Curiosity, discipline, focus, determination: these qualities are essential to artists, and are honed not only in the studio but also in the classroom. At The Academy, you’ll find AP and Honors courses, dedicated teachers, and high academic standards engaging the distinctly creative minds of our students. The Academy’s academic program is built around core studies in English, Mathematics, Social Studies, World Language, Science, and Elective courses.
Students in the English Department will develop into sensitive and critical readers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama through reading, discussion, and writing.
The Science Department is designed to include themes rooted in history, systems in equilibrium, patterns in nature, energy conversion, and resource conservation.
An in-depth exploration of history, psychology, philosophy, and the likes; the ability to understand the human experience outside of one’s own individual social and cultural context allows students to develop a conscience more suited to the multicultural world in which they live.
The foundational philosophy of the World Language courses is that language, discussion, reflection, and imagination lead to the development of skills which help students understand and interpret the human experience.
Over half of Academy students enroll in one (or more) honors level or AP courses.
Academic and Arts Electives are offered to students of all arts departments. They provide a chance to study a different discipline or view a specific art through an academic lens. Students are encouraged to explore these disciplines outside of their chosen department.
Students at The Academy participate in a years-long program aimed at helping them best prepare for, and execute, the college research, application, audition, and selection process.
- English: 4 years
- Mathematics: 3 years
- Science: 3 years
- Social Studies: 3 years
- World Languages: 2 years
- Academic and Arts Electives: 3 years
In addition to the academic requirements, each arts department has additional curricular requirements unique to its program, which must also be satisfied prior to graduation.
Chair - Science, Math, and Technology
Laura Stone earned her Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Science in Teaching Secondary Mathematics from University of Illinois, Chicago.
Chair - English
Nicholas Roux teaches philosophy and creative writing. He attended Kenyon College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in English, with concentrations in Creative Writing and Humane Studies, and served as a student associate for The Kenyon Review.
Tim Tynan has been teaching history at The Academy since fall of 2000. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English Literature from Loyola University of Chicago, as well as a Master of Arts in English Literature and an Illinois teaching certificate in Secondary Education from Northeastern Illinois University.
Nadyja von Ebers attended DePaul University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English with a concentration in Creative Writing, a Master of Arts in English Literature, and teaching certificate in Secondary English. Prior to teaching at The Academy, she taught literature, composition, and creative writing at the middle school, high school, and college levels.
Paul Johns has been at The Academy since 2010, and teaches World History, Global Affairs, and Psychology. He then studied history and politics at Queen Mary’s College, University of London, and then completed a Master of Education in Secondary Education at the University of Chichester.
Anna earned her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in French Literature from the University of Illinois, Chicago, where she also taught before coming to the Academy.
David DePrez has served with enthusiasm for his subject matter at The Academy for nine years. He is a graduate of Oregon State University with a Bachelor of Science in Botany, a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies, and a Bachelor of Science in Science Education.
As a native of Barcelona, Spain, Patricia Kostantaras has lived in the United States for the past sixteen years and has worked as a foreign language teacher in school districts in the country.
Laura Kaplan earned her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champagne, a teaching certificate in Secondary Mathematics from Eastern Michigan University, and a Master of Education from Michigan State University.
Chris Banaszak is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics with minors in Math and Music.
Anthony Pinto joined the faculty at The Academy in the summer of 2016 from a charter school on Chicago's South Side. He has a degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering and a Master of the Arts in Secondary Mathematics Education from the University of Pittsburgh. He teaches Algebra, Algebra 2, Discrete Math, and Honors Precalculus.
Christine Hoffman earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Philosophy from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Master's in Literature from Northwestern University. She teaches Freshman English at the Academy.