IMSA South is managed by Charter Management Organization( CMO), Concept Schools, Inc. Concept Schools is a Chicago based, not-for-profit charter management and consulting organization. Concept Schools, Inc. first initiated Horizon Science Academies in Cleveland and Columbus Ohio, in 1999. Concept Schools, Inc. has grown to manage a total of 30 charter schools in Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Minnesota and Michigan. All of the schools are located in urban areas and serve a total of 13,000 underprivileged students in Cleveland,Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati, and Toledo in Ohio, Indianapolis, Chicago, and Hazel Park in Michigan.
The school model that was developed by Concept Schools was initially only for grades 6-12. However, due to the need to close the achievement gap in the early years of schooling, Concept expanded its model to K-12 and began opening elementary schools in 2006. The first Concept School in Indiana, Indiana Math and Science Academy West, authorized by the Mayor’s Office, began operation with grades six through eight in 2007. In its third year, IMSA added K-5 and expanded to 491 students (more than double the enrollment). IMSA was rated “Exemplary” based on performance and improvement based on Indiana’s category placement 2008-2009 school year. Indiana Math and Science Academy North is also authorized by the Charter Schools Office of the Mayor of Indianapolis in February 2010. IMSA South, opened in 2013 and is enrolling students in grades K-8 for 2015-2016 Academic Year.