Head of School's Welcome

A Warm Welcome from the Head of School

Welcome to Peoria Academy!  Here you will find a vibrant community of children and adults engaged in the sort of education that can change the world.   It is my honor to serve as the head of school here, and to see every day the transformative nature of the learning that takes place at our Willow Knolls campus.

At Peoria Academy, our students love school. Part of this is because of our small classes and dedicated teachers, as well as our strong arts, music, and athletic offerings. Part of it is because we honor our students’ diverse backgrounds – from the many who hail from different countries to those with deep roots in Peoria.  There is the unique and personalized approach we take to learning, and the success our students have in both academics and high school acceptances.

But I believe the real reason our students thrive here is because of the connections we have with one another.  At Peoria Academy, relationships matter.  Our faculty and staff come to know each child personally, helping to guide them to achieve academically and grow personally.  We guide our students to be compassionate, caring, and motivated citizens who have a passion for learning and a creative drive to improve the world around them.

Whether you are a current family, an alumni family, or a family looking at a private school for the very first time, I look forward to getting to know you better, and to talk about the role Peoria Academy may have in your future.

Chris Wilson
Head of School
Peoria Academy is a diverse community of students, parents, and educators working together to provide a rigorous educational experience. Using progressive techniques that nurture the whole child, our independent school fosters intrinsic motivation, resilience, and creativity.