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Application Tips #1 IIS - Shared screen with speaker view
Patricia Onorato
38:37
If you apply as an 8th grader and are not accepted, can you apply again as a 9th grader?
Alexandria Johnson
38:50
Yes! Definitely!
Alexandria Johnson
39:40
Most students apply as an 8th grader for the experience and the ability to have that 8th grade meeting with an admissions counselor if they did not get in as an 8th grader.
Zhichun Zhu
40:34
If I applied as an 8th grader and was not accepted, how can I attend the meeting with the admissions counselor?
Alexandria Johnson
41:07
You would receive an email from admissions after the application process concluded
Arnav Patel
41:30
Is there a difference between the applications for 8th and 9th grade?
Ajay Makkuni
41:48
If a student gets admitted during 8th grade, will they wait for a year and start at 10th grae?
Alexandria Johnson
41:49
No they are the same.
Jeremiah Suarez
41:52
My SAT testing is planned in march, Can I still apply?
Alexandria Johnson
42:14
No students will skip the 9th grade if admitted as an 8th grader. Students do not have the ability to self-defer a year.
Debapriya Das
42:34
If SAT score will not be considered, do we still need to take it?
Alexandria Johnson
43:17
To ensure our equity standards continue to be met in the application process, due to testing center locations and seating limitations, we will be NOT be considering SAT scores during the selection process. IMSA has always used a holistic approach when reviewing applicants, and test scores were only one of a multitude of factors when selecting the incoming sophomore class. During this year’s admission process, we will continue to focus on grades, teacher evaluations, student activities and interests, and essays when considering applicants.However the SAT will still be required to attend IMSA to ensure the admission requirements are met. In order to enroll at IMSA, scores will have to be submitted prior to starting at IMSA. Applicants are not required to include scores in their application, but there is still a space to include scores and the process for submitting scores will continue to be the same as in previous years. As in previous years, we will also accept a student’s SAT Super Score.
Zachary Peters
43:35
What if I only have a school email? Could I use my parent's email?
Alexandria Johnson
44:14
You can use whatever email you have access too and will check frequently since that's how we will be reaching out about missing items or application updates.
Jeremiah Suarez
44:48
I have tried to sign up for an account on imsa.force.com I have an error that keeps repeating "Your request cannot be processed at this time."
sufiya hussaini
44:57
it says that i submitted my application even thought i didnt and didnt complete it.
Divit Patel
44:58
On the application for the teacher evaluation it says that we can have teachers from last year evaluate for us. So is this possible cause some teachers don’t know us well cause of the online meetings so can a past teacher do a evaluation for me?
Sri Tsaliki
45:21
what is optional evaluation form, from whom should I get it?
Alexandria Johnson
45:50
If you are having technical difficulties with the app, please reach out to admissions@imsa.edu
Alexandria Johnson
46:07
We will talk about the evaluations shortly
sufiya hussaini
46:12
i emailed one of the admissions person at imsa i think his name is Mr. Jarod but i dont know when he will get back to me
Divit Patel
46:15
Ok.
Alexandria Johnson
46:40
All admissions counselors are working regular business hours, so we will reach out to you as soon as we can.
Shriyadita Bhilkar
46:56
Whenever I do a section, it doesn’t save. How can I fix this?
Keli Barajas
47:07
With my school's hybrid/remote plan, I feel that the connection between my teachers and myself was strongest in 8th grade. For the teacher evaluation, could the required math, science, and English teachers be previous teachers? Or is that only necessary in the optional teacher evaluation?
Linda Suarez
47:29
IF student is in 8th but takes HS math, is there a place to inter two schools?
Elena Rozhkova
47:34
For previous academic years, are MAP tests results should be submitted?
Alexandria Johnson
47:45
We do not need MAP test results.
sufiya hussaini
47:53
does a counselor do a evaluation form as well?
Alexandria Johnson
48:12
The counselor form indicates where the math class is being taken. Please fill out the information for where the student is currently enrolled full time
Alexandria Johnson
48:25
Yes, we will get to the counselor form.
Scott Chen
48:41
what year is the previous school for?
Scott Chen
49:08
is previous school last year?
Ishan Buyyanapragada
49:17
How many students are admitted on average per year?
Christine Zabel
49:32
What if you’re applying as an 8th grader - all the previous school be the grade school?
Lucas Van Laerhoven
49:36
In the past 3 years I have been to 3 different schools 2 of which are out of state, the third one I am attending now. which option should I choose as "did you attend an out of state school?"
