Concept Schools Fact Sheet

  • Initiated Horizon Science Academies in 1999
  • Replication and growth of schools led to creation of Concept Schools, the management organization, in 2002
  • Currently managing 30 schools in 32 campuses in the following states:
    • Illinois: 4
    • Indiana: 3
    • Ohio: 17
    • Missouri: 3
    • Minnesota: 1
    • Michigan: 1
    • Wisconsin: 1
  • All schools located in urban environments/inner cities
  • 12,689 students in network
  • 1,200 staff members working in Concept-managed schools
  • College preparatory curriculum with a STEM focus
  • Graduation requirements for Concept students exceed requirements of traditional public schools
  • Concept Schools organize local, national, and international learning experiences
  • Schools offer a variety of engaging extracurricular activities

 

Who We Serve

  • Serving predominately minority students. Current student racial demographics:
    • African American: 56.2%
    • White: 16.9%
    • Hispanic/Latino: 15.5%
    • Multi-racial: 6.6%
    • Asian: 4.3%
    • American Indian or Alaska Native: 0.4%
    • Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander: 0.1%
  • Study body is 49.5% male, 50.50% female
  • Close to 8% of students have Individualized Education Plans (IEP).
  • 81% of students in the network are eligible for free or reduced lunch.
  • About 5% of students in Concept’s network are English Language Learners.
  • About 80% of student graduates are first college generations in their families.

 

2013-14 High School Graduation Rates
Graduation College Acceptance
CMSA 88% 91%
Cleveland 80% 96%
Columbus 73% 95%
Dayton 46% 94%
Cincinnati 80% 96%
Toledo 55% 96%
Michigan NA 98%
70% 95%

 

Schools

  1. Chicago Math and Science Academy (CMSA)
    (773) 761-8960
    cmsaonline.net
  1. Gateway Science Academy – Smiley
    (314) 932-7513
    es.gsastl.org
  2. Gateway Science Academy – Fyler
    (314) 261-4361
    hs.gsastl.org
  3. Gateway Science Academy – South
    (314) 669-9000
    gsasouth.org
  4. Horizon Science Academy – Cincinnati
    (513) 242-0099
    horizoncincy.org
  5. Horizon Science Academy – Cleveland High School
    (216) 432-3660
    hsas.org
  6. Horizon Science Academy – Cleveland Middle School
    (216) 432-9940
    hsacms.org
  7. Horizon Science Academy – Columbus High School
    (614) 846-7616
    hs.horizoncolumbus.org
  8. Horizon Science Academy – Columbus Middle School
    (614) 428-6564
    ms.horizoncolumbus.org
  9. Horizon Science Academy – Columbus Elementary School
    (614) 475-4585
    es.horizoncolumbus.org
  10. Horizon Science Academy – Dayton Elementary School
    (937) 277-1177
    es.horizondayton.org
  11. Horizon Science Academy – Dayton High School
    (937) 281-1480
    hs.horizondayton.org
  12. Horizon Science Academy – Dayton Downtown
    (937) 281-1980
    dt.horizondayton.org
  13. Horizon Science Academy – Denison Middle School
    (216) 739-9911
    horizondenison.org
  14. Horizon Science Academy – Denison Elementary School
    (216) 661-8840
    denisonelementary.org
  15. Horizon Science Academy – Lorain
    (440) 282-4277
    horizonlorain.org
  16. Horizon Science Academy – Springfield
    (419) 535-0524
    horizonspringfield.org 
  1. Horizon Science Academy – Toledo
    (419) 474 -3350
    hs.horizontoledo.org
  2. Horizon Science Academy – Youngstown
    (330) 782-3003
    horizonyoungstown.org
  3. Horizon Science Academy – Belmont
    (773) 237 2702
    hsabelmont.org
  4. Horizon Science Academy – McKinley Park
    (773) 247 8400
    hsamckinley.org
  5. Horizon Science Academy – Southwest Chicago
    (773) 434 0800
    hsaswchicago.org
  6. Indiana Math and Science Academy (IMSA) – West
    (317) 298-0025
    west.imsaindy.org
  7. Indiana Math and Science Academy (IMSA) – North
    (317) 259-7300
    north.imsaindy.org
  8. Indiana Math and Science Academy (IMSA) – South
    (317) 780-1200
    south.imsaindy.org
  9. Michigan Math and Science Academy 
    (586) 920-2163
    mmsaonline.org
  10. Milwaukee Math and Science Academy
    (414) 263-6400
    mmsacademy.org
  11. Minnesota Math and Science Academy 
    (651) 246-0845
    mmsaweb.org
  12. Noble Academy – Cleveland
    (216) 486-8866
    noblecleveland.org
  13. Noble Academy – Columbus
    (614) 326-0687
    noblecolumbus.org
  14. Quest Charter Academy – Peoria Middle
    (309) 222-8719
    questpeoria.org
  15. Quest Charter Academy – Peoria High
    (309) 402-0030
    questpeoria.org

 

Results/Accomplishments

2014

  • Chicago Math & Science Academy had the highest college persistence rate of all non-selective high schools in Chicago.
  • Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School was listed in Newsweek’s America’s Top Schools for Low-Income Students.
  • Concept Schools receives the 2014 STEM Pioneer Leadership Award from the International Association for STEM Leaders.

 

2013

  • Concept Schools named about the highest-performing educational management organizations (EMO) in Stanford CREDO study.

 

2012

  • Horizon Science Academy Columbus received the National Blue Ribbon School Award.

 

2011

  • Four Horizon Science Academies were rated Excellent by the Ohio Department of Education.
  • Gateway Science Academy became one of the highest-performing charter schools in St. Louis in its first year of operation.
  • Michigan Math and Science Academy was the highest-performing school in its region, earning an A on its annual report card by the Michigan Department of Education.
  • Three Horizon Science Academies made the annual Schools of Promise list by the Ohio Department of Education.

 

2008 and 2010:

  • Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School made the America’s Best High Schools list by the U.S. News & World Report.

 

2010

  • HSA Cleveland High School received the federal Distinguished School Award by the National Association of State Title 1 Directors for closing the achievement gap.
  • Noble Academy Cleveland was rated Excellent with Distinction by the Ohio Department of Education. Noble was the only charter school, out of 350, to receive such a rating.
  • HSA Cleveland Middle School was featured in a report, “Needles in a Haystack,” by the Thomas Fordham Institute that identified eight outlier schools that showed significant achievement for disadvantaged students.

 

2009

  • Horizon Cleveland High School received the National Blue Ribbon School Award.

 

2008

  • Chicago Math and Science Academy was the highest-performing nonselective high school in the Chicago Public Schools system, based on the Illinois PSAE test.
  • Indiana Math and Science Academy was recognized three years in a row for Exemplary progress by the Indiana Department of Education.