How to Apply to 9th Grade
Thank you for your interest in the program! Below, you can find the steps as to how to apply.
If you are an 8th-grade student applying for IA 9, your application deadline is May 22nd.
Step 2: Familiarize yourself with the program by reading the pages on our website, if you haven't already. Be sure that you are making an informed decision!
Step 3: Write a personal statement of around 500 words. You can choose the one prompt that most appeals to you from the ones shown below. It's interesting to note that they come directly from the 2019-2020 Common Application college essay prompts.
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.
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?
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
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.
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
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?
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.
You can send your personal statement in PDF format to Joe Bonnici at email@example.com. Here are the questions:
Step 4: Finally, begin preparing for a future interview with either Nellie Bridge or Joe Bonnici. Here are some possible questions that could be asked during 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?
Completed all the steps? You're good to go!