|Little Rock School District|
810 West Markham Street|
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
|Type||Public (government funded)|
|Established||February 16, 1869|
|Superintendent||Mr. Michael Poore|
Marvin Burton (High Schools)|
Dr. Daniel Whitehorn (Middle Schools)
Dr. Sadie Mitchell (Elementary)
|Accreditation(s)||Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)|
|Students and staff|
|Teachers||1,831.44 (on FTE basis)|
Magnet Program Seal
Arkansas Scholars Seal
Honors Diploma Seal
|High School Courses||
The Little Rock School District is a school district in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. It is one of four public school districts in Pulaski County and encompasses 97.60 square miles (252.8 km2) of land nearly coterminous with the state's capital and largest city. As of the 2009-2010 school year, the district includes 50 schools, and had an enrollment of approximately 25,000 students. It has 5 high schools, 7 middle schools, 29 elementary schools, 4 early childhood (pre-kindergarten) centers, 2 alternative schools, 1 adult education center, 1 accelerated learning center, 1 career-technical center, and about 3,800 employees.
On January 28, 2015 the State Board of Education met for more than five hours before voting 5-4 to immediately take over the Little Rock School District. As part of the takeover, Superintendent Dexter Suggs was allowed to remain in his position on an interim basis and the LRSD school board was immediately disbanded.
The vote came as a result of the State Board of Education classifying six of the nearly fifty district schools as being in "academic distress": Baseline Elementary School, Cloverdale Magnet Middle School, Henderson Middle School, Hall High School, J.A. Fair High School and McClellan Magnet High School. The State Board of Education made this announcement in July 2014. In October of the same year, the Special Committee on Academic Distress met with the Little Rock School District administration. On January 7, 2015 the Little Rock School District administration and School Board provided progress reports to the Special Committee on Academic Distress. On January 8, 2015 the State Board of Education voted to hold a special State Board Meeting on January 28.
The three school districts within the county--Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District (NLRSD), and Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) have been involved in a desegregation case that the courts determined were unconstitutionally segregated and placed under court supervision since 1982. After numerous actions were satisfied, including incorpating those schools within the City of Little Rock boundaries to be unitary with the LRSD. Those actions led to the annexation of J. A. Fair High School from PCSSD to LRSD in 1987. In 2007, the courts determined that all actions by LRSD were completed and that court supervision continues until NLRSD and PCSSD actions are completed.
The following high schools offer comprehensive education programs with interscholastic activities (e.g., sports teams). Attendance in zoned schools are based on the student's residence, while inter-district schools are able to select students from within Pulaski County's three public school districts.
|Central International Studies High School||Tigers||Zoned,
|Hall High School||Warriors||Zoned
|McClellan Magnet High School||Crimson Lions||Zoned,
|Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School||Patriots||Interdistrict,
|J. A. Fair Systems Magnet High School||War Eagles||Zoned,
|Cloverdale Magnet Middle School||Cubs||1956||6-8||686|
|Dunbar Magnet Middle School||Bobcats||1929||6-8||723|
|Henderson Health Sciences Magnet Middle School||Hawks||1964||6-8||862|
|Mabelvale Magnet Middle School||Red Raiders||1967||6-8||613|
|Mann Arts and Science Magnet Middle School||Bearcats||1955||6-8||829|
|Pulaski Heights Middle School||Panthers||1931||6-8||734|
|Pinnacle View Middle School||Sky Hawks||2016||6-7|
All schools provide comprehensive elementary education:
Rockefeller was built to replace two existing schools. One of them, the Parham School (built in 1908), was in the construction path of the proposed Interstate 630, so much of the funding for its replacement came from the state highway and transportation departments. The new school was bid at $2.3 million.
With the prospect of a beautiful new school, the Little Rock School District decided also to close the Kramer School on Sherman Street (built in 1895). The Kramer School had gained national attention as the site of the Center for Early Development and Education established by Bettye Caldwell, Professor of Education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. The center, often referred to as "The Kramer Project," began in 1969. The decision was made to move the center to the new school.
The Rockefeller Early Childhood Program provides educational experiences and child care for children aged six weeks to three years. It was developed to determine the effects of a high-quality education coupled with an extended-day childcare program on children who were from six months of age through the sixth grade in school. Rockefeller opened to early childhood and intermediate students (grades 4-6) in August 1979 with an enrollment of 563. It became a full elementary school and center for early childhood education in 1987. The school currently serves children ranging in age from 6 weeks through 5th grade.
Rockefeller is an open-space school. It offers specialized work labs, music instruction and performance areas and even separate playground areas with age-appropriate equipment for toddlers, pre-kindergartners and elementary students. Rockefeller was one of six LRSD schools to be designated an "incentive school." The extra funds it receives allows the school to retain a full-time nurse and Early Childhood Coordinator as well as specialists in art, music, physical education, technology and media.
Rockefeller also is one of two schools participating in the Teacher Advancement Program (TAP), an initiative of the Milken Family Foundation to attract, retain, motivate and develop talented teachers. TAP helps teachers become the best they can be by giving them opportunities to learn better teaching strategies and compensates them based on their performance.
The Computer Science theme is evident by 140 computers throughout the school. The music program is outstanding and has two show choirs that have traveled out of state to perform. A certified physical education specialist leads the outstanding physical education program. The science specialist serves students in grades 3-5 in a fully equipped science laboratory.
Rockefeller has a full-time nurse, counselor and social worker.
The outstanding Accelerated Reader Program started at Rockefeller in 1999. Extended Day activities include scouts, art classes, hand bell ringers, primary and intermediate show choirs, Computer Club, Running Club, small group tutoring, Science Club and LOVE Team. Rockefeller also offers an early childhood education program, accepting infants as young as six weeks of age.
Williams opened in 1958 and received building additions in 1964, 1966, 1986 and 1994. A new classroom wing opened in 2004. Williams became a magnet school in 1982 and expanded to a tri-district magnet school in 1986. Williams' magnet theme stresses the basic educational skills: reading, writing and arithmetic. It is named in honor of three different men, all of whom served on the Board of Directors of the Little Rock School District: J.E. Williams, a member of the Board from 1900 to 1903; Nal Williams, a member of the Board from 1904 to 1905; and Robert M. Williams, a member of the Board from 1939 to 1945.