Applying to the Academy

     17-18 STEM Staff

    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

    STEM Academy Admissions Presentation 2021

    Class of 2026 Information Night Questions


    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 2022


     Essay # 3 Sessions
    LMS: 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.

    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