Upcoming Events



Monday, May 20, 2019: “Swinging for the Kids”, Fundraising Golf Tournament at the Highlands of Elgin Golf Club. EMSA Golf Outing Package

Friday, May 24, 2019: Final Friday Field Studies for EMSA students


May 25, 2019: Elgin Fox Trot, “Walk for a Cause”
For more information: https://elginvalleyfoxtrot.com
Register: https://register.chronotrack.com/r/48467

Wednesday, June 5, 2019: Celebration of Learning Evening for EMSA families

Past Events

Saturday, May 4, 2019: EMSA featured at Elgin iFest

Thursday, April 18, 2019: Engineering Evening for EMSA families

March 7, 2019: 10:00am. Gail Borden Library, Elgin and Grove Room 2nd Floor.
2019/2020 Lottery

February 12, 2019: 6:00pm – 7:30pm
for Prospective Families
Are you interested in entering your student into the 2019/2020 lottery? Would you like to learn more about the Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School as an option for your child? Come and meet our staff, tour our school building, and find out how EMSA brings the Wow and Wonder to students in the Elgin area and surrounding communities.
EMSA is now accepting applications for new students entering Kindergarten – 4th Grade in 2019/2020.

November 27: Giving Tuesday, A day of online giving local non-profit organizations.
This year, EMSA will be participating in Giving Tuesday to raise funds to expand our outdoor play and learning spaces! Check us out on #ILgive!

Thursday, October 25: Nature Night for EMSA students and parents. 5:30 to 6:30pm.

Tuesday, August 14:  Back to School Night
EMSA’s Back-to-School Night will be on Tuesday, August 14th from 4:30pm – 6:30pm! Families are welcome to drop in at their convenience during our Back-to-School hours. We will do our best to accommodate all parking needs. Your visit should only take about 15 minutes. During the Back-to-School Night, you will have the opportunity to check out your student’s classroom, meet your student’s teacher and drop off your student’s supplies.

Thursday, July 26:  NOON – 7pm at EMSA
Friday, July 27:  8am – NOON at EMSA

Stop by EMSA any time during these designated registration days!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018, 9am – 11am
Walk with the EMSA Crew!


Parade Starts at Slade & Douglas. Parade Ends at Douglas & Highland
If you would like to join us, please contact: info@emsacharter.org!

Parade participation and staging map.

General parade participation information for families (including parking and shuttle info). If you are walking with EMSA in the parade, please plan to be at our staging block by 8:00am. EMSA’s staging location will be given to us on Friday, June, 29. https://www.cityofelgin.org/1740/Fourth-of-July

Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 4:00pm – 5:30pm
EMSA Student Arts Workshop
with Side Street Studio Arts
Location: Imago Studios in downtown Elgin, 216 Prairie Street.

$5 suggested donation, at the door.


EMSA is partnering with Side Street Studio Arts and their Going Dutch Festival – a celebration of the female voice in dance, music, theater, and the visual arts – to offer a fun evening of art, dance, and new friends.

Each group will work with three visiting professional dance artists to get their creative juices and bodies moving! A fun night out for EMSA students and their siblings – ages 4-9.

Young artists must be signed in at the beginning and out at the end of the event.
There is limited space available. First come, first served.

Saturday, May 26, 2018, 7:55am
41st Annual Elgin Valley Fox Trot
Walk For A Cause
: https://elginvalleyfoxtrot.com/walk/

CANCELLED Saturday, May 12, 2018, 11am-2pm
Friends of the Fox River Love Our River Day
Gail Borden Library, OUTSIDE!
Pack a picnic lunch and join your EMSA Crewmates and Friends of the Fox for this hands-on educational event focused on our very own Fox River!

> Get your hands wet with water explorations!
> Listen to river stories!
> Mingle with experts on river ecology.
> Visit green business vendors.

