MMSA 8th Grade Student Wins 1st
Place in State Essay Contest

Justin Wilton, an eighth-grade student at Michigan Math and Science Academy, has been named as a winner in the 45th Annual America & Me Essay Contest, sponsored by Farm Bureau Insurance

Several thousand eighth-grade students from nearly 450 Michigan schools participated in this year's contest. The topic this year was "My Personal Michigan Hero."

Justin's essay is an emotive masterpiece that displays the love he has for his father, who is physically 

Justin will receive an award certificate for the achievement and his name will be engraved on a plaque for permanent display in school. 

Justin's first-place essay now advances to the state-level competition.

Congratulations to Class of 2014 on Huge Scholarship Awards!

Priscilla Daboni of Horizon Columbus High School Class of 2014 has been accepted to the University of Chicago with a full-ride scholarship.


Great news from the Concept Schools' seniors! Concept Schools manages eight high schools with a total number of 370 seniors. As an outcome of college-prep curriculum, individualized college preparation programs, high student achievement, dedicated staff, and devoted college counselors, Concept Schools' seniors have received $24,000,000 in academic scholarships as of May 15th. This means that the average amount of scholarship per student is $65,000 for four years.


The top three schools in scholarship awards were:


Chicago Math and Science Academy seniors: Received $8M


Horizon Science Academy Columbus seniors: Received $6.2M


Horizon Science Academy Cleveland: Received $3.8M


Congratulations to everyone who played a part in this huge success, and best of luck to the Class of 2014!

Celebrating Culture

Cinco de Mayo (5th  of May) is an important day in Hispanic culture. This year, many of our foreign  language classes celebrated the day with a variety of themed activities and projects.

Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High Spanish 3 students in Mrs. Viviana Velez's class prepared a big book with a synopsis of the story of Cinco de Mayo. 

The class read the book to young students from neighboring school HSA Cleveland Elementary while enacting historical battles commemorated on Cinco de Mayo. 

The visiting kindergartners and first graders colored a special picture, completed a word  search, and hit the piƱata full of candies and toys. 

At HSA Springfield, Mrs. Marta Torres and her students celebrated Cinco de Mayo by wearing beautiful Hispanic folk dresses and hats. And Mrs. Alma Herrera`s students at Toledo High School decorated the hallway boards with Cinco de Mayo work and enjoyed a party in their class.
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Early Engineering Skills on Display at 1st Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge Competition

The 1st Annual Popsicle Stick Bridge (PSB) Competition took place at the Horizon Science Academy Community festival held on May 10th.

Over 200 HSA Dayton middle and high school students participated, either as part of a team or as individuals, and were cheered on by teachers, families, community supporters, and volunteers from the Dayton area.

All bridges were constructed using only limited number of popsicle sticks and white glue and were required to meet strict technical specifications. The bridges were scored on efficiency (load carrying capacity / bridge weight) and aesthetics. Prizes were awarded for aesthetics, strength, and teamwork.

The winning bridge builders were:

Talip Kucuker: 1st Place (holding 111 lbs.)
Asante Anderson, Jamisia Rohne, and Kadar Gardner: 2nd Place (holding 87 lbs.)
Orhan Kambarov: 3rd Place (holding 83 lbs.)
Murat Sariyev and Sona Muradova : 4th Place (holding 75 lbs.)

Well done, future engineers!
Concept Schools Receives International Recognition for STEM Curriculum

This month, Concept Schools was recognized by the International Association for STEM Leaders (IASL) with the first-ever STEM Pioneer Leadership Award.

"As one of the only national charter school management organizations in the world pioneering a STEM focus within all of its schools, we are honored to present Concept Schools with our inaugural STEM Pioneer Leadership Award," said IASL founder Dr. Carole Cameron Inge. "Their commitment to training our students for the future illustrates the STEM commitment and achievement we need from today's educators. We look forward to its continued partnership and leadership in STEM education."

Accepting the award, Sedat Duman, President and CEO of Concept Schools, said, "Never has STEM education been so important in ensuring that our students are prepared for careers as scientists, researchers and engineers. We appreciate this prestigious award and the continued efforts of IASL in working with global leaders to implement quality STEM programming at all education levels."

IASL is globally recognized for creating a golden standard for STEM excellence in traditional and non-
traditional educational settings for students of all ages, from pre-kindergarten to adult education.
A Successful MathCon 2014!

More than 400 students from 50 Midwest schools made it to the MathCON finals in Chicago on May 10, 2014. Competitors in grades 5-8th and high school had 70 minutes to complete 50 challenging math problems. Throughout the day, students, teachers, and parents enjoyed using Twitter to communicate their excitement, experiences, and photographs in real time so followers could cheer them on. The top scorers in each grade level received iPads and Game 24 Winners were awarded gift cards.  Follow us @ConceptMath1 for more updates and to stay connected with our math community.


Please click here to see a list of the   top 30 students in each grade and the   top 10 schools   in elementary, middle, and high school. These students are extremely accomplished in their math skills, since they outscored more than 1,000 students in their grade level to qualify for the finals.