one of sixteen public, residential high schools in the country specializing in the education of gifted and talented students who have an interest and aptitude for mathematics and science. ASMSA is unique in its mission and service to education. Created in 1991 by an act of the Arkansas Legislature, we have the distinction of being one of the nation’s top secondary schools for superior students. ASMSA instructors hold masters degrees and 27% have PhDs.
Our 1,840 graduates have been awarded more than $149 million in college scholarships, including the $10 million ASMSA’s graduates accumulated in 2012. While approximately 65% of our graduates continue their studies at Arkansas institutions of higher education, our alumni have been accepted to schools ranging from Harvard to Stanford to the Air Force Academy.
Application is open to any sophomore student who resides in the state of Arkansas. Fifty-nine of the 75 Arkansas counties are represented at the school this year, and since the school opened in 1993, a student from every Arkansas county has attended ASMSA.
ASMSA is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Mathematics, Science and Technology (NCSSSMST). The goal of the consortium is to foster, support, and advance the efforts of specialized schools whose primary purpose is to attract and academically prepare students for leadership in mathematics, science and technology.