“The most callused aspect of the (Arkansas) education monopoly is that it willingly and deliberately forces children–except those whose parents have wealth–to attend bad schools. And it does so with financial resources taken from parents already struggling financially and at the expense of their ability to choose a better school for their sons and daughters.” Policy Foundation, 1998

(October 30, 2021) Newly-released public records show 39,232 students enrolled in Arkansas conversion and open-enrollment charter schools in the 2021-22 school year. There were 40,512 students enrolled in charters in the 2020-21 school year.

Arkansas Department of Education records show 17,967 students enrolled in district conversion charters this year. A conversion school “is a public school converted to a public charter school. Conversion schools can only draw students from within the school district’s boundaries,” the department notes.

Another 21,265 students are enrolled in open-enrollment charters in the current school year. An open-enrollment charter is operated by “a governmental entity, an institution of higher learning or a tax-exempt non-sectarian organization,” according to the department.

Charter schools have advanced as an idea since Policy Foundation analysts Allyson Tucker and Donna Watson wrote their landmark 1996 study recommending charters. They are a type of public school that is free from certain state regulations.

Following is a list from the department’s website of conversion and open-enrollment charters, along with current school year enrollment counts.


Conversion Charters  
Academies at Rivercrest High School 326
Academic Center for Excellence (Cabot) 382
Academies of West Memphis 971
Adventure Online Academy (Waldron) 15
Batesville Charter High School 977
Bauxite Miner Academy 45
Blythevillle High School – A new Tech School 469
Cave City  
Middle School Career and Collegiate Prep 285
Cave City High School Career & Collegiate Prep 409
Centerpoint Academy of Agriculture & Skilled Trades 28


Cross County Elementary Technology Academy 306
Cross County High School, A New Tech School 300
Don Tyson School Innovation (Springdale) 2,368
Driven Virtual Academy(Pulaski County Special) 609
Fayetteville Virtual Academy 396
Fountain Lake Charter High School 412
Fountain Lake Middle School Cobra Digital Prep 424
Harrisburg College & Career Prep 18
Harrison High School Conversion Charter 848
Hot Springs Junior Academy 820
Hot Springs World Class High School 733
Lincoln Academy 152
Mountain Home High School Career Academies 1,539
Mountainburg Middle School Brain Academy 199
North Little Rock Center of Excellence 326
Osceola STEM Academy 288
Polk County Virtual Academy (Mena) 20
Prairie Grove High School 630
River Valley Virtual Academy (Van Buren) 230
Rogers New Technology High School 677
Siloam Springs High School 1,358
Southside Charter High School 414
Southside Jr. High 515
Vilonia Pathways Academy 96
Warren Middle School 382
Conversion Charters Total 17,967

Open-Enrollment Charters

Academics Plus

Maumelle Charter Elementary



Maumelle Charter High School 641
Scott Charter 215
Arkansas Arts Academy




High School 618
Arkansas Connections Academy High School 3,390
Arkansas Lighthouse Academies

Jacksonville Elementary



Jacksonville Flight Line 145
Jacksonville High School 239


Pine Bluff Elementary                                                                                             153

Pine Bluff Middle School                                                                                          59

Arkansas Virtual Academy

High School                                                                                                         1,444

Elementary 944
Junior High 478
High School 496
East Village Elementary 800
East Village Junior High 334
Exalt Academy of Southwest Little Rock 539
Founders Classical Academies of Arkansas  
Bentonville 781
Rogers High School 183
West Little Rock Elementary 15
West Little Rock 107
Friendship Aspire Academy of Little Rock  
Elementary 188
Middle 79
Friendship Aspire Academy of Pine Bluff 405
Friendship Aspire Academy Southeast Pine Bluff 34
Future School of Fort Smith 251
Graduate Arkansas High 141
Haas Hall Academy  
Haas Hall Academy 455
At The Lane 287
Jones Center 182
Bentonville 407
Hope Academy of Northwest Arkansas 49
Imboden Area Charter School 54
KIPP Delta  
Blytheville College Prep 238
Blytheville Collegiate High 123
Delta Elementary Literacy Academy 345
Delta College Prep 198
Delta Collegiate High 191
LISA Academy  
Arkansas Hybrid School 115
West Elementary 632
West Middle 544
West High School 451
North Elementary 740
North Middle 358


North High School 282
Springdale 347
Premier High School of Little Rock 125
Premier High School of North Little Rock 143
Premier High School of Springdale 50
Scholarmade Achievement Place  
Ivy Hill Academy 186
Nichols International Academy of Leadership 135
Prodigy Preparatory Academy of Service 69
The Excel Center 72
Westwind School for Performing Arts 63
Open Enrollment Charters Total 21,265
Total Charter Enrollment 39,232



ADE My School Info – Search (arkansas.gov)

District Conversion Charters (arkansas.gov)  
Open Enrollment Charters (arkansas.gov)