Spring PROMISE Program (LS2S) – 7th and 8th Grades

Applications for Spring PROMISE – Leading Students 2 Success (LS2S) for 7th and 8th-grade students is now closed. Information and application will be released in November 2022.

Our priority at IMSA will always be the safety of our students, faculty, and staff, and we are following guidance from local, state, and federal agencies in our planning. To provide the best experience, the PROMISE – LS2S Program will be hosted in Spring 2023. Students enrolled in 7th and 8th grade (LS2S) during the 2022-23 school year are eligible to apply to IMSA’s Spring 2023 PROMISE Program. The program typically takes place on Saturdays between February – April. Sessions will run from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

IMSA's PROMISE Programs aim to address the challenges of culturally, linguistically, and economically diverse (CLED) students. PROMISE is a proven model of success for realizing the vision of a highly diverse and creative STEM workforce. Eligible students will be in 7th - 9th grade in Illinois, demonstrate high academic achievement and meet one or more of the following criteria:

 

  • Student identifies as Black or African American and/or Latinx
  • Student resides in a rural Illinois county
  • Student qualifies for National School Lunch Program

Our PROMISE Program application will be available on November 16th. The application will consist of the following items. All materials must be submitted by the deadline of January 6th.

  • Complete the online application
  • Teacher Evaluation Form from a current Math or Science teacher
  • Last 1.5 years of Official Grade Reports/Counselor Form
  • Student Essay
  • Parent Statement

The Teacher Evaluation should be completed by a current math or science teacher. IMSA recommends notifying your teacher before sending an evaluation request, so they are prepared to complete the evaluation. Once you have started your online application, you can request teacher evaluations through SchoolRecs using the same login credentials of your application portal. In SchoolRecs, you will see a list of evaluation forms to choose from in order to submit your recommendation requests where you will enter teacher emails and contact information, so they can receive the evaluation form.

Send the Counselor Form to the current school counselor (or school administrator who oversees transcript requests). Once you have started your online application, you can request the Counselor Form through SchoolRecs by using the same login credentials of your application portal. In SchoolRecs, you will see a list of evaluation forms, including the counselor form. Once selected, you can enter the counselor's email, so they can receive the evaluation form and submit transcripts. It's important to note that counselors will need to upload official transcripts from the last 1.5 years and instructions on how to upload official transcripts are provided to them after they complete the evaluation form.

November 16: Application Opens

November - January: Complete Application Materials

January 6: Application Closes

January 27: Decisions are released via email

The Spring PROMISE Program will be held on Saturdays starting in February through April from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Below are the exact dates of the program:

  • February 11 (Virtual Family Orientation)
  • February 25
  • March 4
  • March 25
  • April 1
  • April 8
  • April 22
  • April 29