Current 8th grade District 123 Student, Bhargav Sampathkumaran, and alum Nathan Brodsky are headed to the prestigious Illinois Math and Science Academy in the Fall. Brodsky who graduated from OLHMS last year, will enter as a Sophmore and Bhargav has been accepted as a Freshman to the school, a rare occurrence.
“Math is my favorite subject. It is a very interesting subject. The world of mathematics can be applied to other things too. Lately, I’ve been increasingly interested in economics. It has been my goal since 3rd grade to get into IMSA. I know it is a really good school. I want to get the full residential experience as well,” said Sampathkumaran.
Sampathkumaran feels his passion for Math and Science and the relationships he built while at school helped him to accomplish his dream of attending IMSA.
“All the school rules here are very similar here to the ones at IMSA. The teachers here have supported me throughout the application process. They have written recommendation letters for me. Even Dr. Gavin wrote me a recommendation letter for me to get into a biology program,” he said.
The Illinois Math and Science Academy typically only accepts applications for the incoming sophomore class and even then only one-third of the applicants are accepted.
The Academy’s Academic Program provides students with world-class opportunities to work with renowned scholars, explore questions of their own, and champion their ideas to market. It includes the major disciplines of mathematics, science, English, history and social sciences, world languages, fine arts and wellness.
Student Inquiry and Research (SIR), an integral part of the academic program, enables students to work independently and collaboratively with peers and world-renowned scholars and scientists. Through SIR, students have the opportunity to conduct investigations of their own design with guidance from professionals on-campus at IMSA or off-campus at facilities throughout the Chicago metropolitan area and beyond. Off-campus facilities include businesses, hospitals, museums, research laboratories, and universities.
Other specialized learning options at IMSA give students additional opportunities to design their personalized learning plan. Examples include Total Applied Learning for Entrepreneurs (TALENT), Independent Study, international exchange programs, and leadership development programs.
Students have access to state-of-the-art science labs, computer labs and the Information Resource Center (IRC) are connected to specialized data bases, including the Illinois University Library System. The instructional technology laboratory is where students use high-tech equipment to tape interviews, produce programs and participate in interactive teleconferences with world-renowned leaders. All residence halls have broadband wireless Internet access.