Private and parochial schools are abundant, and three (soon to be four) public school districts in the Little Rock area offer a rigorous curriculum and a large variety of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses. In addition, parents can choose from specialized magnet schools and charter schools.

Metro Little Rock parents are lucky when it comes to education. Besides standard public schools, parents can choose from private, parochial, charter, magnet and special needs schools. In particular, here’s a breakdown of the area’s public school districts to help in your family’s search.

PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 
Date Est.
Total Enrollment
No. of High Schools
No. of Middle Schools
No. of Elem. Schools
Average Class Size
Average Teacher Salary
Per
Pupil Expenditure
Grad. Rate
ACT Score
Gifted/
Talented Program
Little Rock School District
Superintendent:
Michael Poore
810 W. Markham St., Little Rock  (501) 447-9030
1869 25,110 5 7 32 18 $57,537 $13,346 75.4 18.9
North Little Rock School District
Superintendent:
Kelly Rodgers
2700 Poplar St., North Little Rock (501) 771-8000
1901 8,553 2 2 13 18 $50,399 $10,095 69 20.7 √ 
Pulaski County Special School District*
Superintendent:
Dr. Jerry Guess
925 E. Dixon Road, Little Rock (501) 490-2000
1927 17,245 6 6 24 17 $49,323 $11,115 72.9 20.0 √ 
Jacksonville North Pulaski School District Superintendent: Tony Wood
1414 West Main, Jacksonville  (501) 241-2080
2016 3,900 1 1 6 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Benton School District
Superintendent:
Dr. Mike Skelton
500 River St., Benton (501) 778-4861
1885 4,922 1 1 4 16 $53,061 $7,679 91.4 23.0  √
Bryant Public Schools
Superintendent:
Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell
200 N.W. Fourth St., Bryant  (501) 847-5600
1873 -
1882 (official
date unknown)
8,862 1 2 8 19 $52,854 $7,691 80.6 20.6  √
Cabot School District
Superintendent:
Dr. Tony Thurman
602 N. Lincoln, Cabot (501) 843-3363
1875 10,226 1 2 9 18 $52,314 $8,080 88.4 22.1 √ 
Conway School District
Superintendent:
Dr. Greg Murry
2220 Prince St., Conway (501) 450-4800
circa. 1878 9,771 2 4 9 N/A $55,129 $8,648 88.5 22.0

PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS

Private and parochial schools are another option for parents. The area has an abundance of private schools for every type of student, and attendance zones do not apply. To see a comprehensive listing of the private and parochial schools in the area, visit the resource guides section at LittleRockFamily.com.


Staff Recommendations:
Taking Great Care

The parents on our team couldn’t help but brag on child care programs they’ve found. Here’s where we love to send our kiddos.

Early Childhood Education Program at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
310 W. 17th St., Little Rock
(501) 588-3659

Enrollment contact: Christy Poindexter
Ages served: 6 weeks-pre-K; summer program for school age
Teacher-child ratios: Infants 1:4; toddlers 1:6; preschool 1:10
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Lunch program: No
On-site playground: Yes
Do you typically have a waitlist? Waitlist typical for infants and toddlers
What is your program most known for? Dedicated staff providing quality care and education in beautiful, historic downtown Little Rock.


FUMC Children’s Enrichment Center
6701 JFK Blvd., North Little Rock
(501) 835-2903

Enrollment contact: Melissa Baddar, Director
Ages served: 8 weeks-12 years
Teacher-child ratios: Infants 1:4; preschool 1:6
Hours: 7 a.m.-6 p.m.
Lunch program: Yes
On-site playground: Yes
Do you typically have a waitlist? Yes, wait list can be up to 2 years in some classes.
What is your program most known for? Meals and snacks are whole foods—no processed food served through this farm-to-preschool program. It’s also a Reggio Emilia-inspired school that pulls from Waldorf and Montessori philosophies.


Grace Lutheran Early Childhood Development Center
5124 Hillcrest Ave., Little Rock
(501) 663-0755

Enrollment contact: Colleen Moorman, Director
Ages served: 6 weeks-5 years
Teacher-child ratios:  Nursery 1:3; 1-3 years 1:4; 3-5 years 1:7
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Lunch program: Yes
On-site playground: Yes
Do you typically have a waitlist? Yes
What is your program most known for? Low child to adult ratios. The play-based and child-focused curriculum aims to develop well-rounded individuals who acknowledge the daily presence of Christ in their lives.


Milestones*
1700 South Blvd., Conway
(501) 329-8102

Enrollment contact: Caylin McMoran
Ages served: 6 weeks-5 years
Teacher-child ratios: Under 3 1:4; over 3 1:7
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Lunch program: Yes
On-site playground: Yes
Do you typically have a waitlist? Yes, for children under 2; No, for children 2 and over
What is your program most known for? Milestones is a developmentally and individually appropriate early childhood program who serve children with developmental delays. Provides all children opportunities to enhance in areas of development. A Better Beginnings 3-star program.


Pathfinder Preschool*
2400 W. Main St., Jacksonville
(501) 982-4578

Enrollment contact: Cory Carey, Enrollment Specialist
Ages served: 0-5 years
Teacher-child ratios: Infant-2 years 1:4; 3-5 years 1:7
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Lunch program: Yes
On-site playground: Yes
Do you typically have a waitlist? No
What is your program most known for? Pathfinder cares for children with special needs and disabilities with an Early Childhood Special Educator for each age group. There are speech, occupation, physical and mental health therapists and nurses on staff daily.


Pulaski Heights United Methodist Church Children’s Learning Center
4823 Woodlawn Drive, Little Rock
(501) 666-5683

Enrollment contact: Courtney CarlLee, Program Director
Ages served: 0-4 years; after-school program pre-K-5th grade
Teacher-child ratios: Infant/toddler 1:4; preschool 1:6; after school 1:15
Hours: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
Lunch program: Yes
On-site playground: Yes
Do you typically have a waitlist? Yes
What is your program most known for? It’s ranked highest in state accreditation and provides a loving atmosphere for the children. The staff believes children are curious learners and we foster that through experiential learning.


Second Presbyterian Preschool
600 Pleasant Valley Drive, Little Rock
(501) 227-6034
Please visit the website for more information.


Sylvan Hills Early Learning Center
9921 Highway 107, Sherwood
(501) 835-3850

Enrollment contact: Heather Sanders, Director
Ages served: 6 weeks-4 years
Hours: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. Extended care hours are 7:30-9 a.m. and 3-6 p.m.


Trinity Methodist Preschool
1101 N. Mississippi, Little Rock
(501) 666-2815

Enrollment contact: Tammy Childress, Director
Ages served: 12 months-pre-K 4
Teacher-child ratios: 12 months 1:4; others average 1:6
Hours: MDO (12-23 months) 8:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m.; Preschool (2 years-pre-K 4) 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Extended Session optional 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; Early Care 7:30 a.m.; After Care 4 p.m.
Lunch program: No
On-site playground: Yes
Do you typically have a waitlist? Depends on age
What is your program most known for? Trinity Methodist Preschool is a play-based school that is accredited at the highest level.

*Indicates a school serving children with special needs, developmental delays or learning disabilities


UNIVERSITIES

Here’s a preview of the higher education opportunities in the area; to learn more about these or other options visit ArkansasNext.com or ADHE.com.

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