Frequently Asked Questions

Where does the data come from? Information used to compile rankings can be found on the Arkansas Department of Education website. The database is pulled from the 2017-2018 school year.

Is every school in Arkansas listed?
Yes. Every school in Arkansas that reports scores to the Arkansas Department of Education is included in the School Choice Arkansas database. 

How do I compare schools? Compare up to five schools at a time by clicking the green button "+ Add to Compare List" and then choose the light blue box "Compare Schools."


The document which establishes a charter school. It is a performance contract detailing the school's mission, programs, goals, students served, and methods of assessment.

Charter School
Public, tuition-free schools that are open to all students. Frequently referred to as “public schools of choice” because a family chooses for their children to attend. They operate with freedom from some of the regulations that are imposed upon traditional public schools. Charter schools are accountable for academic results and goals set forth in their charter. 

Conversion Charter School
A public school converted to a public charter school. Conversion schools draw students from within the school district's boundaries.

A random selection process by which students are admitted to a charter school. A charter school must hold a lottery if the number of applicants is greater than the number of spots available. 

Magnet School
A public school that offers a particular academic focus alongside the standard curriculum. Magnet schools are open to all students within a school district or designated metro area, regardless of address. Magnet schools are part of the public-school system and have the same standards and accountability as traditional public schools.

Open Enrollment Charter School 
A public charter school run by and established by an entity other than the local school district. Open enrollment charters schools are not limited by geographic boundaries. 

Private School
A school funded and operated by private individuals or a corporation not by federal, state or local governments. They are not funded by public tax dollars and are not subjected to the same regulations of public schools, including a specific school district. Private schools set their own criteria for admissions and set their own standards, areas of study and assessment. 

Public School 
A school that is maintained at public expense for the education of the children of a community or district. 

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