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Fort Smith Public Schools Now Accepting School Choice Applications

Notice: Due to COVID-19, we are encouraging applications to be mailed to Student Services. Download the School Choice PDF application

Fort Smith Public Schools
Attention: Student Services
PO Box 1948
Fort Smith, AR 72902

Contact: Darian Layes, Executive Director of Student Services
dlayes@fortsmithschools.org or (479) 785-2501, ext. 1253

Student Services Frequently Asked Questions

Fort Smith Public Schools Now Accepting School Choice Applications
Deadline Set for May 1, 2020

Fort Smith, AR, February 18, 2020 – The Fort Smith Public Schools is now accepting applications for students wishing to participate in the School Choice Program. School Choice is the program authorized by the Arkansas General Assembly in The Public School Choice Act of 2015 which allows parents to apply for their child’s admission to participating school districts other than the one in which they reside. The Fort Smith Public Schools District will accept eligible students from other districts under the School Choice program during the 2020-2021 school year.

Application forms are available by download when completed on or before May 1, 2020. Please download the PDF, fill it out and return it by mailing to:

Fort Smith Public Schools
Attention: Student Services
PO Box 1948
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72902

No application may be accepted beyond this deadline. Parents may indicate a school preference, however, assignments will be made on the basis of space availability and program availability. Secondary school choice students entering Fort Smith Public Schools will be assigned to Darby Jr. High, Northside High School, or Southside High School. Elementary students will be assigned to schools with spaces available. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by July 1, 2020. Students who reside outside the state of Arkansas or who are currently expelled from school for a drug or weapon violation are not eligible for participation.