Alabama School of Math and Science to host informational meeting

Published 10:20 pm Friday, October 13, 2017

The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 school year, and they are having an informational meeting on Monday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. in the Hank Sanders Technology building conference room at Wallace Community College Selma.

ASMS, which is located in Mobile, is a public residential high school for sophomores, juniors and seniors “seeking advanced studies in math, science and the humanities.” Tuition, room and board are free for students since the school is funded by the state.

Interested students and parents will be able to meet and listen to the school’s president Dr. Monica Motley, who will provide more insight towards what ASMS is about.

“Any families that want to learn more about the Alabama School of Math and Science, they can come and meet Dr. Motley in person and ask any questions that they have,” ASMS public relations coordinator Amber Day said. “Dr. Motley will be there to talk about the school in general, she’ll also talk about the application process and she’ll talk about some upcoming admissions events where families can learn more about the school.”

Applying to ASMS is free, and the deadline to apply is Feb. 14, 2018. The application is available online at www.asms.net. Students are evaluated based on academic success, ACT scores, maturity, essays and teacher recommendations.

There are currently 262 students from 48 Alabama counties enrolled at ASMS, including eight from Dallas County. Those students are Jabez Edwards, Madeleine Hope, Valerie Johnson, Taylor Lambert, Yeabsira Mekonnen, Brianna Miles, Bailey Tatum and Kristopher Wilson.

“We’re looking forward to more young leaders from Dallas County joining our community,” Motley said in a statement sent to the Times-Journal. “I am continually impressed by the states’ young people and their innate leadership abilities we hone at ASMS.”

According to Day, 100 percent of ASMS students go to college.

“Those 82 seniors last year earned $13 million in merit-based scholarships,” she said. “All of our seniors received scholarships. All of them went to college.”

ASMS offers advanced courses, directive research courses and AP level courses.

The school also has plenty of social clubs and leadership opportunities available for students to get involved in.

“If you look at our academic catalog online, all of the classes that you see, you would not see basically until you go to college,” Day said. “It’s pretty impressive. The opportunities that students have to really expand their knowledge and education.”

The school also has two ASMS days were prospective students and their families can tour the campus, meet students, faculty and staff and get an in-person view of the school. The ASMS days are on Nov. 11 and Dec. 2.

For those who are unable to make the informational meeting in Selma, ASMS will have another meeting in Montgomery at the Montgomery Main Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17.