Select Northwest Arkansas and River Valley schools rank best in state


The 2020 Best School Districts rankings are primarily based on data from the U.S. Department of Education

NORTHWEST ARKANSAS (KFTA) — Large and small school districts in Northwest Arkansas and the River Valley have ranked as Top 25 in the state.

A national research company known as Niche created The 2020 Best School Districts rankings based on data from the U.S. Department of Education, paired with reviews from students and parents, as well as test scores and graduation rates, according to a news release.

Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers and Bentonville Public Schools all ranked in the Top 25 list.

The district ranked as best in the state is Bentonville School District.

Fayetteville School District ranked third. Rogers School District ranked 19th. Springdale School District ranked 22nd.

All four received “A” ratings, however Bentonville received an “A+” rating.

“Our teachers enjoy the freedom to introduce the latest innovative thoughts into their lesson plans so students can learn in an environment which surpasses the traditional classroom. That academic experience, combined with the endless opportunity, is something few others can match. We’re proud of the world-class education we offer,” stated Bentonville Schools Superintendent Dr. Debbie Jones.

Northwest Arkansas Council President and CEO Nelson Peacock stated Northwest Arkansas is one of the best places to live in America because education, great economy and the high quality of life.

“The plentiful, high quality education options available here contribute to both and is a key driver in attracting and retaining a quality workforce. Bentonville – and other regional schools – presence on the Niche list is further confirmation of the quality of our local schools,” Peacock stated.

Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy, and Farmington and Prairie Grove School Districts also ranked in the Top 25.

Charleston and Scranton School Districts were among those on the Top 25.

Charleston School District ranked 16th.

Scranton School District ranked 21st.

The Top 25 school districts rank as followed:

  1. Bentonville Public Schools
  2. Greenwood School District
  3. Fayetteville School District
  4. Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy
  5. Lakeside School District (Hot Springs)
  6. Greenbrier School District
  7. Benton School District
  8. Bryant School District
  9. Pottsville School District
  10. Estem High Charter School District (Little Rock)
  11. Parkers Chapel School District (El Dorado)
  12. Cabot School District
  13. Prairie Grove School District
  14. Conway School District
  15. Salem School District
  16. Charleston School District
  17. Bismarck School District
  18. Valley Springs School District
  19. Springdale School District
  20. Armorel School District
  21. Scranton School District
  22. Rogers School District
  23. McCrory School District
  24. Farmington School District
  25. Russellville School District

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