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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.

Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
Percent Proficient - Math
Average Graduation Rate
99%
Average SAT
1450
515 responses
Average ACT
33
352 responses
AP Enrollment
34%
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Living in the Area
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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$69,730
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,205
National
$949
Median Home Value
$178,300
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.33 responses
Poll
70%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.33 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 86 responses
Report
  • Clash of the Halls
    34%
  • Cultural shows
    21%
  • Fall carnival
    13%
  • Residential Programming
    7%
  • Pep rallies
    6%
  • Spirit Week
    6%
  • Day of service
    5%

Students

Diversity
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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%
94%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.31 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.31 responses
13%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.31 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
12:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
Teachers in First/Second Year
18.5%
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.42 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.42 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.42 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.42 responses
60%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.42 responses
93%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.42 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!
This school is very great, but there is a lot of factors that you need to take into consideration when applying or attending. There is a lot of work that goes into this school. Even thought the student meet only 4 days a week, those for days are filled with stress, homework, tests, and meetings. This school offers a lot of opportunities on the other hand. There is student research opportunities, internship opportunities, a vast amount of leadership positions, and many fun activities/events are held throughout the school year.