Our Educational Philosophy

The SciTech Academy is proud to provide a safe and nurturing educational environment with emphasis on the development and growth of the whole child.  We believe that by integrating STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) into the daily curriculum we can promote discovery and encourage creativity.

“My son enrolled here in the fall and loves going everyday. The teachers are great and the Head of School, Julie, is fabulous. She has worked so hard this year to bring in new ideas. The person that writes the curriculum is from NIU and UIC. She also writes for Nickelodeon! She does really cool science experiments with the kids. I did not want my son to just go learn about numbers and colors. This preschool is teaching the kids to love learning. It is exposing them to so much cool stuff that when they see it later on in school they will already be comfortable! I think there is only two STEM preschools in the country and this is one of them! They also get scholarships that could help people on a tight budget so don’t be afraid to ask! Best decision I ever made as a parent was sending him here!” – Kelly LeFevre, President of Kele & Co.

“We came to SciTech STEM Discovery Academy because our daughter was not being challenged within the Montessori experience. My wife did her research and networking. We discovered SciTech STEM Discovery Academy in the Aurora area. Over the past two years, we have experienced a robust expansion of our daughter’s vocabulary as compared with her playmates. We are very impressed with the full spectrum of  the arts, science, math and reading she is learning at the Academy. Thank you SciTech STEM Discovery Academy for giving our child a leap in her educational development.” – Jerald Gordon, President of First Care Health Services

“I enrolled my son at SciTech STEM Discovery Academy because I want him to be more challenged and motivated than in a regular preschool. His first week, he came home with maps of the world. He was able to name the continents and explain longitude and latitude to me. This school has exceeded our expectations for his education. We are pleasantly surprised every time he shares what he learned. My son is so proud to attend the school, and learn things that ‘only big kids know’, as he likes to say! My only regret is that it wasn’t around when my older children were attending preschool.” – Farrah Qazi, J.D., Attorney at Law Qazi Law Offices


What are the hours of operation?

SciTech STEM Academy is open from 7am until 6pm. The academic day is 8:30 -11:30 with extended day options available.

What is your educational philosophy?

We aspire to be a remarkable and unique school of academic excellence. It is our priority to make SciTech STEM Academy a unique learning experience through our innovative programming. This includes a challenging curriculum, creative and engaging teaching strategies, incorporating STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) programming with emphasis on the development and growth of the whole child. SciTech STEM Academy students will be supported by dedicated, professionally trained teachers who encourage creativity, promote discovery, and support individual learning styles. We are passionate about providing a dynamic and effective institution in a safe, nurturing environment.

Are meals provided?

Yes, all meals are prepared with organic and locally grown ingredients and delivered daily by Gourmet Gorilla. The Academy provides two healthy snacks daily.  Please see Gourmet Gorilla for more information.

What is the tuition?

Please email academy@scitechmuseum.org for information regarding tuition, enrollment options and to arrange your personal tour of the SciTech STEM Academy.

What are the teachers’ qualifications?

All of our teachers are committed to helping each child develop his or her full potential within our nurturing environment. Our goal is to encourage happy, confident learners with a foundation to love to learn. Individual skills and qualification of our teachers meet or exceed all DCFS regulations.

How will you ensure the safety and security of the children in the museum environment?

SciTech STEM Academy staff take your child’s safety very seriously. Our Preschool/Pre-K and Kindergarten rooms are only accessible through a new metric pin or touch identification system. All academy student museum activities are completed before the museum is opened to the public or any fieldtrips take place.

Can I pick my child up early or arrive late?

We all understand schedules can change, but to the benefit of our program, promptness and regular attendance is highly suggested.

Is there a uniform requirement?

Yes, SciTech STEM Academy does require a uniformed polo shirt to be worn every day. The Academy will provide the first polo shirt; additional shirts will be available to purchase at the parents discretion.

What is the teacher-student ratio?

DCFS requires a teac­her-student ratio of 1:10 for classrooms servicing children from 3 to 5 years of age. Our daily teacher-student ratio is 1:8 or better for the academic day.

Do you offer any special programs?

We offer a full spectrum curriculum with a STEM focus. Special classes provided may change from year to year. Please speak with the director regarding current special programs offered within the current school year. These classes are included in the regular tuition, with no additional charge.

Scholarship Program

SciTech STEM Academy is committed to preparing students for success in a diverse and changing world. We seek to offer our students a learning environment that is representative of our community: socially, culturally and economically. SSA strives to maintain a student population that represents the diverse socio-economic backgrounds of our community. Toward that end, the purpose of SSA’s scholarship program is to provide financial assistance to families for whom, without such assistance, an SSA education would not be an option. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a family’s financial need. A variety of criteria are considered, including income (taxable and nontaxable), assets, number of dependents, age of parents, number of children attending tuition-based schools, number of parents who are working, etc. This information is balanced with data about living expenses, medical costs and other factors such as child support and legal expenses. All scholarship application information, including requested supporting documentation, should be submitted to SSA via mail along with application and enrollment fee.

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