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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    C
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is a top rated, public, magnet, alternative school located in Aurora, IL. It has 647 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 12 to 1.
About Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy...
Address
1500 Sullivan Rd
Aurora, IL 60506
Telephone
(630) 907-5000
Website
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Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
Percent Proficient - Math
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1450
431 responses
Average ACT
33
322 responses
AP Enrollment
34%
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Living in the Area
B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Dense Suburban
Median Household Income
$66,848
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,145
National
$949
Median Home Value
$170,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
97%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.29 responses
Poll
69%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.29 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 71 responses
Report
  • Clash of the Halls
    37%
  • Cultural shows
    20%
  • Fall carnival
    13%
  • Residential Programming
    7%
  • Day of service
    6%
  • Homecoming
    4%
  • Pep rallies
    4%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
647
Free or Reduced Lunch
0%
96%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.27 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.27 responses
7%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.27 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.5%
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.38 responses
82%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.38 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.38 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A+
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
Expenses Per Student
National
$12,239
100%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.38 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.38 responses
92%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.38 responses
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Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Reviews

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I think that, overall, the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy is a great school. The teachers I have had are super nice and always supportive, and are willing to help outside of the classroom. The curriculum is challenging and there are many fun student-run events! I love the opportunities that are offered here and I think that the school has really helped me grow as a person with all the hard work we have to do and also the mandatory activities outside of the classroom.
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Wonderful experience! I loved going to IMSA for the past three years. Although the academics are very challenging, and many late nights will be spent studying, the teachers care about the students and want to see them grow and succeed. The opportunities here are endless, including a wonderful SIR (Student Inquiry Research) program which allows the students to spend their Wednesdays researching. The school has also had many new renovations, including new science labs, study areas, and much more. The school is also so diverse, and students are encouraged to share their opinions and life stories. What a wonderful place to study!
I was afforded many opportunities at IMSA that I would not have had at my old school, such as mentors that work in my future field, practical lab experience, and programs to enhance my leadership skills while serving the community. With that in mind there were academic, social, and emotional challenges that were not productive in helping students grow as a leader, learner, and overall person. When talking to administration about some if these issues, most students concerns were unheard and were left unaddressed. Some students concerns include teachers not having enough training or experience in education, lack of ethnic diversity in faculty, and the lack of support of residential staff.