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Those looking for an innovating school district can find one in the heart of Northwest Arkansas.
In the Springdale Public School District, the second largest district in the state, seven of its schools have been designated “Schools of Innovation” to accommodate the district School of Innovation that opens in the fall of 2014.
The School of Innovation is starting with more than 200 eighth-graders who will remain in the program through their senior year of high school. A new class will be added every year. By the time these students graduate, they will also earn an Associate’s Degree, which is the equivalent of two years of college.
Springdale is one of only five districts in the United States to receive a Race To The Top grant in 2013. Utilizing the grant of more than $25 million, the district will equip all of its students with a Chromebook or iPad, so every student will have access to individualized technology.
Individualized technology goes along with Springdale’s pursuit of individualized instruction. Superintendent Jim Rollins believes in “teaching them all, whether they come from across the street or across the ocean,” and the district does it with an exceptional faculty and staff.
Springdale has the 2014 Arkansas Elementary Principal of the Year, Walker Elementary principal Dondi Frisinger. Andi Acuff at Monitor Elementary was named as the 2014 Arkansas Elementary Assistant Principal. Winning both honors in the same year is extremely rare.
Seniors at Springdale High School and Har-Ber High School received a high number of scholarship dollars in spring 2014. The schools combined for $21.6 million in scholarship offers to its graduates. Springdale High senior Yasmin Chavez was one of only two 2014 high school seniors in Arkansas to accept a scholarship offer from MIT. Har-Ber senior Rhamlee Reynolds scored a perfect 36 on his ACT and had many college offers.
Innovation leading to high achievement is a foundation of the Springdale School District.

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