Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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Newsweek Names IMSA Among Top in Nation in Annual Ranking

For the fifth consecutive year, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy was named to the "Public Elites" list in Newsweek Magazine's Best High Schools in the U.S. special report.  

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This year IMSA is one of only 21 educational institutions nationwide and one of only two in Illinois  named to the list. The other in Illinois is University Laboratory High School in Urbana.  IMSA and University Laboratory High School were also the only two from Illinois named to the list last year, which included 16 high schools nationwide.  

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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