PROMISE Program

PROMISE Program

Applications for the Virtual 7th and 8th Grade PROMISE Program will be available this Fall. Check back in November for more details!

All Virtual 9th Grade Fall PROMISE Program 2020 decisions have been posted. Session Dates are:

The program will run on these dates from 9AM-12:30PM

  • September 26, 2020
  • October 3, 17, 24 and 31
  • November 7, 14, and 21
  • December 5 and 12

***Due to the impact of COVID-19, IMSA’s 9th Grade Fall PROMISE Program will be held virtually. The 7th and 8th grade PROMISE Program has been postponed to Spring 2021 in the hopes of providing in person learning sessions. Applications for the 7th and 8th Grade program will be available in November 2020.***

¡NUEVO! La Oficina de Admisiones presenta la guía de solicitud del Program PROMISE en español a continuación.

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 students who choose to pursue STEM education by providing academic enrichment programming at low to no cost.  Attending these sessions provides students with the opportunity to work with IMSA faculty, staff, and student mentors while exploring IMSA’s unique learning laboratory. This program also works with participants to prepare them for the IMSA Admissions Process. PROMISE programs are held on the campus of the Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy in Aurora, Illinois.

The PROMISE program consists of two separate experiences. The Fall PROMISE Program is held on Saturdays during the fall and winter (free transportation is provided for students coming from Chicago), and the Summer PROMISE Program is held in 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, science, English and leadership
  • Interactive, hands-on learning
  • Personal skills development
  • The opportunity to experience IMSA’s residential environment
  • Preparation for the Academy application process
  • Family involvement in the program


Fall PROMISE Program

Students enrolled in 9th grade in the Fall fo 2020 are eligible to apply to IMSA’s Virtual Fall PROMISE Program. This application will be released on August 1st, 2020. The program will take place on Saturdays from September 2020 – December 2020 with the first scheduled session scheduled for Saturday, September 26, 2020. Sessions will run from 9:00am to 12:30pm. All ten sessions will be held virtually.

Please note that the 7th and 8th grade PROMISE Program has been postponed until Spring 2021 in hopes of providing in-person learning opportunities.


Summer PROMISE Program

Application for the Summer 2020 Program is now closed.

¡NUEVO! La Oficina de Admisiones presenta la guía de solicitud del Program PROMISE 2019-2020 en español. Familias pueden usar este documento descargable para seguir junto con la solicitud en línea de su estudiante. No será aceptado este documento como aplicación al programa. Los futuros estudiantes deben presentar la solicitud en línea.

Solicitud del Programa PROMISE

The PROMISE Summer Program serves students in the summer between their 8th and 9th-grade years. Students currently enrolled in the 8th grade are eligible to apply. The program is held at the Academy in Aurora and participating students live in IMSA residence halls. Typically the program is held the last two weeks in June. The application process is competitive and the cost for the program is $50. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from IMSA at the start and completion of the program. Participants are expected to remain for the entire duration of the program.

Applications are completed online and will require students to send electronic requests for a math or science teacher evaluation and an additional school representative for records.