Interested in applying?

To apply to the 11th-grade cohort of the Roosevelt Innovation Academy, the application deadline is March 14th. If you're interested in applying, please follow the steps below:

Step 1: Familiarize yourself with the program by reading through the pages on our website.

Step 2: Like our Facebook page to get up-to-date information about the program.


Step 3: Attend presentations about the IA when possible.


Step 4: Write a personal statement of around 500 words and email it to In the essay, answer ONE of the following questions. They come directly from the 2019-2020 Common Application for universities:


  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.

  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

  4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma - anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.

  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.


(There's no magic formula for great writing, but here are some common elements. Your writing should be deeply personal, the language and style used should be purposeful and engaging, and the ideas should build on each other from the beginning to the end.)


Step 5: Finally, begin preparing for a future interview with either Nellie Bridge or Joe Bonnici. Here are some possible questions we might ask in the interview:


  1. If you could study one of your passions in more depth, what would it be and how would you push yourself to learn more?

  2. What do you hope to learn by being part of the Innovation Academy?

  3. ​What will you be able to contribute to the academy?

  4. What are your strengths and weaknesses as a learner?

  5. Do your current grades adequately reflect who you are as a student? Why or why not?

  6. If you could change one thing about education, what would you change?

  7. Are you willing to make your work transparent by maintaining a blog and a website that will be shown to people throughout the world?

  8. What is one thing you would like mastery in?

  9. What is your biggest failure and what did you learn from it?