Unique to Chicagoland's Fox Valley area, the School District
U-46 academy programs are designed to take high school students to new
levels of creative, interdisciplinary learning and give them a head start
on higher education.
Academy students tackle an intense curriculum in dedicated facilities
with the latest
learning materials and state-of-the-art equipment that complement each
program's focus. Each of the U-46 high schools have an academy program
with a unique focus to encourage the development of students' talents
The focus areas
for the academies are: Science, Engineering and Technology; Gifted and
Talented; Visual and Performing Arts; World Language and International
Studies and Broadcast Education and Communication Networks. Students
enrolled in the academies are immersed four or five periods daily in classes
related to the academy's focus. The remainder of their studies are in
the comprehensive programs where they take classes with students outside
of the academies.
Students are admitted through an application and review process. Informational
fairs are held at the high schools each fall and a call for applications
is extended to eighth grade students. Selections are generally announced
Any student in good
standing who has the interest and ability to perform the academic and
specialized work of the program is eligible to apply for admission to
any of the academies. Students must fill out an application form for the
academy in which they are interested. Students are encouraged to talk
to a counselor about enrollment in the academies.
here for 2012-13 Course Selection guide.
High School --- Science, Engineering and Technology Academy
- Elgin High School --- Gifted and Talented Academy
- Larkin High School --- Visual and Performing Arts Academy
- Streamwood High School --- World Languages and International
- South Elgin High School --- Broadcast, Education,
and Communication Networks (BEACON).