Shadow Days - Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy

Shadow Days

Shadow Days

An Academy Shadow Day is a great way for students to get a sense of what IMSA is all about. Visiting students will be hosted by current students and will attend classes, have lunch in the cafeteria and conclude with a Q&A session with one of our Admissions Counselors.

Shadow Days are reserved for applicants only. Students must have a submitted application or have an application in progress to register.

There are 20 spots available per day on a first come first serve basis. Students may only register and attend once.

Academy Shadow Days will be held on:

Monday, October 28, 2019 – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm (Registration Closed)

Monday, November 18, 2019 – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm (Registration Closed)

Monday, December 9, 2019 – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm (Registration Closed)

Monday, January 27, 2020 – 7:30 am to 3:00 pm (Sold Out)

Monday, February 24, 2020- 7:30 am to 3:00 pm (Sold out)

Shadow Day Wait list

Are you still interested in attending a Shadow Day this year? This Registration form is for being added to the Shadow Day Waitlist only. This is not a registration for any specific date, but to be called if we have cancellations before a shadow day. Any invitations to attend will be emailed to the address provided or called to the phone number provided. Once you are invited, you would have 24 hours to respond before we would move on to the next person on the list.

Depending on interest, the Academy may decide to add another date to the calendar. Waitlist Registrants would be notified by the admissions staff to register through the event portal, before opening the event to the general public.

For questions about Shadow Days, please feel free to call (630) 907-5059 or email

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What takes place during a shadow visit?

Students will check-in at IMSA between 7:30 am and 7:45 am to be paired with an IMSA student host. From 8 am – 2:15 pm students will attend classes, explore the Academy, and have lunch in the cafeteria. At 2:15 pm students will go to IN2 and have a Q&A session with an Admissions Counselor. Parents are welcome to attend the Q&A. Departure time is 3:00 pm.

2. Am I eligible to shadow at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy?

All 8th & 9th graders with an open application are welcome to schedule a visit. Shadow guests will be hosted on October 28th, 2019, November 18th, 2019, Dec 9th 2019, and January 27th, 2020. Visits are from 7:30 am to 3:00 pm.

3. How do I schedule a shadow visit?

You will have to register on our website on the upper right hand corner and complete the online registration. Once your request is submitted, a member of the Admissions team will contact you to confirm and answer any additional questions.

 NOTE: All visits must be approved and confirmed prior to your arriving at IMSA.

4. Can I request a person to shadow with?

If you know a current IMSA student you would like to shadow, please state that in your registration. We will do our best to accommodate requests, but there are no guarantees due to schedules and availability.

5. When and where should I arrive for my shadow visit?

You should arrive by 7:45 am at our main entrance (West Parking Lot). A representative from the Admission Office will be there to meet you at the front desk. There you will be introduced to your IMSA host and provided with a lunch ticket for the school cafeteria. Parents have the option to come to the Q&A session at 2:15 pm.

6. What is the attire?

Casual attire is fine (t-shirt, sweatshirt, jeans/shorts and gym shoes). It is recommended that students bring a sweater or light jacket because the academic building can be cool.

7. What time does the day end?

The day will end at 3:00 pm and parents can pick up students at the main entrance.

8. Can I pick up my student before 3:00 pm?

Yes, we do ask that you let us know when you are registering and we will make sure your student is at the front entrance at the requested time.

9. What should I bring on a shadow visit?

Students should bring a book or homework. We will do our best to schedule a busy classroom day; however, if there is a pop quiz or an exam, shadow guests will have the option to work or read.

10. Are phones allowed during the school day?

Students will be able to have their phones but all phones must be turned off or kept on silent mode while indoors. When in use, students must be courteous of activities and daily business of the Academy and use proper phone etiquette.

11. I am running late, what should I do?

Please contact the Office of Admissions at 630-907-5028. Late arrivals will connect with their host at a time suitable to their schedule that will not disturb classes.

Reminders: Register online – Arrive by 7:45 am – Pickup time will be 3:00 pm – Lunch will be provided – Shadow guests please dress comfortable – Guest may be photographed for future promotions