Elgin High School is a school of about 2500 students of diverse backgrounds. It is located in the suburbs of Chicago, about a one-hour drive (or pleasant train ride) to downtown Chicago. Elgin is located on the peaceful Fox river, and has beautiful parks and its own symphony orchestra. It also is an old town with several Victorian-era homes. Elgin High school offers regular high school classes, as well as an "Academy" within the school which offers a rigorous college-prep curriculum.