top school districts, 2019 - arkansas

Arkansas has historically performed very poorly among American states in education, with underfunding, frequent political meddling in curriculums, and poverty all contributing factors. However, just as in Alabama, recent reforms are improving the situation along with funding increases. Arkansas has been praised repeatedly for its efforts to improve early-childhood education, and college and career readiness.

Top in Arkansas, Haas Hall Bentonville - or Haas Hall Academy - includes only the academy itself and serves around 300 students of grades seven to twelve. Haas Hall Academy students frequently score excellently in standardized college admission tests (ACT), particularly in English (97.4 average in the 11th grade). The location in Bentonville, the home of Walmart, means graduating students can expect to find jobs relatively easily.

At number two and sharing the city of Bentonville, Bentonville Public Schools district has five elementary schools, five junior or middle schools, and one high school. The district is also number one for student athletes in Arkansas This highly rated district has achieved averages of 65% reading proficiency, 58% math proficiency, and a 91% average graduation rate.  The teacher-student ratio is also better than the national average (17:1), at 15:1.

Located to the northeast, the state’s third best school district - Valley View School District - is centered on Arkansas’ fifth largest town of Jonesboro (population around 71,000). With a good 15:1 teacher-student ratio, Valley View delivers a safe learning environment across two elementary schools, and single junior and high schools with 74% reading proficiency, 67% math proficiency, and a 95% average graduation rate. Graduates may take advantage of ample local  opportunities in manufacturing, agriculture, and medicine.

Top School Districts in Arkansas, 2019

RankSchool DistrictCountyCityState
1Haas Hall AcademyWashington CountyFayettevilleArkansas
2Bentonville School DistrictBenton CountyBentonvilleArkansas
3Valley View School DistrictCraighead CountyJonesboroArkansas
4Greenbrier School DistrictFaulkner CountyGreenbrierArkansas
5Valley Springs School DistrictBoone CountyValley SpringsArkansas
6Salem School DistrictFulton CountySalemArkansas
7Nemo Vista School DistrictConway CountyCenter RidgeArkansas
8Fayetteville School DistrictWashington CountyFayettevilleArkansas
9Bismarck School DistrictHot Spring CountyBismarckArkansas
10Greenwood School DistrictSebastian CountyGreenwoodArkansas
11Bryant School DistrictSaline CountyBryantArkansas
12Harrison School DistrictBoone CountyHarrisonArkansas
13Cabot School DistrictLonoke CountyCabotArkansas
14Genoa Central School DistrictMiller CountyTexarkanaArkansas
15Emerson-taylor School DistrictColumbia CountyEmersonArkansas
16Searcy County School DistrictSearcy CountyMarshallArkansas
17Conway School DistrictFaulkner CountyConwayArkansas
18Pottsville School DistrictPope CountyPottsvilleArkansas
19Rogers School DistrictBenton CountyRogersArkansas
20Benton School DistrictSaline CountyBentonArkansas
21Mccrory School DistrictWoodruff CountyMccroryArkansas
22Clinton School DistrictVan Buren CountyClintonArkansas
23Melbourne School DistrictIzard CountyMelbourneArkansas
24Estem High CharterPulaski CountyLittle RockArkansas
25Eureka Springs School DistrictCarroll CountyEureka SpringsArkansas


The following contributed to the ranking: number of students (K-12), graduation rate, teacher quality, school funding, student to teacher ratio, standardized test results (reading and math; the percentage of students scoring at or above state proficiency level). Data from a total of 10,728 school districts had sufficient values for the variables above.

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