Academics

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.

Course Catalog

Accommodating the intellectual interest of our students

Faculty

An accomplished group of educators who put student learning first

Technology

Students have access to technology throughout campus

Research

Students are active researchers in and outside the classroom

Special Projects

Students and teachers delve into a specific area of concentration

Study Abroad

Active cultural study abroad programs in Germany and Spain

AP courses offered: American History, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science A, English Literature & Composition, English Language & Composition, Environmental Science, Physics B, Physics C (Electricity & Magnetism and Mechanics), and Studio Art (2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing).

Advanced courses offered: Human Genetics, Organic Chemistry, Astronomy, Multivariable Calculus, The Dystopian Novel, Mechanical Engineering, Biological Change, Creative Writing, Advanced Prose Writing, American Pop Culture, Graphic Design, Print Making, Photography, Number Theory, Zoology, Comic Book Heroes and History, Ecology, American Jazz & Musical Theater, Inorganic Chemistry, Aerodynamics, Advanced German, Advanced Spanish, Advanced French, Java, C++, Biochemistry, World War II, and American Minority Relations.