Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

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

National and Global Acclaim for IMSA

IMSA teams received the highest ranking possible in the 13th annual International High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM). Their performance placed IMSA among the top seven schools in the world in last year's competition.
IMSA was ranked 11th in the nation in schools with the highest SAT/ACT scores according to a Niche survey shared by outlets such as Business Insider. The survey of more than 75,000 students over a two year period ranked IMSA as number 1 in the Midwest, and among highly prestigious schools nationwide.
Education Week wrote an in-depth piece about IMSA's impact throughout Illinois, from its residential academy to its outreach programs such as FUSION and Allies, and including the news that YouTube Co-Founder Steve Chen '96 donated $1 million towards a new innovation center for IMSA.
IMSA was mentioned in a Washington Post article as one of the "very best among high caliber institutions" as part of their coverage of America's most challenging high schools. IMSA fell under the category of "top-performing schools with elite students" because it is a non-neighborhood school with very high SAT/ACT averages.
WIRED's Klint Finley thoroughly captured the STEM-focused and entrepreneurial culture of IMSA in the Wired.com feature "Hogwarts for Hackers: Inside the Science and Tech School of Tomorrow."
IMSA was named the winner of the 2009 Intel Schools of Distinction Star Innovator Award. Each year, only one educational institution in the nation is the recipient of this prestigious recognition.
Newsweek/The Daily Beast named IMSA one of the "Best High Schools in America" in its annual ranking. IMSA was recognized by Newsweek for six consecutive years.
The Wall Street Journal named IMSA among the top 40 public and private college preparatory institutions in the world for placing graduates in U.S. Ivy League and highly selective colleges and universities.
In its 2010 publication, Planting the Seeds for a Diverse U.S. STEM Pipeline, the Bayer Corporation names IMSA FUSION (formerly known as IMSA Excellence 2000+) among only 38 programs nationwide as "K-12 Best Practice Programs." The nationally recognized programs were able to demonstrate "challenging content/curriculum, an inquiry learning environment, defined outcomes/assessment and sustained commitment/community support."
Student Inquiry and Research at IMSA is one of only 18 science education models in the nation to be included in the National Science Teachers Association book, 3Inquiry: The Key to Exemplary Science. Chapter four of the book, "Student Inquiry and Research: Developing Students' Authentic Inquiry Skills," features IMSA's inquiry-based program.