Applying to the Academy

    The 2017-2018 Application for the Class of 2021
    Closed on October 23rd

     Notifications will be provided in January 2017
    2017-2018 STEM Academy Applications Process
    Middle School visits by the Headmaster occurred at Lionville Middle School on September 26, 2016 and at Downingtown Middle School on September 28, 2016.
    Parent Information Night took place at the STEM Academy on October 6, 2016 from 7pm-9pm.
    The application is now CLOSED.
    DMS Essay Session @ DMS: 11/2/16
    LMS Essay Session @ LMS:  11/3/16
    Non-Public Schools Essay Session @ STEM Academy: 11/5/16- 9:00 am

    Below are the requirements and criteria for admission, 2017-2018

    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 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.

    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 triple 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​