Since its opening in 2004, the Treasure Valley Mathematics and Science Center of the Independent School District of Boise City has served as a magnet school program offered to exceptional public, private and home-schooled students in Southwest Idaho. TVMSC is a unique learning community offering a seamless, integrated progression of challenging mathematics, science, research and technology courses for high potential students in multi-age cohorts from 7th through 12th grades.
At TVMSC, the use of compacting and integration across subject areas enables content to be covered in greater depth and complexity than would generally be possible in traditional instructional settings. Instruction is student-centered and inquiry-based; incorporating research-based, hands-on investigations to integrate mathematics, science, communication and technology. Key focal points of the instructional program are group and paired activities that require students to work as members of research teams. Students collaborate in posing questions, designing experiments, acquiring and analyzing data and presenting their findings. The TVMSC program also strongly emphasizes the development of soft skills, in addition to pure academics. The soft skills that are emphasized include organization, time management, communication skills, perseverance and responsibility for meeting deadlines. TVMSC strives to support students in their development of positive leadership qualities.
What is the TVMSC?
- TVMSC is a unique learning community that offers opportunities in mathematics, science, research and technology education unlike those found in traditional school settings.
- The curriculum is specifically designed for qualifying students who have a strong interest/desire to excel in mathematics and science.
- A key focal point of the instructional program is group and paired activities that require students to work as a member of a research team. Students collaborate in posing questions, designing experiments, acquiring and analyzing data, and finally, presenting their findings.
- The Center runs half-day programs with students in the seventh through twelth grade cohort groups attending morning or afternoon sessions.
- Students are not charged tuition for attending TVMSC as this is a program that provides educational services for identified instructional needs within a public school setting.
- Students who complete the high school levels of the TVMSC program have the opportunities to participate in practical, research-based Internships with organizations in Boise and across Idaho having an emphasis in science, technology, engineering, mathematics or research.
Who Can Apply?
- Any public, private, or home-schooled student is eligible to apply for admittance to the Center.
- Students who are capable of performing at an accelerated 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grade academic level regardless of their current age or grade level.
Who Should Apply?
Because the TVMSC curriculum is rigorous and challenging, applicants should be:
- among the most successful in their student body in terms of academic preparation and test scores, especially in mathematics and science
- capable of pursuing a rigorous academic program beyond what is offered in their current school setting
- capable of meeting deadlines and meeting responsibilities for their own work
- self-motivated with a strong desire to excel in mathematics and science
- comfortable working both independently and in collaboration with other students
- interested in receiving high school credit for the courses taken at TVMSC even within their first years of the program
- students who've completed the following mathematics prerequisites
What are the Math Prerequisites?
Due to the demanding nature of the curriculum, students should meet the following prerequisites:
- Students entering the 7th-grade cohort must have completed Compacted 7/8 Math/Pre Algebra or the equivalent.
- Students entering the 8th-grade cohort must have completed Integrated I - Algebra or the equivalent.
- Students entering the 9th-grade cohort must have completed Integrated II - Geometry or the equivalent.
- Students entering the 10th-grade cohort must have completed Integrated III - Algebra II or the equivalent.
- Students entering the 11th-grade cohort must have completed Accelerated PreCalculus or the equivalent.
Students who do not meet these prerequisites may take the necessary courses during summer school courses that are taught within Boise School District.