Johnny Key

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National Blue Ribbon Schools


The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and non-public elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve at very high levels and/or where the achievement gap in narrowing. The Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals, including those that beat the odds.

Blue Ribbon Schools honor public and private schools based on one of two criteria:

  1. Exemplary High Performing - Schools whose students, regardless of backgrounds are high performing.  These are schools ranked among the state’s highest performing schools as measured by their performance on state assessments in both reading (English language arts) and mathematics or that score at the highest performance level on tests reference by the national norms in at least the most recent year tested

  2. Exemplary Improving Schools - Schools with at least 40% of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds that have reduced the achievement gap by making the most progress in improving student performance in reading (English language arts) and mathematics or state assessments or tests referenced by national normed tests in at least the most recent year tested.  

The following Arkansas schools have been recognized and honored:



Bergman Elementary School
P.O. Box 
Bergman, AR 72615-9998
Central Park at Morning Star Elementary School
1400 SW Liberty Avenue
Bentonville, AR 72712-7851
Ellen Smith Elementary School
1601 South Donaghey St. 
Conway, AR 72034-8634
Immaculate Conception Catholic School
223 South 14th St. 
Fort Smith, AR 72901-3806


Forest Park Elementary School
1600 North Tyler Street
Little Rock, AR 72201-1306
Little Rock Christian Academy
19010 Hwy 10
Little Rock, AR 72223-4420
Russell D. Jones Elementary School
2926 South First Street
Rogers, AR 72758-0000



Bellview Elementary School
5400 South Bellview Road

Rogers, AR 72758-8871

Forest Heights Elementary School
1124 South Tamarind Street

Harrison, AR 72601-6098
Jim Stone Elementary School
4255 College Avenue

Conway, AR 72034-7276
Richland Elementary School

1011 West Barton

West Memphis, AR 72301-2806



Arnold Drive Elementary School
4150 Arnold Drive

Jacksonville, AR 72076-1101
Calico Rock Elementary School
P.O. Box 220

Calico Rock, AR 72519-0220
Kingston Elementary School
P.O. Box 149

Kingston, AR 72742-0149
Salem Elementary School
313 Highway 62E
Suite 4

Salem, AR 72576-9852



Mount Pleasant Elementary School
# 1 Bluebird Lane

Mount Pleasant, AR 72561-0144
Park International Magnet School
617 Main Street

Hot Springs, AR 71913
Vandergriff Elementary School
2975 East Township Street

Fayetteville, AR 72703-4340



Batesville High School
One Bulldog Blvd.
Batesville, AR 47006
KIPP Delta College Preparatory School
415 Ohio Street
Helena-West Helena, AR 72342
Williams Jefferson Clinton Elementary Magnet School
142 Hollywood Blvd.
Sherwood, AR 72120



Bentonville High School
1801 SE J Street
Bentonville, AR 72712
College Hill Elementary International Studies
200 Artesian St
Texarkana, AR 71854



For more information, please contact:

Dr. Jonathan Knight, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201 
Phone: 501-682-5615
Fax: 501-682-5136

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