IMSA is committed to excellence and equity, including active recruitment of students from all areas of Illinois. IMSA’s PROMISE Program addresses the unique challenges of culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse students who choose to pursue STEM education by providing academic enrichment programming at low to no cost. Attending these sessions provides students with the opportunity to work with IMSA faculty, staff, and student mentors while exploring IMSA’s unique learning laboratory. This program also works with participants to prepare them for the IMSA Admissions Process. PROMISE programs are held on the campus of the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois.
The PROMISE program consists of two separate experiences. The Fall PROMISE Program is held on Saturdays during the fall and winter (free transportation is provided for students coming from Chicago), and the Summer PROMISE Program is held in 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, science, English and leadership
- Interactive, hands-on learning
- Personal skills development
- The opportunity to experience IMSA’s residential environment
- Preparation for the Academy application process
- Family involvement in the program
Fall PROMISE Program
The application for the Fall PROMISE Program is now closed.
The PROMISE Fall Program serves students in the 7th, 8th, and 9th grade. This program is held on ten Saturdays during the fall and winter at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora from 8AM – 1:30PM. Participants are expected to attend all ten sessions.
Summer PROMISE Program
Summer PROMISE Program applications will be available March 9, 2020!
Tentative Program Dates: June 17th – 27th, 2020
The PROMISE Summer Program serves students in the summer between their 8th and 9th-grade years. The program is held at the Academy in Aurora and participating students live in IMSA residence halls. Typically the program is held the last two weeks in June. The application process is competitive and the cost for the program is $50. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from IMSA at the start and completion of the program. Participants are expected to remain for the entire duration of the program.
Applications are completed online and will require students to send electronic requests for a math or science teacher evaluation and an additional school representative for records.