ASMS was founded in 2003 by a group of parents and community members searching for a middle school learning environment to best suit the needs of their children. Concerned about global and local data indicating declining levels of educational achievement in the United States, yet inspired by the belief that excellence in education empowers students to achieve their dreams for tomorrow, the founders created a new educational model. The Alternative School for Math & Science began in a beautifully renovated historic schoolhouse with a half-year pilot program for twenty 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. Our footprint has grown significantly since inception and currently our 29 faculty members serve a total of 144 students in 6th, 7th and 8th grades.
In 2010, ASMS was granted an Absolute Charter by the New York State Board of Regents, and in 2015 ASMS was awarded national accreditation by Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 2023, ASMS gained dual-accreditation by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The ASMS mission and vision remain constant despite our tremendous growth. We are committed to providing our diverse community of students with an academically challenging and supportive learning environment based on trust, respect, and a commitment to life-long learning. Our student-centered approach provides safe spaces for all children to build confidence and competence, and is underpinned by the expectation that all members of the ASMS community will "be kind and do your best work."