Academics Info



ASMS participates in many academic competitions throughout the year, including:

Science Olympiad
Mathematics Competitions
The Brain Bee
Scholars’ Bowl
National Spanish Exam
National German Exam
National French Exam
National Latin Exam
Science Fair
All State Choral Competition
All State Band Competition
FIRST Robotics
USA Biology Olympiad

Directed Study


Directed Reading is a course of readings on a given topic undertaken with the permission of the instructor, intended for students who seek a deeper knowledge of the subject. Credit is elective and may vary, from .25 CU or more. Meetings are at the instructor’s discretion.


Directed Research is a course involving intensive investigation of a topic or subject, taken under the auspices of a faculty member who mentors a student’s research. This work customarily involves a variable number of contact hours and will often result in a major paper or article, detailing the results of the investigation that has been undertaken. Credit is elective and may vary, from .25 CU or more.

NOTE: Directed Reading and Directed Research may not be substituted for the five academic courses that every student is required to take each term, nor may it replace grade 9 or 10 missing units of credit.

Example Courses:
Problem Solving
Boolean Algebra
Mathematical Origami

Honor Societies

On the Alabama School of Math and Science campus, we have several different honor society organizations. Those include National Honor Society (NHS), Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor Society), Spanish National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, and Latin National Honor Society.
All of these organizations are recognized and highly commended by organizations and colleges around the United States. Most have specific requirements such as a minimum grade point average (GPA) and service hours. For the foreign language national honor societies, a certain class level of the language must be completed and a certain grade in the class must be maintained before induction.

National Honor Society
Mu Alpha Theta
Spanish National Honor Society
German National Honor Society
French National Honor Society
Latin National Honor Society

Faculty Sponsors:

Pamela Quintana
National Honor Society

Sarah Brewer
Mu Alpha Theta

Patricia O’Farril
Spanish Honor Society

Muriel Hoequist
French&German Honor Societies

Malcolm Donalson
Latin Honor Society


researchdeltaASMS Students are active researchers. Whether it’s an individual project for a class, a group project for a Directed Research project, or a Science Fair project, there is always something interesting happening on campus.

The Physics Department recently earned MIT-Lemelson and Toyota Tapestry grants; the Biology Department has earned a Toyota Tapestry grant; the Art Department earned Community Foundation grants; and the school earned a $100,000 Department of Education G5 Technology grant, as well as grants from NASA, the National Science Foundation, EPSCoRs, the Sloan Foundation, and the GTE Growth Initiatives for Teachers Fellowship Program, among many.

Each spring, student research is showcased during the Spring Research Forum, where students display posters of their work and listen to talks about their classmates’ work.

Special Projects

specialprojectsappalachianAt ASMS, after all winter term classes are over, the entire campus participates in a special projects week. This is a week of in depth study in a certain subject of the students choosing. Some special projects stay on the ASMS campus, and some leave the state or even the country! In recent years, there have been special project trips taken to New York City, Puerto Rico, China, Costa Rica, and Berlin. We have a Paris-Provence Trip coming up! On-campus projects have included Game Theory, Creative Photoshop, Web Design, Trebuchet, and Creative Writing Workshop. Stay tuned for this year’s project booklet. Unfortunately, the France trip is booked, but there will be many other great projects to choose from.

Special Projects is an opportunity to engage in academic, experimental and experiential projects on a variety of topics, under the sponsorship of individual faculty members. The list of topics changes each year and includes a balance of on- and off-campus offerings. The usual duration of a Special Project is five class days but may be longer. Each student must participate in a Special Project each year. Grading is on a pass/fail basis; successful completion will earn .25 CU.


Special Projects sign-up will begin Tuesday, January 7th at 8:30 a.m. for Seniors. Juniors will sign -up on Wednesday, January 8th and Sophomores on January 9th.

Study Abroad


The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science (ASMS) is very proud of its active exchange programs in Münster, Germany, and in Seville, Spain. Both programs offer a direct immersion exchange with the prestigious Gymnasium Paulinum in Münster, and the Europa International School in Seville.

Each year ASMS has sent two to four of its own students for a term to either Germany or Spain and has received an equal number of students from abroad. This immersion experience in the foreign country is academically accredited by ASMS with the opportunity to gain up to 1.5 CUs in either German or Spanish. Our students are placed in the homes of the foreign students who, in turn, stay on the ASMS campus.

Students interested in applying will have to show genuine interest in the further pursuit of the foreign language at ASMS upon their return and will have to demonstrate overall academic excellence. A junior planning to participate in the fall of his /her senior year must have started the three-part AP Physics series in the spring of junior year, for instance, in order to be able to finish by graduation. Therefore, incoming sophomores are strongly encouraged to consider the program for their junior year.

There are many benefits to our exchange program, the most obvious being the fluency gained in either German or Spanish in a relatively short period of time. Participants have scored very well on the College Board Advanced Placement (AP) exams, and often gained immediate access to upper level college language courses or even satisfied their college language requirement entirely.

Click here for more information about the German Exchange Program.

Click here for more information about the Spanish Exchange Program.