Monday, December 17, 2012

Illinois Math and Science Academy accepting applications

The Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA) is now accepting applications for admission into its residential program, for the 2013 - 14 academic year, for students who exhibit an exceptional talent and interest in the areas of mathematics, science and technology. All schools in the area are receiving this information but it would be helpful if it were reinforced through distribution to members of your network.

What is the Illinois Math and Science Academy (IMSA)?
IMSA is a secondary educational institution that enrolls 650 academically talented Illinois students in grades 10 - 12. All students of the school live on campus. Admission to the school is competitive.

Cost of the program
There are NO tuition or room and board fees, the school is funded by appropriations made by the Illinois General Assembly. The only costs to families are student fees, which are charged based on family income and size. Student fees for the Class of 2015 range from $360 to $2,810.

Who is eligible?
-- 8th and 9th grade students who:
-- Are residents of Illinois
-- Are enrolled in an Illinois school
-- Have had Algebra I
-- Have had a high school - level science
-- Have a strong interest in math and science.

What information does a student need to submit with its application?
-- Evaluation forms completed by current principal/guidance counselor, English, math and science teachers
-- Schools must submit the applicant's grade reports for the past 2 1/2 years
-- The applicant's SAT scores from tests taken September 1, 2012 through March 9, 2013

-- All materials must be submitted electronically or postmarked by March 1, 2013.

The Class of 2016 will consist of 250 students meeting the aforementioned criteria. Interested individuals are encouraged to complete the online application at For anyone without access to the internet, they may call the Office of Admissions at (800) 500-IMSA.

Elgie R. Sims, Jr.
State Representative, 34th District

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