IMSA is committed to equity and excellence, including active recruitment of students from all areas of Illinois. IMSA’s PROMISE Program addresses the unique challenges of culturally, linguistically, and ethnically diverse (CLED) students who have interest in STEM education by providing academic enrichment programming at low to no cost. This grant-funded program is designed to support Black or African American students, Latinx students, students who qualify for the national free or reduced-price meal program, as well as rural Illinois students.
Attending these sessions provides students with the opportunity to work with IMSA faculty, staff, and student mentors while exploring IMSA’s unique learning laboratory. The program also works with interested participants to prepare them for the IMSA Admissions Process. PROMISE programs are typically held on the campus of the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois.
The PROMISE Program consists of three grade-based experiences. The Fall and/or Spring PROMISE Programs are held on Saturdays during the fall and/or spring semesters. The Summer PROMISE Program is held during the month of June. Each program has a separate application process. You can find more details about the programs below or in our PROMISE Brochure.
Program highlights include:
- Exposure to curriculum that increases skills in math and science
- Interactive, hands-on learning
- Personal skills development
- The opportunity to experience IMSA’s residential programming
- Preparation for the Academy application process