Applying to the Academy
The 2021-2022 Application for the Class of 2025
is now open!
If you missed the presentation on September 30, you can use the link below to access the video.
2021-2022 STEM Academy Applications Process
The application deadline is 10/25/20
Admission notifications will be sent in January 2021Essay # 3 Sessions: TBD
Below are the requirements and criteria for admission, 2021-2022
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