Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts

One of fifteen public, residential high schools in the country specializing in the education of gifted and talented students who have an interest and aptitude for mathematics and science.

The Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences and the Arts (ASMSA) is a two-year, public residential high school located in Hot Springs, Arkansas. It is a part of the University of Arkansas administrative system and a member of the NCSSSMST.

Academically, the school is modeled after the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. Studies focus on mathematics, computer science, science, and humanities, the largest department at the school. All courses are taught at the Honors level or above. ASMSA also offers a number of AP-level courses and courses that go beyond the AP level, especially in mathematics. ASMSA has an arts program, which was recently added by the state legislature.

Aviation Training

Specific training programs have been established to ensure the viability of key industry aviation.

Aviation Maintenance TechnologyAviation maintenance is a program that prepares students to take the Federal Aeronautics Administration Exam to become a licensed aviation mechanic. Each graduate of the Aviation Maintenance Technology program is prepared to seek FAA certification/license in Airframe and/or Powerplant Technology in this one or two-year certificate degree or two-year AAS degree program. Offered under FAA accreditation standards, students complete a General curriculum in the first semester, followed by two semesters of Airframe curriculum and two semesters of Powerplant curriculum. Graduates will be able to repair, maintain, and service aircraft. This program is offered in 7 locations in Arkansas:

  1. Arkansas Northeastern College
  2. ASU Batesville
  3. Black River Technical College
  4. Mid South Community College
  5. Pulaski Technical College
  6. SAU Tech - Camden
  7. SAU Tech - Texarkana

Pilot Training at Henderson State UniversityHenderson’s Department of Aviation offers a four-year bachelor of science degree specifically in aviation. Utilizing experienced faculty, flight instructors, and 15 aircraft, their goal is to provide students with the training and education necessary to prepare them for a career in the professional aviation industry in the safest environment possible whether they want to fly for the airlines, manage the airports they serve or manage the fleet they fly. Henderson State University conducts flight training from the Arkadelphia Municipal Airport (M89). Henderson operates the airport’s fixed base operation and offers flight instruction, rentals, pilot supplies and fuel supplies. They currently operate 11 Maule -7 aircraft, 2 Piper Arrow Technically Advanced Aircraft, 1 Cessna 172RG, 1 Piper Comanche PA-30 and an American Champion Citabria.


The Environmental and Spatial Technologies (EAST) initiative offers students and teachers professional technology and software for use in a loosely-structured, self-driven environment. The EAST (Environmental And Spatial Technologies) Initiative is an educational non-profit that oversees and trains for a school program, EAST, that operates primarily in the United States. It is unique for offering students and teachers professional technology and software for use in a loosely-structured, self-driven environment.EAST began with one classroom in Greenbrier, Arkansas in 1996. Former law-enforcement officer Tim Stephenson was in his first year of teaching, and having had experience with “disconnected” youth, had been assigned a classroom of “at risk” students. In seeking a point of interest for them, Stephenson proposed an outing to a spot near the school where students often went to skip classes. The wooded area included a creek and a pond. It was pointed out that it would be muddy crossing the creek. The first EAST project turned out to be a bridge across that creek. Realizing that the K-12 education system lacked the needed technology as well as instruction in using it, Stephenson sought help from an Arkansas technology firm that introduced him to national and international resources. The academic-business partnerships that were formed became the foundation for a new and relevant model of learning, and the results have been astounding.

There are 215 East Labs in Arkansas.

New Tech High Schools

Improving the quality of STEM education available in Arkansas high schools. New Tech came to Arkansas in 2011, with the announcement of Governor Beebe’s STEM Works pilot program. This program focuses on improving the quality of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education available in Arkansas high schools. “The STEM fields offer stable, well-paying careers for the 21st century, and the demand continues to grow at a rapid pace,” Governor Beebe said. “These are positions that companies are struggling to fill, even in tough economic times. If we are to continue to attract these types of companies to Arkansas, we must prepare our young people with high-tech skills and build a workforce that will help our state prosper.”New Tech high schools employ integrated problem-based learning throughout the entire high school curriculum. Students use technology to facilitate their learning while working on educational projects that incorporate curriculum elements from multiple classes (for example, students study math in literature). Students work in teams in open areas. Teachers act as facilitators to help students become directors of their learning processes. Students at New Tech High Schools experience a more hands-on educational process that better prepares them for the rigors of college and career. They develop a more dedicated and realistic approach to their studies, which is critical for student success after graduation.

UTeach System at Arkansas Universities

Innovative teacher preparation program increasing the number of certified STEM teacher graduates.

The UTeach Institute partners with 39 universities to implement UTeach programs across 19 states nationwide. Three of these universities, all of which began implementation in Fall 2012, are located in Arkansas: of Arkansas at Fayetteville, of Arkansas at Little Rock and University of Central Arkansas.

These universities have a program enrollment of 318 students statewide and have produced 3 graduates in the Spring of 2014. Graduates of these programs are projected to approximately 110,000 secondary science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students by 2020.


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