Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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


IMSA has qualified for the national championship in the Interstellar online math competition, having gone undefeated so far. IMSA is currently ranked 21st in the country

Four Seniors and one Junior were named semifinalists in the 2013 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, a science research competition for high school students

National Achievement

Four IMSA seniors have qualified as semifinalists in the 2013 National Achievement® Scholarship Program, an academic competition for African-American high school students.

National Hispanic Winners

The College Board’s National Hispanic Recognition Program (NHRP) recognized three IMSA seniors with honorable mentions, an academic award that identifies outstanding Hispanic/Latino high school students

Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall

Founding President and President Emerita Dr. Stephanie Pace Marshall attended the 2013 annual meeting for members of the Clinton Global Initiative

Gita Krishnaswamy, an IMSA '96 alumna, secured about $400,000 in federal Race to the Top funding to bring Problem-Based Learning to Kent Washington, in collaboration with IMSA's PBL Network

The National Merit Scholarship Program recently named 48 semifinalists from IMSA in its 2014 competition.

Sarah Lightfoot Vidal

Sarah Lightfoot Vidal, a 2008 IMSA alumna and recent graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia, has been given a Fulbright Student Grant to conduct research in Concepción, Chile.

Vinesh Kannan

Vinesh Kannan, a Junior from Schaumburg, excelled in the National Forensic League’s speech competition, earning 10th place out of 250 competitors in the Domestic Extemporaneous Speaking category.

James Tao

Senior James Tao outdid himself this summer, winning a gold medal competing for Team USA at the International Mathematics Olympiad.