The Elgin Math & Science Academy charter school proposal was conditionally approved 6-1 by the U-46 Board of Education on Monday, April 10, 2017.  The EMSA team looks forward to collaboration & partnership with the U-46 Administration and Board.

EMSA thanks the U-46 Administration and Board for their consideration of our plan and feedback throughout the process.

EMSA also sends a big THANK YOU to all of our supporters!

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Questions about EMSA? Read the FAQs.

Review  the full EMSA proposal to U-46 here.


The WOW and WONDER of Learning!


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

The EMSA team submitted our CHARTER APPLICATION on January 31, 2017. 

If approved by District U-46, the Elgin Math and Science Academy (EMSA) will be a K-8 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.


What is our vision?

EMSA will inspire a diverse group of learners to develop century math and science skills with the confidence 21st needed to think critically and act with intention and purpose. Students hold high standards for their own work and approach problems with curiosity, creativity, and insight to seek innovative solutions to real-world problems. Teachers and staff model our core values, especially lifelong learning and continual improvement. We embrace diversity in both our student population and our staff. We foster partnerships with the larger community and strive to be financially self-sustaining. EMSA families are central to our community and are engaged and supported as a key to the success of our school.


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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