By Sarah Haney | DiscoverNorthwestArkansas.com
When deciding to move somewhere new, the quality of education is a big factor for most families. With an ideal student-to-teacher ratio and competitive curriculum, the Northwest Arkansas region has a strong commitment to providing access to excellent education in both public and private schools.
“Public education provides great opportunities for all students, excellent advanced course offerings, CTE programming, and fine arts selection,” stated Siloam Springs Superintendent Ken Ramey. “It is the cornerstone of our society and teachers provide the glue that makes a positive difference for every child.” All students who graduate from Northwest Arkansas high schools are better prepared to attend the college or university of their choosing.
Advanced placement courses are offered in Arkansas public high schools and many of them give the option of earning dual college credit. A student can graduate from a Northwest Arkansas high school with as many as 20 college credits.
All public schools in Northwest Arkansas employ common curriculum that is required by the Arkansas Department of Education. There are more than 60 public elementary schools and more than 20 public high schools in Benton and Washington counties. Students score above the state’s average on standardized tests and their performance in literacy and mathematics is comparable with national averages.
The average student-to-teacher ration in Northwest Arkansas schools is 14:1, and 68 schools in the area are classified as “exemplary” or achieving” under Elementary and Secondary Education Act Accountability System. Northwest Arkansas is also home to seven schools, both public and private, that rank in the top 10 percent in the nation, according to a U.S. News & World Report annual education report.
The largest high schools in Northwest Arkansas are in Fayetteville, Bentonville, Rogers and Springdale.