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Joshua Freemen of Ava R-1 Schools has been accepted to the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing for the fall school term. Josh is the son of Sherry Motes and James Freeman of Ava.
The Missouri Academy is an early-entrance-to-college, two-year residential program, located on the campus of Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville.
Students attend the Missouri Academy for two years, replacing the junior and senior years of traditional high school. While at the Missouri Academy, students are enrolled in a curriculum consisting of all college coursework taught by professors at Northwest Missouri State University. Upon successful completion, students earn an associate of science degree as well as a high school diploma.
This is an opportunity for high performing and exceptional students to live, socialize, and study in a living/learning community of peers. Utilizing the principles of “Integrity and Quality” (IQ), this living and learning community prepares its graduates to succeed in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and other academic fields at any higher education institution – thus empowering them to contribute to society in ethical and meaningful ways.
The vision of an academic program is designed to challenge and stimulate the minds of the best and brightest students of Missouri. The program enrolls young scholars from different ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds seeking more challenging academic experiences in a college/university setting. Typically, students apply for admission to the Missouri Academy during 10th grade in their traditional high school. Upon admission, students are enrolled in a curriculum consisting of all university coursework.
Missouri Academy students attend classes together with traditional university students, and professors have the same high expectations of them as they do for traditional university students. Since its inception in 2000, this program has been extremely successful. It is one of only eight such programs (publicly funded, residential, early-entrance-to-college program) in the USA and the only one in Missouri. The goal of this program is to provide a strong foundational education in science and mathematics to capable students with career aspirations in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM fields). The Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing (MASMC) provides an opportunity for students with a passion for math and science to get ahead in a college career, earning both a high school diploma and an Associate of Science degree.
Josh worked with several teachers who helped him complete the lengthy application. Mr. Robert Powers (science), Mrs. Michell King (mathematics), Ms. Airin Roberts (English), and Mrs. Karen Davis (gifted) helped Josh complete the needed forms for this program.