TOP NOTCH EDUCATION
Schools in the Rogers-Lowell area offer a challenging learning climate to students of all ages. Learn more about public schools, private schools, higher education, child care and other education resources by visiting our online business directory.
Many education options exist in the region for primary and secondary schools, including the Rogers School District; the Bentonville School District; Benton County School of the Arts, a charter school; a variety of private schools; and home-schooling groups.
Northwest Arkansas offers higher education opportunities that surpass those offered by many larger metropolitan areas. The University of Arkansas, the state’s flagship, land-grand institution, is located 20 miles south of Rogers in Fayetteville. John Brown University, an interdenominational Christian liberal arts college is located in Rogers and Siloam Springs on the western side of the county. Northwest Arkansas Community College, located between Rogers and Bentonville, offers an Associate of Arts degree, along with 15 Associate of Applied Sciences degrees and a variety of other programs. Courses in business, computers, industry and electronics are offered at Northwest Technical Institute, located south of Lowell in Springdale.
In addition to consistently being recognized as one of the best places in the nation to raise a family or excel in business, outstanding public and private education can be found throughout northwest Arkansas.
Rogers School District
The Rogers School District welcomes more than 13,700 students into its 22 schools each year and is dedicated to helping each one reach his or her highest potential.
The district has a child-friendly grade configuration that allows students to develop a strong sense of belonging by making as few transitions between buildings as possible. The district has 14 elementary schools that serve grades kindergarten through fifth grade, four middle schools for grades six through eight, and two high schools for grades nine through 12. The district also offers a pre-kindergarten program for eligible families and an alternative education program.
With two high schools and four middle schools, the smaller total class sizes at each school give more students the opportunity to be involved in student leadership, activities and athletics than many other area schools. The Rogers schools have a safe, hometown feeling and each secondary school has a school resource officer based on the campus.
The Rogers School District has been recognized both at the state and national level for its high quality schools and staff. Newsweek has named Rogers High School among its Best American High Schools four years in a row based on the strength of its Advanced Placement program. Rogers is known for innovation and taking achievement to a higher level. A recent $1.3 million grant for both Rogers High School and the recently opened Rogers Heritage High School promises to propel their AP programs, which includes 21 course offerings, even further ahead. Lingle and Kirksey middle schools have been recognized as the most outstanding middle schools in the state in recent years, and Kirksey was selected as the first school in the state to be named a “Diamond School to Watch” as a model of academic excellence and social equity. Each year the district’s students consistently exceed the state and national average on key tests like the state benchmark exams, the ACT college entrance exam and national norm-referenced tests.
Student achievements include numerous National Merit Finalists, Odyssey of the Mind world competitors, and Ivy League graduates. Each year, Rogers seniors earn more than $5 million in scholarships. Students also excel in extracurricular activities and have been recent state champions in cross country, track and golf.
The Rogers School District highly values its teachers and offers them one of the highest career income potentials for teachers in the state. Rogers teachers are professionals who incorporate innovative strategies to bring out the best in their students. Rogers teachers have recently distinguished themselves as the National P.E. Teacher of the Year, the Outstanding Environmental Educator of the Year, Hero of the Heart award winners, the Walmart State Teacher of the Year, and the National Multi-level Counselor of the Year as well as numerous other recognitions. The district also has the most teachers in northwest Arkansas who have achieved the national gold standard for teaching -- national board certification. Over the years, four Rogers teachers have received one of the highest honors in the country for a teacher when they were selected as a Milken Family Foundation Fellow.
Rogers School District Administration Office
500 West Walnut Street
Rogers, AR 72756
Bentonville School District
Students in certain parts of western Rogers (including residents of the Pinnacle and Shadow Valley communities) are enrolled in the Bentonville School District. 900 employees support more than 13,000 students at 15 schools, including nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two junior high schools, and one high school. Centerton, Bella Vista, Cave Springs and Little Flock residents also attend Bentonville Schools. A multi-million dollar fine arts facility, Arend Arts Center, opened adjacent to Bentonville High School in 2001. Programs throughout the schools are comprehensive and designed to meet the needs of a richly diverse community and student body.
Bentonville School District Administration Office
500 Tiger Boulevard
Bentonville, Arkansas 72712
PUBLIC CHARTER, PRIVATE AND PAROCHIAL SCHOOLS
For families seeking a public charter, private or parochial school environment, several options are available running the gamut in curriculum and ancillary programming. Several established home school networks also exist in Benton County and Northwest Arkansas.
A critical mass of state, community and national higher education institutions serve Northwest Arkansas, offering opportunities that surpass those of many larger metropolitan areas. A new Northwest Arkansas program was announced September 18 to assist and encourage adults interest in completing their college education. Graduate NWA involves five higher education institutions in Northwest Arkansas working together to increase the number of residents with college degrees or technical certification.
University of Arkansas
Located 20 miles south of Rogers in Fayetteville, the U of A is Arkansas’ major research university and the largest educational institution in the state. The UA offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees in over 150 fields of study. The University is comprised of eight colleges and awards approximately $70 million in financial aid, scholarships, work-study programs and loans to over half of its 15,000 plus undergraduate students. The university defines itself as a nationally-competitive student-centered research university serving Arkansas and the world. For more information on the UA, call 479-575-2000 or visit www.uark.edu.
Northwest Arkansas Community College
Located between Rogers and Bentonville off I-540, NWACC was founded in 1989 and has grown in enrollment to nearly 7,000 students since the first classes were held in August 1990.
Locations are scattered throughout Northwest Arkansas in Fayetteville, Springdale, Rogers, Bentonville and Bella Vista. Hundreds of classes are taught during the day, night and on the weekends to accommodate a variety of traditional and non-traditional students. More than 1,500 students are also enrolled in online classes, and an Adult Education Department offers residents basic computer and communication skills as well as GED preparation.
NWACC offers an Associate of Arts degree for students transferring to a four-year institution, 15 Associate of Applied Science degrees leading to employment opportunities, and many other certificate programs. The college works closely with the University of Arkansas to provide a smooth transition for students moving to the Fayetteville campus.
Through its Business and Industry Training Department, the Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies works closely with the area’s major employers, offering customized, on-site training. More than 4,000 students are served by the Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies. The Shewmaker Center for Global Business Development will consist of four new institutes providing professional development opportunities.
For more information on NWACC, call 479-636-9222 or visit www.nwacc.edu.
Northwest Technical Institute
Located ten miles from Rogers in Springdale, this post-secondary school is operated by the State Board of Education. Over 500 students are involved in a variety of courses including business, computer information systems, industrial maintenance technology, drafting, and electronics. For more information, call 479-751-8824 or visit http://www.nwti.edu/.
John Brown University
John Brown University is an interdenominational Christian liberal arts college founded in 1919 in Siloam Springs. JBU serves more than 2,000 students from 49 nations and 42 states, and was ranked second in the Southern Region by U.S. News & World Report. The University offers 47 undergraduate majors (including engineering, digital media arts, graphic and web design, biology, business administration, early childhood education, construction management and family and human services) and 50 undergraduate minors.
Eight graduate degree programs are offered, including Business Administration (MBA), Leadership and Ethics (MS), MS degrees in Marriage and Family Therapy, School and Community Counseling and an MA degree in Ministry. Of the 133 faculty members, 73 percent hold a Ph.D. or terminal degree. The John Brown University Rogers Center offers easy access for residents of Rogers, Lowell and surrounding communities. For more information on JBU, call 479-524-9500 or visit www.jbu.edu.