Fayetteville, AR Education Overview

Students have multiple choices for strong academics

Laura Hill
On Thursday, August 22, 2013 - 16:04


Go to the head of the class if you know that Fayetteville houses the University of Arkansas as well as a highly regarded public school system and top-notch private schools. Here is some background:

University of Arkansas

Go Razorbacks! More than 27,000 students attend the hilltop university that was founded in 1871 and overlooks the Ozark Mountains. U of A today has 10 colleges and schools, and in 2015 the university's medical college (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences-Northwest Campus) added a new three-year Doctorate of Physical Therapy program that teaches grad students how to better evaluate and treat patients with such neurological disorders as spinal cord injuries, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. The Carnegie Foundation classifies the University of Arkansas as having “the highest possible level of research” and places it among the top 2 percent of colleges and universities nationwide.

Public Schools

Fayetteville Public Schools educate more than 9,500 students in 14 schools, with 710 teachers and 590 support staff members. The average teacher salary for the 2015-2016 school year is more than $57,000, with starting salaries at more than $41,000.

The jewel of the district is Fayetteville High School, acknowledged as one of the country's finest, with more Advanced Placement Scholars annually than any other high school in Arkansas. FHS offers 23 Advanced Placement courses and in 2015 completed a five-year, $96 million construction renovation and expansion that resulted in a beautiful, functional, LEED Silver-certified campus.

Students in Fayetteville can also attend Haas Hall Academy, a public charter high school that features 100 percent graduation and college acceptance rates. HHA stresses a high-intensity, high-expectation academic program that lets scholars, as they are known, earn college credits.

Private Education

The New School was founded in 1971 and today has more than 300 students ranging from preschool through eighth grade. Faith-based private schools include Fayetteville Christian School and St. Joseph Catholic School. Fayetteville Montessori School was founded in 1974, and has programs divided into four age groups – infants/toddlers, early primary, primary, and elementary (ages 5-12).

Spring International Language Center

Located on the University of Arkansas campus, Spring International Language Center provides English language training. The Center's English program includes 25 hours per week of study to prepare international students to enter U.S. colleges and universities, or assist professionals who desire to strengthen their English language skills. Each program lasts nine weeks.


Laura Hill is a former reporter/columnist for the Tennessean and a contributor to Journal Communications publications since 1996.