2015-2016 STEM Academy Applications 

The Application window will open October 6, 2014

There will be a Parent Information Night on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 7 pm in the STEM Academy Auditorium. 
Middle School Visits by the Headmaster will occur the week of Octber 6th to provide information to students.
 Application Process Status:
- Status letters have been sent to applicants.
- If you have questions regarding your application, please contact: Shanette Bernard at sbernard@dasd.org 


To view the Parents' Night Presentation to the 8th grade parents from October 8, please click here.


Below are the requirements and criteria for admission 2014-2015:


1. Requirements to be eligible to apply to the STEM Academy


a. Resident of the Downingtown Area School District 

b. A minimum of a “C” Average in all core classes in grades 6, 7, and 8.


2. Written Evaluation


a. Three essays, ten points for each = 30 total points  

b. Each response must be in essay format with a clear thesis and supporting evidence.  

c. Two essays will be completed online and one essay will be completed at your current school as follows:

  • DMS: November 12, 2013 for current DMS students
  • LMS:  November 11, 2013 for current LMS students
  • STEM: November 16, 2013 for non-public school students

3. Recommendation


a. Teacher Recommendation= 12 points  

b. Each candidate is required to submit one recommendation form from your current or former English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, or World Languages, 6th, 7th, or 8th grade teacher. Please do not submit more than one recommendation.  Teacher recommendations are to be submitted by November 9, 2013.


4. Scoring


a. Each application is triple blind scored by a team of Downingtown Area School District professionals.


5. Interview


a. Interview of the applicant upon request from the Academy administration.


6. 2014-2015


a. All students must have successfully completed Algebra I prior to entering the STEM Academy.  

b. All students must have successfully completed a Level I language class in either French, German, or Spanish, prior to entering the STEM Academy.


Total Points= 42 points​

Online application window closed on
November 3rd at 9 PM
Teacher recommendations were to be submitted by November 9, 2013