Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy

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Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy
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8601 W. Roosevelt Road
Forest Park, Illinois 60130
United States
Coordinates 41°51′54″N 87°49′56″W / 41.8651°N 87.8322°W / 41.8651; -87.8322
School type public secondary magnet
Opened 2005
Status open
School district Proviso Twp. HS Dist. 209
Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart[1]
Principal Dr. Bessie Karvelas[2]
Faculty 42[3]
Grades 9–12
Gender coed
Enrollment 790
Average class size 25.6[4]
Campus Suburban
Campus size 900
School colour(s)      purple
Slogan "Be prompt, prepared, pay attention, be positive, and always persevere."
Mascot Monty the Python
Nickname Pythons
Average ACT scores 26.3
Newspaper PMSA Voice[5]
Yearbook "The PMSA Years"

Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy (or PMSA) is a magnet high school in Forest Park, Illinois, United States. It is one of the newest schools in the Proviso Township High Schools District 209. It serves students in many towns in western Cook County including Forest Park, Berkeley, Broadview, Maywood, Melrose Park, Stone Park, Hillside, Bellwood, and Westchester among others. PMSA opened its doors to 126 freshmen in 2005. The current principal is Dr. Bessie Karvelas.

The school is located at the corner of Roosevelt Road and First Avenue (which is also Illinois Route 171 at that location).

The academy accepts students through an admissions program including standardized tests, grades, teacher recommendations, and an essay. PMSA's curriculum is informed by that of the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy. The curriculum focuses on Science, Math, Technology, Arts, and Foreign Languages. PMSA required a double period class called ILASS (Integrated Language Arts And Social Studies), but starting in the 2011-2012 school year PMSA split ILASS into two classes (English and History). They also teach Physics First, which introduces freshmen to physics before studying chemistry and biology.

The school mascot is Monty the Python; school colors are purple and black. As there are no sports facilities at the Academy, students play sports at either Proviso East or Proviso West. PMSA's extra curricular activities include Debate Club, Student Council, Yearbook Club, Theatre, Dance, Anime Club, Newspaper Club, Robotics Club, Book Club, Chorus, Orchestra, and Comedy Improv club.

Much of the campus houses District 209 administration offices which were formerly located at Proviso East High School.


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