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East Lake Academy
In Fall 2001, East Lake Academy opened its doors with, grades Kindergarten
through third and two full time teachers. The idea of a pair of
Chicago area families, East Lake Academy was approved in 2001 as a
Catholic school sponsored by the Legion of Christ.. After doubling enrollment
in its second year East Lake administrators now expect eventually
to grow to a K-12 school with 1,250 students.
East Lake’s growth required moving from cramped quarters to
that would allow rapid growth and facilitate ongoing expansion. Because
of their rapid progress East Lake also needed their new building
complex within a short period of time.
Whitley delivered the East Lake complex within five months to allow the
school to accept new students at the normal beginning of their school
year. Despite an unexpectedly lengthy process of acquiring
government approval the building was still
built, delivered and finished on time. As importantly,
the building, that combined offices, a cafeteria, classrooms
and lounges, was designed to facilitate future
expansion. Whitley’s combination of design and construction
skills also helped the staff at East Lake concentrate
on growth, rather than construction problems.