Idis Martine
50:19
what if the 8th grade was done out of state but currently in an IL high school?
Alexandria Johnson
50:20
We have 200-250 admitted each year depending on how many upperclassmen are enrolled
Yash Dighe
50:44
What is the average number of people that apply per year?
Alexandria Johnson
51:03
We usually have 600-700 applications
Debapriya Das
51:07
Can we receive a copy of today's recorded session?
emma dominik
51:09
How many 8th graders are admitted each year?
Shriyadita Bhilkar
51:19
Whenever I do a section, it doesn’t save. How can I fix this?
Alexandria Johnson
51:25
usually 10-20 8th graders are accepted.
Scott Chen
51:39
is self taught piano count as an activity?
Alexandria Johnson
51:56
It saved, it just wont show up. Remember the checklist page Jackie showed that shows the date completed to check to see if it saved.
Scott Chen
51:56
how many 8th graders apply?
Alexandria Johnson
52:39
It depends on the year, I'm not sure of the average. I think last year we had about 75.
Scott Chen
53:02
alright thank you
sufiya hussaini
53:17
You are frozen
Alexandria Johnson
53:51
Hi Sufiya, it looks like Jackie is still moving on my end. If you need to rejoin I can let you in to the waiting room.
sufiya hussaini
55:11
she unfroze, thanks!
sufiya hussaini
59:39
where do we submit our grades from the last 2.5 years?
Jeremiah Suarez
59:53
Is there a certain format we need to write the essays in? like an introduction.
Alexandria Johnson
01:00:03
Your counselor will upload grade reports with the counselor form
sufiya hussaini
01:00:11
got it thanks!
Alexandria Johnson
01:00:24
However you want. We don't want to limit creativity, but there is a word limit.
Lucas Van Laerhoven
01:01:46
are we allowed to use spellcheck for the essays?
Alexandria Johnson
01:02:03
Yes, we recommend spell check and proofreading your essays.
Jen Mauk
01:03:29
If we are residents of Illinois and attend school out of state, how soon will we know if our out of state school is acceptable to proceed with application?
Alexandria Johnson
01:03:46
You can email admissions and we can get back to you within the week.
Alexandria Johnson
01:03:51
admissions@imsa.edu
Sri Battula
01:05:03
Can we have a mix of 8th and 9th grade teachers for the evaluations?
Sukanya Ghosh
01:05:11
For the optional teacher evaluation, are we allowed to submit a recommendation from an extracurricular activity teacher/coach? Or is it only for math, science, and technology?
Alexandria Johnson
01:05:14
Yes
Muthu Raj
01:05:25
How do we request transcripts from 2 different schools (middle & high school), I see only one transcript request section in the evaluation page…..
LaGuinda Harris
01:06:00
Can you have 8th and 9th grade do the evaluator?
Alexandria Johnson
01:06:07
Your counselor will upload the grades to as part of the counselor form. They should have records form the last 2.5 years
LaGuinda Harris
01:06:49
What if the 9th grade teacher does not response to the request?
Jennifer Maniscalco
01:07:04
What if your math and English teacher is the same person?
Alexandria Johnson
01:07:22
If we don't have the form, we will reach out to the teacher and let you know that we haven't gotten it so you have the opportunity to send it to a different teacher if possible.
Marietta Hardwick
01:07:32
what if you have two English teachers
Divit Patel
01:07:33
So If we are In 9th grade can we send the counselor form to a 8th grade counselor?
Alexandria Johnson
01:07:51
There are some subject specific questions, so include their names on both so they get both evals
Alexandria Johnson
01:08:04
Marietta- you can just pick one
Alexandria Johnson
01:08:28
Divit, you should send it to the counselor for this school year.
Divit Patel
01:08:38
Ok got it thank you
Zachary Peters
01:09:13
Should I ask my teachers for their personal or school email?
Arnav Sharma
01:09:14
Can you have teachers from different grade teachers fill out a form? Say one 8th grade teacher and 2 9th grade teachers.
Alexandria Johnson
01:09:43
Zachary- I would ask your teacher which email they prefer.
Blessita Charly
01:09:57
When are applications due?
Alexandria Johnson
01:09:57
Arnav- Yes
Alexandria Johnson
01:10:03
February 15th
LaGuinda Harris
01:10:07
What happen if the teacher does not answer the email?
Arnav Sharma
01:10:07
Ok, thank you!
