North Carolina School of Science and Math

2015-2016 APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION
Welcome to the North Carolina School of Science and Math Electronic Application
A message from the campus:

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is a public, residential high school for academically talented juniors and seniors. It was established in 1980 by the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina to provide challenging educational opportunities for young men and women with interest in the sciences and mathematics. NCSSM offers students the opportunity to live in a community with others of similar intellect, interests, and aspirations. The school's residential program currently enrolls 680 while the online program enrolls 240 juniors and seniors--representing all thirteen congressional districts in the State. Ninety-nine percent of all graduates enroll in colleges and universities throughout the United States and abroad.

Students study science, mathematics and humanities under a core faculty that includes Presidential Award Winners for Teaching Excellence, Tandy Award winners, N.C. Biology Teacher of the Year winners, and N.C. English Teacher of the Year winner. Faculty members use a variety of instructional methods, including classroom presentations, seminar-based studies, laboratory assignments, field research studies, independent projects, and mentor-guided research.

Parents or legal guardians of applicants must be bona fide, legal residents of North Carolina by December 1st of the student's sophomore year to be eligible for consideration. Residency must be continuous for the applicant to enroll as a student, and if selected, to remain in the school. Residency established solely for the purpose of qualifying for admission to the school will not be honored.

Programs

  • The NCSSM Residential program allows you to live your junior and senior years of high school on our campus in Durham, and graduate with an NCSSM diploma.
    • Requirements:
      • 1. Student application
      • 2. Sophomore year SAT scores
      • 3. English, Math, and Science teacher evaluations
      • 4. Counselor evaluation
      • 5. Transcript showing your freshman and first semester sophomore year grades
      • 6. Discovery Day visit to campus (required)
      • 7. NCSSM math test (given at Discovery Day)

 

  • The NCSSM Online program allows you to stay enrolled at your local high school, while taking 4 to 6 NCSSM courses your junior and senior years. You'll receive an NCSSM transcript.
    • Requirements:
      • 1. Student application
      • 2. Sophomore year SAT scores
      • 3. English, Math, and Science teacher evaluations
      • 4. Counselor evaluation
      • 5. Transcript showing your freshman and first semester sophomore year grades
  • You will be asked which program you are applying to when you begin your NCSSM Admissions application.  You are able to apply to BOTH programs, if you like.
  • After the January 15th application deadline, you cannot change the program to which you've applied.

Choosing a Program

Applicants may apply to a) NCSSM Residential Only, b) NCSSM Online Only or c) Both Residential and Online.    If you choose to apply to both, you must choose a preference between the two programs.  You will be reviewed for your top choice first, and if selected, you will not be reviewed for your second option.  You may only receive one Finalist offer when applying to both.  You will not be automatically accepted to your second choice if declined for your first.

Appeal Process Statement

After the selection process, Non Finalists who applied to both programs may appeal to the program of their choice or to both programs. Non Finalists who applied only to one program may only appeal the program they chose.  NCSSM Waitlist students are chosen through the appeals process.   If you are made a Finalist to either program, you must decline your Finalist Offer to appeal to the program in which you were a non-finalist.  Once you decline your original offer, you are not guaranteed to regain your chosen position.   A Declined Finalist may or may not be added back as Finalist or Wait Finalist for either program.  No student will have two offers, you can only have an offer from one of the two NCSSM programs.

Application Instructions

Below is the overview of the entire application process for the Residential and Online Programs. In order to complete the 2015-2016 application process and be considered for the NCSSM class of 2018, potential applicants must complete ALL of the following requirements:

Ensure Eligibility

  • Applicants must currently be in the 10th grade.
  • It is the policy of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics to enroll only students who are legal residents of the State of North Carolina, as defined by G. S. 116-143.1, or whose parent or legal guardian is an active duty member of the armed services who is abiding in North Carolina incident to active military duty, provided the student shares the abode of that parent, by December 1 of the school year in which the student applies for admission (the 10th grade year) and who otherwise meet the admissions criteria of the School. More information on the governing policy can be found in the North Carolina State Residence Classification Manual.
Take the SAT
  • All applicants must take the SAT as a sophomore as part of the application process. Applicants do not have to take the SAT before creating an application account.
  • Only score reports from tests administered on the following dates will be accepted:
    • October 3, 2015
    • November 7, 2015
    • December 5, 2015
    • January 23, 2016
  • For students requiring testing accommodations due to disabilities, please visit the following site as test registration and administrations dates can very:  http://www.collegeboard.org/students-with-disabilities/calendar
  • We recommend that applicants register to take the SAT prior to the January test date. Test site cancellations due to inclement weather often occur during January.
  • To ensure that test results are sent directly to the NCSSM Admissions Office, students using a hard copy of the SAT registration form must enter the NCSSM special code 2241 in Block 11A. Students registering online for the SAT must select North Carolina School of Science and Math from the list of schools, to send the score report.

