|Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD)|
925 East Dixon Road|
Little Rock, Arkansas 77026
|Type||Public (government funded)|
|Established||July 21, 1927|
|Superintendent||Dr. Jerry Guess|
|Accreditation(s)||Arkansas Department of Education|
|Schools||38 (6 high schools, 6 middle schools, 24 elementary schools, 2 alternate learning centers)|
|Students and staff|
5A Central (4 schools), |
5A West (1school),
Pulaski County Special School District (PCSSD) is one of four public school districts in Pulaski County, Arkansas--along with the Little Rock School District, the North Little Rock School District, and the Jacksonville North Pulaski School District--accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education. PCSSD has its headquarters in Sweet Home, an unincorporated area near southeastern Little Rock.
The current Pulaski County Special School District was established in July 21, 1927 by referendum pursuant of Act 152 of the 1927 Arkansas Acts by the Arkansas legislature joining thirty-eight independent school districts into a "special" school district. Now the second largest (by student population) in the state after the Little Rock School District, the PCSSD is among the 500 largest in the United States. Geographically, PCSSD is the state's fifth largest district and encompasses a total 729 square miles (1,890 km2), and includes all areas of the county--incorporated and unincorporated--excluding most areas within the city limits of Little Rock, Cammack Village, most areas within the city of North Little Rock, and a section of McAlmont. This district enrolls students from Little Rock, North Little Rock, Sherwood, Jacksonville, Gravel Ridge, Scott, McAlmont, Maumelle, Mabelvale, Woodson, Sweet Home, College Station, Ironton, Cabot, Wrightsville, and Alexander.
Prior to July 1, 2016, the three school districts within the county--Little Rock School District (LRSD), 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, the courts determined that LRSD to be unitary (or integrated) and generally coterminous with Little Rock's boundaries. In doing so, these actions led to the annexation of J. A. Fair High School and other schools 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.
On May 19, 2011, the court determined that PCSSD had not completed nine of twelve actions required by court supervision with regards to being unitary in the desegregation case.
On June 20, 2011, the Arkansas Department of Education abolished and dissolved the PCSSD School Board and fired its current superintendent, Dr. Charles Hopson amid alleged financial troubles and the aforementioned lack of completing required desegregation actions. This also lead to the state department taking over the school district.
|Enrollment by year|
|School Year||Total Students||Full-Time Equivalent Teachers||Pupil/Teacher Ratio|
Since 1997-98, PCSSD has served approximately 17,500 to 20,000 students each year supported by approximately 1,100 to 1,400 full time equivalent teachers, with a steady reduction of the pupil/teacher ratio from 16.60 to 1 (1997-98) to 14.84 to 1 (2011-12).
Primarily as a result of desegregation or the need to replace aging facilities, numerous facilities have been renamed or closed including the following:
The Pulaski County Special School District maintains six comprehensive public high schools and one alternative academy. In 2011-12, PCSSD shutdown Oak Grove High School with the opening of the newly constructed Maumelle High School. The last school built in PCSSD prior to Maumelle High School was J. A. Fair High School, which subsequently moved to the Little Rock School District. The Joe T. Robinson High School moved to new facilities starting in the 1981-82 school year. The North Pulaski High School was established in 1977, Wilbur D. Mills High School opened in 1970, and Sylvan Hills High School was founded in 1956 and moved to its newest facilities in November 1968. Jacksonville High School was originally located on the site of present-day Jacksonville Elementary. Next, JHS moved to 1320 School Drive (now serving as Jacksonville Middle School) until the start of the 1969-70 school year, when it moved to 2400 Linda Lane. The Alpha Academy is an alternative high school for students in danger of not graduating due to discipline problems or other reasons.
The assumed course of study for students at each high school follows the Smart Core curriculum developed by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), which requires each student to complete 22 units to graduate; 16 units are from the Smart Core and 6 units that are career focused in occupational pathway areas. According to the Arkansas Department of Career Education (ACE), the Standards of Accreditation of Public Schools require that each school offer three programs of study in three different occupational pathway areas. If a program is offered at a secondary vocational center, students must be enrolled in the 2010-11 school year.
