Applying to the Academy
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
The Application window is now closed. The application closed 10/28/18
Admission notifications are sent in January 2019Middle 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 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 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