Prakash Prakash
01:11:23
Will I have a better chance of admission if I apply earlier?
Alexandria Johnson
01:12:08
No all applications are evaluated at the same time. However the later you submit it the less time we have to address technical issues, or missing components and we do not accept late applications.
Shriyadita Bhilkar
01:13:39
How will you know if you got accepted?
Alexandria Johnson
01:13:55
We will send an email and a physical letter in the mail.
Alexandria Johnson
01:14:07
It will also be shown in the application portal
Shriyadita Bhilkar
01:14:30
Ok, thank you.
Sanskruti Sangalge (she/her)
01:14:32
when do you know if you got accepted or not?
Johanna Germo
01:15:29
how many students get accepted per school year?
Keli Barajas
01:16:06
When applicants are listing their awards/activities/extracurriculars, can we also give a brief overview of our events within those activities?
Alexandria Johnson
01:16:07
200-250 depending on the class size of the class that graduated before them.
Johanna Germo
01:16:13
thank you :)
Alexandria Johnson
01:16:53
You can list events, but we recommend listing them out versus paragraph form.
Keli Barajas
01:17:26
Sounds good. Thank you for the clarification.
Jeremiah Suarez
01:17:32
I take biology at BYU independent study, How will I send my 1st semester grades through the application?
Anushree Shetty
01:17:45
Can we use last year’s SAT scores?
Scott Chen
01:17:58
whats a waver?
Sri Tsaliki
01:18:03
when do they need scores by
Johanna Germo
01:18:07
are events/awards/activities that we include for the supposed application only be for when we were in middle school and up?
Scott Chen
01:18:17
Thank you!
Sri Tsaliki
01:18:19
what date IMSA needs SAT scores to be sent
Alexandria Johnson
01:18:20
There should be a place to request grades from BYU and you can just have them email them to admissions@imsa.edu
Bikrant Bhattacharyya
01:18:30
If the SAT score was sent last year, should I resend again?
Yash Dighe
01:18:30
Is it still possible for me to get an interview for my last year's application this year?
Zhichun Zhu
01:18:33
Do I need to resend last year’s SAT scores?
Alexandria Johnson
01:18:42
Johanna- Yes preferably within the last 2.5 years
emma dominik
01:18:44
Does the SAT have to be sent from the College Board directly or can we send the copy that we have?
sufiya hussaini
01:18:56
Would the current students from IMSA tell us about the activities they were apart of before IMSA and there SAT score if they would like too?
Alexandria Johnson
01:18:58
THey should be sent through college board
Blessita Charly
01:19:12
If you can take the sat in march then how will that work out since applications are due feb
Ellen Nguyen
01:19:14
Can you send your grades in before the first semester?
emma dominik
01:19:14
Thank you
LaGuinda Harris
01:19:15
He took the SAT in 8th grade? So the middle school should have his score.
Alexandria Johnson
01:19:46
Ellen- no, we need the semester grades
Anushree Shetty
01:20:02
How many 8th graders got accepted ?
Ellen Nguyen
01:20:03
Okay, thank you
Anushree Shetty
01:20:53
Took the SAT last year through NUMATS. Can I upload a copy of my score?
Blaine Zekarias
01:20:59
Should we submit our PSAT also?
Lidia Granger
01:21:00
is the PSAT sufficient?
Arnav Patel
01:21:13
In the sat website, if you are in 8th grade, they only save your score for the rest of the year, so how can I apply with that?
Alexandria Johnson
01:21:21
We do not accept PSAT scores they do not need to be submitted.
emma dominik
01:21:27
If we retake the SAT multiple times do we use our best score?
sufiya hussaini
01:21:41
Would the current students from IMSA tell us about the activities they were apart of before IMSA and there SAT score if they would like too?
Alexandria Johnson
01:21:42
If you took it through NUMATS they still have your scores and can send them to us directly
Anushree Shetty
01:22:17
Thanks, Alexandria.
Yash Dighe
01:22:42
Is it still possible for me to get an interview for my last year's application this year?
Alexandria Johnson
01:23:11
Unfortunately we are not conducting 8th grade interviews anymore. We are only able to do those over the summer.
sufiya hussaini
01:23:14
what if we don’t have any awards for the activities we were apart of?
Alexandria Johnson
01:23:56
Then you can leave those sections blank or write that you weren't involved in any activities
sufiya hussaini
01:24:15
how many activities would you like us to have?
Keli Barajas
01:24:25
I've never heard of IMSA interviews-- how do they tie into the application process, and with covid-19, will IMSA interviews still be upheld?