Obtain Teacher and Counselor Evaluations

  • As part of the application process, applicants must secure evaluations from three teachers and his or her current guidance counselor. Applicants must have a teacher evaluation form completed by their:
    • *9th or 10th grade Science Teacher
    • *9th or 10th grade Mathematics Teacher
    • *9th or 10th grade English Teacher
  • It is the responsibility of the applicant to ask their teachers and counselor to complete an evaluation on their behalf.
  • February 15, 2016: Designated teachers and counselors receive email notification that Teacher and Counselor Evaluation Form link has been  activated
  • March 15, 2016: Deadline for receipt of Teacher and Counselor Evaluation Forms by NCSSM
  • Teacher Evaluation and Counselor Report Forms will be completed electronically via UniApp.

Submit a Transcript

  • The NCSSM Office of Admissions will accept transcripts from March 1st until March 15th.
  • Transcripts should include 9th grade (all grades) and 10th grade (fall semester grades).
  • To submit a transcript using CFNC.org's Transcript Manager:
    1. Log into CFNC.org
    2. Under the Apply Section, click 'To College,' and then 'Transcript Manager'
    3. Select North Carolina School of Science and Math from the pull down menu
    4. Download and review your transcript after it has been submitted, if it does not include 9th grade grades and 10th grade, fall semester grades, please have your counselor send us a 10th grade report card as well.
  • Alternatively, you may have your Guidance Counselor submit your transcript via U.S. Postal Service to mailing address:

NCSSM Office of Admissions
PO Box 2418
1219 Broad Street
Durham, NC 27715-2418

Discovery Days

  • In addition to the requirements listed above, all residential applicants are required to attend an assigned Discovery Day on the campus of NCSSM. On Discovery Day, residential applicants will take an NCSSM math test and parents will attend an information session highlighting academics and student life. Details concerning Discovery Day will be updated in the student's UniApp account after the application deadline has passed.

After Submitting Your Application

  • Track Admissions Progress via UniApp: After submitting a completed application, applicants will receive an email confirming receipt of the application and instructing them on how to log-in to UniApp, NCSSM’s Office of Admissions progress tracking system.  UniApp will be a crucial method of communication between applicant families and the Office of Admissions throughout the admissions process.
  • Obtain Teacher and Counselor Evaluation: As part of the application process, applicants must secure evaluations from three teachers and his or her current guidance counselor. Applicants must have evaluation forms completed by:
    • *9th or 10th grade Science Teacher
    • *9th or 10th grade Mathematics Teacher
    • *9th or 10th grade English Teacher
    • *10th grade Guidance Counselor

It is the responsibility of the applicant to ask their teachers and counselor to complete an evaluation on their behalf and to provide the teacher and counselor email addresses when completing this application. The designated teachers and counselors will be notified by email on February 1, 2016 that the electronic evaluation form login has been activated.

  • Request an electronic transcript from www.cfnc.org after March 1st, 2016. Private schools and those not participating in the CFNC electronic transcript system must request a transcript from your guidance department.

Application Review

  • The Admissions Selection Committee consists of educators from around North Carolina, as well as NCSSM faculty and staff. They evaluate each completed application. Applicants are evaluated against others who have applied to either one or both programs, from their U.S. Congressional District. The most current Congressional District map is used during the Committee's evaluation.
  • Residential Program Criteria: The Admissions Selection Committee considers a number of criteria including: academic rigor, grades, maturity, extracurricular/leadership involvement, awards/achievements, evidence of interest in science and mathematics, SAT scores, teacher and counselor evaluations, and performance on the NCSSM math test.
  • Online Program Criteria: The Admissions Selection Committee considers a number of criteria including: academic engagement and rigor, grades, maturity, need/interest for program, interest in science, technology, math, and engineering, SAT scores, teacher and counselor evaluations, and work ethic and initiative.
  • Admissions decisions are announced in mid-April via email. A decisions announcement will be sent to the email address provided on the online application.



Last updated: 10/14/2015 3:47:00 PM ET



High School Transcripts



Most North Carolina public high schools now have the capability to electronically send official high school transcripts to all 110 North Carolina colleges and universities through CFNC.org. We encourage you to visit your school counselor to verify coursework and grades prior to requesting an electronic transcript.

In order to send electronic transcripts, you must:

  • Be currently enrolled, or enrolled at the time of graduation, at a participating public high school in North Carolina.
  • Make sure you have entered the following information in the This is Me section of Your Profile:
    • First and Last name - This must match your NC SID name (use the name that appears on your report card, or check with your high school counselor).
    • NC Student Number (formerly NCWISE Student ID) - This can also be found on your report card.
    • E-mail address
    • Gender
    • Date of birth
    • My Account is connected to (the high school where you are currently enrolled, or were enrolled at the time of graduation)
If these conditions are met, you are ready to proceed to the Transcript Manager. A successfully requested transcript should be received by the college within 1-2 business days.

Important Announcement:

  • If you graduated in summer 2012 or before, you will need to contact your high school directly to request a transcript. Please note this is a temporary process change for electronic transcripts until NC DPI migrates historical data from NC WISE to PowerSchool.

If these conditions were met when you submitted your CFNC.org online application, you will then be presented with the option to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution.

If you submitted an online admission application through another website or university portal, we encourage you to request your high school transcript be sent electronically to that institution from the CFNC Transcript Manager (located under the Apply tab → To College → Transcript Manager).


North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics
PO Box 2418
1219 Broad Street
Durham, NC  27705
Telephone: (919) 416-2850
Fax: (919) 416-2853
E-mail: Admissions@ncssm.edu
Website: www.ncssm.edu
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