Living at IMSA
The staff believes that students who choose to attend the Academy are committed to developing their personal and social skills along with academic talents. The residence halls are places where living and learning meet. It is there that each student will meet new and different people, encounter new ideas and differing values, and test the student’s self-discipline. Students will find the residence halls are places where all of the elements of the IMSA community fuse. A student’s acceptance to attend the Academy constitutes an agreement on his/her part to actively support the Academy’s expectations. Community success will depend on the cooperative efforts of all.
Although students may not be physically in the halls, Residence Life will continue to provide support and multiple engagement opportunities for our students. All students will be assigned to a Resident Counselor (RC) based on housing assignments. Members of the Resident Counselor staff will be available 7 days per week (hours and staff will vary). Resident Counselors will be reaching out to students periodically to check in and provide support to all IMSA students. The RC check-in can happen via Zoom calls, phone calls, emails, etc. Consider which communication methods work best for you.
While we are engaged in distance learning our residential programs including the RSL program and Peer Tutor program will still be running. RCs, with help of the residential student leaders (RSLs), will still host both educational and social programs to help foster positive relationships as well as help our students grow into the great leaders of tomorrow. Required residential programming will take place Thursdays at 2:30 p.m. Aside from the required educational programs, there will be additional optional social programs that students are strongly encouraged to attend.
Though study hours are not mandatory while we are in distance learning, RCs will host study sessions for a minimum of 2 hours per day Sunday through Thursday. Study sessions may also be provided on Fridays and Saturdays based on the needs and interests of students. Study sessions will be conducted via Zoom video conference calls to connect students in need of academic assistance with one of IMSA’s peer tutors. It is highly encouraged that students spend at least two hours per school night studying and completing homework, as it is easy to fall behind. More details and information will come with exact dates, times, and links to attend the sessions.