How to Apply

Step 1. Learn about what to expect

Coaches will volunteer with a teacher in a local elementary, middle, or high school throughout the course of one school year on projects they determine with the teacher. Learn more about what’s involved in this partnership.

Step 2. Complete an application

The application for the 2024-2025 school year is now open! (See timeline information in Step 3 below.)

Teachers will complete a separate teacher application. More information for teachers is available on the AACT website. Teachers who participate in the Science Coaches program must be AACT members.

Step 3. Notification

Important Dates

  • Phase 1: The 2024-2025 application is now open. Applications received by June 3 will be reviewed, and selected partnerships will be notified in July.
  • Phase 2: The final application deadline is September 2. If you are not matched in Phase 1, or if you apply after June 1, we will review your application and will notify you of your status by October 1.
  • Note: Applicants are not guaranteed program participation.

This program has a two-phase application and program acceptance timeline. Other than being able to start your partnership earlier in the year, there is no difference, whether you are notified in Phase 1 or Phase 2, to program benefits or requirements.

Questions? Check out the Science Coaches FAQs on the AACT website, or contact us at

Are you a K–12 teacher of chemistry interested in participating in Science Coaches? All teachers must be members of the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT) to participate.