Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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

Learn More about IMSA's Academic and Summer Programs

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IMSA is a tution-free, world-class powerhouse for educating talented students.

Profiled by The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and recently named “Hogwarts for Hackers” by Wired Magazine, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) is a leader in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. IMSA's students reach extraordinary levels of achievement, earning numerous awards from national and global competitions including the Intel Science Talent Search, the International Mathematical Olympiad and the High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HSMCiM).

IMSA's highly accomplished graduates forge new frontiers as nationally recognized scientists, mathematicians, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and more. Alumni include the co-founders of YouTube, PayPal, Netscape, and Yelp, business leaders, technology experts at Google and Microsoft, Rhodes scholars and Fulbright Grantees.. 

Do you know the kind of 3rd-9th grade student who conducts experiments in the kitchen, designs computer programs, or creates complex structures from Lego blocks? If so,share our Academic and Summer Programs with them!

IMSA offers Day Programs at its Aurora campus

IMSA offers Residential Programs at its Aurora campus

Your student does not have to be a resident of Illinois to attend our programs. If you can provide transportation or arrange for other family members to pick up and drop off your student, we would love to learn with you. We are also launching more integrative online courses for 2014. Be the first to hear about (and register) for these programs by following us on social media and signing up for our updates.

Know an 8th or 9th grader gifted in STEM? IMSA's tuition-free residential academy is now accepting applications!

IMSA is now taking applications from Illinois ninth grade students for consideration to its three-year (grades 10-12) advanced college preparatory program, which uses innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry to develop creative, ethical leaders in science and mathematics.

Each year, approximately 250 gifted students are invited to attend the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. Located in Aurora, 40 miles west of downtown Chicago, IMSA is a public residential high school. Students here soon discover the excitement of belonging to a supportive community of bright, motivated classmates and teachers while gaining experiences and achieving at levels rarely obtainable in traditional high schools.