Award Year: 2018

Proviso Math And Science Academy

8601 W. Roosevelt Road
Forest Park, IL, 60130-2532

(708) 338-4170

Dr. Bessie V. Karvelas Ed.D, Principal at time of Nomination

Magnet School

Proviso Township High Schools District 209

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To develop independent, lifelong, global learners who apply critical thinking and problem-solving skills which enable them to share international perspectives, intercultural competence, and interpersonal communication.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 26%
  • White: 5%
  • Hispanic: 64%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 40%
Students centered approach to conduct  research in Human Anatomy class.

Students centered approach to conduct research in Human Anatomy class.

Proviso Math and Science Academy (PMSA), a school of a historically underachieving student body has surpassed all expectations with a ranking of #8 in the state and 261 in the nation based on 2018 rankings in U.S. News and World Report. It is a school of students who come from economically disadvantaged backgrounds that have chosen to fulfill their dreams of becoming successful through post secondary education; it is a school of student research, where teachers foster peer-to-peer collaboration, critical thinking, social interaction and self-management. Failure is not an option for these students. They strive until they outperform their previous expectations.

In the last five years, the school has gone through a transformation period. PMSA has become a destination, a climate of rigor and relevance where students can achieve their highest potential and make their dreams a reality. The curriculum of PMSA has a curricular framework that is an intensified vertically aligned curriculum with an emphasis on math, science, technology and engineering. In addition to the STEM focus, the school offers the International Baccalaureate program and the Advanced Placement program. Students receive a post-secondary education at the secondary school level. Both programs are rigorous; they develop the metacognitive and affective skills that are vital to success in college and beyond. The College Readiness standards have been embedded into the curriculum and are the most important components of the success of the school. These standards are considered "non-negotiables." Students mastery of these standards are continually assessed by formative and summative assessments. If students do not achieve mastery of these skills that are connected to the standards, then instructors re-think, re-teach and re-assess until mastery has occurred. Growth from entry for each student speaks volumes about the instructors, the students, the administration and how data drives instruction. Thus, 100% graduation rate has been the outcome.

PMSA continues to develop lifelong global learners who share international perspectives, intercultural competence and interpersonal communication.