Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to be a “genius” to be accepted to ASMS?

No! The ASMS community consists of students who are intelligent and work hard for academic success.

Is the campus secure?

Yes, a professionally trained security staff is on duty 24/7. We also employ a camera system to monitor the campus. At night, there are security guards stationed in both dorms.

Is there computer / internet access?

We offer computer labs and free Wi-Fi access throughout the campus.

Do I need to bring a computer?

You are welcome to bring a computer, but it is not necessary. Students have access to several computer labs and printers.

What are dorm rooms like?

Each room houses two students. Rooms are furnished with an extra-long twin bed, night stand, dresser, chair, and desk for each student. Residence halls have community newly renovated bathrooms on each floor.

What are the curfews?

During school nights, residents must be in their dorm by 9:00 PM and in bed by midnight. On weekends, students must be in their dorm room by midnight and in bed by 1:00 AM.

Is there transportation?

Yes, the ASMS staff will transport students to important appointments and social activities, including van runs to shopping centers. Students can also pay to ride a charter bus that drops them off at specific points on I-65 during breaks.

Is there a dress code?

Although students do not wear uniforms, offensive or revealing outfits are prohibited. Unnatural hair colors are also not permitted.

Are there local churches students can attend?

Yes, there are roughly 20 within walking distance, while others provide rides.

Can students go home?

Students have only one or two required weekends on campus. They may check out during all other weekends.

What about food?

Three well-balanced meals are provided in the cafeteria each day. Vegetarian and vegan options are available. Snack machines are located throughout the campus. Refrigerators are allowed in dorm rooms. Dorms also have microwaves. Within walking distance: Starbucks, Taco Bell, Saucy-Q, Waffle House, Winn Dixie (grocery), Domino’s, McDonald’s, Hardee’s, Checkers, Walgreens, Rite Aid, to name a few.

Do students have access to fitness facilities?

Yes, students have access to a full basketball/volleyball gym, indoor running track, weight room, newly renovated fitness room, outdoor pool (when lifeguard is present), and two outdoor soccer fields.

Are all students nerds?

Although the term “nerd” is not an insult as ASMS, the campus is diverse and is representative of the state. Students have varying interests and personalities, but come together because they place academics first.

Is there a nurse on campus?

We do have a nurse who is here five days a week to handle illness-related absences for school and any prescription medications. We also have a relationship with area hospitals in case of a medical emergency.

Can I leave campus whenever I want?

No. Students have specific times they are allowed to check out. They must check out through the Residential Life office.

What is the average ACT score and GPA for incoming students?

Over the last three years, the average ACT score has been around a 24.5, and the average GPA has been a 3.9.

How does ASMS compare to a traditional high school honors programs?

ASMS promotes self-motivation. The school and faculty provide numerous resources; however the choice to learn and grow is the student’s.

How are roommates assigned?

Students may choose roommates or students can choose to be placed with a match based on surveys they fill out.

Is the homework load manageable?

The homework load is manageable if the student manages their time well.

Do students have access to tutoring?

Yes, incoming students are required to attend study hall. Students have access to “labs” (math lab, writing lab, etc.) where students who excel in those subjects serve as tutors. Teachers are also always willing to give students one-on-one help during their daily office hours.

Why is ASMS on a trimester system?

Each term is 11 weeks, including one for exams. A trimester system allows for students to take more classes than at a regular school. It also allows for consistent breaks so that students can spend valuable time with their families at home.

Can students have cars?

Incoming students are not allowed to have cars on campus. Returning juniors and seniors are allowed to, but they are only permitted to use them during special ride off times and to go home on the weekends.

How much does it cost to attend ASMS?

ASMS is a state-funded educational program, so there is no tuition. The annual student fee is approximately $1,400 and can be paid in installments.

Financial assistance is available for all who qualify. Tuition, books, room and board are covered by the state of Alabama. Personal items and travel are the family’s responsibility.

Are students allowed to decorate their dorm rooms?

Yes! Students are allowed to decorate their dorm rooms as long as their decor does not damage the walls, floor, ceiling, or windows.