Academy High Receives COGNIA Official Certificate of Accreditation

Learn more about COGNIA AccreditationFollowing news earlier this fall that Academy High would be recommended for accreditation following the COGNIA Visiting Team’s visit this fall, we were delighted to present our official Certificate of Accreditation, which will hang proudly in our Front Reception area.  Congratulations again to our faculty/staff and Board of Directors on this historic achievement!

Learn about Academy High at our Virtual Open House on February 7th

Academy High is pleased to offer a Virtual Open House on Sunday, February 7th at 4:30 pm for families interested in learning more about what makes Academy High an exceptional high school.

Register to attend (You will be emailed a Zoom link prior to the event).

At the Open House, you will meet the Head of School, John Carpenter, and hear from our outstanding faculty about our innovative core curriculum and modules program. Other topics include a review of our four-year college counseling program; student-led clubs and activities; brief presentations from parents and students; and how Indexed Tuition makes an Academy High education affordable for all families.

Ready to Apply?

Based on last year’s strong admissions season, we are anticipating a waitlist and encourage all families to apply by the March 1st deadline for consideration for the class of 2025. Request your application for admission
  We hope to "see" you on February 7th!

Curious what a virtual Academy High Open House looks like? Check out the highlights from our Fall 2020 Open House.

Voted the “Best High School” of Champaign-Urbana

Have you heard the news? Academy High was voted ‘Best High School’ for 2020 in the most recent annual Best Of Champaign-Urbana community survey!

‘Caring Crew’ Raises Funds for Eastern Illinois Foodbank

Eastern Illinois Foodbank

Despite the many restrictions imposed by the pandemic, Academy High students have been very active in their efforts to support those in need in our larger community, particularly those struggling with food insecurity during these difficult times. Thanks to the efforts of our new student-led service club, the ‘Caring Crew’, Academy High is helping to make a difference. Following their recent Thanksgiving holiday card-making project for residents at Clark-Lindsey retirement home, the CaringClub teamed up with the Parents Association for our recent End-of-SemesterParty and Fundraiser to raise money for the AHPA and the Eastern Illinois FoodBank, where $1 donation provides five meals.

The total amount raised by the Caring Club from this event?

  • $1,385, which will help provide over 6,000 meals to families in our community.

Congratulations on this remarkable achievement!

EIU Foodbank-Caring Club-Donation Check

Humanities Studio ‘Evening of the Arts’

On Friday, December 11th, the entire Academy High community came together to enjoy a wonderful ‘virtual’ evening of the arts courtesy of Dr. Brown and his Humanities Studio students.

A celebration of the visual and performing arts, this year’s Humanities Showcase offered an incredible array of student talent with performances ranging from vocal and instrumental music to readings, original essays, poetry, recorded interviews, dance, two- and three-dimensional art and design.

The culmination of 13 weeks of individual and group work by students in Dr. Brown’s Humanities Studio module, this year’s Showcase focused on issues of race, class, and mental health.

Academy High Supports ‘Black Lives Matter’

2020-21 Academy High Reopening Plan

NOTE: Academy High's comprehensive Reopening Plan is officially Approved by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District. Please click on the link to read the update to families from our Head of School about plans for the upcoming 2020-21 school year. 2020-21 Academy High Reopening Plan FINAL - PDF

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Academy High’s core curriculum of traditional academic courses provides a rigorous selection of classes from mathematics, science, history, literature, the arts, world languages, and technology. The content of these classes (curriculum) is largely consistent with other college-preparatory secondary schools. What

Beyond Campus

Academy High knows that not all education takes place within the four walls of a classroom.  Our students are out in the community regularly, conducting field research at Allerton Park and the University of Illinois, attending performances at Krannert Center