Summer At ASMSA


Summer At ASMSA is an exciting program where students entering the seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th grades can participate in fun sessions focusing on STEM and humanities subjects, including language, art and music. There are several opportunities, including half-day, full-day and residential camps.

French in a Week! - Full Language Immersion

Did you know that French is very easy to learn to speak?  We promise!  We use a method that allows you to speak the language immediately in a full-immersion environment.  With raps, chants, songs, movement and games, you will learn with absolutely no effort required.  Fret not – No writing required!  Simply bring a willingness to learn and have fun.  Designed for any age group, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to speak French right away far beyond what you thought possible.
Cost:     $200 for the week (includes supplies and snacks)
Where:   ASMSA Campus
Who:      Students entering Grades 7 - 10
When:    June 13 - 17
Time:     9 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Mon. - Fri.)

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Thrills and Spills! - The Science of Amusement Parks

This adventure will explore the physics, chemistry and the biology behind amusement park rides.  Why do you feel like you do when riding and afterwards? We will examine various rides and the effects of them on the human body. Later in the week, we will experience the feelings that we predicted and studied at Magic Springs.  So come on out and feel the thrills and the spills of the roller coaster, swings and anything else that sounds fun!

Cost:     $400 for the week
(includes supplies, snacks, lunch & entrance to amusement park)
Where:   ASMSA Campus & Magic Springs Amusement Park
Who:      Students entering Grades 8 – 10
When:    June 13 - 17
Time:      9 a.m. - 3 p.m. (Mon. - Fri.)

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For more information on the half-day and full-day camps, contact Natalie Humphreys, Coordinator for Academic and Sponsored Programs, at 501-622-5143 or, or David Slaymaker, Assistant Dean for Outreach, at 501-622-5434 or

Project HELIX

This free, two-week residential camp is for 40 rising sophomores who come from low-income backgrounds.  Preference is given to students from the Delta region of Arkansas. Students will explore a variety of topics in problem solving, design thinking, quantitative analysis and leadership development.  We will continue to support these students over the course of the fall semester with academic and college counseling, ACT prep and other activities as they consider application to ASMSA’s Class of 2019.  Students must qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch in order to attend Project HELIX. The camp will be held July 10-22, 2016. Project HELIX is held at no cost for students thanks to a grant from the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation.

ASMSA Summer Arts Bridge

As part of ASMSA's efforts to expand opportunities for students interested in fine arts, humanities, and interdisciplinary learning within the school's residential program, we're excited to offer two new opportunities.  Students may choose to participate in one of the experiences. Fourteen students will be selected for each program that will be held June 12-17, 2016.

Studio Art: Taught by ASMSA art instructor Brad Wreyford, Studio Art is an activities-based initiative to help grow students' excitement about the arts.  Students will engage in different processes including oil painting, observational drawing, collage, abstract design, basic wood shop skills, and art criticism. After-hours activities will include art-based movie nights, T-shirt designing, and performing arts activities.  Students will interact with professional artists and current ASMSA seniors.

Folk Music: Taught by ASMSA instructors James Katowich and Dr. Brian Monson, Folk Music offers Arkansas students a chance to spend a week living on the ASMSA campus in Hot Springs while learning to play and perform folk songs, building a working 4-string guitar, and exploring the physics behind the production of sound and music.  No previous experience or musical training is required.
Both weeklong residential camps in the Summer Arts Bridge program are at no-cost to students thanks to a grant from the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

Application Process for Project HELIX and Summer Arts Bridge

Selection for Project HELIX and the Summer Arts Bridge is competitive. In order to apply for these summer opportunities, students must submit the following materials:
    • the online application form with biographic and school information;
    • answers to two short essay questions;
    • a current transcript with fall semester grades and a spring semester progress report;
    • any standardized test scores (EXPLORE, PLAN, PSAT, ACT, SAT, etc.); and
    • a brief letter of recommendation from a teacher, counselor, or principal.
Consideration of applications will begin May 3, 2016. Applications will be accepted until all spots are filled.

Apply for Project HELIX

Apply for ASMSA Summer Arts Bridge

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