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5-28 STEM WARS - District Wide at UAFS
6-1 End of Fourth Quarter - FINAL Student Day
6-4 Partners in Education Luncheon
6-5 Partners Luncheon (Weather Contigency 1)
6-8 Partners Luncheon (Weather Contingency 2)

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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

Summer 2015 Office Hours: 

Beginning June 1st: Monday and Wednesday 8:00am to 8:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday 8:00am to 4:00pm

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

It is with great pride that we announce Mirna Isabel Borbolla Castillo as our May Student of the Month!

It’s only befitting that Mirna and her son, Francisco, graced the front page of the March 26 edition of the Times Record – she’s a rock star in her own right. In addition to being known for doing cool things around town with her children such as working on art projects at the public library, she
has been an invaluable asset to our school community.

Since relocating to Fort Smith two years ago, Mirna’s conscious decision to elevate her and her family’s quality of life by taking on active roles in her children’s education as well as that of her own has yielded remarkable results. One of the most notable outcomes is that she recently obtained her GED in English. That’s an impressive feat for someone who was in a beginning-level ESL class just 20 months ago! In pursuing her GED, she has traveled a road to success paved in post-it notes, highlighted sentences and phrases, a personalized vocabulary notebook, and a positive attitude grounded in determination, reflection, and a willingness to take risks. Moreover, she has proven to be a helpful classmate who is eager to help her peers with their learning. When recently asked to offer them advice, she replied, “I strongly believe that READING is the key to learning English.”

Mirna has also successfully managed to transfer her acquisition of English to the world outside of the classroom by becoming a more independent person and playing a greater role in her children’s education by helping them with their homework and communicating effectively and consistently with their teachers.

While she is quick to thank her teachers and classmates for her progress, her accomplishments are a testament of her perseverance and commitment to excellence.  Congratulations, Mirna, on being chosen as the May Student of the Month!


We are open for Summer School!  Summer I meets from June 1-24, and Summer II meets from July 6-29. Summer hours will begin June 1: We will be open Monday- Thursday 8-4pm, and Monday and Wednesday nights 5-8pm.  Full schedule here.



The 41st Annual GED Commencement ceremony of the Fort Smith Adult Education Center is at 7:00pm on Monday, May 11, 2015 at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Stubblefield Center.  This year our guest speaker will be author Janis Kearney. More about her here.

We plan to honor our GED graduates and our high-achieving English as a Second Language (ESL) students.  The Southside High School band ensemble will perform, and the Northside High School JROTC Color Guard will present the colors.  Our soloist will be Ms. Katy Featherston, choir teacher at Darby Jr. High.

Janis F. Kearney will also be signing books at the Fort Smith Adult Education Center on May 11 at 10am.  Paperback copies of her books will be available for $10 for students.


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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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