B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    C+
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Health & Safety
    A-
  7. Administration
    A-
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    A-
Fort Smith School District is an above average, public school district located in Fort Smith, AR. It has 14,919 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 24% of students are at least proficient in math and 35% in reading.
Address
3205 Jenny Lind Road
Fort Smith, AR 72901
Telephone
(479) 785-2501
Website

Fort Smith School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
35%
Percent Proficient - Math
24%
Average Graduation Rate
81%
Average SAT
1230
34 responses
Average ACT
25
567 responses
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Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
14,919
Free or Reduced Lunch
73.2%

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
15:1
National
16:1
Average Teacher Salary
$51,073
Teachers in First/Second Year

Finances

Total Expenses
$150,446,000
Expenses Per Student
$10,998/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    58%
  • Support Services
    37%
  • Other
    5%

Fort Smith School District Reviews

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The Fort Smith School District puts extra effort into having student-leaders advocate for changes they want made during school board meetings. In my school, Southside, they put together a new club of 30 student-leaders involved in different clubs called Southside's Executive Council. It was made to help coordinate club events and promote school spirit. The district sent about 10 students to RYLA, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards, to promote students in leadership roles. The district coordinates with the community’s Chamber of Commerce that put together a Junior Leadership program for high school students. The high schools have several programs through FCCLA, French Club, Inspire, ect. to set an examples. The food does not always appear appealing, however the district is taking steps to bring in smoothies for breakfast. The Fort Smith School District is taking great strides to make the schools thrive. Our community is supportive of the steps being taken.
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Its a great time where I go to school at UAFS, the teachers are well interacted with the students,it is not ever difficult to understand what is going on in class.I have siblings that go to schools all over Fort Smith and their schools offer variety student activities. I believe the schools are great places to enroll your students. The only problem with a lot of schools in Fort smith is the dismissal process (mainly for the Elementary schools).The roads load up with traffic, people begin to have road rage students throw themselves in front of cars with no sidewalks. It keeps me worried because anything can happen.Overall if you plan on raising your children to be bright, Fort Smith School District is the right place.
I enjoyed various things about the Fort Smith School District. From the different kinds of academics to the clubs and activities, it was overall a great experience. What I enjoyed best is the types of clubs and activites they provided. There's a lot of sports games, fun pep rallies, and other fun activites. Even with the clubs, there is a variety of them, from the ASL club to the Anime club to the Walking club. Needless to say, with all of the different assets that the Fort Smith School District provides, no one can say that it's boring. I do highly believe there are some things that it could improve upon (such as the parent involvement and food), but it's not enough to think that the experience was bad. Fort Smith School District is a pretty good place.