Thursday, May 17, 2018, 6pm – 7:30pm
EMSA Campus. 1600 Dundee Ave. Elgin, IL. (First Left, North of Tollway 90)

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We are thrilled to announce that we have our 2018/2019 students registered and ready to embark on their EMSA journey! We are celebrating this milestone with our EMSA families on Thursday, May 17, from 6:00pm to 7:30pm. Meet teachers and staff, mingle with other EMSA families, pick up your student’s t-shirt, and get to know EMSA’s partners! We will also be “launching” our new logo at the celebration as a way to welcome our inaugural class!

Update-to-the-SponsorThankYouCook’s Ice Cream: www.cooksicecream.com/
Danny’s Pizza: www.dannyspizzaelgin.com/
The Haight: www.thehaightelgin.com/
Hurley & Volk Orthodontics: www.hurleyvolkortho.com/
Midwest Dental: midwest-dental.com/
Presence Sait Joseph Hospital: www.presencehealth.org/presence-saint-joseph-hospital-elgin
Integrity Dance: www.isodance.com/
Ziegler’s Ace Hardware – Elgin East Store

Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 10am – 11am
Elgin Math & Science Academy, 2018 – 2019 Lottery

Gail Borden Library, Community Room A

EMSA’s lottery is open to the public. The lottery is designed to be an administrative event (versus a public celebration event). Parents and guardians will be notified of results via text, email and U.S. mail following the lottery.  EMSA will be utilizing SchoolMint, an online enrollment system, to run its lottery.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018, 6pm – 7:30pm
Elgin Math & Science Academy Open House for interested families 
EMSA is hosting an Open House for interested families on Tuesday, March 20. Stop by to learn more about our school, meet our principal Ms. Lezlie Fuhr, and register your child for Fall 2018!

Tuesday, March 20
6pm – 7:30pm
children welcome!
EMSA future campus
1600 Dundee Ave; Elgin

Saturday, February 10, 2018, 10am – 12pm; 2pm – 4pm
Elgin Math & Science Academy Open House for interested families 
EMSA is hosting an Open House for interested families on Saturday, February 10. Stop by to learn more about our school, meet our principal Ms. Lezlie Fuhr, and register your child for Fall 2018!

Saturday, February 10
10am – 12noon: morning session
2pm – 4pm: afternoon session
EMSA future campus
1600 Dundee Ave; Elgin

Saturday, February 24, 2018, 7pm – 11pm
Mardi Gras Bash – a fundraiser to support EMSA

JOIN US at our Mardi Gras fundraising event – you’ll enjoy delicious creole food, live music, fun costumes and a silent auction. Laissez les bon temps rouler! .
The new Dream Hall Event Space at 51 S Grove Ave; Elgin

Saturday, January 20, 2018, 10am
EMSA Table at the Preschool Information Fair at Gail Borden Library 
Visit EMSA at the Preschool Information Fair. Our team will be answering questions and accepting student applications for 2018/2019.

Saturday, December 30, 2017, 11am – 8pm
Panda Express Fundraiser
Join EMSA in dining at Panda Express. 20% of all proceeds will be donated to support EMSA family outreach, student recruitment and staff training.
Panda Express Hoffman Estates; 4585 W Higgins Rd – at the intersection of Route 59 & 72

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 2pm – 6pm at Elgin Artspace Lofts
Stop by the
Winter Wonderland Market and visit our Wow & Wonder-filled table! There will be a drawing for a bundle of STEM gifts, holiday slime fun, and representatives from EMSA to answer any questions about the school you may have.
Elgin Artspace Lofts, 51 S. Spring St; Elgin

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 12:00am – 11:59pm: GIVING TUESDAY!
During this 24-hour giving event, EMSA is raising funds towards the launch of their first year! Please support EMSA this year – visit our fundraising page at: www.tinyurl.com/givetoemsa


Tuesday, October 5, 2017, 3 pm at Gail Borden Public Library
Illinois State Charter School Commission Public Meeting

