Gifted and Talented Academy


     Gifted Academy

    Elgin High School Gifted and Talented Academy

    From its foundation in 1997 as part of a district-wide initiative to meet the needs and interests of the students, the Gifted and Talented Academy is one of five academies offered at the high school level. The Gifted and Talented Academy is dedicated to providing a rigorous, innovative, meaningful academic environment to challenge the intellectual and creative abilities of gifted and talented students. Students will be provided with a broad spectrum of opportunities to extend and enrich the classroom curriculum through guest speakers, theater, summer programming, and fieldtrips during the school year to enliven the classroom experience. Students will be prepared to face challenges and make choices that will meet the complexities of today’s world, support a lifelong commitment to learning and encourage them to make use of their potential.


    About the Program

    Academy students tackle an intense curriculum with the latest learning materials with a unique focus to encourage the development of students' talents and interests. 

    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 in mid-February. 

    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.  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.  

    The Gifted and Talented Academy offers:

    • Challenging and innovative classes
    • Weighted grades in core subjects
    • Advanced Placement classes
    • Teachers with Gifted Verification and extensive classroom experience
    • Community involvement
    • Unique field trip opportunities, seminars, and speakers 

    U-46 Magnet Academies Brochure

    Parent Guidebook Gifted Education 

     Gifted & Talented Academy Preview Day 2021

    Preview Day 2021

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    EHS Gifted & Talented Academy Faculty

    Assistant Principal of Innovation & Gifted Talented Academy

    Gamila Williams ext.8100

    Administrative Assistant Maria Esposito ext.5101


    Kari Foerster x8131

    Jaclynn Nail   x8129

    Richard Towry x8145  


    Cristina Cabrera x5172

    Lisa Smith x8195

    Social Studies

    John Devine x4853

    Felicia Randle x4825

    Adam Plach x4824

    Haley Gallagher 


    Mari Gathman

    Bridgid Trimble x8159 

    Christine Osberg x8164