The Consortium fosters, supports, and advances the efforts of those specialized schools whose primary purpose is to attract and academically prepare students for leadership in mathematics, science, and technology.

NCSSSMST was established in 1988 to provide a forum for schools to exchange information and program ideas and to evolve alliances between them. There are approximately 100 institutional members (secondary schools), representing nearly 40,000 students and 1,600 educators. These are joined by over 75 affiliate members (colleges, universities, summer programs, foundations, and corporations) who share the goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education.
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NCSSSMST holds a Fall Professional Conference and a Summer Student Research Conference, both hosted by member institutions. Publications include a monthly newsletter and a semi-annual journal.