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  Notice on International Baccalaureate Status

“Proviso Math and Science Academy is a candidate school* for the Diploma Programme. This school is pursuing authorization as an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that Proviso Math and Science Academy believes is important for our students. For more information about the International Baccalaureate Organization, please visit

*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted.”

  Community Invited to Superintendent Search Question and Answer Forums on February 10, 16

  After a nationwide search for a new superintendent, the Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education has narrowed the pool of excellent candidates to two finalists.

At this step in the process, the Board would like to again reach out to the community and introduce the two finalists to the constituents. One of the finalists will tour the three district high schools on the afternoon of February 10 and the other on the afternoon of February 16.

On both days, the Board of Education invites the community to meet the candidate at a “question and answer” forum scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Social Room at Proviso East High School.

While it is the responsibility of the Board to choose the superintendent, it is very important that the new superintendent be a positive addition to the entire Proviso community.

Thank you for your interest.

  Pirates, Panthers to Compete in Hoops Doubleheader


The Proviso East High School and Proviso West High School varsity girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will compete in a hoops doubleheader on Saturday, February 6, in the Proviso West main gymnasium.

The girls lead off at 1 p.m., with the boys following at 2:30 p.m. The Pirates won both match-ups in thrillers in 2015 at Proviso East, with the Lady Pirates winning their game, 68-65. The Proviso East boys had to go to overtime before ultimately winning, 62-60.

Tickets for the varsity games are $4 each for adults and students, and $3 for students with I.D. Senior citizens receive free admission.

  Have a Voice in Proviso Township High Schools Through 5Essentials Survey

  Proviso Township High Schools District 209 is once again joining with the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) in providing an opportunity for teachers, students, and parents to have another voice in their schools through the Illinois 5Essentials Survey: Organizing Schools for Improvement.

Beginning Monday, January 11, and through March 11, teachers, students, and parents are asked to share their thoughts on the important elements of school effectiveness in a survey about their school. To access the survey, please visit A link to the survey also is available at, and at the top of this webpage..


  PMSA Students Win Big at Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast

Two Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy students were winners at the 15th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Best Western Chicago Hillside Hotel in Hillside on Monday, January 18.

This included the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 2016 Dream Award at the breakfast from the Hillside Human Resources Commission, which hosted the breakfast with the Village of Hillside. The nominee needed to be involved in activities that support the dream of Dr. King including working hard in school, church, and the community to be a better citizen and helping people in need. That award went to K’winece Ray, a sophomore at PMSA. She thanked the people who had helped her, including her parents and her English teacher at PMSA, Ms. Erin Mason.


  Proviso High Schools Named to AP District Honor Roll


Proviso Township High Schools District 209 has been named to the sixth annual AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.

To be included on the list, which includes 425 school districts in the United States and Canada and 15 school districts in Illinois, a school district had to have met the following criteria based on data from 2013 through 2015:

Increased participation or access to AP.

Increased or maintained the percentage of exams taken by African-American, Hispanic/Latino, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.


  37 District 209 Students Named as Illinois State Scholars


Thirty-seven seniors from Proviso East High School, Proviso West High School, and Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy have been named as Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois State Assistance Commission (ISAC).

The 37 students are among nearly 19,000 students from the Class of 2016 to receive the designation, which was first introduced in 1958. According to ISAC, Illinois State Scholars represent approximately the top ten percent of high school seniors, hailing from 652 different high schools across the state. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.


  PMSA Ranked Among Top Illinois High Schools By National Website


Proviso Mathematics and Science Academy recently was listed as the 11th best high school in the state of Illinois by, a national school ranking site.

The site uses data from the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) and compares schools from across the country. According to the data, PMSA ranked above 98.2 percent of Illinois’ high schools with an average proficiency rating of 78.5 percent on the English Language Arts portion of the PARCC exam. In the rankings, PMSA climbed to 11th out of the 612 ranked high schools in Illinois, up from 27th out of 669 in 2014.


  District 209 Board of Education Honors Proviso West State Scholars, Golden Apple Nominees

  The Proviso Township High Schools District 209 Board of Education honored the nine Proviso West High School students who have been named Illinois State Scholars as well as three Proviso West teachers who have been nominated for the prestigious Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching Award at its regular meeting on Tuesday, January 12, at Proviso West.

Mr. Oscar Hawthorne, principal at Proviso West, said that the nine students, all seniors, had scored above the 95th percentile on the ACT and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment in being named Illinois State Scholars by the Illinois Student Assistance Commission. Selection is based on SAT, ACT or Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment scores, and/or class rank at the end of the junior year. High school guidance counselors work with ISAC to determine the winners.


  55th Edition of Proviso West Holiday Tournament a Thriller

  The 55th edition of the Proviso West Holiday Basketball Tournament showed that it is the Chicago area’s most competitive holiday tournament with four days of competitive basketball by some of the very best high school teams in the Chicagoland area on December 26 through 30.

This included the host Proviso West Panthers, who won the tournament’s consolation title with a thrilling 37-35 win over Hillcrest on December 30, culminating a streak of three straight wins. They were led by the 15 points a game during the tournament by junior guard Emmanuel Cross along with the 9.8 rebounds per game by junior forward Elijah Gibson.


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