Application Process

NOTE: Student Selection for 2020 - 2021 has been redesigned. 

  Applicant Screening will be completed following a 3-step process. In order to participate in the upcoming Applicant Screening, please turn in the Application Forms linked below. (Intent to Test and Applicant Data forms)

For addressing questions or concerns,
please email .  These questions will be addressed in a timely manner.

Student Selection Screenings for the 2020 - 2021 school year begin with the first screening day on Saturday, February 29th, 2020. The second and final screening day will be through a three-step process. Applicants only need to participate in one of these two screening day options in order to be considered for entering TVMSC for the 2020 - 2021 school year. 

To support families in learning more about TVMSC, the Center traditionally hosted two Orientation Nights for families who are considering TVMSC as an educational option for their child.  Orientation Nights provide an overview of the TVMSC 7th - 12th cohort program and the Student Selection process. Please note that TVMSC does not provide tours or classroom visits on a drop in basis in order to avoid disruptions to the educational process. 

The first Orientation Night was held on Thursday, February 27th, 2020 from 7:00 - 8:30 PM.  The April 2nd Orientation Night was CANCELLED.  

To replace the April Orientation Night event, three Google Slide Decks of TVMSC information are linked here to provide relevant information and an overview to reference with regard to the Treasure Valley Math & Science Center as an educational option for your child.

Deck #1 - Overview of TVMSC

Deck #2 - TVMSC's Instructional Program and Components/Expectations/Requirements

Deck #3 - TVMSC's Extracurricular Offerings & Extra Features

For any questions or concerns, please email:   

The Redesigned Application Process for 2020-2021 - An explanation of the new Student Selection process is linked.

In order to be considered for the 2020 - 2021 TVMSC program, the Applicant forms linked here must be submitted to TVMSC's Office from all New Applicants for 2020 - 2021:

Forms for
 Returning TVMSC students only:

Current and former (but returning) TVMSC students in good standing do not need to retest
, but each current student's performance and conduct will be reviewed. Current students will complete an online Application to Return at the Center in mid-January. The deadline for submitting the Application to Return will be May 1st,  2020. We ask all current students to complete and submit one of the Application to Return forms stating whether they intend to continue with TVMSC in the 2020-2021 school year.

Updated 'Application to Return Forms' are for use by current or former TVMSC students to submit to TVMSC's Office in order to return to TVMSC in 2020 - 2021. 

Steps involved in the Student Selection Process for TVMSC:

  • There are two Student Selection Screening Days for applicants who wished to enter TVMSC for the 2020-2021 school year.  The applicants will be screened on one of the following dates: Saturday, February 29th, 2020 or virtually in May once an Intent to Test Form has been turned in to the TVMSC Office. (Please reference the forms linked above.) Screening begins at 8:00 AM and finishes about 11:00 AM. To reserve a space for a screening day, please submit an ‘Intent to Test’ form to TVMSC by e-mail or fax.  There is no advantage to taking an earlier or later screening day.  All applicant portfolios were held until May and then will be reviewed at the same time at the end of April.  The information linked above becomes information that is used to create the Student Applicant’s Portfolio. Please provide this information to or by fax to (208) 854-6801.
  • No results will be shared from the two screening dates until both screenings have been completed. Applicants will be brought into TVMSC based upon their overall ranking and based upon the contents of the portfolios. Students not selected from the two Screening Dates may be placed onto a temporary Wait List (listed according to their overall ranking) so that if a space opens up, the next person from this list will be invited to join the program. Those applicants not invited for 2020 - 2021 will be advised to wait a year and to reapply at that time. TVMSC generally has about 100 - 120 more applicants than they have space for each year.
  • There is no charge for screening applicants.  As a result, Screening Scores are for use in the TVMSC Selection Process only. These raw scores have no relevance to educational performance of students outside of this selection process.  Asking for the scores will give you three numbers that have no relevance to their performance in other schools or for consideration for other programs. The numbers are NOT the sole consideration for being selected for TVMSC, so even trying to compare scores among applicants will not be meaningful.  This process is not about selecting applicants solely on the basis of three scores.  This is more fully explained at Orientation Night.
  • In late April, the Student Selection Committee reviews the Applicant Portfolios for each of the applicants who participated on one of the two Student Selection Screening Days. Applicants are only considered once they have all of the required materials in their applicant portfolios. Incomplete portfolios are not given consideration. (TVMSC's Student Selection Committee needs to have the applicant screening test scores, copies of the last two years' report cards and the Teacher Recommendation Forms and Adult Advocate Recommendation Forms actually in the portfolio for the student to be considered).
  • All applicants from the two Screening Days are reviewed and considered at the same time in late April.
  • For the 2020 - 2021 school year, there will not be a Late Screening Date or a Summer Screening date, as the available spaces will be filled from the March and April screenings.
  • There was one Open House/Orientation Night for families who are interested in learning more about the TVMSC program as an option for their child(ren). Open House/Orientation Nights were held on the Thursday evenings immediately preceding the Student Selection Screening Dates at Riverglen Jr High/TVMSC from 7:00 - 8:30 PM. These events provide an overview of the program and addresses many questions that families have when considering TVMSC as an educational option for their children. Families were able to tour the classrooms and speak with current TVMSC students at these events.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE: Individual tours, classroom visits or opportunities to shadow current students will not be available separate of the Orientation Nights in order to preserve the focus and integrity of our instructional programs throughout the Student Selection process. Typically, TVMSC will screen 250 - 300 applicants each spring.  The requests to tour and visit separate of the Orientation Nights proved very disruptive to our classes.
  • To reserve a space for your child at one of the Screening Days, please submit the Intent to Test form to TVMSC's office. (Linked above) Also fill out and submit the Student Data packet to the TVMSC office. This information will be used to create the Student Applicant’s Portfolio. or by fax to (208) 854-6801.
  • Distribute Teacher Recommendation Forms found in the Student Data Packet to the applicant's teachers during the current school year prior to screening for TVMSC. Information on these forms is confidential. Once the Teachers and Adult Advocates complete the recommendation forms, the documents should be turned in to their current school’s counselor no later than 2 weeks from testing so that counselors can have those documents sent to the TVMSC office prior to the meeting of the Student Selection Committee. If your family is applying from out-of-state, the forms may be mailed directly to TVMSC by the applicant's family or by the teachers.
  • Placement testing for all applicants will be administered from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM on each of the two test dates at Riverglen Junior High School, 6801 N. Gary Lane, Boise. Submission of the Intent to Test forms to TVMSC's Office will reserve a space for applicants for one of these test dates. Applicants only need to attend one of the two dates. Space on each of the screening/test dates for Student Selection Screening is limited to the first 150 applicants for that date.
  • Out-of-state applicants should attempt to attend one of the two screening dates (February or April) as it is anticipated that all spaces will be assigned to interested and qualified applicants from those two dates.  
  • Schools of incoming TVMSC 2020-2021 students will be informed in May 2020 as to which students have been accepted into TVMSC for the upcoming 2020 - 2021 school year.
  • Submit copies of your last 2 years of report cards, ISAT/SBAC scores, Teacher and Adult Recommendation Forms and other relevant documents to the TVMSC office. TVMSC, 6801 N. Gary Lane, Boise ID 83714
  • Actual student selection will be conducted when the Student Selection Committee meets in late May 2020.
  • Only applicants who have all of the required forms submitted and testing completed will have their portfolios considered by the Student Selection Committee in early May. Incomplete portfolios will be held until complete, but they may miss consideration by the Student Selection Committee in the late May meeting.
  • Notification of acceptance for the successful incoming students will occur in late-May. Please be certain that the TVMSC office has correct, legible and up-to-date address and e-mail information for your family!

