What academic qualifications are necessary for admission?
Admission to IMSA is determined by a competitive process in which all applicants are required to submit a specific set of materials. The process is highly competitive, though there are no minimum scores required to apply. The students who present the strongest combination of credentials are invited to attend.
IMSA utilizes a holistic selection process that incorporates classroom performance, participation in extracurricular activities, and leadership history with more traditional indicators of talent such as test scores and grades. For this reason, students with the highest test scores may not emerge as the strongest applicants in the pool for the purpose of selection. Along with these criteria, geographic and demographic variables are considered to ensure a diverse student population.
Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Be an Illinois resident: Illinois primary residency must be established by the first day of semester 2 or the first day of trimester 2 of the year of application.
- Have completed Algebra 1 and a high school equivalent science course: Applicants in eight grade must submit documentation of having completed an academic program comparable to ninth grade level work in mathematics and science. This must include a minimum of one year of algebra and one year of high school level science. Online algebra and science courses can be used to meet the algebra and science requirement.
- Not enrolled beyond the 9th grade: Current tenth-twelfth grade students are not eligible for admission.
- Have a completed application file: Including online application form, official grade reports, teacher evaluations, counselor form, and SAT scores (SAT scores are optional for a completed application file, but admitted students will be expected to complete it before starting class).