Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.


IMSA Science Teacher Dr. Megan Schrementi was nominated by her colleagues and was recently recognized as a new teacher of the year at the Illinois Science Teachers Association (ISTA) conference held in October.

Three IMSA seniors have been selected as 2011-12 National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholars (NHRP), an important academic award that identifies outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students.

IMSA recently inducted 32 students from throughout Illinois into its chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS).

Five IMSA seniors have qualified as semifinalists in the 2012 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students.

IMSA recently recognized its 52 semifinalists in the 2012 National Merit® Scholarship Program. The semifinalists represent 36 communities throughout Illinois.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy welcomed 224 Illinois students as members of its sophomore class, the Class of 2014

City of Aurora Mayor Tom Weisner commemorated IMSA's 25th birthday with an official proclamation, naming September 7, 2011 as "Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Day."

During the recent convocation, IMSA Student Council President Aadi Tolappa '12 told IMSA's newest sophomores to keep an open mind and take advantage of new opportunities. "... My greatest advice to all of you is to find balance in your new lifestyle and to try new things," Tolappa said. "In a new school, you have the opportunity to choose a new direction for your life."

By Lucy Filipac '12 and Director of Legislative Relations and Strategic Planning Dr. Purva J. Rushi

State Representative Thaddeus Jones began by asking the class of 30 sophomore students to close their eyes. They had gathered in a break-out session on August 31 to discuss the “Cycle of Poverty,” just one of the topics being addressed during EnACT - an innovative new program which equips sophomores with the ability to create and potentially pass a bill on the topic of their choice.

The IMSA 2011 Convocation keynote address presented by Surgeon Dr. Lillian Kao '89 sounded more like a tribute to her fellow Charter Class graduates and their many and varied "great" accomplishments.