Students graduate Northwest Arkansas high schools prepared to attend college or pursue a career.

Students graduate Northwest Arkansas high schools prepared to attend college or pursue a career. This region has displayed a strong commitment to providing access to excellent education in both public and private options in Northwest Arkansas.

Northwest Arkansas schools have an average student-to-teacher ratio of 14:1, and 68 schools in the region are classified as “exemplary” or “achieving” under ESEA Accountability System. According to an annual education report published by U.S. News & World Report, Northwest Arkansas is home to seven schools (both public and private) that rank in the Top 10 percent in the nation. 

In 2017, Niche ranked Fayetteville School District and Bentonville Public Schools as the best school districts in Arkansas. Rogers, Springdale and Siloam Springs Public Schools were also ranked in the Top 20.

Northwest Arkansas has a range of secondary schools with the following designations: open-enrollment charter schools, conversion charter schools, traditional public schools, parochial or schools with religious affiliation, independent schools and prep-track schools.

Programs and Extracurricular Activities

Arkansas public high schools offer Advanced Placement (AP) courses, and many of them give the option of earning dual college credit while attending high school. Top students can graduate from a Northwest Arkansas high school with as many as 20 college credits.

The clubs and programs offered in Northwest Arkansas high schools enhance the academic experience, and prepare students’ resumes for college applications and/or a career. From joining a school’s student government, language clubs and athletic teams, there is something to match every student’s individual academic interest.

THIS REGION HAS DISPLAYED A STRONG COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING ACCESS TO EXCELLENT EDUCATION IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE OPTIONS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS.

PUBLIC SCHOOL OPTIONS

There are more than 20 traditional public high schools in Northwest Arkansas. The largest high schools are in Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale. All Northwest Arkansas high schools offer a high-quality education, regardless of size.

In Arkansas, there are two types of public charter schools – conversion and open-enrollment. Northwest Arkansas has both types, but significantly more conversion charter schools. Conversion charters are largely focused on professional studies, and their emphasis areas are wide-ranging.

Northwest Arkansas conversion charters include Pea Ridge Manufacturing and Business Academy, Springdale School of Innovation, Career Academy of Siloam Springs and Rogers New Tech High School.

Leaders in many Northwest Arkansas school districts recognize there’s a need to prepare their students for what they’ll do after graduation. Many will certainly attend colleges and universities, but there’s a strong emphasis on preparing the students who may not be interested in attending college right away. That’s why they offer professional studies in such areas as industrial maintenance, information technology, construction, diesel technology, and health occupations. Certifications (in addition to a traditional high school diploma) are offered, including concurrent college credit andindustry certifications.

PRIVATE SCHOOL OPTIONS

Northwest Arkansas private schools maintain the region’s standards with a commitment to excellence in education.

For example, a new independent school – which is called Thaden School – opened in the fall 2017 with support from the Walton Family Foundation. Clayton Marsh, a former deputy dean at Princeton University, serves as head of school.

Shiloh Christian, a parochial school, offers rigorous curriculum for its students, including advanced placement courses in five subjects and college credit classes in five subjects, as well. Students who graduate from Shiloh are prepared for the future.

The Best Schools (www.thebestschools.org) ranks The New School as the best private elementary school in the nation.