EMSA Crew Welcomes You!


YES! On Tuesday, October 3, the Illinois State Charter School Commission voted to grant the appeal of EMSA’s Charter School Proposal, giving us the approval to move forward to open in Fall 2018! EMSA thanks the Commission and their staff for their thoughtful consideration of our appeal.

A big thank you also goes out to all of our volunteers, supporters, future families, and design team! EMSA looks forward to bringing the WOW & WONDER of EL Education to area families!


The WOW & WONDER of Learning!

Welcome friends and supporters of the
ELGIN MATH & SCIENCE ACADEMY, public charter school!

The Elgin Math and Science Academy (EMSA) will be a K-8 public charter school based upon an Expeditionary Learning model, now known as EL Education. The math and science focus will be enhanced by arts integration in every expedition. EMSA will bring the Wow & Wonder to Learning:

Benefits children of all backgrounds.
Engages parents, community leaders & experts in support of student learning.
Implements field work, project-based learning, and community service.
Generates critical thinking, problem-solving & teamwork.

The Elgin Charter School Initiative (the “parent” group for EMSA) is a member of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools and a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. EMSA has a local Board of Directors composed of area stakeholders including educators, business leaders, and parents of potential students.

We are opening in the Fall of 2018 with 200 students in grades K-3,
and to grow to 450 students in grades K-8.

1_ExteriorPhoto courtesy of Mark B. Thompson Associates LLC. Architecture & Planning.

What is a Charter School?
Charters are unique public schools allowed the freedom to innovate while being held accountable for advancing student achievement.

Because they are public schools, charters are:

  1. Open to all children
  2. Do not charge tuition
  3. Do not have special entrance requirements.

EMSA will be open to U-46 students, including students with disabilities and English learners. We will hold a blind, public lottery in March 2018 to enroll students if the number of applications exceeds available seats.


Join Us!
We welcome and encourage involvement and input from the community and those interested in bringing a math and science charter school to Elgin. To contact the design team, please e-mail us at elgincsi@gmail.com.

Show your support for the Elgin Math and Science Academy! Add your name to the EMSA Statement of Support.

The Elgin Charter School Initiative is a member of the Illinois Network of Charter Schools (“INCS” www.incschools.org), is incorporated in the State of Illinois, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

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