Education Opportunities Are Plentiful in Jonesboro

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 25, 2013 12:00 am  

Good schools are as important to a community’s standing as job opportunities and they are a major factor for families considering the right place to live in order to give children a solid foundation for life.

Whether you prefer public education or the private route, Jonesboro features a veritable academic buffet sure to whet the appetites of students and parents alike.

Public Schools

Jonesboro Public Schools are the largest in the city and surrounding area with 5,000-plus students and the enrollment continues to grow annually. The city is home to Jonesboro High School, which boasts national recognition from Newsweek magazine and boasting an impressive list of advanced placement courses, championship athletic teams (more than any school in Arkansas) and award-winning choral, drama and art departments, among many other offerings. Graduating classes typically land several million dollars in awarded scholarships; nearly $8 million recently. Annie Camp and MacArthur junior high campuses continue to build student achievement and growth as well.

Five magnet schools — for international studies, visual and performing arts, math and science, micro society and health, wellness and environmental studies — provide curriculums geared to pupils’ core learning and to tap into their individual talents and potential on a diverse array of campuses.

The district counts its pre-K program and Kindergarten Center as vital steps in developing youngsters as they progress academically.

Jonesboro Public Schools
2506 Southwest Circle
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 933-5800

Nettleton Public Schools have more than 3,200 students attending high school and junior high, Nettleton Middle School, Fox Meadow and Nettleton intermediate centers and Fox Meadow and University Heights elementary schools. A new intermediate center is slated to join the list on a 21-acre tract along Aggie Road.

Nettleton has earned a reputation for its technology-driven curriculum, along with claiming its share of student and faculty awards and recognitions in academics, athletics and extracurricular activities. The district has renovated several classrooms, sports facilities and made many additional improvements aimed at boosting student achievement.

Nettleton Public Schools
3300 One Place
Jonesboro, AR 72404
(870) 910-7800

Valley View Public Schools continue to maintain a rapid pace of growth, while demonstrating academic and athletic prowess. Serving roughly 2,600 students overall, the district is working hard to keep up with its expanded numbers by constructing a new high school complex (for grades 10-12) in time for the 2014-15 school year. Meanwhile, Valley View High School regularly lands atop state academic standings. The campus offers a broad span of advanced placement courses and focuses on drama and music, including the school’s first marching band.

The district also touts the Valley View Adult Education Center for those who did not complete high school but wish to earn a GED and acquire new skills through coursework.

Valley View Public Schools
2131 Valley View Drive
Jonesboro, AR 72404
(870) 935-4602

Westside Consolidated School District has consistently raised its expectations and focused its planning to give students in grades K-12 a well-rounded educational experience. It is home to elementary, middle and high school buildings. The elementary school is undergoing an expansion for a kindergarten and first grade wing. Across the district’s grounds, Westside High School will have a new fine arts center (and class space to boot).

The district continues to see both teachers and students bring home honors and distinctions, while efforts to reach new heights never cease.

Westside Consolidated School District
1630 Arkansas 91 West
Jonesboro, AR 72404
(870) 935-7503

Brookland Public Schools make up the fastest growing district in Craighead County, serving approximately 1,960 students in northeast Arkansas between the cities of Jonesboro and Paragould. The district is planning major building projects in the next two years.

From preschool to high school the faculty, administration and staff of Brookland schools treat student as unique individuals and assist them to develop toward their maximum potential.

Brookland Public Schools
200 West School Street
Brookland, AR 72417
(870) 932-2080

Private Schools

Blessed Sacrament School got its start in 1886 and has more than 120 students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade at its new campus just off Highland Drive. It fosters an environment in which students grow spiritually and academically. Courses range from foreign languages and computer science to art, physical education and music.

Students take part in community service projects as well. Blessed Sacrament is accredited by the state’s Nonpublic School Accrediting Association Inc.

Blessed Sacrament School
1105 E. Highland Drive
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 932-3684

Concordia Christian Academy offers students from pre-K through sixth grade the chance to learn subjects from a Christ-inspired approach. Children are integrated in multi-age classroom settings as a means of improving in areas of need while boosting areas of higher success.

Concordia Christian Academy
1812 Rains Street
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 935-2273

Ridgefield Christian School is a non-denominational campus for students in pre-K through 12th grade. Courses are taught in a Christ-centered manner and bring the home, school and church into a shared level of responsibility for student growth.

Ridgefield Christian School
3824 Casey Springs Road
Jonesboro, AR 72404
(870) 932-7540

Montessori School of Jonesboro is home to more than 120 preschool and kindergarteners on a full- or part-time basis. Courses are offered throughout the year by certified teachers in a setting which encourages children to explore and grow.

Montessori School of Jonesboro
300 E. Nettleton Avenue
Jonesboro, AR 72401
(870) 972-1890



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