On the Agenda:  Approve Staff Recommendation to Grant the Appeal SCSC 18-001, by the Elgin Charter School Initiative, of the Elgin Area School District U-46’s Denial of the Elgin Math and Science Academy Charter School.  Stand with us as the Commission makes their final decision!
Gail Borden Public Library, 270 N. Grove Ave; Elgin

Sunday, September 24, 2017; 5:30pm
“Sips for Science” — A wine tasting fundraiser to benefit EMSA

Thursday, September 7, 2017; 5pm
Public Hearing on EMSA appeal. The Elgin Centre, Heritage Ballroom

Saturday, September 2, 2017; 6:30pm
EMSA Family Fun Night! Join us for popcorn, ice cream & games.
11 Douglas Ave; Elgin

Monday, June 26, 2017; 7pm
U-46 Board Meeting & vote on Elgin Math & Science Charter School contract
U-46 Central Office, 355 E. Chicago St; Elgin

Tuesday, June 13, 2017; 7pm
U-46 Board Special Meeting to discuss Elgin Math & Science Charter School contract
U-46 Central Office, 355 E. Chicago St; Elgin

Monday, May 22, 2017; 6pm
U-46 Board Special Meeting to discuss Elgin Math & Science Charter School contract
U-46 Central Office, 355 E. Chicago St; Elgin

Monday, April 10, 2017; 7pm
U-46 Board Decision on Elgin Math & Science Charter School
U-46 Central Office, 355 E. Chicago St; Elgin

Monday, March 13, 2017; 7pm
U-46 Public Hearing for Elgin Math & Science Charter School
U-46 Central Office, 355 E. Chicago St; Elgin

Join us also for a Pre-Hearing Pizza Party
5:30 – 6:30pm at Holy Trinity Church
357 Division St; Elgin

Children are welcome at the pizza party & the hearing!
We will have volunteers on hand to help.

Thursday, March 9, 2017; 7pm
Board of Education Candidate Forum hosted by the U-46 Citizens’ Advisory Council.
DREAM Academy, 46 S Gifford St, Elgin

Sunday, March 5, 2017; 3-4:30pm
EMSA Speaker Training Session
Considering speaking at the public hearing? EMSA team members will help you prepare and practice.
15 Douglas Ave; Elgin

January 31, 2017 
EMSA Charter School Proposal application submitted to U-46.

January 2017 
We will submit our charter application in January 2017 and need evidence of community support. Please add your name to our Statement of Support now!

Friday, October 14, 2016. 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.:  Join us for a charter school visit!
You are invited to join EMSA in touring the Instituto Health Science Career Academy in Chicago.  This charter school is a part of the Instituto del Progreso Latino, 2520 S. Western Avenue, Chicago, IL 60608.  What is so exciting about the Instituto high school, is that it has a science focus and prepares students for careers in the medical field.  Also, we will be spending some time with Instituto’s President and CEO, Juan Salgado, a 2016 MacArthur genius grant recipient.  He’ll be sharing his experiences and advice on starting a charter school and engaging the community.  Learn more about Mr. Salgado here:  https://www.macfound.org/fellows/945/

Tentative schedule:

7:15-7:30  meet at 838 Douglas Ave

7:30 depart by car for Chicago

9:00 arrive at Instituto

9:00-11:00 tour and visit with Juan Salgado

11:00 depart for Elgin  (we may stop for coffee or a snack)

12:00-12:30 arrive Elgin

We will carpool to Instituto.  Let us know if you can drive.  Please let us know if you can attend by TUESDAY (Oct. 11) evening, so that we can plan accordingly.  We are looking forward to this exciting and educational adventure!  Hope you can be a part of it!   Email your YES RSVP:  ElginCSI@gmail.com elgincsi@gmail.com

Tuesday, September 27, 2016; 6 – 8pm:  
Elgin Math & Science Academy Kick-Off Event!