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Education & Academics in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties

Little Rock AFB Education and Academics in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties

 in Pulaski and Lonoke Counties

For those moving to a new location, it’s important to know what educational options are available. This chapter outlines the public schools system in Pulaski and Lonoke counties, along with information about local libraries and higher education. There are private schools, charter schools and home schooling available to children in both counties as well. To be enrolled in an Arkansas school, a child must be at least 5 years old by Aug. 1 of the school year. Those wishing to register their child in school should bring the following to the school office: a birth certificate or other proof of the child’s age, the child’s previous school records and immunizations records. Check with the school for additional requirements. For more details on Arkansas’ minimum vaccine requirements for students in grades K-12, visit the Arkansas Department of Education’s website at www.arkansased.gov.

In 2010, Arkansas, along with the majority of other states, the District of Columbia, Guam, American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Department of Defense Education Activity, adopted Common Core State Standards that provide a consistent set of educational expectations for students regardless of ZIP code. When a family moves, a student’s education is often disrupted because the student may be forced to repeat material or learn at a different level at the new school. With common standards across states, this disruption will be reduced — of particular interest to military families. At present, national Common Core State Standards exist only for English language arts and mathematics though Arkansas has state standards across the full curriculum. For more information, visit www.corestandards.org.

Choosing a School

Choosing the right school is very important, so be sure to research each one before deciding. Contact the school by phone or by visiting its website, which is a valuable source to learn about a school district statistics and curriculum. Talk to people in the area, especially friends and colleagues who already live there.

If the school shows promise, schedule a visit and bring a list of written questions about student-teacher ratios, computer availability, extracurricular activities, sports programs, music programs, gifted programs and grading standards.

Discuss the potential school with your child: what they liked and what they didn’t like. Your family’s ability to readily adapt to a move and to find happiness in your new home may depend, in part, on how happy your children are in their new school.

CHARTER SCHOOLS

Charter schools are public schools of choice that are tuition-free, serve all students and have open enrollment. For more information or a listing of charter schools in Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Department of Education’s website at www.arkansased.gov/divisions/public-school-accountability/charter-schools.

HOME SCHOOLING

For an introduction to home schooling in Arkansas, visit the Arkansas Department of Education’s website at www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/home-school. Here you will find information on home-school rules and regulations, testing information, home-school curriculum providers and more.

Arkansas Education Alliance

414 S. Pulaski St., Suite 9

Little Rock, AR 72201 501-978-5503

https://arkansashomeschool.org 

Arkansas’ largest statewide home-school organization, the Arkansas Education Alliance’s full-time staff serves the needs of home-schoolers in Arkansas. The alliance provides information on home schooling in Arkansas and serves as the only statewide support group for home-schooled families.

Home Educators of Greater Little Rock

P.O. Box 21854

Little Rock, AR 72221 501-396-9634

www.homeschool-life.com/ar/homeedonline 

Home Educators of Greater Little Rock is a support group for area home-schoolers. With a network of more than 400 families, it is the largest local home-school group in Arkansas. The group offers information and social opportunities for home-school families through a wide variety of activities and events.

PRIVATE SCHOOLS

To search for local private schools in Arkansas, visit the National Center for Education Statistics website and use the private school search tool at www.nces.ed.gov/surveys/pss/privateschoolsearch. Users may search by location, religious affiliation, school type and more.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Cabot Public Schools

602 N. Lincoln St.

Cabot, AR 72023 501-843-3363

www.cabotschools.org 

Cabot Public Schools district has nine elementary schools, two middle schools, two junior high schools and one high school, as well as an academic center of excellence, a freshman academy and a learning academy. The district has an enrollment of approximately 10,000.

Carlisle Public Schools

520 Center St.

Carlisle, AR 72024 870-552-3931

Elementary Office 870-552-3261

High School Office 870-552-3196

http://bison.wmsc.k12.ar.us 

Carlisle Public Schools district has one elementary school and one high school (serving grades seven through 12). The district has an enrollment of approximately 700.

England Public School District

501 Pine Bluff Highway

England, AR 72046 501-842-2996

Elementary School 501-842-2041

High School 501-842-2031

www.englandlions.net/home 

England Public School District has one elementary school and one high school. The district has an enrollment of approximately 800.

Jacksonville North Pulaski School District

1414 West Main

Jacksonville, AR 72076 501-241-2080

www.jnpsd.org 

Jacksonville North Pulaski School District is responsible for the education of approximately 4,200 students. The district operates one high school (grades nine through 12), one middle school (grades six through eight) and six elementary schools (Kindergarten through fifth grade). Pre-K students are served in a center jointly operated with a neighboring school district. The district is governed by a seven-member elected Board of Education. The Group Commander of the 19th Mission Support Group, 19th Airlift Wing at Little Rock Air Force Base serves in an ex officio capacity.

Little Rock School District

810 W. Markham St.

Little Rock, AR 72201 501-447-1000

www.lrsd.org 

Little Rock School District has an enrollment of approximately 26,000 students. The district has two academies, 28 elementary schools, seven middle schools and five high schools. The district also has five early childhood centers and four nontraditional schools, including an accelerated learning center, a career-technical center and an adult education center.

