I was surprised by the review that academics suffer after pre-school. The kindergarten program and beyond uses curriculum literally one full grade ahead of all other area curricula in math, science and reading. It focuses on time tested tools that get the job done. I have a graduate in addition to other
... Read more children in other grades and their ability to read, write, think and articulate is beyond their peers. My student placed into third year high-school Spanish Honors due to the Spanish program. My student also place into Algebra 2, Trig and all Honors courses in English, Social Studies and Science. The program at East Lake Academy is no doubt rigorous but what is even more profound is that the students are well formed in public speaking, leadership skills, and mostly they KNOW their faith and why they believe what they believe. The students are NOT afraid to serve and they actually lead the charge when called. Let's face it, It is hard work for a parent to support such an education it asks everyone to step up! My money is well spent. There is no secret to success...hard work and love. Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/05/13
For the parent that said "preschool is great but academics suffer as the child moves out of preschool" well I assume you have not actually graduated a child from ELA, right ? I usually wouldn't respond to such a bold statement but having graduated my first from East Lake you are misinformed !!! This
... Read more years class got scholarships to most of their chosen high schools, tested out of freshmen classes, will play on sports teams as freshmen AND my child tested into ALL honors courses at Loyola ! The other local/private schools can't necessarily say that. As for classes are to small....now that everyone is seeing the results of ELA, the lower grades are full with wait lists and the upper grades are getting bigger as the years go on. Frankly my kids love the small classes with strong attention on each student. My graduate is friends with all of the kids in his class ...male and female , there is no division like you usually see in teens in the other schools. Best of all in a small school everyone knows you and your siblings, your parents, even the grandparents ...it's fantastic . I wish every child had the opportunity to attend such an outstanding school. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/08/13
The preschool is great, but the quality of academics suffer as the child moves out of preschool. Average academics compared to surrounding schools. Lacking especially in language arts and creative writing. The classes and the school are so small that some children may feel suffocated or over-analyzed.
... Read more Huge emphasis on perfect behavior, which can lead to low self esteem for some children. Nice religion program. Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/31/13
This school is beyond my wildest dreams ! If I could list everything I could ever want for my children in a place where they will be from ages 4-14 , 10 months out of the year, 5 days a week, and 7 plus hours a day this school surpasses it one million times. I don't even need to talk about it publically
... Read more because the " proof is in the pudding " my kids and all the East Lake students stand out from the rest ..... the BEST thing I ever did for my kids was send them to ELA ! Read less
Posted by a parent on 07/26/12
This is our first year at East Lake Academy. Our son is in PK4 and so far we absolutely LOVE our experience. Our son is cleary challenged academically and feels respected and truly loved by his teachers. This is a great school for the "hands-on parent" who is willing to take an active role and follow
... Read more through at home with lessons and behavior learned at school. I can't say enough good things about East Lake Academy. I'm so glad we made the decision to give our son such an amazing start in life! Read less
Posted by a parent on 09/02/11
I have two daughters at East Lake Academy. Our oldest started in PK3 and is now in third grade. Deciding to send my children to East Lake was one of the best decision I've made in my life. The teachers and the faculty truly are an extension of our role as parents. We share the same mission. To form
... Read more our children to be the best versions of themselves they can possible be. In the early years, we had concerns about lack of sports, art, etc.... Currently all the concerns we've ever had have been addressed. The school has been blessed with an overwhelming interest in it. As the school has grows it keeps getting better. Academically - the test results speak for themselves. As for the rest of the child's formation - visit the school and meet the students. You'll see why East Lake is so special. I'm excited to see these confident Catholic leaders heading out into the world to change it for the better. Read less
Posted by a parent on 06/29/11
The number one reason I love East Lake Academy is because my children are so loved and respected by the teachers and administration. The Christian environment allows the teachers to focus not only on the school's stellar academics, but also on spiritual attributes. In a world where materialism and
... Read more bullying are a a reality for many children, East Lake Academy provides a shelter in which the children can concentrate on what's really important: learning and growing. Read less
Posted by a parent on 10/07/10
My children are in middle school and we transferred from another area school. The language arts, history/geography and math programs are like no other. My children are reading classics including works like Tom Sawyer, To Kill a Mockingbird and Shakespeare. The math curriculum is so strong which was
... Read more one of the reasons we switched. The Catholic formation they receive is authentic in every way. My children are finally challenged academically and spiritually to their potential which is what they deserve. Read less
Posted by a parent on 02/28/10
I have had several children attend East Lake Academy and my older ones are now applying to local private high schools. East Lake has has an incredible effect upon them both academically and spiritually. Not only has East Lake helped form my children into good people but they have provided an incredible
... Read more academic advantage. Both of my older children are placing into junior level math, literature, history and spanish at the local private Catholic high schools.. its just what they promised when we joined. I disagree with the comment about middle school below. The middle school has far exceeded any other local private or public school Read less
Posted by a parent on 01/30/10
My children have attended this school for a few years. We have been extremely happy with the education they have received. The school has been academically a grade ahead of the area schools and the academic expectations are high. The spanish classes taught here in the upper grades are comparable to
... Read more the first and maybe the second year of spanish in high school. The class sizes are small and the teachers show an absolute concern for their students and families. The school provides a very safe environment for the children. All children in this school are involved with one another. Read less
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Lake Forest schools — East Lake Academy is located at 13911 W Laurel Dr, Lake Forest IL 60045. 13911 W Laurel Dr is in the 60045 ZIP code in Lake Forest, IL East Lake Academy is a Private school that serves grade levels PK - 8.
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