ASFA accepts local students


Submitted photo: Pictured from left: Meihua Qu and William Edwards have both been accepted into the advanced mathematics and science program at Alabama School of Fine Arts.

The Alabama School of Fine Arts announced Tuesday, September 12, the addition of two Etowah County area students to its enrollment list for the 2023-2024 school year.

William Edwards of Gadsden and Meihua Qu of Rainbow City are among 100 new students from across the state who were accepted into the state’s only intensive specialty-focused school in the arts, mathematics and science.

After spending each morning on robust academic coursework that exceeds state high school diploma standards, students in grades seventh through 12 devote sustained hours every day to honing their craft, flexing their creativity and developing their unique voices within their chosen discipline of either creative writing, dance, music, theatre arts, visual arts or advanced mathematics and science.

ASFA currently has about 350 students. Its graduates build on the creative habits of mind they develop at ASFA to establish successful careers in a wide array of fields, serving as innovative leaders, cultural champions and role models for future generations.

From its campus in the heart of downtown Birmingham, ASFA serves as a boundary-pushing cultural convener. At the state-funded, public school, students are embraced and supported by faculty and fellow students alike within an environment that’s inclusive and accepting of every individual.

Dormitory rooms and meals are available for students who live beyond commuting distance. To learn more about ASFA, the admissions process, and its Nov. 4 Open House for prospective students, visit

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