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About IMSA

“To ignite and nurture creative, ethical, scientific minds that advance the human condition.”

The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy® (IMSA) 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.


All people have equal intrinsic worth.
All people have choices and are responsible for their actions.
Belonging to a community requires a commitment to the common good.
Diverse perspectives enrich understanding and inspire discovery and creativity.
Honesty, trust, and respect are vital for any relationship to thrive.
Learning never ends.
Meaning is constructed by the learner.
No one’s path in life is predetermined.
The ability to discern and create connections is the essence of understanding.
We are all stewards of our planet.
We can significantly improve life on our planet.



Welcome to IMSA

IMSA Academics

IMSA Residential Life

IMSA Promise Program

IMSA Student Profile – Travis

The IMSA Student

IMSA Innovation and Entrepreneurship

IMSA Athletics and Activities

IMSA Life After IMSA

IMSA Student Profile – Cristal

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