Located in Worcester, Massachusetts
, the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI (Mass Academy/MAMS/MAMAS
) was founded in 1992 by the Massachusetts State Legislature as a public magnet school to serve academically advanced youth in grades eleven and twelve in math, science, and technology.
The school emphasizes math and science within a comprehensive, interactive program. The rigor of the junior year classes exceeds high school honors and AP, with more than 1100 hours of instruction. Seniors complete a year of college, taking the same classes as other students at WPI
. WPI is a nationally ranked engineering school, thus making the Academy the only public school in Massachusetts whose students attend a university full time as seniors in high school. The Academy was originally located in WPI
's library, but is now located nearby at 85 Prescott Street close to the WPI bioengineering complex.
The Academy is a collaborative effort among the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, and the high schools of Massachusetts. In addition to passing all classes, the Academy also requires that all students complete 56 hours of community service per year.
Students who want to attend the Academy must apply in the sophomore year of high school, although some exceptions have been made. For example, an occasional freshmen has entered the Academy in what would have been his/her sophomore year at their "sending" school. Othertimes, high... Read More