|NCES School ID||CEEB Code||Website(s)|
|Alpha Academy||Little Rock||7-12||None||N/A||None|
|Maumelle High School||Maumelle||9-12||2011||0511850001559||041861||Official website]|
|Wilbur D. Mills University Studies High School||Sweet Home (Unincorporated)||9-12||1969||051185000945||042390||Official website|
|Joe T. Robinson High School||Unincorporated||9-12||1927 (Opened) /
|Sylvan Hills High School||Sherwood||9-12||1956 (Opened) /
|Sylvan Hills Freshman Campus||Gibson (Unincorporated)||9 grade only||2016||TBA||TBA||Official website|
In fall 2011, a new 44 acres (18 ha) campus facility for Sylvan Hills Middle School opened for grades 6-8 students and staff, replacing the original high school (1955-1967) / middle school (1967-2011) facilities located adjacent to the Sylvan Hills High School and Sylvan Hills Elementary School campus.
|School Name||Location||Grades||NCES School ID||Website(s)|
|Alpha Academy||Little Rock||7-12||None||None|
|Fuller Middle School +||Sweet Home (Unincorporated)||6-8||051185000914||Official website|
|Maumelle Middle School||Maumelle||6-8||051185001106||Official website|
|Joe T. Robinson Middle School||Unincorporated||6-8||051185001258||Official website|
|Sylvan Hills Middle School||Sherwood||6-8||051185000942||Official website|
+ denotes Title I school
The Pulaski County Special School District operates 24 elementary schools including several magnet schools and specialty schools providing focus on particular subject areas. In 2008, the William Jefferson Clinton Elementary Magnet School was named a National Blue Ribbon School, followed by a National Blue Ribbon School designation for Arnold Drive Elementary School in 2010.
In 2008, Arnold Drive Elementary and Warren Dupree Elementary were honored as a National Title I Distinguished School. Harris Health & Science Specialty Elementary School is designated as an Arkansas Reading First and NASA Explorer School. In 2011, Arnold Drive Elementary is the only PCSSD school awarded Exemplary (Reward) Status by the Arkansas Department of Education. Sherwood Elementary's Odyssey of the Mind team takes the Arkansas State Tournament and went to the World Finals. Also, Dupree Elementary received a National School of Distinction status from the Schools Fight Hunger program.
Originally, Harris Elementary School named in honor of Viola H. Harris, a former administrator of the district and McAlmont Elementary School, served as Pulaski Technical School before being renamed as Harris High School starting in the fall of 1963 and lasting until 1970 when the district reorganized its facilities as a result of desegregation and the facility became an elementary school. The high school's mascot of the Panthers remains today as Harris Elementary School's mascot.
|School Name||Location||Grades||NCES School ID||Website(s)|
|Adkins Pre-Kindergarten School||Jacksonville||PK||051185000901|
|Arnold Drive Elementary School +||Jacksonville||PK-5||051185000926||Official website|
|John W. Baker Inter-district Elementary School||Jacksonville||K-5||051185000903||Official website|
|Daisy Bates Elementary School +||Unincorporated||PK-5||051185001391||Official website|
|Bayou Meto Elementary School +||Jacksonville||PK-5||051185000905||Official website|
|Cato Elementary School +||Unincorporated||PK-5||051185000906||Official website|
|Chenal Elementary School +||Little Rock||PK-5||051185001484||Official website|
|William Jefferson Clinton Speech Communications and Technology Magnet Elementary School +||Sherwood||PK-5||051185000122||Official website|
|College Station Magnet Elementary School +||College Station||PK-5||051185000910||Official website|
|Crystal Hill Elementary School +||North Little Rock||PK-5||051185000058||Official website|
|Harris Health & Science Specialty Elementary School +||McAlmont (Unincorporated)||PK-5||051185000916||Official website|
|Joe T. Robinson Elementary School +||Unincorporated||PK-5||051185000922||Official website|
|Landmark Fine Arts Specialty Elementary School +||Landmark (Unincorporated)||PK-5||051185000927||Official website|
|Lawson Elementary School +||Unincorporated||PK-5||051185000928||Official website|
|Murrell Taylor Elementary School +||Jacksonville||PK-5||051185001256||Official website|
|Oak Grove Elementary School +||Unincorporated||PK-5||051185000933||Official website|
|Oakbrooke Elementary School +||Sherwood||PK-5||051185001239||Official website|
|Pine Forest Elementary School||Maumelle||PK-5||051185001257||Official website|
|Pinewood Elementary School +||Jacksonville||PK-5||051185000935||Official website|
|Scott Elementary School +||Scott||PK-6||051185000938||Official website|
|Sherwood Elementary School +||Sherwood||PK-5||051185000939||Official website|
|Sylvan Hills Elementary School +||Sherwood||PK-5||051185000940||Official website|
|Tolleson Elementary School +||Jacksonville||PK-5||051185000925||Official website|
|Warren Dupree Elementary School +||Sherwood||K-5||051185000912||Official website|
+ denotes Title I school