Many prominent Americans--including Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, decorated U.S. General Wesley Clark, and legendary country music singer Johnny Cash--were all educated within Arkansas school systems. Knowing the accomplishments of some its most notable graduates, it should be no surprise that Arkansas boasts a large number of excellent school systems.

Arkansas’ top 10 school districts are widely distributed throughout the state. In all, seven counties are represented, with Benton County, Washington County, and Saline County each having two districts place in the top 10.

The top school district in Arkansas is Bentonville School District, serving Bentonville and parts of several other surrounding communities. Bentonville School District is one of the fast growing districts in the state, and it plans to add 6 more schools to its current total of 21 within the next ten years.

Valley View School District in Jonesboro ranks second. Its junior high was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2015 and its high school’s sports programs regularly take home state championships.

Third place, Farmington School District, is another excellent school system; recognized for its academic excellence.

Completing the top five are Benton School District (#4), which is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education, and Greenwood School District, founded all the way back in 1881.

Top School Districts in Arkansas, 2018

State RankSchool DistrictState
1Bentonville School DistrictArkansas
2Valley View School DistrictArkansas
3Farmington School DistrictArkansas
4Benton School DistrictArkansas
5Greenwood School DistrictArkansas
6Fayetteville School DistrictArkansas
7Pottsville School DistrictArkansas
8Bryant School DistrictArkansas
9Lakeside School DistrictArkansas
10Pea Ridge School DistrictArkansas
11Conway School DistrictArkansas
12Armorel School DistrictArkansas
13Vilonia School DistrictArkansas
14Charleston School DistrictArkansas
15Cabot School DistrictArkansas
16Rogers School DistrictArkansas
17Searcy School DistrictArkansas
18Greenbrier School DistrictArkansas
19Bergman School DistrictArkansas
20Salem School DistrictArkansas
21Sheridan School DistrictArkansas
22Harrison School DistrictArkansas
23Gosnell School DistrictArkansas
24Gravette School DistrictArkansas
25Prairie Grove School DistrictArkansas
26Mt. Vernon/Enola School Dist.Arkansas
27Omaha School DistrictArkansas
28Mountain Home School DistrictArkansas
29Parkers Chapel School Dist.Arkansas
30Magnet Cove School Dist.Arkansas
31Jackson Co. School DistrictArkansas
32Dover School DistrictArkansas
33Spring Hill School DistrictArkansas
34Bismarck School DistrictArkansas
35Atkins School DistrictArkansas
36Lake Hamilton School DistrictArkansas
37Batesville School DistrictArkansas
38Norfork School DistrictArkansas
39Carlisle School DistrictArkansas
40Cotter School DistrictArkansas
41Beebe School DistrictArkansas
42Brookland School DistrictArkansas
43Clinton School DistrictArkansas
44Concord School DistrictArkansas
45Nemo Vista School DistrictArkansas
46Nettleton School DistrictArkansas
47White Hall School DistrictArkansas
48Emerson-Taylor School DistrictArkansas
49Melbourne School DistrictArkansas
50Russellville School DistrictArkansas
51Siloam Springs School DistrictArkansas
52West Fork School DistrictArkansas
53Pocahontas School DistrictArkansas
54Gentry School DistrictArkansas
55Bay School DistrictArkansas
56Valley Springs School DistrictArkansas
57Ouachita School DistrictArkansas
58Buffalo Is. Central Sch. Dist.Arkansas
59Cave City School DistrictArkansas
60County Line School DistrictArkansas
61Des Arc School DistrictArkansas
62Ouachita River School DistrictArkansas
63Fountain Lake School DistrictArkansas
64Harmony Grove School DistrictArkansas
65Green Forest School DistrictArkansas
66Searcy County School DistrictArkansas
67Springdale School DistrictArkansas
68Dardanelle School DistrictArkansas
69Westside Cons. School DistrictArkansas
70Mansfield School DistrictArkansas
71Berryville School DistrictArkansas
72Arkadelphia School DistrictArkansas
73Clarksville School DistrictArkansas
74Eureka Springs School DistrictArkansas
75Wynne School DistrictArkansas
76Lavaca School DistrictArkansas
77Heber Springs School DistrictArkansas
78Pangburn School DistrictArkansas
79Southside School DistrictArkansas
80Mountain View School DistrictArkansas
81Greene Co. Tech School Dist.Arkansas
82Foreman School DistrictArkansas
83Rose Bud School DistrictArkansas
84Elkins School DistrictArkansas
85Alpena School DistrictArkansas
86Huntsville School DistrictArkansas
87Riverside School DistrictArkansas
88Genoa Central School DistrictArkansas
89Fouke School DistrictArkansas
90Magazine School DistrictArkansas
91Western Yell Co. School Dist.Arkansas
92So. Conway Co. School DistrictArkansas
93Lincoln School DistrictArkansas
94Piggott School DistrictArkansas
95Guy-Perkins School DistrictArkansas
96Pulaski Co. Spec. School Dist.Arkansas
97Bauxite School DistrictArkansas
98Poyen School DistrictArkansas
99Mena School DistrictArkansas
100Danville School DistrictArkansas

Methodology

The following contributed to the ranking: student performance (math and reading test scores), dropout rates, school funding, and area poverty rates. Data was collected from a total of 9,577 school districts.

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