2016-2017 Specialty Program Information
The Utica Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology welcomes eighth grade students to apply for acceptance to UCMST during the Utica Community Schools Specialty Program Application period. For the 2016-2017 school year, applications will be available on the district website as well as in the office of each junior high school beginning on, Wednesday, January 4th. The application due date is Friday, February 17, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. For more information on the Utica Community Schools Specialty Programs see Policy 6275.
Algebra I Requirement
Students entering the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology must have successfully completed both semesters of Algebra I prior to beginning the program during their freshmen year. If a student is not currently enrolled in Algebra I nor has completed the course prior to 8th grade, arrangements must be made for the student to complete Algebra I before the first day of school at UCMST. For information on how to complete this requirement, please see the UCMST Algebra I Requirement Information and contact your home school counseling office.
UCS Secondary Specialty Program Timeline
1/4/17 Secondary Specialty Program Application is now available at this link: https://www.tfaforms.com/401910
1/23/17 – 2/3/17 Visits to UCS junior highs to meet with 8th grade students by representatives from UCMST/CSI/UAIS
2/2/17 UCS Academic Blitz at Henry Ford II High School
2/7/17 UCMST Informational Evening* 7:00 p.m. at Joan C. Sergent Instructional Resource Center; 14201 Canal Road, Sterling Heights
2/15/17 UCMST Informational Evening* 7:00 p.m. at Joan C. Sergent Instructional Resource Center; 14201 Canal Road, Sterling Heights
2/17/17 Secondary Specialty Program Applications due at 3:00 p.m.
3/4/17 UCMST Entrance Testing 12:30 p.m. at Joan C. Sergent Instructional Resource Center; 14201 Canal Road, Sterling Heights
3/11/17 UCMST Entrance Testing 8:00 a.m. at Joan C. Sergent Instructional Resource Center; 14201 Canal Road, Sterling Heights
3/31/17 Secondary Specialty Program Notification Mailing
4/21/17 Program Commitment Deadline
*All prospective students and their parents are strongly encouraged to attend one of the UCMST Informational Evenings to learn more about the program. A brief presentation will be given to parents and students. Teachers, students, parents, and alumni will be on hand to answer questions. The classrooms will also be open to visit.
UCMST Shadowing Request
If a current 8th grade student is interested in shadowing a current UCMST student to find out more about the program, please fill out the UCMST Student Shadow Request Form. Students may request to shadow anytime prior to the UCS Specialty Program Application Due Date. Once you have completed and submitted the form you will be contacted by a UCMST staff member within one week to confirm your visit.
Entrance Test Requirement
An admissions test is required for students applying to the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology. This test is one of four program requirements for admission to UCMST. Please see the Utica Community Schools Secondary Specialty Programs Application for details about other program requirements. This testing will assess mathematics and science reasoning as well as give students an opportunity to respond to a writing prompt. See below for more details:
The mathematics portion of the entrance test consists of two separate tests. The tests consist of both multiple choice and free response questions.
Students are not required to show work for free response questions. Calculators are not allowed on any portion of the UCMST Entrance Test.
There are two components to the science test. Calculators are not allowed on any portion of the UCMST Entrance Test.
Students are given the opportunity to express a logical rationale as to why their personal goals coincide with the goals of the Utica Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology.
Previous years’ writing prompts:
1. We are interested in finding out about you and your interests. Below, please tell us why you have chosen to apply to MST. Also tell us about any special areas of interest you have in science, math, and/or technology as well as if there are any future career paths you are interested in pursuing. We are looking forward to hearing about you!
2. Describe a circumstance, event, or experience in which you were academically or intellectually challenged. How did you respond to this challenge? What skills and resources did you use to face this challenge? Did it change you? If so, how?
Materials to bring for testing:
Pencils with erasers.
Students may bring a small snack (nut free) and/or beverage to the testing session to be consumed during the short break between tests.
Calculators are not allowed on any portion of the UCMST Entrance Test.