Fayetteville, AR Education Overview
Fayetteville's acclaimed educational institutions prepare future leaders and invigorate young minds. Here's a look at schools in Fayetteville:
Fayetteville's highly regarded public school system educates more than 9,000 students in nine elementary schools, three middle schools and two junior high schools. Fayetteville High School is acknowledged as one of the country's finest. The school offers more than 20 Advanced Placement courses in subjects as diverse as macroeconomics and music theory, and has instituted an innovative SLC (Small Learning Communities) system that groups students by interests.
The school has completed Phase I of a massive renovation/expansion program that will result, by 2015, in a dramatically beautiful and functional campus. Designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, the new LEED-certified, 530,000-square-foot campus will include vastly enlarged student common areas, outdoor classrooms, a new performing arts center, new athletic facilities, and upgraded academic learning spaces and science labs.
Secondary students can also attend Haas Hall Academy, a public charter high school that boasts 100% graduation and college acceptance rates, and stresses a high-intensity, high-expectation academic program that lets scholars, as they are known, earn college credit.
Private education is also an option for Fayetteville students. Offering preschool through middle school programs, The New School has recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The school prides itself on small class sizes and a low student/ teacher ratio, and aims to "inspire a love of learning while promoting children's social growth, emotional growth, intellectual development, and creativity."
The University of Arkansas
An outstanding public school system culminates with the state's educational gem, the University of Arkansas. More than 24,000 students are enrolled in the hilltop university, where 230 buildings dot a 412-acre campus. Nearly a dozen schools, from the legendary Fay Jones School of Architecture to the Sam Walton College of Business, set this university apart. The Carnegie Foundation has designated it a "very high research" institution, ranking it among the nation's top 2 percent. Founded in 1871, the school was originally called Arkansas Industrial University. Old Main (1873-1875), the oldest building on campus and one of the oldest in the city, is an iconic structure in Arkansas.
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