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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
    C
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    C-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B
Little Rock School District is a public school district located in Little Rock, AR. It has 24,048 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 14 to 1. According to state test scores, 36% of students are at least proficient in math and 33% in reading.

Little Rock School District Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
33%
Percent Proficient - Math
36%
Average Graduation Rate
82%
Average SAT
1170
152 responses
Average ACT
23
1,568 responses

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
24,048
Free or Reduced Lunch
31.5%
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
14:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$59,500
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.4%

Finances

Total Expenses
$369,570,000
Expenses Per Student
$14,962/ student
National
$12,239
Education Expenses
  • Instruction
    57%
  • Support Services
    38%
  • Other
    5%
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B-
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    C
Median Household Income
$30,654
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$658
National
$949
Median Home Value
$217,135
National
$184,700

Little Rock School District Reviews

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My experience as a student within the LRSD has been phenomenal. Teachers strive to be effective in teaching methods and make sure their students are able to retain information easily. LRSD is also ethnically diverse and economically diverse. Students of various ethnic backgrounds come together from different socio-economic backgrounds to create a culturally intelligent melting pot. While the food may not be great, the diversity, academics, and athletics make the district a great niche for all students. LRSD makes sure they prepare each and every child for their future with multiple advanced placement courses and the opportunity to join various academic and community based student organizations. As a student coming from a private school, I have realized LRSD may not be super fancy, but it's an amazing school district with minor flaws and always make the needs of their students' a top priority.
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The Little Rock School District experienced a lot of positive and negative change in my time as a student. I was a student in this district my entire school career and I love the public school system dearly. However, more recently the state takeover of the district has caused negative turmoil in Little Rock's schools. The government felt like it was threatening their own public school teachers when it threatened to dissolve the LREA. In my senior year of high school, some of my favorite teachers striked multiple times throughout the year because their career, livelihood, and basic human rights were threatened. Two other schools in the district have been shut down and will be transformed into a charter school, putting many teachers out of work. I love this district and I loved my life in Little Rock public schools, however, the teachers and education deserves more love, care, and attention. Teachers put so much work in to give each child a fair and free education, they deserve more.
The Little Rock School District has been an average experience for me. Being in the district has been filled with many ups and downs. I have received many opportunities, however, many opportunities have been kept from me. I have lived these past years in classes that are in higher and in more complex standing in the district. My experience in those classes have been helpful to me as well as giving me the challenge and ambition that I always strive for. I feel that the district should give more opportunities to students in regular classes. Those students deserve the same opportunities as those in AP and IB classes. Each student has their own strengths and weakness and it would be a shame for schools to miss out of such wonderful and intelligent students.