State law requires a child to be five years old by 15 September of the school year to enter kindergarten. To enter the first grade, they must be six years old by 1 October of the school year. State law requires that each child be immunized against polio, diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, rubella and red measles before entering school. A child transferring to another school must submit a transcript and must have had a physical examination within the year. The school term begins in late August and ends in early June. Children will need a birth certificate or passport, shot record, and social security number. They also will need to show proof of address (current utility bill or sales contract). They need a withdrawal slip and transcript or report card from the school they previously attended. Other school records are optional, as the school will request them after the arrival of the student.
The school year begins approximately the third week in August and ends approximately the first week in June. These dates may vary somewhat depending on what school district your child attends. The ending quarters for the school year are October, January, March, & June.
Many schools are requiring uniforms, Pulaski county now requires uniforms for PK - 8th grade. Check with the local school to find out what they are requiring.
Free transportation is provided for elementary students who live one mile or more from their assigned school and for secondary students who live two miles or more from their assigned school. The district also provides free transportation for students attending magnet schools, extended day programs and specialty schools.
There are several private and parochial schools in central Arkansas. The area's private schools offer specialized programs for children of all ages, from pre-school through high school. Some of the area's private school programs include those for gifted children, as well as curriculum for children with learning disabilities.
Many private schools in central Arkansas are monitored by the Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (ANSAA). ANSAA is an official chapter of the National Federation of Nonpublic School Accrediting Associations and is approved by the U.S. Office of Education. In order to become accredited by ANSAA, schools must meet personnel, equipment and other requirements. For a list of ANSAA schools, or other information about area private schools, call (501) 664-0340. Children living on base would most likely attend one of the following schools listed in the contact area.
The focal point for all adult educational opportunities at Little Rock AFB is the Base Education Center.