Applying to the Academy
The 2022-2023 Application for the Class of 2026
is now closed.
The Virtual Parent/Student information session was held on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 6:30 pm. The Virtual Presentation can be accessed by clicking the following YouTube Link
The presentation from last year is also available to view below and provides a great overview of the opportunities available at the STEM Academy.
Admissions Presentation (from 2020)
2022-2023 STEM Academy Applications Process
Students may apply beginning October 1, 2021. The application will close October 24, 2021 at 9:00 pm.
Admission notifications will be sent out in January 2022Essay # 3 SessionsLMS: October 26, 2021 beginning promptly after school.DMS: October 28, 2021 beginning promptly after school.Non-Pub Students/Make Up: Saturday, October 30, 2021 at 9:00 am. Students should arrive no later than 8:45 am.
Below are the requirements and criteria for admission, 2022-2023
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