From the Director

It is my sincere honor and pleasure to lead the community of learning at the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts.  As one of only 16 public residential schools in the country, ASMSA specializes in the education of students with an interest in advanced careers in math and science as well as passion for and creativity within studio, language and digital arts.

ASMSA’s residential experience offers 230 of the state’s most dynamic young leaders the opportunity to live and learn at one the nation’s Top 25 high schools according to Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post.  These honors demonstrate that Arkansas students proudly stand shoulder to shoulder with students across the nation.
Though the core of our mission focuses on economic and talent development in Arkansas, we are proud to develop engaged leaders with a mindset for internationalization through the school’s Global Learning Program.  Over the past five years, 250 faculty and students have had the opportunities to explore Japan, China, Costa Rica, the United Kingdom, Italy, Greece, Canada, Morocco, and other countries through the program.  We are proud to have partnerships with the UCA Confucius Institute, Hot Springs-Hanamaki Sister City Program, and the Japanese “Super Science” Schools program that bring an international experience to each of our students.
Our faculty and campus stakeholders have worked to realize our legislative arts mission through additional faculty, expanded course offerings, and curricular pathways that provide students opportunity to develop their passion for art.   
ASMSA has also embraced Governor Hutchinson’s bold vision for expanding opportunities for students to explore computer science and coding.  Coding Arkansas’ Future provides a blend of online learning, professional learning communities, and educator development to build the state’s capacity in this increasingly important subject.  ASMSA has provided training and support to nearly half of the state’s newly certified computer science teachers.
As we near the twenty-fifth anniversary of the arrival of the Charter Class in 2018, I am grateful for the hundreds of alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and other program stakeholders who have brought us to this point.  I am excited about the planned opening of our Creativity and Innovation Complex—the school’s first new academic facility—in 2019.  There is much to celebrate and even more work to accomplish in the years ahead. For updates and news as the school moves forward, follow me on Twitter at @alderdice.

Corey Alderdice

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