Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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AURORA— The twenty-first senior class of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) will graduate at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 30, at the Paramount Theatre in Aurora.  This year’s commencement address will be presented by Paul H. Knappenberger Jr., Ph.D., president of the Adler Planetarium and Astronomy Museum in Chicago.

Newsweek/The Daily Beast named the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy one of the “Best High Schools in America” in its published list of 500 schools. 

In the Newsweek/The Daily Beast feature IMSA was ranked 37.  

IMSA is one of only five educational institutions in Illinois named to the Top 100. This is the sixth consecutive year IMSA was recognized by Newsweek in its annual ranking.

IMSA has been named a 2009 Intel Schools of Distinction winner, taking the top honor for "science excellence" at the high school level.  Each year, only one high school in the nation is the recipient of this prestigious recognition.

By IMSA Mathematics Faculty Member Dr. Vince Matsko

IMSA junior Corrine Madsen won first place nationally at Level 9 in the International Kangaroo Mathematics Competition hosted at the Academy.  More than 5,000,000 students in 40 countries participate, with approximately 2,600 students participating in the United States.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA), will host a Ceremonial Ribbon Cutting of its new Chicago Field Office located at James R. Doolittle East School in Chicago on Monday, May 4, 2009 from 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m at the school to announce its unique partnership with Chicago Public Schools.

Patrick Hurst, a senior at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, was selected to be a member of the United States Physics Team. Only 20 students nationally are chosen for the 2009 team from a pool of more than 2,000 nominees.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy has been named one of only 18 nationwide finalists for the Intel Schools of Distinction.

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) is seeking applicants for its summer residential enrichment program for underrepresented minority students.

The IMSA Fund for Advancement of Education ( has received a $60,000 grant from the Tellabs Foundation to advance innovation in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) teaching and learning at IMSA and beyond.

Nobel Laureate and IMSA Resident Scholar Dr. Leon Lederman is the recipient of the 2009 National Space Grant Distinguished Service Award.