Please check the "About TVMSC" page for information about course prerequisites.

Criteria Used for Student Selection

  • The most recent ISAT/SBAC scores or comparable standardized tests if this state assessment was not taken.
  • TVMSC Placement Tests (mandatory, free of charge). Please note that these test results are for student selection purposes only and will not be distributed to parents or students.
  • Academic record of the last 2 years and current semester, (report cards)
  • Recommendations of Math, Science and English teachers (current) and an Adult Advocate (Parent, Counselor, Administrator, Coach, etc.)
  • In some instances an interview may also be requested.
    For students to enter TVMSC for the 7th Cohort (the lowest entry level of the Center), they need to have completed all levels of Pre-algebra so that they are fully prepared to enter the Center and take Integrated Algebra 1. This course is the first high school credit bearing mathematics course that students take within Boise School District. It begins their official GPA and it will appear on their high school graduation transcript. 
    Prior to being able to enter TVMSC and take Integrated I - Algebra 1, students will complete Honors Math 6 and then either 2 years of Accelerated Math 7 and Accelerated Pre-algebra 8 or they may opt to take one year of this same content in a very compacted form in the course called 'Compacted Math 7/8.'  After either completing Compacted Math 7/8 or Accelerated Pre-algebra 8, they are ready to enter TVMSC and take the 7th cohort classes (and Integrated I - Algebra 1). 

    Boise School District does offer Compacted Math 7/8 in summer school each year but only for students who have already tested to enter TVMSC and have been accepted to join the program. 
  • IMPORTANT NOTE:  There will be no exceptions to this requirement.  Each school year, TVMSC has needed to exit students during semester 1 due to the gaps in their foundational understandings of Pre-algebra and their struggles with the pacing, complexity and content of the Integrated Algebra 1 courses.  In the best interest of each of our students, we require that all students entering TVMSC for 7th cohort will have completed all possible levels of Pre-algebra prior to entering the Center.

What if the Application Deadline is Missed?

Documents received after the submission deadline of two weeks following testing will be added to the student portfolios but the students will be added to the waiting list pending a possible final Student Selection meeting, but this will only be for placing students onto a Waiting List. 

Notification of Decision

After completing the Student Selection Process (Participated on one of the screening days and submitted all required forms for the portfolio) students will be informed of the Selection Committee's decision in late-May 2020.  Students will either be invited to join the program, be asked to complete a summer mathematics course to address any identified gaps in background, or will be asked to wait at least a year to address areas that could compromise their potential for success in the program prior to re-screening.