Our Mission

We aspire to be a remarkable and unique school of academic excellence. It is our priority to make SciTech STEM Discovery 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 Discovery 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.

“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

FAQs

What are the hours of operation?

SciTech STEM Academy is open from 7am until 6pm. The academic day is from 8:30 am until 3:30 pm.

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?

A hot lunch and two snacks are provided by our caterer Gourmet Gorilla. The food is healthy, organic, locally grown, peanut and tree nut free, freshly prepared and delicious. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are both available. Please see Gourmet Gorilla for more information including sample menus.

What is the tuition?

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

What are the teachers’ qualifications?

The requirements to work at SciTech STEM Academy far exceed DCFS regulations. Our teachers all hold Illinois State teaching certificates, which requires a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Our Head of School and Assistant Head of School both have a graduate education and certifications.

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

The preschool and kindergarten has its own entrance with a pass code and touch screen entry. The rooms are separate from the rest of the museum and contain a private bathroom.

Is there a discount for a second child in my family to attend?

There is a 5% discount for a second child enrolled in the preschool or kindergarten.

Can I pick my child up early or arrive late?

You are welcome to pick your child up early, but to the benefit of our program, regular attendance is required. Late arrivals are disruptive and should be avoided.

What age groups can attend the Academy?

Our preschool is for three, four and five year olds. Our kindergarten program is for children who are 5 by September 1st!

Is there a uniform requirement?

Yes. SciTech STEM Academy uniforms will be available.

Is there a part-time enrollment option?

Yes, we have options available for 5 day part time, am or pm, email:academy@scitechmuseum.org, for information regarding part-time tuition.

Kindergarten is 5 days and has a 1/2 day or full day program available.

What is the teacher-student ratio?

DCFS requires a teac­her-student ratio of one to ten for a classroom of three, four and five year olds. Our teacher-student ratio is one to six for the academic day.

Do you offer any special programs?

The students will have weekly music classes. American Sign Language and weekly Spanish lessons are taught by professional instructors. These classes are included in the regular tuition, with no additional charge.

Will other members of my family be able to visit the museum?

An annual family membership to SciTech Museum is included in your child’s tuition!

Admissions

Applicant Criteria

SciTech STEM Academy is designed specifically to meet the needs of the students and has a clearly defined admissions policy reflecting the special mission of the school. Great care is taken to preserve the consistency and integrity of the process to ensure success for all students. Applicants are considered according to formal and informal measures. These include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • potential for academic skills
  • independent thinking skills
  • appropriate maturity
  • positive social skills
  • individual talents and interests

Age Requirement

Preschool applicants must be 3 years old by date of enrollment.

Kindergarten applicants must be 5 years old by September 1st of the year they intend to enroll.

In addition, SSA seeks to maintain gender balance, a healthy mix of personalities, and cultural diversity in its classrooms.

Sibling Policy

Siblings of current SSA students will be given strong consideration; however, they must meet all criteria and are not guaranteed a space.

Application

Click here to download an SSA application.

Financial Aid

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 financial aid program is to provide financial assistance to families for whom, without such assistance, an SSA education would not be an option.

Financial Aid is 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 financial aid application information, including requested supporting documentation, should be submitted to SSA via mail along with application and enrollment fee.

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