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Innovation Showcase at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy featuring keynote speaker Betsy Ziegler, CEO, 1871

Join us for a celebration of entrepreneurial and tech innovations from the IMSA community!
11-Apr-2019 11:05 AM EDT Add to Favorites

Chicago Suburban Teen Talks About ‘Gut-Wrenching’ Account of Child Shooting Victims in “Since Parkland,” Remains Hopeful

Chicago Suburban Teen Talks About ‘Gut-Wrenching’ Account of Child Shooting Victims in “Since Parkland”, Remains Hopeful
6-Mar-2019 11:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

The World Becomes What You Teach – Zoe Weil, Education Expert Gives Talk at IMSA

Meet Zoe Weil, a popular TEDx Talk speaker, for a free program on “The World Becomes What You Teach,” also the title of her recent book.
22-Feb-2019 10:05 AM EST Add to Favorites

Jimmy Ren ’19 Named Regeneron Science Talent Search High School Scholar

IMSA’s Jimmy Ren ’19 is among 300 high school seniors that have been named scholars in the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Scholars represent 177 high schools in 35 states. Each of the 300 scholars and their schools will be awarded $2,000.
17-Jan-2019 2:05 PM EST Add to Favorites

IMSA Announces Passing of Founder, Dr. Leon Lederman

It is with heartfelt sorrow that Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy announces the death of its founder, Dr. Leon Lederman, on Wednesday, October 3 at the age of 96. As a physicist, researcher, university professor, national laboratory...
10-Oct-2018 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

IMSA Promise Receives Insight Into Diversity Magazine’s 2018 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award

National Recognition of Programs That Are Making a Difference for All Underrepresented Groups in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
15-Aug-2018 4:45 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Named #1 Public High School in America

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) has been named the #1 Public High School in America in Niche.com’s 2019 rankings.
2-Aug-2018 1:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Ocient and Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Partner to Keep Top Tech Talent in Illinois

Ocient, the developer of a new relational database for petabyte- to exabyte-scale data sets, has partnered with IMSA to support the school’s development of creative, ethical, scientific minds and to keep the next generation of top computer student...
10-Jul-2018 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

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IMSA: Developing a Diverse Pipeline of Innovative Leaders for the World

A strong and diverse pipeline of innovative leaders is preparing to solve the world’s most complex social problems through STEM education.
29-Jun-2018 10:55 AM EDT

IMSA President to Join STEM Education Leaders at the White House

Dr. Jose M. Torres, President of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, will attend the first-of-its-kind State-Federal Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education Summit hosted by The White House Office of Science and...
21-Jun-2018 8:05 AM EDT

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The internationally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy 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. (www.imsa.edu)

Enabling Legislation and Governance

IMSA is both a public residential preparatory institution for academically talented students (grades 10-12) and a catalyst and laboratory for the advancement of teaching statewide, with responsibility to stimulate further excellence for all Illinois schools in mathematics and science. By design, IMSA is not part of the K-12 educational system. Rather, IMSA is an independent state agency governed by an appointed Board of Trustees. IMSA's budget is part of the Illinois higher education system.

Those We Serve

IMSA's tuition-free residential educational program enrolls a diverse student body of 650 from all areas of Illinois; admission is highly competitive. IMSA delivers professional development programs for mathematics and science teachers and enrichment programs for elementary, middle and high school students. These are offered at IMSA, at sites throughout Illinois and online. IMSA also advances education through research, groundbreaking ventures and strategic partnerships.

National and International Leadership

IMSA is a recognized leader in mathematics and science education at the national and international levels and serves students, educators and policymakers beyond Illinois. Several examples: (1) IMSA founded and helps lead the work of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology which consists of 75+ member institutions, including IMSA and the similar residential programs in 14 other states; (2) IMSA provides extensive professional development in problem-based learning to teachers in the nation and abroad; (3) IMSA staff and students serve on important national panels and task forces and are invited as presenters at prestigious national and international conferences; and (4) IMSA is a model upon which a number of other schools in the U.S. and abroad are based.

Widely acclaimed for its leadership in innovative approaches to teaching and learning, IMSA has been profiled by NBC-TV's Dateline, CNN's Science and Technology News, USA Today, New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal, to name a few.




Tami Armstrong
Director of Public Affairs



Katelyn Lancaster
Senior Communications Specialist


Beverly Lee
Assistant to the Director of Development





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