The small class sizes at ASMS encourage in-depth learning, thoughtful discussions, and close interactions with our distinguished faculty.
The academic year is divided into three terms, each lasting 11 weeks. Students enroll in a minimum of five academic courses per term. Although classes convene every day of the week, individual courses only meet four days per week for 55 minutes each day, allowing for labs to run longer on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
All science classes meet an additional two hours per week for labs. Students earn 0.5 credit for each course completed. In Advanced Placement (AP) courses, students enroll for all three terms. Students must successfully complete 27.5 Carnegie units to satisfy graduation requirements.
Students are also given the opportunity to earn college credit accepted by many institutions, including the University of South Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, among others.
ASMS students typically raise their ACT scores by 4-6 points – or more – before they graduate. They tend to score well on the ACT because it measures what students have learned during high school. A high ACT score dramatically increases a student’s chance of attracting college scholarship offerings.