Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI

I. OVERVIEW

The Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science is located in Worcester, Massachusetts. It shares a complex with the Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Extension School away from the main campus. The program is co-educational and began in 1992 as a part of the Massachusetts public high school system; its director is Mr. Robert A. Salvatelli. Students must have completed their sophomore year of high school and be a resident of Massachusetts. The Academy emphasizes math and science; juniors take courses that are considered to be more difficult than high school honors and AP courses with over 1200 hours of instruction. The Academy seniors complete a year of college at WPI, a nationally ranked engineering institution. Roughly 100 students are enrolled in the program with 50 accepted each year. The students receive a high school diploma and a year of college credit when they graduate. Students enter college as freshman however, if they attend WPI, the receive advanced standing.

II. ADMISSIONS & COSTS

The program is funded by the state of Massachusetts. The students pay no tuition and there are only limited expenses during their two years in the program.  Students must take an Admissions Diagnostic Test; submit three recommendations, PSAT results and SAT results if available. Students must be Massachusetts’s residents. The Academy admits 45% of its applicants.

III. ACADEMICS

The Academy is a STEM institution and there is a great emphasis placed upon those disciplines. During their first year in the program students take: Advanced Inquiry Physics, Mathematical Modeling, Humanities (the study of Western Civilization), a research seminar, a romance language, Engineering, Computer Science, Science and Technical Writing and various electives. The students take these courses on the Academy campus with one another. During their second year, students take: Science, Math, Humanities and participate in a yearlong senior research project. The students take these courses at WPI with college students; they take a full load of college courses.

IV. STUDENT LIFE

Students live at home with their families. There are several clubs at the Academy that students are encouraged to participate in. Some of these include: three robotics clubs, Student Government, a literary magazine and Mock Trial. Students are also allowed to participate in sports at the school they would have traditionally matriculated in, providing it does not interfere with their academic standing. There is also a Drama Club, which is a member of the Massachusetts High School Drama Guild and usually produces one student-directed play a year.