Applying to the Academy

     17-18 STEM Staff

    The 2019-2020 Application for the Class of 2023

    opened October 2, 2018



    Please note you must be a Resident

    of the Downingtown Area School District

    at the Time of Application



    2019-2020 STEM Academy Applications Process 

    Class of 2023 Parent Information Night Presentation


    The Application window is now closed. The application closed 10/28/18

    Admission notifications are sent in January 2019

    Middle School visits by the Head of School occur at Downingtown Middle School on October 2, 2018 and Lionville Middle School on October 4, 2018 during the school day.
    Parent Information Night will be held on Wednesday, October 3rd at 7:00 pm.
     DMS Essay Session @ DMS: 10/30/18; afterschool
    LMS Essay Session @ LMS:  11/1/18; afterschool
    Non-Public Schools Essay Session @ STEM Academy: 11/3/18, 9 am


    Below are the requirements and criteria for admission, 2019-2020

    1. Requirements to be eligible to apply to the STEM Academy

    a. Resident of the Downingtown Area School District
    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.

    3. Recommendation
    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.

    4. Scoring
    Each application is blind scored by a team of Downingtown Area School District professionals.

    5. Interview
    Interview of an applicant may occur upon request from the Academy administration.

    Total Points= 42 points