Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts
Joined System: 2004
At a Glance
The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA) is the state’s premier high school focusing on excellence in math, science and the arts. Located in Hot Springs, ASMSA is one of 16 residential high schools in the country specializing in the education of gifted and talented students who have an interest and aptitude for mathematics and science. All classes are taught at the college level, and the school offers over 50 concurrent courses. Though ASMSA’s Concurrent Core program, all students graduate high school with at least 30 hours of college credit.
Points of Pride
- ASMSA was ranked 13th nationally, 9th in the South, and 1st in Arkansas in Newsweek’s annual survey of “America’s Best High Schools.”
- The 96 members of the Class of 2014 received more than $16 million in scholarship offers. One-third of the Class of 2014 are first-generation college students. Over the last five years, 69 percent of ASMSA graduates have continued their studies at Arkansas institutions of higher learning, with 45 percent of graduates matriculating to campuses within the University of Arkansas System.
- Both legislators and campus leaders are committed to ensuring students are able to attend ASMSA regardless of their financial background. One-in-three students are from low-income families, which is the highest percentage of any of ASMSA’s peer institutions.
- Three seniors qualified for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and traveled to Los Angeles in June to present their findings in the annual, global competition. Over the last decade, 30 ASMSA students have competed in the world’s largest science competition.
- Twenty-two ASMSA students were selected to participate in the Kakehashi Project, an international exchange program sponsored by the Japan Foundation. In summer 2014, 44 ASMSA students will participate in global learning experiences led by ASMSA faculty in locations such as Costa Rica, China, Italy and the United Kingdom, including two students who will participate in a language immersion program in China through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y).