Support EMSA at the 9/7 public hearing and help make this amazing educational opportunity a reality!

EMSA needs to show as much public support as possible. Every attendee matters.
We have just this one last chance to gain approval. Please stand with us and help us win!

—– EMSA Public Hearing  |  Sept 7  |  5 – 7PM   |  The Centre, Elgin  —–

You may review the appeal memo here.

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The WOW and WONDER of Learning!


Welcome friends and supporters of the 


our proposed charter school!

When approved, 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 and 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.

Regrouped in 2016, 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.

Our goal is open in the Fall of 2018 with 200 students in grades K-3, and to grow to 450 students in grades K-8.


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 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

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”, is incorporated in the State of Illinois, and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.


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