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KAMSC entrance exam, Saturday morning January 8 — REMINDERS

Dear Prospective KAMSC Students, and Families of Prospective KAMSC Students, who have registered to sit for the KAMSC entrance exam:

We are looking forward to offering you the opportunity to sit for the KAMSC entrance exam Saturday morning January 8 at 10:00 AM in the East Ballroom (the combined North and South Ballrooms) of the Bernhard Center on Western Michigan University’s campus.  Please have your student arrive by 9:30.  Signs will be posted at the main entrance of the Bernhard Center, and volunteers will help guide students to the East Ballroom (which is essentially at the top of the stairwell available at the main entrance).  Parking should be available in the structure just east of the Bernhard Center, but students may be dropped off at the main entrance.

Students, parents, and guardians are required to remain masked at all times (except for occasional water breaks — students may bring their own water bottles).  If you arrive without a mask, we will be able to provide one for you.  Parents, once you drop-off your students at the Bernhard Center main entrance — regardless of whether you drop them off by car, or walk with them to the main entrance after parking — we ask, for social distancing considerations, that you do not accompany your student to the ballroom area.  Assuming we begin promptly at 10:00 AM, we expect testing to be finished by around 11:45 AM, with dismissal at around noon.  Students will be seated approximately 6-8 feet from each other, and again, will be fully masked. We will remind students of social distancing as they are assembling for their seating.

Students should not bring pencils or calculators or other materials.  All testing materials will be provided.  Cell phones will be collected prior to the exam, and returned to students when testing is completed.

*IF* tomorrow’s entrance exam needs to be canceled for any reason, such as severe weather, an announcement will be posted on the announcements page of the KAMSC web site, kamsc.org.

Please refer any questions you may have to office.kamsc@kamsc.org, or phone the KAMSC office at 269-337-0004.  The KAMSC office will be open until 3:30 PM Friday, January 7.

We look forward to seeing your students Saturday morning!

Sincerely,

Dr. Tanoff


For current 8th Grade Students wishing to apply to join KAMSC fall of 2022 . . .

All eighth grade students in the Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency (KRESA) service area who will have completed an Algebra I (or higher level mathematics) course by the end of eighth grade, have the opportunity to consider applying to the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center (KAMSC) high school program. Eighth graders who, as ninth graders, will reside in a KRESA public school district, are eligible to apply for admission. KAMSC is one of several educational opportunities available as eighth grade students begin planning for their high school years.
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The KAMSC admissions process begins with an entrance exam.  This year’s entrance exam will be held at 10:00 AM the morning of January 8, 2022, in the Bernhard Center on the campus of Western Michigan University.  The Entrance Exam on-line registration form is here.  The REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2022.  The KAMSC entrance exam is a multiple choice aptitude test containing several different types of verbal, non-verbal, and quantitative reasoning questions.  Examples of these types of questions may be found here. The entrance exam is followed by a writing sample activity in which applicants are given twenty minutes to respond, in writing, to one of three prompts with which they are presented.
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A copy of the pamphlet You’re Invited to Consider the Kalamazoo Area Mathematics and Science Center (KAMSC) 2022-2023 is available here. The pamphlet describes details of the KAMSC program, the unique learning opportunities available through the program, and how students are selected for admission to KAMSC. Please continue to visit kamsc.org for additional information as it becomes available.
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Prospective students and their families were invited to attend a special meeting to explore further the possibility of attending KAMSC. On Wednesday, December 8, 2021 beginning at 7:00 p.m., an Open House introducing KAMSC was held in Chenery Auditorium (714 South Westnedge Avenue) on the ground floor of the KPS Community Education Center (CEC).  Slide shows from the Open House will be available on this web site some time before the KAMSC holiday break begins on December 18.
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2022 KAMSC Admissions Schedule for the Class of 2026
Wednesday January 5 — deadline to register for the KAMSC admissions test
Saturday January 8 — KAMSC admissions test, 10:00 AM, Bernhard Center, Western Michigan University
Week of January 17 — Admissions test scores mailed home; KAMSC application available online at kamsc.org
Monday February 7 — Optional application Q&A session at KAMSC, 6:00 PM
Tuesday February 22 — KAMSC application deadline, including teacher recommendation forms and grade reports
Week of April 4 — Decision letters mailed to applicants
Thursday April 14 — Deadline to appeal application decision
Tuesday May 3 – Thursday May 5 — Accepted eighth graders visit KAMSC classes in the morning; Algebra readiness test given in the afternoon
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For potential applicants currently in the 9th, 10th, or 11th grade . . .
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. . . wishing to join the KAMSC pull-out program Fall 2022 as 10th, 11th, or 12th graders, our “upper class” admissions process will start toward the end of January.  Please check back at the kamsc.org web site toward the end of January for information.