Arnav Sharma
01:24:35
Different from submitting our SAT score, on the essays, are we allowed to show our PSAT score?
Alexandria Johnson
01:24:36
There is no set number of activities we're looking for.
Alexandria Johnson
01:25:27
You do not need to submit PSAT scores with your application. We don't consider those for admission.
Ajay Makkuni
01:25:49
Could you explain the SAT "waiver" one more time?
Lucas Van Laerhoven
01:26:08
does imsa provide students with computers, or do you have to buy one yourself?
Alexandria Johnson
01:26:22
IMSA can provide students with loaner computers if needed
Blaine Zekarias
01:26:36
Can you include volunteer programs you created? Such as creating a book drive?
Johanna Germo
01:26:43
for the imsa students in the zoom call - what led them to apply to imsa?
Alexandria Johnson
01:26:44
Yes definitely!
Shriyadita Bhilkar
01:29:51
So if you get deferred, you are definitely coming to IMSA later? It’s not like you can lose your seat?
Yash Dighe
01:30:41
Are community services a large part of what IMSA considers in a student?
Alexandria Johnson
01:30:59
Yes you definitely have a spot unless. We do ask for a grade update, so we make sure you have kept your grades up but as longas you do that you have a seat.
Alexandria Johnson
01:31:21
Yash- It's definitely one of many components we consider!
emma dominik
01:32:46
So getting deferred means you didn’t get in but IMSA thinks you’re a good fit but meed one more year?
Noelani H
01:33:20
Are ELA and fine arts important, or is science and math more important for your application?
Johanna Germo
01:33:26
for a certain subject,if we have a temporary teacher for one half of the semester and another teacher for the same one, can we not ask both for the application?
Grace Inouye
01:33:45
What is the ratio of people who apply to people who get accepted? I hope this hasn’t already been asked.
Blaine Zekarias
01:34:09
Do you offer Spanish as a class in IMSA?
Alexandria Johnson
01:34:16
Hi Grace if you scroll up I you will find the answer
Marietta Hardwick
01:34:39
If you do get deferred does that help you for next year
emma dominik
01:34:44
So getting deferred in 8th means you didn’t get in but IMSA thinks you’re a good fit but need one more year?
Alexandria Johnson
01:34:46
Yes, but we do not offer Spanish 1 so students already need some basic Spanish in order to take it at IMSA
Alexandria Johnson
01:35:00
If you are deferred you have a saved seat for your 10th grade year.
Arnav Patel
01:35:21
is it gender separated when applying from 8th grade?
Yash Dighe
01:35:42
How many students are placed into the wait pool?
LaGuinda Harris
01:36:18
Thank you so much for this Zoom Meeting.
LaGuinda Harris
01:36:35
Good Luck to all students applying.
Yash Dighe
01:36:47
And usually how many people from the wait pool come to IMSA?
Zachary Peters
01:37:08
Yeah, thanks! This has really eased my mind a bit. Good luck y'all!
Deana Spencer
01:37:15
Is there a summer bridge program?
Sanskruti Sangalge (she/her)
01:37:21
you too Molly!!!
Mani Mudumba
01:37:24
Are ethnicities considered for applications?
Johanna Germo
01:37:26
thank you so much! :)
Sanskruti Sangalge (she/her)
01:37:40
good luck everyone!! :D
Hima Mallipeddi
01:37:43
Thank you!
Ellen Nguyen
01:37:45
Thank you!
Alexandria Johnson
01:37:45
admissions@imsa.edu
Denise Gutierrez
01:37:45
Thank You!
Yash Yardi
01:37:47
thank you so much!
Zachary Peters
01:37:48
:)
Melinda Yuan
01:37:48
thank you :)
sufiya hussaini
01:37:50
Thanks a lot! Good luck to all the other students applying!
Bikrant Bhattacharyya
01:37:53
Thank you !
Divit Patel
01:37:53
Thank You
emma dominik
01:37:55
Thank you!!
Aamuktha Yalamanchili
01:37:56
thank you!
Dhaatri M
01:37:56
thanks :)
Ishan Buyyanapragada
01:37:57
Thanks you so much for doing this
Shripranavi Savya
01:37:58
Thank you
Noelani H
01:37:59
Thank you!
Taegeon Eom
01:38:00
Thank you
Sumita Mishra
01:38:03
thank you
Anushree Shetty
01:38:03
Thank you!