What is the Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School?
EMSA is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) with a local Board of Directors composed of area stakeholders including educators, business leaders, and parents of potential students. We offer an exciting and effective educational opportunity to U-46: to bring the WOW & WONDER of Learning to students through a math and science public charter school. We are opening in the Fall of 2018 with 200 students in grades K-3 and will 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.

The Elgin Math & Science Academy charter school will be open to U-46 students, including students with disabilities and English learners. We will hold a blind, public lottery in April 2018 to enroll students if the number of applications exceeds available seats. For more information about Illinois Charter Schools, please visit: The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.

What is EMSA’s educational approach?
We are partnering with the national nonprofit EL Education to offer a proven curriculum in which children gain critical thinking and leadership skills as they explore problems and create real-life solutions. As a STEM school, our focus on math and science will be infused with the arts.

Where will EMSA be located?
EMSA will be located at 1600 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL 60120. This site has been used to educate children for almost 100 years and was updated with a new school building in 2005. Busing routes around Elgin will be offered.