PROMISE Program

Be on the lookout for Summer PROMISE information soon!

Want to learn more – watch the recording of the PROMISE Information Session.

7th and 8th Grade Spring PROMISE (LS2S) Applications are now closed. Decisions will be sent via email by end of October.

IMSA is committed to equity and excellence, including active recruitment of students from all areas of Illinois. IMSA’s PROMISE Program addresses the unique challenges of culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse (CLED) students who have interest in STEM education by providing academic enrichment programming at low to no cost. Black or African American, Latinx and rural Illinois students as well as students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch are encouraged to apply. Attending these sessions provides students with the opportunity to work with IMSA faculty, staff, and student mentors while exploring IMSA’s unique learning laboratory. The program also works with interested participants to prepare them for the IMSA Admissions Process. PROMISE programs are typically held on the campus of the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois. Currently, all programs are being held virtually until further notice.

The PROMISE program consists of three grade-based experiences. The Fall and/or Spring PROMISE Programs are held on Saturdays during the fall and/or spring semesters. The Summer PROMISE Program is held during the month of June. Each program has a separate application process. You can find more details about the programs below or in our PROMISE Brochure.

Program highlights include:
  • Exposure to curriculum that increases skills in math and science
  • Interactive, hands-on learning
  • Personal skills development
  • The opportunity to experience IMSA’s residential programming
  • Preparation for the Academy application process
La Oficina de Admisiones presenta la guía de solicitud del Program PROMISE en español. Familias pueden usar este documento descargable para seguir junto con la solicitud en línea de su estudiante. Este documento no será aceptado como aplicación al programa. Estudiantes interesados deben presentar la solicitud en línea.

Solicitud del Programa PROMISE


Applications for Fall PROMISE – Early Involvement Program (EIP) for 9th grade students is now closed. Stay tuned for 2022 program information!

The Early Involvement Program (EIP) is for students enrolled in the 9th grade during the 2021-22 school year. The program meet on Saturdays during the regular school year.  The program will take place on designated Saturdays from October – December from 8:30AM through 12:30PM. Students will have the choice to specify their learning preference: in person or virtual. Spots are limited for on-campus participation.

  • October 3 – Virtual Family Orientation
  • October 16
  • October 23
  • October 30
  • November 6
  • November 13
  • November 20
  • December 4
  • December 11
  • December 18

7th and 8th Grade Spring PROMISE Program (LS2S)

Applications for Spring PROMISE – Leading Students 2 Success (LS2S) for 7th and 8th grade students is now closed. Decisions will be released via email in late October.

Our priority at IMSA will always be the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and we are following guidance from local, state and federal agencies in our planning. To provide the best experience, the PROMISE – LS2S Program will be hosted Spring 2022 rather than the Fall. Students enrolled in 7th and 8th grade (LS2S) during the 2021-22 school year are eligible to apply to IMSA’s Spring 2022 PROMISE Program. The program will take place on Saturdays from February – April 2022. Sessions will run from 8:30AM to 12:30PM. Students will have the choice to specify their learning preference: in person or virtual. Spots are limited for on-campus participation. Tentative program dates:

  • February 12 – Virtual Family Orientation
  • February 26
  • March 5
  • March 12
  • April 2
  • April 9
  • April 23
  • April 30

Summer PROMISE Program (SEAMS)

Details will be available in Spring 2022

The PROMISE Summer Program also known as Summer Enrichment in Academics in Mathematics and Science (SEAMS) is designed for students between their 8th and 9th grade years. Only students currently enrolled in the 8th grade are eligible to apply. The program is typically hosted in June. The application process is competitive and students will be asked to pay a $50 registration fee to confirm their attendance upon acceptance. Students will not be turned away by their inability to pay the participation costs. Students will be required to have a laptop and reliable internet access and they can request loaner equipment if needed to participate. Participants are expected to remain for the entire duration of the program.

Applications must be completed online and will require grade reports and evaluation forms. Students will send electronic requests for a math or science teacher evaluation and a counselor or other school representative for grade records.