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Fort Smith Public Schools, Arkansas

Location: Fort Smith, Arkansas

Population: 85,544

Closest City: Little Rock, AR

Distance to Closest City: 2 hrs
30 min

Airport Code: FSM

Quick Facts:

Number of High Schools: 2
Students per High School: 1,400-1,500
Student to Teacher Ratio: 27:1
Approximate Start Date: Mid August
Approximate End Date: Late May

Fall Semester Offered: Yes
Spring Semester Offered: Yes
ESL Offered: No
IB Program Offered: No
Possibility of Graduation: Yes

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Cultural Exchange Students

The second largest city in Arkansas, Fort Smith is located in the central United States, with milder winters, and hotter summers. With a diverse community and a long, rich history, this city is one of the number one places to be in the South. There are many different parks with walking, biking, hiking, ball fields, dog parks, and an amphitheater for public use. With fountains, gazebos, golf courses, skate parks, swimming pools, and tennis courts, Fort Smith has something for every outdoor adventurer! Downtown Fort Smith is also another great place, with museums, art centers, theaters, and historical sites. Over a hundred retail stores are also located downtown, with a range of restaurants, grills, sandwich shops and cafes. With an active music scene, there are many live performances downtown, either down by the riverfront or in the Fort Smith Symphony or Fort Smith Chorale. Fort Smith is a welcoming city, with much to uncover!

School Profile

The Fort Smith Public School District is one of the largest in Arkansas, with more than 14,000 students and over 1,100 teachers. Recognized as a great district, it has been awarded the National School of Excellence designation several different years. With a high percentage of students taking the AP tests, the Fort Smith teachers' dedication to teaching in a content-focused way is working. Providing equitable educational opportunities helps ensure students will someday be productive members of society. The Fort Smith Public School District has proven to be the foundation for a successful future.


The mission of the Fort Smith Public Schools is to ensure academic and personal success for each student — Today and in the Future.

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