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Our mission is to prepare students to successfully transition to higher education, career-readiness, and the workforce.

The Fort Smith Public Schools and the Adult Education Center serve the community by providing every student a comprehensive education of the highest quality in a safe and nurturing environment. We recognize the diversity of needs and aspirations of our students, and we are committed to the development of each individual as a successful, responsible, and productive citizen who is prepared for the challenges of the future.

The Fort Smith Adult Education Center offers a wide range of classes that are available to any adult over the age of 18 who is a resident of the area. Flexible class schedules provide day and evening sessions to meet the unique needs of adult learners.
We offer not only Adult Basic Education (ABE), General Adult Education (GAE), and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, but we also offer business computer classes, computer assisted instruction, conversational Spanish classes, GED preparation, the W.A.G.E. program, the Career Readiness Certificate, and more! We now also offer the COMPASS exam for the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith. If you live in South Sebastian County, we have a GED preparation course that meets every Monday and Wednesday night at Greenwood High School 5:00-9:00pm in Room A-19, and a class that meets at Mansfield High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:00-9:00pm. Call for details.

Our GED classes and testing are still FREE! Check out our web page for current schedules and information about all of our programs. Stop by today- No appointment needed!

501 S. 20th St. Fort Smith, Arkansas 72901                TEL: (479) 785-1232          FAX: (479) 782-3401

Spring 2015 Hours: 

Monday through Thursday 8:00am to 8:00pm, Fridays 8:00am-12:00pm

In compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws, the Fort Smith Adult Education Center is ADA accessible and EEOC compliant. 
Accommodations and alternate format materials are available upon request.
Paid for with funds from the Department of Career Education, Adult Education Division

Build your career skills with free workshops taught by a certified Career Development Facilitator. Workshops will be from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 pm in Room 204.  First workshop is on Friday, February 20.



Technology is playing a huge role in the educational process for our students at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center. Ms. Trang Ha is visually impaired and is improving her academic skills at our center using Braille Sense US S/W technology. “The technology allows me the ability to read, type, and listen. I can surf the web and easily interpret what is on the screen, even when my teacher emails MS Word documents to me. The program can talk to me, and I can improve my listening, and comprehension skills as well as build my vocabulary and grammar skills,” she explained. The technology is user friendly with a regular desktop or laptop computer.

Trang Ha is currently researching her options for future educational goals. “I may want to become a teacher for the blind or an accountant.” Trang and her tutor Heather Prescott work together two nights a week to help her obtain her goals.

The teachers and staff at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center are pleased to be a partner with Trang as she works towards achieving her academic goals!


Ester Clayton has been selected Student of the Month. Mrs. Clayton dropped out of school before she graduated but always longed to complete her education. While in her late seventies, many years after she had married, had raised her 9 children, and had been blessed with many grandchildren, Ester decided to enroll in the Fort Smith Adult Education Program. She wanted to work toward earning her GED, but one of the main reasons she decided to enroll was to set an example for her grandchildren. Mrs. Clayton wants them to value learning and to realize a person can finish his or her education and earn a diploma at any age (even at age 83) with some effort and determination.

Since 2009, two of Ester’s children have shared the responsibility of driving their mother to her classes from Fort Coffee, Oklahoma. Over the years, they have assisted her with her class work and other needs while at school.

In Ester’s time away from school, she volunteers at a nursing home in Arkoma. She enjoys socializing and singing with the residents, especially those who rarely have any visitors. Ester wants others to know they are important and are loved. She brightens the days of many while volunteering just as she does at school.

Mrs. Clayton rarely misses a day of school and is always ready to participate in the lesson. She is very polite, positive, and pleasant and is an inspiration to all who come in contact with her. Ester is respected by all of the instructors and students no matter his or her age. She truly is a remarkable lady.


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PO Box 1948 | 3205 Jenny Lind Road | Fort Smith, Arkansas 72902

In compliance with federal nondiscrimination laws, the Fort Smith Public School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, genetic information, or disability in its employment or educational practices. If you have questions regarding the professional qualifications of your child's teachers or paraprofessionals, you are encouraged to ask Dr. Annette Henderson, Associate Superintendent for Human Resources and Support Services. • Le invitamos a que hable con la Dra. Annette Henderson si usted tiene alguna pregunta sobre las capacitaciones profesionales de los maestros o asistentes de maestros de sus hijos.

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