EMSA Newsletter – Dec 2017

Student Enrollment
All students who wish to attend EMSA must submit our EMSA Official Student Application.

You must complete this application even if you submitted a pre-enrollment form already. You can also fill out the application on your phone or tablet by downloading the SchoolMint App:
Apple store
Android store

The EMSA application form asks basic questions about the student and guardian, such as names, ages, and addresses. If you need help with the online form or need a paper application, please email or message EMSA and we’ll be happy to assist you.

Who Should Fill-Out the EMSA Student Application?
Parents of students entering Kindergarten, 1st, 2d or 3d grade in August 2018.
Parents who have submitted a pre-enrollment form — you still need to apply
through this system.
Parents who have submitted a paper or emailed Application form since October 2017, EMSA will enter you into the system and you will be notified to complete your account.

What if my child is still too young to apply to EMSA? How do I keep informed?
Parents of children not yet entering kindergarten in 2018 who would like to stay informed about EMSA events and future enrollment, use this link: EMSA Interested Family Form.

Important Enrollment Dates:
We must receive your STUDENT APPLICATION by April 4, 2018!
The lottery will be held on April 11.
¡Tenemos que recibir la APLICACION antes del 4 de April 2018!
La loteria sera el dia 11 de April.

EMSA Updates

Principal Selection

EMSA has selected it Founding Principal! We will be introducing our new school leader in January.  Watch for open house and meet & greet events coming soon!


Our Campus

EMSA’s campus is nestled within an Illinois Nature Preserve.  EMSA students will have daily access to an outdoor laboratory of rare ecosystems — forested fens and their endangered species — as well as typical food webs of the midwest. It is not unusual to spy a grazing deer or a circling Cooper’s hawk from classroom windows. Meaningful interaction with nature is known to reduce depression and anxiety, and increase focus and healthy relationships for young students. EMSA’s school building is on track to be student-ready in May! Sorry, students, you will have to wait until August to attend school! Charter Commissioner Feinberg noted that this school is the best starting facility he has seen for a charter school.


EL Education

All of the EMSA Design Team members who attended the EL Education National Conference in Chicago in October came away inspired and energized to bring this phenomenal educational experience to EMSA students!  Some participated in mini Learning Expeditions at the Tribune Tower (studying geology!) or at Grant Park (also geology!).  EMSA’s EL Education model will challenge students to do more than they think possible.  For starters, they will study science through hands-on investigations — everyday!  The EL Education model has proven successful in closing achievement gaps and instilling a love for learning. To find out more, go to eleducation.org.  


Join our Crew

At EMSA, we are Crew not Passengers!  This means that we are actively engaged in our education as lifelong learners.  Join our Crew:  We have many opportunities for volunteers and need for help!  Do you like to plan events and fundraisers? Do you have expertise in HR, ecology, finances, social media or other areas that would help our school? Are you a fluent Spanish speaker? Would you be willing to help with outreach? If any of these are you, please email us at elgincsi@gmail.com !


Support EMSA

Any size donation would be valued! Please consider donating any amount to help us with our start-up costs.  Click here to donate online.