Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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National Blue Ribbon Schools

Congratulations 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools!

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.  Learn more about the 2017 honorees at

The following Arkansas schools have been recognized and honored for 2017:

College Station Elementary School
925 East Dixon Road
Little Rock, AR, 72206
Phone: (501) 490-5750
School District: Pulaski County Special School District
Don Roberts Elementary School
16601 Lamarche Dr.
Little Rock, AR, 72223-4564
Phone: (501) 447-8300
Little Rock School District
John P. Woods Elementary School
3201 Massard Road
Fort Smith, AR, 72903-4049
Phone: (479) 452-5808
School District: Fort Smith Public Schools

Blue Ribbon Schools honor public and private schools based on the following criteria:

  • “Exemplary High Performing” schools have their state’s highest high school graduation rates and the highest achieving students (the top 15%) in English and mathematics, measured by state assessments
  • “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing” schools have made the greatest advances (top 15%) in closing subgroup achievement gaps in English and mathematics over the past five years, measured by state assessments
  • Private schools are recognized as “Exemplary High Performing” if their student achievement in English and mathematics is among the highest in the country (top 15%), measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

To view a list of past National Blue Ribbon School Honorees in Arkansas, go to

For more information, please contact:

Otistene Smith, Public School Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201 
Phone: 501-683-5423
Fax: 501-682-5136

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