Criteria for Admission

 
The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is a public, residential high school for talented and highly motivated students who have an interest and aptitude for mathematics and science as well as a passion for creativity and the arts. In order to graduate from ASMSA, students must complete a program of study at least two years in length that exceeds the state SMART Core requirements and includes numerous college-level classes. There are three pathways for students to apply through a selective review process in order to enroll at ASMSA.
 

Standard Admission (Sophomore Application for Junior Year)

 
Students seeking to apply for admission during their sophomore year to enroll as a junior must:
 
  • be a resident of the State of Arkansas;
  • have completed Algebra I and Geometry prior to enrollment at ASMSA;.
  • demonstrate high motivation and academic achievement that warrant more challenging and diversified curricula as they continue their high school experience;
  • submit standardized achievement/assessment test scores, with preference to exams taken during the year of application. At least one of these must be either the ACT or SAT. The writing portion of the exam is not required. To meet minimum requirements, applicants must score a 19 or higher Composite ACT score or SAT equivalent as well as a minimum 19 subscore on the English, Math, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT;
  • earn a minimum unweighted GPA requirement of 3.25;
  • demonstrate clear evidence of strong aptitude and interest in mathematics, science, humanities, or art;
  • submit required essays and other biographic information;
  • be noted for their intellectual curiosity, analytical thinking, and imagination through letters of recommendation through three (3) letters of recommendation— one (1) from a high school English teacher, one (1) from a mathematics teacher, and one (1) from a science teacher who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability, capacity for growth, and personal integrity; and
  • conduct an interview on campus if advanced to semifinalist status.
 

Early Admission (Freshman Application for Sophomore Year)

 
ASMSA reserves the right to consider applications from profoundly gifted high school freshman to complete a three-year experience in residence at ASMSA. Students seeking to apply for admission during their freshman year to enroll as a sophomore must:
 
  •  be a resident of the State of Arkansas;
  • have completed Algebra I and Geometry prior to enrollment at ASMSA;.
  • demonstrate high motivation and academic achievement that warrant more challenging and diversified curricula as they continue their high school experience;
  • possess an exceptional levels of maturity, interpersonal abilities, and capacity for living in a residential community away from the familiarity of home;
  • submit standardized achievement/assessment test scores, with preference to exams taken during the year of application. At least one of these must be either the ACT or SAT. The writing portion of the exam is not required. To meet minimum requirements, applicants must score a 27 or higher Composite ACT score or SAT equivalent as well as a minimum 24 subscore on the English, Math, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT;
  • earn a minimum unweighted GPA requirement of 3.75.
  • demonstrate clear evidence of strong aptitude and interest in mathematics, science, humanities, or art;
  • submit required essays and other biographic information;
  • be noted for their intellectual curiosity, analytical thinking, and imagination through letters of recommendation through three (3) letters of recommendation— one (1) from a high school English teacher, one (1) from a mathematics teacher, and one (1) from a science teacher who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability, capacity for growth, and personal integrity; and
  • conduct an interview on campus if advanced to semifinalist status.
 
 

“Super Junior” (Junior Application for Two Additional Years of High School)

 
Families will sometimes conclude that a student may not be ready to live away from home as a junior but would benefit from the College Bridge experience offered through ASMSA by extending their high school experience. ASMSA considers a limited number of applications for “Super Junior” status in which the student complete a two-year program of study ASMSA, thereby extending the high school experience one additional year. Students seeking to apply for admission during their junior year to enroll for two years must:
 
  • be a resident of the State of Arkansas;
  • have completed Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II prior to enrollment at ASMSA;.
  • demonstrate high motivation and academic achievement that warrant more challenging and diversified curricula as they continue their high school experience;
  • submit standardized achievement/assessment test scores, with preference to exams taken during the year of application. At least one of these must be either the ACT or SAT. The writing portion of the exam is not required. To meet minimum requirements, applicants must score a 25 or higher Composite ACT score or SAT equivalent as well as a minimum 23 subscore on the English, Math, Reading, and Science sections of the ACT;
  • earn a minimum unweighted GPA requirement of 3.75.
  • demonstrate clear evidence of strong aptitude and interest in mathematics, science, humanities, or art;
  • submit required essays and other biographic information;
  • be noted for their intellectual curiosity, analytical thinking, and imagination through letters of recommendation through three (3) letters of recommendation— one (1) from a high school English teacher, one (1) from a mathematics teacher, and one (1) from a science teacher who have knowledge of the applicant’s academic ability, capacity for growth, and personal integrity; and
  • conduct an interview on campus if advanced to semifinalist status.
 

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