Applying to the Academy
The 2020-2021 Application for the Class of 2024
is now closed.
2020-2021 STEM Academy Applications Process
The application deadline was 10/27/19
Admission notifications were sent in January 2020Middle School visits by the Head of School occur at Downingtown Middle School on October 1, 2019 & October 2, 2019; Lionville Middle School on October 2, 2019 all during the school day.Parent Information Night will be held on Wednesday, October 2nd at 6:30 pm.DMS Essay Session @ DMS: 10/29/19; afterschoolLMS Essay Session @ LMS: 10/30/19; afterschool
Non-Public Schools Essay Session @ STEM Academy: 11/2/19, 9 am
Below are the requirements and criteria for admission, 2020-2021
1. Requirements to be eligible to apply to the STEM Academy
a. Resident of the Downingtown Area School District by January 1 of the applicant's 8th grade year.b. 8th Grade student at the time of application
c. A minimum of a “C” Average in all core classes in grades 6, 7, & 8
d. Successful completion of Language Level I (Spanish, French, or German) prior to the start of school.The STEM Academy reserves the option to administer a Level I test to ensure that students have met the world language pre-requisite.
2. Written Evaluation
a. Three essays, ten points for each = 30 total points
b. Each response must be in essay format with a clear thesis and supporting evidence.
c. Two essays will be completed online and one essay will be completed in-school (at your current school) at the end of the school day as per schedule above.
a. Teacher Recommendation= 12 points
b. Each candidate requests one recommendation from a current or former 6th, 7th, or 8th grade teacher. This recommendation is submitted electronically.
Each application is blind scored by a team of Downingtown Area School District professionals.
Interview of an applicant may occur upon request from the Academy administration.
Total Points= 42 points