Applying to the Academy

     17-18 STEM Staff

    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 2020

    Middle 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; afterschool 
    LMS Essay Session @ LMS: 10/30/19; afterschool
    Non-Public Schools Essay Session @ STEM Academy: 11/2/19, 9 am

     Class of 2024 Parent Night Presentation

     Class of 2024 Welcome & Course Selection Night Presentation

    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.

    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