198 reviews
  1. Aurora, IL
  2. 10-12
  3. Public, Alternative
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Readiness
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    A+
  8. Sports
    C-
  9. Food
    A
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Address
1500 Sullivan Rd
Aurora, IL 60506
Telephone
(630) 907-5053
Website

Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Rankings

Niche ranks over 14,000 public high schools based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
Data not available
Percent Proficient - Math
Data not available
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1440
221 responses
Average ACT
33
195 responses
AP Enrollment
55%

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
95%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.21 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.21 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 41 responses
  • Clash of the Halls
    44%
  • Cultural shows
    24%
  • Fall carnival
    17%
  • Day of service
    5%
  • Gutter Splits
    2%
  • Sporting events
    2%
  • Homecoming
    2%

Students

Diversity
A-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
650
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.19 responses
74%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.19 responses
11%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.19 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
Data not available
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.30 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.30 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.30 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on expenses per student, number of sports offered, and student and parent reviews.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
Data not available
National
$11,890
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.30 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.30 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.30 responses

Illinois Mathematics & Science Academy Reviews

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The most unique part about IMSA is that it simulates a college experience, from college prep classes to sleeping in residence halls on campus, to the variety of food delivery options available. It teaches lessons that are beyond the classroom, such as personal care, respecting community, and most importantly respecting the backgrounds of those around you. While they don't always go about it in the best way possible, and stress and lack of sleep are always common problems on campus, you come out of this experience a different person, for better or for worse. You'll make amazing friends and connections along the way that makes the experience all the better.
Imsa is going downhill very quickly. I'm glad I am going to be leaving this school. The administration and officials are secretive and hide things from parents and students. They do not collaborate or accommodate well with parents or students either. They are unfair, unhelpful, secretive, and unreasonable. All departments are slipping as policies are changing that take away what IMSA is really about: self guided learning and true passion. Student opportunities are dwindling and imsa is becoming more and more restrictive while at the same time other high schools are giving students more opportunities. Imsa is a great concept and was once great but the quality of education and student life are plummeting. Some real changes to policies and staff need to be enacted if this place wants to be open in 5 years. Because at this rate, imsa is going to crash and burn really fast.
Many clubs are run by students; students are able to form their own too. There are many types of clubs and organizations, from the academic ones such as Science Olympiad, Mu Alpha Theta, and Math Team, to Future Business Leaders of America and Judicial Club, to the more casual ones such as League of Legends club, Badminton, and Club Vernon. There are also cultural groups, such as those for African-, Asian-, Latino-, and European-descent students. If there is no club that one likes, one can create a new one. The level of commitment can range from almost none to multiple meetings a week. This is still not counting the athletics. Many students participate in sports and are still able to keep up with their schoolwork. Administration enforces this and may declare a student's ineligibility due to poor class performance.