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School Choice Deadline Is Fast Approaching

Students work with drones during class. Fort Smith Public Schools is accepting applications for students wishing to participate in the School Choice Program. School Choice is the program authorized by the Arkansas General Assembly in The Public School Choice Act of 2015 that allows parents to apply for their child’s admission to participating school districts other than the one in which they reside. 

Fort Smith Public Schools are Always the Best Choice with their 1:1 Technology for grades 3 to 9, diverse student activities and internships and apprenticeships. FSPS boasts National Blue Ribbon Schools; nationally recognized ROTC; Arkansas state championship sports teams, and award-winning journalists, photographers, artist and musicians. With programs like STEM Wars and Robotics, Advanced Placement courses and Concurrent Class taught by UAFS instructors, there are programs to meet the needs of all students.

The Fort Smith Public Schools District will accept eligible students from other districts under the School Choice program during the 2018-19 school year. Application forms are available at the Office of the Executive Director of Student Services, Fort Smith Public Schools, 3205 Jenny Lind Road, Fort Smith, AR 72902-1948, when completed on or before May 1, 2018.

Parents may indicate a school preference, however, assignments will be made on the basis of space availability and program availability. Secondary school choice students entering Fort Smith Public Schools will be assigned to Darby Jr. High, Northside High School, or Southside High School. Elementary students will be assigned to schools with spaces available. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by July 1, 2018. Students who reside outside the state of Arkansas or who are currently expelled from school for a drug or weapon violation are not eligible for participation.