The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is a public, residential high school for academically advanced juniors and seniors. Students traditionally apply in their sophomore year for their final two years in school. In order to graduate from ASMSA, all students must complete two years. Below are the guidelines applicants should follow when applying for admission to ASMSA.
All applicants must:
- Be residents of the state of Arkansas.
- Be current 10th grade students who have a minimum of 10 (ten) Carnegie units of study upon completion of the 10th grade – (this must include two (2) English, two (2) mathematics, and two (2) sciences.)
- Submit an ACT or SAT test score. Test data should not be more than two years old. Your application will NOT be complete unless you have an ACT or SAT score.
- Submit the results from your Algebra I Proficiency Exam, Geometry Proficiency Exam, PLAN or PSAT if available.
- Have a minimum, unweighted G.P.A. of 3.25 in core academic courses from your current school or proof of the equivalent if home schooled.
- Submit transcripts from 9th and 10th grades (courses taken and grades received). Your transcript should include a cumulative record of your 9th grade year including final grades and a mid-year report of your grades from the current school year including all first semester grades.
- Submit three (3) letters of recommendation. These recommendations should come from a 9th or 10th grade mathematics teacher, science teacher, and English teacher.
- When submitting recommendations, please provide the teacher/counselor with a stamped envelope with ASMSA’s address on the envelope so the teacher can mail in the recommendation separately from the rest of the application.
Students wishing to take part in our Priority Application must
- Submit ALL the above general application materials.
- Include official ACT or SAT scores.
- Visit the school as a shadow before February.
- Complete all items by February 1.
Students who submit a qualifying application by the specified deadlines will be highly considered for admissions. After applications are submitted, on-campus interviews will be conducted for students and parents by invitation only. If a student submits an application by the priority deadline (February 1), (s)he will be notified of our decision by late February. Any student accepted to ASMSA must maintain ASMSA’s academic standards throughout his/her entire 10th grade year. Final semester grades will be evaluated.