The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) is the state's only fully public residential high school for sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking advanced studies in mathematics, science, and the humanities. Located in Mobile's Old Dauphin Way Historic District, ASMS was established in 1989 by the Alabama State Legislature to identify, challenge, and train Alabama's future leaders. Tuition and room and board are free. Any current Alabama 9th or 10th grader can apply to ASMS. The application process is free.
Frequently Asked Questions
What's the course load?
Students are required to take at least 5 academic courses each term and 1 PE each year.
Is there computer/Internet access?
Yes, Internet access is available in the library, in the computer labs, and in the dorms.
Is the campus safe?
Yes, ASMS is a secure campus. The campus is completely enclosed by an eight-foot iron fence. ASMS also employs full-time security guards who patrol the campus 24 hours per day. Video surveillance cameras are used to record multiple parts of the campus at all times of the day.
Is there study hall?
Yes, there is a required study hall for all new students.
What's the average class size?
Classes range from about 8 to 20 students.
Do I have to be a "genius" to be accepted to ASMS?
Absolutely NOT! The ASMS community is made up of students who are intelligent and work very hard for academic success.
What are the dorms like?
One male dorm, one female dorm. Each room houses two students and is equipped with two of the following: beds, nightstands, dressers, desks, and chairs.
What are the curfews?
During school nights, residents must be in their dorm by 9:00 PM and in bed by Midnight. On weekends, residents must be in bed by 1:00 AM.
What sports are offered?
Varsity Basketball, Cross-Country, Soccer, Tennis, Volleyball.
My guidance counselor has told me that as a freshman or a sophomore, I cannot take the ACT test. Is this true?
No, anyone in any grade may register to take the ACT. If you prefer to register online for the ACT, click here and establish your free student Web account. You may then register to take the ACT. Enter ASMS's high school code 4707 in order for the Admissions Office to receive a copy of your test results.
Do rooms have phones?
Yes, local phone service and voice mail are provided. Residents must provide their own phone. Cell phones are permitted on campus at all times.
Can students go home?
Students have 2-3 required weekends on campus. Students may check out all other weekends.
What about food?
Three well-balanced meals are provided in the cafeteria each day. Snack machines are located throughout the campus. Students can also walk off campus after school to local restaurants.
Is there a laundry facility?
Yes, it is in a central location; 75 cents per wash and per dry.
What clubs are offered?
There are too many to name! Here are some examples: Key Club, National Honor Society, Chess, Beta Club, Model United Nations, ASMS Allies, Interfaith Club, Multicultural Club, Math Circle, Science Olympiad, etc....
Intramurals, movie nights, formals, beach trips, Geekfest, etc....
What is Geekfest?
Geekfest is an important ASMS tradition. Three times per year students take part in "geeky" activities in the school's Bedsole Building. Activities include: watching Anime films, playing board and card games, LAN PC parties, and console games.
Are there local churches students can attend?
Yes, some within walking distance, others provide rides.
Is there transportation?
Yes, ASMS staff will transport students to important appointments, libraries, the shopping mall, and social activities.
Is there a dress code? (No uniforms)
Yes, (no offensive/revealing outfits).
Refer to Handbook.
Is there campus security?
Yes, professionally trained security is on duty 24/7. A guard is stationed in both the male and female dorms at night.
How do I access NetClassroom?
To access netclassroom, click the pencil icon on the bottom left of any page in the ASMS web site. If you have trouble logging in, please contact the IT department.
How do I set up my DragonMail?
To access dragonmail, click the envelope icon on the bottom left of any page in the ASMS web site. If you are accessing your account for the first time, follow the specific directions located here regarding the format of your username and temporary password.
How do I view the whole ASMS Calendar?
The academic calendar and student activities calendar are both visible in short agenda form on the home page. These calendars can be viewed separately on their respective pages. If you would like to print one or both of these calendars, you can select which calendars are visible with the drop down box in the upper-right-hand corner of the calendar, and click the print icon for more options. This will print the month that is visible. For a simple one-page .pdf list of the Academic calendar, see the links at the top of the calendar page.
Why does the drop-down menu not work correctly in my browser?
We recommend viewing the site with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, or the most recent version of Microsoft Internet Explorer. Earlier versions of IE do not support the latest web development tools, and we are in the process of trying to fix this issue.
Where should I direct questions about admissions?
Most admissions questions should be answered by reading through all of the Admissions pages, but if you have any additional questions, they can be directed to our Admissions Coordinator, Peggy Partridge.
Where should I direct questions about employment?
Open positions are listed on the Job Opportunities page. All information should be sent to President Larry Turner, Ed.D.
Where do I direct questions/corrections about the web site itself?
Email the webmaster.
Where can I find ________ ?
Most items can be accessed from the drop-down menu. At the bottom of each page, you will find links to dragonmail, netclassroom, facebook, and flikr on the left, and the employee directory with the other contact information on the right. All forms for all school affiliates can be found on the forms page. If there is ever anything specific that you're looking for, but can't find on our site, email the webmaster.
How can I link my web site? (student groups/employees only)
If you already have a personal teaching web site or facebook page for your student group, just send an email to the webmaster with the URL. Teaching sites will be linked to the faculty member's name on their department page and in the employee directory. Student groups will be linked to on the SGA page.
How can I set up my own teaching site or student group site?
Once you have your dragonmail set up, you will have access to a wide variety of Google tools, including Google sites. From within dragonmail, click "Sites" at the top left of the page, and Google will help you with the rest. Faculty wishing to set up a web site to be hosted on the ASMS server (http://www.asms.net/facultynamehere) will have to speak to the IT department for FTP access.