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The Alternative School for Math & Science

Celebrating 20 years of innovative teaching and student-centered learning

ASMS has provided exceptional education for middle school students in the Southern Tier region for 20 years. Established in 2003, our school’s unique, research-based learning approach is focused on developing the whole child in an academically supportive and challenging environment. 

Since opening our doors to 20 students in January 2004, ASMS has served a diverse community of 862 students from 19 school districts and a range of learning profiles and backgrounds. Today, the school has grown significantly to serve ~140 middle school students each year.

ASMS kicked off our 20th anniversary celebration with the unveiling of a special, commemorative art installation featuring alumni. Inspired by the national Inside Out Project, more than 50 alumni portraits are featured side-by-side as ASMS students and today, highlighting the different experiences of the ASMS community and the transformative nature of the middle school experience. 

20 Years of ASMS Facts

862 students from across 19 school districts served since inception

100% participation in after-school activities and sports while at ASMS

95% of alumni are honor students in high school

>70% pursue STEM degrees in college and graduate school (compared to 15% nationally)

Nearly 30% of students have received financial assistance since ASMS opened, with awards totaling nearly $4.5 million

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