Bentonville and Bella Vista offer many educational opportunities for area residents.
Bentonville Public Schools
The Bentonville School District is comprised of 14 schools as well as administrative and support offices. The district serves the communities of Bentonville, Cave Springs, Centerton, Vaughn, Highfill and portions of Bella Vista and Rogers. In 2006 more than 11,000 students were enrolled in the districts eight elementary schools, three middle schools, two junior highs and one high school. In May 2006 Bentonville was ranked 428 out of the top 1,200 schools by Newsweek magazine.
-Apple Glen Elementary
-Bentonville High School
-Centerton Gamble Elementary
-Central Park at Morning Star
-Elm Tree Elementary – year round
-Lincoln Junior High
-Mary Mae Jones Elementary
-Old High Middle School
-R.E. Baker Elementary – year round
-Ruth Barker Middle School
-Spring Hill Middle School
-Sugar Creek Elementary
-Thomas Jefferson Elementary
-Washington Junior High
In addition to one of the most highly recognized public school systems in the state of Arkansas, there are also many opportunities for post-secondary education including Northwest Arkansas Community College and two four-year institutions within a 30-mile radius, the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville and John Brown University in Siloam Springs.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College
Northwest Arkansas Community College is a comprehensive, public two-year college that serves and strengthens the community through learning for living. In February 2000 it was granted continued accreditation for 10 years by The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. NWACC, which is located in Bentonville, has more than 5,000 college credit students, making it one of the largest and fastest growing two-year colleges in Arkansas. An additional 7,000 students are served through non-credit courses throughout Benton and Washington County.
NorthWest Arkansas Community College opened College At The Crossings in Bella Vista in August 2004 to provide higher educational opportunities to adults 55+. This outreach center offers classes for personal enrichment (non-credit) in Health and Wellness, Computer Technology, History, Humanities, The Arts, Banking and Finance, Investments and much more. Over 400 individuals joined the first year with nearly 500 persons enrolling in classes.
University of Phoenix Northwest Arkansas Campus is dedicated to serving the educational needs of working professionals and their employers. The Universitys innovative format makes higher education more accessible, efficient and relevant to the real world. Its teaching/learning model recognizes the difference between younger students without experience and working professionals with practical knowledge. It emphasizes active participation over passive lectures, enabling students to leverage their experience. Classes are kept small to encourage students to interact and learn from each other.
University of Arkansas
The University of Arkansas is a nationally competitive, student-centered research university serving Arkansas and the world. It was founded as a land-grant institution in 1871. The campus consists of 130 buildings located on 345 acres in Fayetteville. Total enrollment in the fall 2006 semester is 17,929 undergraduate and graduate students, making it the largest institution of higher education in the state. The University of Arkansas offers 200 graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and is ranked among the top 10 percent of research universities nationwide. It is the flagship campus of the University of Arkansas system.
Harding University is a private Christian institution of higher education committed to the tradition of the liberal arts and sciences. It is composed of the following academic units: a College of Arts and Humanities, a College of Bible and Religion, a College of Business Administration, a College of Education, a College of Nursing, a College of Sciences; and graduate programs in business, education, marriage and family therapy, physician assistant studies, and religion. The University serves a diverse, coeducational student body from across the United States and around the world, although the primary constituency for students and financial support is the fellowship of the churches of Christ. The board of trustees, the administration and the faculty believe that the freedom to pursue truth and high academic achievement is compatible with the Christian principles to which the University is committed. The faculty is dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship and service, and to their role as models of Christian living. The University community seeks to provide an environment that both supports students and challenges them to realize their full potential. Thus, Harding’s mission is to provide a quality education that will lead to an understanding and philosophy of life consistent with Christian ideals.
Bentonville Public Library is located in downtown Bentonville. BPL provides books, audio books, magazines, videos, public access computers and more to meet your educational and recreational needs. To find out information about the library’s materials, programs and policies visit http://library.bentonvillear.com.
Bella Vista Public Library is located at 305 Town Center West. Link to the Bella Vista catalog: http://catalog.bvpl.org/amlibweb/webquery.dll?.