How much does it cost to attend ASMSA?
ASMSA is a state-funded educational program, so there is no tuition. The annual student fee is approximately $305. Financial assistance is available for all that qualify through the Federal Lunch Program. Tuition, books, room and board are covered by the state of Arkansas. Personal items, travel, and phone expenses are the family’s responsibility.
How do I get admitted to ASMSA?
Students must be residents of the State of Arkansas and have a minimum 3.25 unweighted grade point average (GPA). Students should complete the application in full, which must include ACT or SAT scores. Finally, students must attend an interview. Those wishing to be considered for early admission must take part in the shadow experience.
How do I take part in the Shadow Experience?
Your opportunity to shadow begins in late October and runs through early March. You arrive on campus Sunday evening at 6 p.m. You are paired with a community leader host. You spend the evening experiencing "dorm life" at ASMSA, including study hours, socializing with the rest of the student body, and spending the night in the residence hall. On Monday morning, you sit in on several classes that interest you. We encourage you to ask questions and participate in the learning process in order to see what the classroom atmosphere and academic setting is like at ASMSA. While at the school you will have your meals at the Dolphin Bay Cafe. To conclude the day, a tour will be given to any interested parents Monday at 2:30 p.m. Students seeking early admittance must shadow before February 1. All other applicants are encouraged to shadow but not required. Click here to register for the Shadow Experience.
What score do I need on the ACT or SAT in order to get accepted?
There is no minimum ACT or SAT score. However, research has shown a better success rate for those students scoring above a 20 on their ACT in the subjects of math and science. There are numerous other factors we consider when admitting prospective students. We encourage students to take the ACT in the summer or fall of their 10th grade year. This will allow you time to familiarize yourself with the test and also allow time for you to retake it if you did not do as well as you hoped. Talk to your home school counselor about prep courses and materials.
What is the average ACT score and GPA for incoming students?
Over the last three years, the average ACT score has been around a 24.8 and the average GPA has been a 3.8. We factor in the region of your school as well as your school’s average test scores.
Are there other courses at ASMSA besides math and science classes?
Although ASMSA is nationally known for its math, science, and computer science programs, we also offer the Humanities & the Arts. We offer classes such as: American Folk Music and Acoustics, Studies in Genocide and Human Rights, Comparative World Religions, African-American Literature, Intro to Philosophy through Film and Literature, Painting, Graphic Design, Documentary Film Making. ASMSA offers a choice of Spanish, German and French classes. Students from ASMSA are well-rounded and ready for practically any college major...even those that are not science or math-oriented.
Will I be able to go home on the weekends to see my family?
Yes! Students are allowed to go home on the weekends with their parents' permission. ASMSA also has what are called extended weekends every month. Classes typically dismiss on either a Thursday, with school being out on Friday or a Friday, with school being out on Monday. ASMSA is closed on state recognized holidays (Christmas, Thanksgiving, MLK, etc.)
Do I have to have my own computer?
ASMSA has more than 300 computers on campus. Students have access to six computer labs as well as in the library. Students say it is more convenient to have their own computer, but it’s not necessary.
Is there a doctor or nurse on campus?
We do have a nurse who is here five days a week to handle illness-related absences for school and any prescription medications. We also have a relationship with one of the area hospitals in case of a medical emergency.
Do I have to wear a school uniform?
Students do not have to wear school uniforms. They are expected to adhere to the school’s dress code.
Can I leave campus whenever I want?
No. Students have specific times they are allowed to check out. They must check out through the Residential Life office. Students must be accompanied by another student during the day and at least three other students during night time.
What is an RM?
RM stands for residential mentor. An RM is a college graduate who is responsible for the safety, social, and recreational needs of the students. They live on the floor with students, and are often considered parents away from home. Parents can contact any RM by telephone or email.
What is a Super Junior ?
A Super Junior is a student who attended ASMSA their 11th grade year, but had to leave before the end of the year. Most of time it is for medical reasons. ASMSA is a two-year program, students can choose to come back to ASMSA, but they have to repeat their junior year. This is the same case for those who went to their home school their 11th grade year, but would like to attend ASMSA. Why should I consider attending ASMSA? There is no one answer to why you should attend ASMSA, but learning about what makes us different from a typical high school provides you with more information. ASMSA is widely acclaimed for its student achievements and its leadership in mathematics and science education. All courses are taught at the honors, Advanced Placement, and college levels. ASMSA faculty includes engineers, researchers, career educators and those who are nationally certified. Our teachers have received awards and prestigious acknowledgments. Ninety-seven percent of the faculty has advanced degrees with 30% holding a Ph.D.
Are there activities outside the classroom such as team sports?
Outside of the classroom, ASMSA offers a variety of clubs and activities for students with different interests. Although we do not have our own sports teams, students enjoy participating in all types of sports including, cheerleading, soccer, track, and softball through Hot Springs High School. We have many different service and social clubs and organizations, each with their own focus. We have a prom, homecoming week and other types of high school dances and activities.