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

Little Rock School District
Superintendent: Michael Poore
810 W. Markham St., Little Rock | (501) 447-9030
Total Enrollment: 25,685
Average Class Size: 18
Average Teacher Salary: $57,527 | Per Pupil Expenditure: $14,829
Graduation Rate: 75.4%

North Little Rock School District
Superintendent: Kelly Rodgers
2700 Poplar St., North Little Rock | (501) 771-8000
Total Enrollment: 9,400
Average Class Size: 18
Average Teacher Salary: $49,599 | Per Pupil Expenditure: $10,095
Graduation Rate: 69%

Pulaski County Special School District
Interim Superintendent: Dr. Janice Warren
925 E. Dixon Road, Little Rock | (501) 490-2000
Total Enrollment: 17,637
Average Class Size: 17
Average Teacher Salary: $50,348 | Per Pupil Expenditure: $11,115
Graduation Rate: 72.9%

Jacksonville North Pulaski School District
Superintendent: Dr. Bryan Duffie
1414 West Main, Jacksonville  | (501) 241-2080
Total Enrollment: 3,900
Average Class Size: N/A
Average Teacher Salary: N/A | Per Pupil Expenditure: N/A
Graduation Rate: N/A

Benton School District
Superintendent: Dr. Mike Skelton
500 River St., Benton | (501) 778-4861
Total Enrollment: 5,095
Average Class Size: 15
Average Teacher Salary: $51,868 | Per Pupil Expenditure: $9,145
Graduation Rate: 94%

Bryant Public Schools
Superintendent: Dr. Karen Walters
200 N.W. Fourth St., Bryant | (501) 847-5600
Total Enrollment: 8,027
Average Class Size: 19
Average Teacher Salary: $52,706 | Per Pupil Expenditure: $7,691
Graduation Rate: 80.6%

Cabot School District
Superintendent: Dr. Tony Thurman
602 N. Lincoln, Cabot | (501) 843-3363
Total Enrollment: 10,407
Average Class Size: 18
Average Teacher Salary: $53,376 | Per Pupil Expenditure: $9,971
Graduation Rate: 88.4%

Conway School District
Superintendent: Dr. Greg Murry
2220 Prince St., Conway | (501) 450-4800
Total Enrollment: 9,920
Average Class Size: N/A
Average Teacher Salary: $55,329 | Per Pupil Expenditure: $8,648
Graduation Rate: 88.5%

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.


The Metro’s Best Daycares

Moving to a new city can present a challenge for parents with young children. Finding a childcare provider for your infants and toddlers is a major undertaking. That’s why the parents on our team wanted to share their top picks for daycare in the metro. Here’s where we love to send our kiddos:

1. Second Presbyterian Preschool, West Little Rock

2. Early Childhood Education Program at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, SoMa

3. Pulaski Heights United Methodist Children’s Learning Center, Hillcrest

4. Grace Lutheran Early Childhood Development Center, Hillcrest

5. Teacher’s Pet Preschool & Infant Center, North Little Rock


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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