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ASMS recruiting academically talented students

Informational meeting to be held in Atmore


Special to Atmore News

MOBILE, ALABAMA – The Alabama School of Mathematics and Science is currently seeking applications for the 2019-20 school year.
ASMS is the state’s only fully public and residential high school for sophomores, juniors, and seniors seeking advanced studies in math, science, and the humanities.
Area residents have the opportunity to find out more about the school at an informational meeting Thursday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m., on the Atmore campus of Coastal Alabama Community College, Building E. ILT Classroom 6574. The campus is located on Highway 21, just north of I-65.
Newsweek, The Daily Beast, and The Washington Post have named ASMS among the nation’s most competitive schools. Tuition, room, and board are free.
Currently, 270 students from 50 Alabama counties study at ASMS, including four from Escambia County. Those students include Pia Gorme, Atmore; Abigail Bell, Flomaton; Lyberti Bradley, Brewton; and Damon Smith, Flomaton.
“Every resident from Escambia County should be exceedingly proud of these young people,” said ASMS Interim President Dr. John Hoyle. “They’re joining a growing movement of ASMS leaders who are making an impact on our state and world.”
Since the school’s founding in 1989, more than 2,000 students have graduated from ASMS, representing all 67 counties in Alabama. Each graduate has been accepted to college.
In the last 18 years, ASMS graduates have earned $225 million in merit-based scholarships. During their time at ASMS, students increase their ACT scores by an average of five to seven points or more. Two out of three graduates are leading in STEM careers, and two in three have pursued graduate degrees.
“We’re looking forward to more young leaders from Escambia County joining our community,” Hoyle said. “I am continually impressed by the state’s young people and their innate leadership abilities we hone at ASMS.”
Applications for next school year are available online at Current Alabama ninth- and tenth-graders can apply for free. Students are evaluated based on academic success, ACT scores, maturity, essays, and recommendations from teachers. The application deadline is February 14, 2019. For more information, please contact ASMS Admissions at Also, potential applicants and their families may attend ASMS day.
ASMS Day is an event designed to showcase ASMS to prospective students and parents. The event will take place on Saturday, November 10, and Saturday, December 1. Parents and potential students are welcome to tour the campus and take part in classroom demonstrations. ASMS student Ambassadors will lead your group to these various demonstrations and answer any questions you have.