Criteria for Admission

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: 

  1. Be residents of the state of Arkansas.
  2. 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. 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. 

  5. Receive a minimum composite score of 19 on the ACT or a comparable score on the SAT. Applicants are also required to have a 19 subscore in Math, English and Reading or comparable subscores on the SAT or COMPASS.
  6. 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. 

  7. 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. 

  8. Submit three (3) letters of recommendation. These recommendations should come from a 9th- or 10th-grade mathematics teacher, science teacher, and English teacher.



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