The Alabama State Legislature founded ASMS in 1989 “to better prepare Alabama’s future leaders” for STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) careers. ASMS’s mandate encourages it to offer a challenging academic environment for students from all across Alabama and especially to those from underserved counties.

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Rising 10th and 11th graders from across Alabama apply to attend ASMS. The Admissions Committee receives nearly 600 applications per year and selects approximately the top 17% of applicants. The committee considers ACT score, GPA, extracurricular activities, motivation, maturity, and campus diversity in choosing the best students from the state’s 67 counties.


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ASMS operates on an accelerated system of three academic terms per year. Students benefit from a challenging curriculum that includes AP courses, honors courses, electives modeled on university seminars, and individualized independent study courses. Access to AP courses and upper-level electives requires department or instructor approval. All students are required to enroll in at least five academic courses per term, but many choose to take on additional research hours and electives in their areas of interest. Students complete a minimum of 27 Carnegie Units in coursework. Those who surpass the curriculum requirement in a subject area by 1.5 CU may graduate with a “Concentration” in the subject, while those who exceed the requirement by 3 CU may earn a “Concentration with Distinction” designation. All concentration coursework must meet subject-area GPA requirements set by the department.









Required ASMS Coursework

Biology 1.5 CU

Chemistry 1.5 CU

Computer Science 0.5 CU

English 4.5 CU

Foreign Language 2.0 CU

History 4.0 CU

Mathematics 4.0 CU

Physics 1.5 CU

Special Projects .75 CU

Electives 5.0 CU

College Preparedness

All ASMS instructors hold advanced degrees in their subject areas and most have experience teaching at postsecondary institutions. All courses are taught at the Honors level or above. Most academic courses are modeled on university equivalents and are taught using college textbooks. Students must maintain a 2.5 GPA to remain enrolled. Thanks to ASMS’s challenging academics and college-like residential environment, our graduates begin their college experience uniquely prepared to succeed.


2019 Graduates


College Bound


ASMS reports both weighted and unweighted cumulative GPA, which includes transfer coursework from the freshmen and, possibly, sophomore years. ASMS does not rank. students.


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SAT Math


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Research Fellows

ASMS juniors are eligible to apply and be selected for the Research Fellows program. Students conduct scholarly research and complete a bibliography, literature review, conference paper, poster, presentation, and portfolio. Faculty members serve as mentors who advise students on their research. The program is in a limited pilot stage at present but will be open to all juniors for the 2020-2021 school year.


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AP Students with 3+


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Special Projects

Between the Winter and Spring Terms, ASMS students participate in a five-day academic event known as Special Projects Week. Each student enrolls in a single intensive course that meets for six hours per day. These specialized courses are designed around the research interests and areas of expertise of ASMS faculty, and their purpose is to expose students to the exciting challenge of academic and professional labor.


National Merit Finalists


Commended Scholars

Student Life and Leadership

Students at ASMS hold leadership positions that empower them to improve their learning and residential environments. Student Government manages a total annual budget of $39,500, which it uses to host events, invite guest speakers, and install amenities. Student Ambassadors escort visitors on campus and serve as hosts during official functions. Members of the Residence Life Support Team acclimate new students to dorm life, plan hall activities, and supervise cleaning responsibilities. Students invent and perpetuate memorable campus traditions from the Geekfest convention to the charity musical chairs event.


GPA: 4.0 - 3.75


GPA: 3.74 - 3.5


GPA: 3.49 - 3.0

Five-Year Matriculation

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