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From pre-kindergarten to beyond 12th grade, schools in the Fort Smith Region provide comprehensive services for students of all ages. Developmentally appropriate and challenging programs are the standard in all district classrooms. 

The Gifted and Talented programs as well as honors and advanced placement courses are available in the district high schools. Art, music and physical education programs are integrated into elementary and secondary classrooms.

Library and media services provide access to traditional libraries and more technologically advanced components. Counselors in schools offer all students the advantage of conflict resolution and esteem-building programs.

A variety of activities and sports are available to secondary students, while PTAs and community programs, such as Partners in Education, support the efforts of teachers.

The students in the Fort Smith Region consistently score above their state and national counterparts on norm-referenced tests. Student scores on the American College Test and Stanford Achievement Test are examples of sound achievement. Northside and Southside High Schools along with Immaculate Conception Elementary School have all earned recognition as National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The Fort Smith Region also provides a complementary alternative to the public school system. Parochial and private institutions have established education from Pre-K to 12th grade and provide programs including music, arts, physical education, athletic programs and Advanced Placement courses.


Excellent education does not stop at the high school level. The University of Arkansas at Fort Smith is the state’s fifth largest four-year institution of higher education and is constantly growing and expanding educational opportunities for the community. More than 13,000 people benefit annually from UAFS’ credit, continuing education, and business and industry programs.

Students can earn master’s, bachelor’s and associate degrees in a variety of areas, including health sciences, education, liberal arts, business and technology.

John Brown University offers students undergraduate degree completion programs. The degree completer program helps working adults with two or more years of college credit to complete a bachelor of science degree in organizational management or early childhood education.

Webster University, located in downtown Fort Smith, offers masters degree programs in Human Resource Management and Masters of Business Administration. It has offered graduate programs in Fort Smith since 1989.

Vista College also offers high-quality, hands-on training for specialized career preparation or to enhance technical knowledge for career success.

Click here for a complete list of schools in Fort Smith.