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1500 Sullivan Road
Aurora, IL 60506

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Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective
July 01, 2015
Some teachers take the discovery-based learning (one of our mottos) too seriously. They will literally not help you out and can be condescending at times. I think discovery-based learning is terrible for math, it's ok for science, and probably better left to the humanities during class discussion. You certainly learn a lot more at IMSA than at a typical high school, and you're encouraged to double up on math or science junior/senior year (sophomores are forced to double up on sciences).

- submitted by a student
Amount of homework: Too much
July 01, 2015
Every teacher acts like their class is the only class you're taking--particularly the humanities (which is ironic considering this is a math and science school). You get worksheets (daily), problem sets (weekly), and online homework (WebWorks, weekly) in math; various labs, readings, and worksheets in the sciences; sooo many readings (usually daily reading assignments, since classes are discussion-based) and papers (properly formatted) in literature and history (depending on your teacher), and homework from your language class. Japanese is probably the easiest language at IMSA. There's usually not that much homework and Sensei is good about knowing when we all are getting hammered with projects and homework so we will watch J-dramas or talk about food during those times.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Strongly agree
July 01, 2015
You have to be strong to make it through the rigorous academics and the large amount of homework given. If you are not persistent, you are more than likely to drop out in the first year or so, taking away an opportunity of another student who was on the waitlist.

- submitted by a student
Develops empathy: Strongly agree
July 01, 2015
The dorm experience really allows people to open up and become compassionate. Many people who are reserved become touchy-feely people who hug each other a lot. Of course, that is not everybody, but a vast majority of IMSA students are very personal. Relating to other student's struggles and learning how to listen to builds your sense of caring and empathy.

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July 01, 2015
This school is tough, and you lose a lot of your passions because of homework and stress, but at the same time you learn a lot about yourself and the world. Your chances of getting into your dream college diminish, but you are exposed to some great schools which understand IMSA and are more forgiving of your awful IMSA GPA. Ivy leagues are not everything, but if they are everything to you (or your parents), be prepared to work your ass off because getting A's is hard--much less straight A's--on top of being active in clubs. There is a great, supportive community here, both adults and peers, who can help yo through tough times. The dorm experience is what really makes IMSA IMSA, and there are always events going on. The student activities club (CAB) really tries hard, and I don't think they don't get enough credit for what they do. Overall, I think IMSA is worth it if you stick through to the end, but it shouldn't just be about surviving. IMSA is what you make it, and if you just mope around complaining about homework and grades, you're probably going to be miserable. Learn to make time to have fun and socialize because it will make studying more productive and your time more worthwhile.

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Develops honesty: Disagree
July 01, 2015
Students sometimes cheat or collaborate too much to maintain their grades. Teachers don't give good grades easily, and some put a capstone on how many students can receive an A. Since grades are so crucial to getting into college and being eligible for scholarships, students are willing to do whatever it takes to maintain above a 3.0, if not a 3.5.

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April 27, 2008
IMSA changed my life. They not only teach you facts, but emphasize critical thinking and leadership skills. If you ever get a chance to go here, GO!

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October 24, 2006
IMSA is an excellent school that prepares its students well for college as well as for life. IMSA's students in general do very well after they graduate.

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January 06, 2006
IMSA is a great school, with amazing academics if the student picks the right teachers. all your needs will be met, and if not, you can always start a new organization at IMSA. parents are involved and often hold events for students.

- submitted by a student

February 23, 2004
This school is an amazing place. The only problem I have is that the school wasn't around in my youth, therefore this amazing opportunity was not available to me. My child loves it, as do we. This should be the model for all high schools in this state.

- submitted by a parent
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November 25, 2003
This is an excellant place to send your students for school. It is hard at first since it can be like sending your kid of to college, but they learn a lot academically and about life.

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September 04, 2003
This was one of the best three years of my life. Now that I'm in college, as a freshman, I'm glad I went there. They have really great teachers, who really enjoy what they do. They really care about their students and how well they do. And living in the dorms really helps prepare students and their parents for when they go to college.

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Il Mathematics & Science Academy
1500 Sullivan Road, Aurora, IL  60506
(630) 907-5053
Last modified Il Mathematics & Science Academy is a Public school that serves grades 10-12
Il Mathematics & Science Academy Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 14 reviews. Top