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  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    A-
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    B
  7. Administration
    A
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Fort Smith School District is a highly rated, public school district located in Fort Smith, AR. It has 14,701 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 47% of students are at least proficient in math and 47% in reading.

Fort Smith School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
47%
Percent Proficient - Math
47%
Average Graduation Rate
89%
Average SAT
1180
59 responses
Average ACT
25
950 responses

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
14,701
Free or Reduced Lunch
35%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,999
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.1%

Finances

Expenses Per Student
$11,002/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    57%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B
Median Household Income
$40,004
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$666
National
$949
Median Home Value
$120,300
National
$184,700

Fort Smith School District Reviews

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My teachers have all been excellent! The school district has been forward thinking in issuing chromebooks to all of its students and moving some of its curriculum online (in the event of winter weather) which put us in good shape when the outbreak of Covid-19 took place.
The district is currently building a new technology center...I only wish that I would have been completed before my senior year. But I'm glad that future classes will be able to enjoy it.
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I think this district does a very good job. Certain schools excel in athletics, while certain excel more on the academic side, so the students and parents can chose which the value more. The high schools are both undergoing a major overhaul that will drastically update them. My high school, Southside High School had 8 national merit scholarship finalists this year, and at least one person gets a perfect 36 on the act. The other high school, Northside, has made the state championship game 3 times in the last 4 years in boys basketball, as well as twice on the girls team, each with division one athletes.
I have lived in many school districts due to being in foster care and Fort Smith School District has always been tied with one other school. This has always been my favorite school district, right alongside Dewitt School District. Fort Smith staff members are not only understanding to everyone's situation but try their best to accommodate to it. They have many classes to take, some help make up credit more than other classes. This help kids who are in foster care make up many credits that they need to make up. You can't do this in a lot of other schools. While they do administrate appropriate consequences, when you make a mistake they push you to do better. I have moved to many school districts but Fort Smith School District and Dewitt School District was the only schools to be this way.