Lonoke Public School District

401 W. Holly St.

Lonoke, AR 72086 501-676-2042

www.lonokeschools.org 

Lonoke Public School District has one primary school, one elementary school, one middle school and one high school. The district has an enrollment of approximately 1,800.

North Little Rock School District

2700 N. Poplar St.

North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-771-8000

www.nlrsd.org 

North Little Rock School District has nine elementary schools, one middle school, one high school, one academy and one early childhood center. The district has an enrollment of approximately 9,100 students, including pre-K children.

Pulaski County Special School District

925 E. Dixon Road

Little Rock, AR 72206 501-234-2000

www.pcssd.org 

Pulaski County Special School District has 17 elementary schools (including magnet schools), four middle schools, five high schools and one adult education center. The district has an enrollment of approximately 12,500.

Universities/Higher Education

Little Rock AFB Education and Academics Universities Higher Education

 Pulaski and Lonoke counties offer plenty of opportunity for continuing education. The Jacksonville Little Rock Air Force Base University Center is a new higher education facility jointly funded by the U.S. Air Force and the city of Jacksonville. The University Center is open to those who live on and work on the base, as well as community members. Special access is not required. Use the following contact information to start your search for the school that is right for you.

Arkansas Baptist College

1621 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202 501-420-1200

www.arkansasbaptist.edu 

Arkansas State University-Beebe — Little Rock Air Force Base

1490 Vandenberg Blvd., Suite 115

Jacksonville, AR 72099 501-988-4151

www.asub.edu/about-us/locations/lrafb.aspx 

Eastern College of Health Vocations

200 S. University Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72205 501-568-0211

www.easterncollege.edu 

Embry-Riddle University — Little Rock Air Force Base

1490 Vandenberg Blvd., Suite 111

Jacksonville, AR 72099 501-985-0511

https://worldwide.erau.edu/locations/little-rock 

Harding University North Little Rock Professional Center

3807 McCain Park Drive, Suite 113

North Little Rock, AR 72116 501-758-4857

www.harding.edu/nlr 

John Brown University

8114 Cantrell Road, Suite 250

Little Rock, AR 72227 501-771-9000

www.jbu.edu/littlerock 

Park University — Little Rock Air Force Base

1490 Vandenberg Blvd., Suite 113

Jacksonville, AR 72099 501-988-5624

www.park.edu 

Philander Smith College

900 W. Daisy L. Gatson Bates Drive

Little Rock, AR 72202 501-375-9845

www.philander.edu 

Pulaski Technical College

3000 W. Scenic Drive

North Little Rock, AR 72118 501-812-2200

www.pulaskitech.edu 

Southern Illinois University Carbondale — Little Rock Air Force Base

1490 Vandenberg Blvd., Suite 105

Jacksonville, AR 72099 501-988-1391

www.engr.siu.edu/outreach/outreach.htm/LittleRock_AFB.htm 

University of Arkansas — Little Rock Air Force Base

1490 Vandenberg Blvd., Suite 107

Jacksonville, AR 72099 501-988-2522/2523

http://operations-management.uark.edu/program-sites/little-rock.php 

University of Arkansas at Little Rock

2801 S. University Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72204 501-569-3000

www.ualr.edu 

Webster University

Little Rock Air Force Base

1490 Vandenberg Blvd., Suite 109

Jacksonville, AR 72099 501-988-5331

www.webster.edu/littlerock 

Little Rock Metropolitan Campus

200 W. Capitol Ave., Suite 1500

Little Rock, AR 72201 501-375-1511

www.webster.edu/littlerock 

Libraries

Little Rock AFB Education and Academics Libraries

 Public libraries in Pulaski and Lonoke counties offer learning, recreation, distance education, internet connections and other resources for users — all for free. In addition, school libraries that support the curriculum and offer internet access and other resources are in most public and private schools, and academic and special libraries are found in colleges and universities. The Arkansas State Library, www.library.arkansas.gov, supports libraries in the state with resources, interlibrary loans and other assistance.

Residents can enjoy and make use of 30 academic and public libraries in Pulaski and Lonoke counties. Get information about services, hours and events by visiting the branches’ websites. For a full list of libraries in Arkansas, visit the Arkansas State Library website. The following public library branches are located near Little Rock Air Force Base.

Amy Sanders Library

31 Shelby Drive

Sherwood, AR 72120 501-835-7756

https://cals.org/sanders-library 

Argenta Branch Library

420 Main St.

North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-687-1061

www.lamanlibrary.org/page/8/argenta-branch 

Cabot Public Library

909 W. Main St.

Cabot, AR 72023 855-572-6657

www.fb.com/CabotPublicLibrary 

Central Arkansas Library System Main Library

100 Rock St.

Little Rock, AR 72201 501-918-3000

https://cals.org/cals-main-library 

Esther DeWitt Nixon Library

703 W. Main St.

Jacksonville, AR 72076 501-457-5038

https://cals.org/nixon-library 

William F. Laman Public Library Main Library

2801 Orange St.

North Little Rock, AR 72114 501-758-1720

www.laman.net 

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