After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Art and a Master of Education in Special Education at Loyola University, Elizabeth Cunningham spent over fifteen years working with adolescents and children in therapeutic day school programs and advocating for special needs students as a Due Process Hearing Officer for the state of Illinois. She is the current Dean of Students as well as the head of Academic Learning Support.
Reflecting upon her decade of work at The Academy, Cunningham stresses that "my time here has reaffirmed for me that it is necessary to meet students where they are, and to fervently believe that they do the best with what they have. My goal is that my students identify their learning styles, assess their strengths and weaknesses, improve academic and organizational skills, and develop strategies that will serve them at The Academy, in college, and into adulthood."
Students in the English Department will develop into sensitive and critical readers of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama through reading, discussion, and writing.
The Math, Science, and Technology Department is designed to include themes rooted in history, systems in equilibrium, patterns in nature, energy conversion, and resource conservation, and computational reasoning.
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.