Applying to the Academy
The 2018-2019 Application for the Class of 2022opened on October 2, 2017.The application will close on October 29, 2017* at 9 pm
*Please note due date has been extended.Notifications will be provided in January 20182018-2019 STEM Academy Applications ProcessMiddle School visits by the Headmaster will occur at Downingtown Middle School on October 2, 2017 and Lionville Middle School on October 4, 2017.Parent Information Night was held on Tuesday, October 10th at 7:00 pm.DMS Essay Session @ DMS: 11/1/17
LMS Essay Session @ LMS: 11/2/17
Non-Public Schools Essay Session @ STEM Academy: 11/11/17
Below are the requirements and criteria for admission, 2018-2019
1. Requirements to be eligible to apply to the STEM Academy
a. Resident of the Downingtown Area School Districtb. 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 Algebra I prior to the start of school. The STEM Academy reserves the option to administer an Algebra I test to ensure proficiency.
e. 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