Best Public High Schools in Arkansas

As filmmaker and writer Nora Ephron said in a 1996 commencement address at Wellesley College, “Your education is a dress rehearsal for a life that is yours.” If so, high school may be one of the biggest dress rehearsals of all.

It’s a place where students explore their interests, immerse themselves in extracurricular activities, finally gain the freedom to choose their own courses, and prepare for college or work. For many of these students and their families, public education is essential: 48.1 million students enrolled in public primary and secondary schools in 2020; and there are nearly 24,000 public high schools in the United States, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

For many anxious parents, getting their child into the best of these public high schools is of utmost importance. Some families even move to enter better school districts. However, among these thousands of schools, a few stand out for their academic excellence, incredible track record, and future success for their young students.

Stacker compiled a list of the best public high schools in Arkansas using Niche rankings. Here’s how it breaks down: Niche uses eight factors for its ranking, with each factor having a different weight. A whopping 60% of the score is based on academics and grades, which are calculated using state assessment proficiency tests, SAT/ACT scores, and survey responses. From there, culture and diversity, surveys of parents and students about their overall experiences, and teachers each contribute 10% of the score. Finally, scores for each school’s clubs and activities, health and safety, resources and facilities, and sports account for 2.5% each.

Keep reading to find out which public high schools are the best in your state.

#25. Pottsville High School
– School District: Pottsville School District
– Enrollment: 365 (5:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche rating: A-

#24. LISA Academy College-High School North – High School
– School District: Lisa Academy Public Charter School District
– Enrollment: 235 (student/teacher ratio of 13:1)
– Niche rating: A-

#23. Bryant High School
– School district: Bryant School District
– Enrollment: 2,028 (15:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche rating: A-

#22. Cabot Freshman Academy
– School district: Cabot School District
– Enrollment: 813 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche rating: A-

#21. Fayetteville Virtual Academy
– Location: Fayetteville School District
– Enrollment: 154 (student to teacher ratio of 8:1)
– Niche rating: A-

#20. Greenbrier High School
– School district: Greenbrier School District
– Enrolment: 820 (student/teacher ratio of 17:1)
– Niche rating: A-

#19. Har-Ber High School
– School district: Springdale School District
– Enrollment: 2,271 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche rating: A-

#18. Rogers High School
– School district: Rogers School District
– Enrollment: 2,089 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche rating: A-

#17. Benton High School
– School District: Benton School District
– Enrollment: 1,229 (11:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche level: A

#16. Springdale School of Innovations
– School district: Springdale School District
– Enrollment: 1,228 (10:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche level: A

#15. Conway High School
– School district: Conway School District
– Enrollment: 2,181 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche level: A

#14. South Side High School
– School district: Fort Smith School District
– Enrollment: 1,342 (student to teacher ratio of 8:1)
– Niche level: A

#13. Lakeside High School
– School district: Lakeside School District (Hot Springs)
– Enrollment: 1,348 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche level: A

#12. Greenwood High School
– School district: Greenwood School District
– Enrollment: 855 (student to teacher ratio of 6:1)
– Niche level: A

#11. Central High School
– School District: Little Rock School District
– Enrollment: 2,430 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche level: A

#ten. Haas Hall Jones Center Academy
– School District: Haas Hall Academy
– Enrollment: 221 (13:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche level: A

#9. Fayetteville High School
– School district: Fayetteville School District
– Enrollment: 2,628 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche level: A

#8. Arkansas Academy of the Arts High School
– Location: Rogers
– Enrollment: 546 (9:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche level: A

#7. Rogers New Technology High School
– School district: Rogers School District
– Enrollment: 645 (student to teacher ratio of 8:1)
– Niche level: A

#6. Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science, and the Arts
– Location: Hot Springs
– Enrollment: 235 (student/teacher ratio of 7:1)
– Niche level: A

#5. Bentonville High School
– School District: Bentonville Public Schools
– Enrollment: 3,057 (14:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche rating: A+

#4. West Bentonville High School
– School District: Bentonville Public Schools
– Enrollment: 2,135 (12:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche rating: A+

#3. Haas Hall Academy at The Lane
– School District: Haas Hall Academy
– Enrollment: 329 (student/teacher ratio of 16:1)
– Niche rating: A+

#2. Haas Hall Bentonville Academy
– Location: Bentonville
– Enrollment: 356 (16:1 student to teacher ratio)
– Niche rating: A+

#1. Haas Hall Academy
– School District: Haas Hall Academy
– Enrollment: 451 (student to teacher ratio of 14:1)
– Niche rating: A+

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