Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

igniting and nurturing creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition

Learning at IMSA

At IMSA, we prepare students to realize their greatness. IMSA's academic program prepares students to become bold inquirers, problem solvers and integrative thinkers. It challenges them to question, creatively probe, take risks and test and support their ideas. Talented faculty members, who are among the nation's best, provide challenging opportunities for students to think critically and creatively, engage in exploration and discovery, and apply their knowledge to solve significant, real-world problems.

IMSA Learning in Practice

In the IMSA course Science, Society and the Future, students conducted research and analysis on the use of sustainable energy sources for Illinois. They learned how to support their ideas with evidence and present their recommendations with power and clarity before a distinguished panel which included IMSA Resident Scholar and Nobel Laureate Leon Lederman and representatives from the Illinois Lieutenant Governor's Office, a conservation group and the media. The Ecology course teacher and students, known for their expertise on wolves, helped to design portions of the Wolf Woods exhibit at the Brookfield Zoo. Students designed IMSA on Wheels, a traveling science show which they present to thousands of elementary students throughout Illinois. This is learning at IMSA.

Academic Program

The Academy's Academic Program provides students with world-class opportunities to work with renowned scholars, explore questions of their own, and champion their ideas to market. It includes the major disciplines of mathematics, science, English, history and social sciences, world languages, fine arts and wellness.

Student Inquiry and Research (SIR), an integral part of the academic program, enables students to work independently and collaboratively with peers and world-renowned scholars and scientists. Through SIR, students have the opportunity to conduct investigations of their own design with guidance from professionals on-campus at IMSA or off-campus at facilities throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond. Off-campus facilities include businesses, hospitals, museums, research laboratories, and universities.

Other specialized learning options at IMSA give students additional opportunities to design their personalized learning plan. Examples include Total Applied Learning for Entrepreneurs (TALENT), Independent Study, international exchange programs, and leadership development programs.

Students have access to state-of-the-art science labs, computer labs and the Information Resource Center (IRC) are connected to specialized data bases, including the Illinois University Library System. The instructional technology laboratory is where students use high-tech equipment to tape interviews, produce programs and participate in interactive teleconferences with world-renowned leaders. All residence halls have broadband wireless Internet access.