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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B
  4. College Prep
    A-
  5. Clubs & Activities
    C
  6. Health & Safety
    A+
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    NG
  9. Food
    A-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Proviso Math & Science Academy is a highly rated, public school located in Forest Park, IL. It has 742 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 17 to 1. According to state test scores, 67% of students are at least proficient in math and 82% in reading.
Address
8601 Roosevelt Rd
Forest Park, IL 60130
Telephone
(708) 338-4100
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Proviso Math & Science Academy Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
82%
Percent Proficient - Math
67%
Average Graduation Rate
95%
Average SAT
1190
149 responses
Average ACT
25
163 responses
AP Enrollment
38%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B
  3. Housing
    C+
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$55,359
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$984
National
$949
Median Home Value
$229,600
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.37 responses
Poll
54%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.37 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 142 responses
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  • Spirit Week
    25%
  • Pep Rally, Senior trip/Picnic
    17%
  • Dances
    17%
  • Research Symposium
    10%
  • Prom
    9%
  • Homecoming
    5%
  • Pep rallies
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
742
Free or Reduced Lunch
39%
79%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.43 responses
88%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.43 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.43 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
17:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$66,148
Teachers in First/Second Year
0%
68%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.50 responses
80%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.50 responses
84%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.50 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
C
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Very Low
Expenses Per Student
$22,104/ year
National
$12,239
51%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.53 responses
30%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.53 responses
49%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.53 responses
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Proviso Math & Science Academy Reviews

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proviso math and science academy opened up opportunities for me that I know I would've gotten if i had gone to a private school, even with some of the particularities about this school. PMSA provided me with a unique high school experience that for the most part was enjoyable. The academics at this school are challenging at times and can be stressful for any student but most teachers are willing to give you the extra time to help you become a more successful student. However I do believe PMSA should be more open to exploring fine arts programs as most of the focus is on academic aspects of high school life and to make the school stand out academically amongst other high schools. Moreover there's a big focus on preparing for standardized testing that takes away from exploring other subjects beyond that curriculum in a classroom setting, which can be annoying.
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While I love all my former classmates who have done amazing things since graduating from PMSA, there were a lot of things that I didn't like and overall I felt unprepared for college. To start, when I first started at PMSA, there were no AP classes, and when there were some offered (starting my junior year), they were all in classes that would not help me in my future academic career. Another thing that was unique, but not ideal, was that if you wanted to play sports, you had to play at your "home school" because they don't have athletics at PMSA. So because I lived closest to Proviso West, that is where I played sports. It was a great experience, but definitely not normal and negatively affected school pride. I will mention though that Spirit Week was always really fun, even though we didn't have sports. The students that go here are amazing, I just hope it's run better than when I was there.
PMSA (Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy in short) is known for being the catalyst of success, which it lives up to be. The first two years, we are taught the essentials or the basics, just like in college. Then during our junior year, our faculty and teachers absolutely make sure that we have our heads in the game and focus because this year is what leads to our future, just as in college, we figure out what the rest of our life is going to consist of. But academics isn’t the only thing PMSA offers. It offers diversity, passion, protection, stability, but most importantly, its offers you a great future. Being in the top 10 schools in Cook County and being in the gold rankings of the nation ensures that it prepares all students for nothing but the best. It shows promise towards our future. By doing and offering all of this, the Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy ensures that it truly is the catalyst to success.