Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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Apply Now for Saturday Student Enrichment Program

Registration is now open for ninth-graders in the Chicago area to participate in the tuition-free PROMISE - Early Involvement Program (EIP) sponsored by the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA). The application deadline is Friday, October 16, 2009. Applications are now available online at

In its 19th year, PROMISE - EIP is designed to help African-American, Latino and economically disadvantaged students improve their mathematics, science and communications skills as well as increase their competitiveness if they choose to apply to IMSA.

The Chicago Saturday sessions will be held at James R. Doolittle East School, 535 E. 35th Street, November 7, 2009 through March 3, 2010.
PROMISE - EIP will include discovery-based and collaborative activities, as well as some preparation for the Scholastic Aptitude Test. Students develop research, decision-making, and self-motivation skills while studying mathematics, science and English. Students also will attend an all-day retreat at IMSA in December. Visit the admissions website at

Ninth grade African-American, Latino and economically disadvantaged students who reside in the Chicago area are eligible for the program. Students can direct questions to IMSA Admissions at (630) 907-5028 or 1-800-500-IMSA.

The PROMISE-Early Involvement Program is generously support by SAP America, Inc. and the Polk Bros. Foundation.

The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) develops creative, ethical leaders in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  As a teaching and learning laboratory created by the State of Illinois, IMSA enrolls academically talented Illinois students (grades 10-12) in its advanced, residential college preparatory program, and it serves thousands of educators and students in Illinois and beyond through innovative instructional programs that foster imagination and inquiry. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships. (

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