2017-18 Annual Fund

Investing in Talent

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts is a specific investment by the General Assembly in some of the state’s most talented and promising young minds.  Each year, students from counties across the state come to ASMSA to live and learn within a community of 230 intellectual peers. The residential experience combines college­level coursework, dynamic faculty, advanced research opportunities, study abroad trips, and other programs to create an experience unlike any other in Arkansas.

Preventing Brain Drain

Approximately two­-thirds of our more than 2,200 alumni are currently living in Arkansas, building careers, and working to improve the quality of life within our state.  Leaders in business and industry recognize the caliber of ASMSA graduates and their ability to address strategic workforce needs while serving as emerging leaders in communities across the state.  Moreover, many alumni are developing entrepreneurial pursuits that are helping to establish Arkansas as a global leader in innovation.

Earning National Recognition

For more than two decades, ASMSA has provided eager and motivated students the opportunity to attend one of the nation’s top public schools right here in Arkansas.  ASMSA has received national recognition for its rigorous academic program, including being named to The Washington Post’s “Public Elites” list, which recognizes 25 of the nation’s highest performing high schools. Newsweek and The Daily Beast have also ranked ASMSA among the nation’s best high schools in recent years. ASMSA’s recognition combined with our students’ own remarkable achievements leads many of the nation’s most prestigious colleges and universities to recruit our graduates for their programs.

Improving Learning for All Arkansas Students

Beyond the residential experience, ASMSA provides opportunities for students and educators across Arkansas as part of its expanded mission.  Collaborative and digital learning platforms such as Coding Arkansas' Future, STEM Pathways, and the Global Languages and Shared Societies (GLASS) Initiative expand opportunities for hundreds of additional students each year. Out-of-school and weekend enrichment programs engage and inspire middle and early high school students to explore careers in science and math.  Teacher training and professional development activities ensure ASMSA’s best practices are deployed in classroom across Arkansas.

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