at Elgin Academy, 350 Park St., have seen high school enrollment remain steady during the past three to five years, while the younger grades have grown, said Mark Campbell, director of admissions and marketing. …