Arkansas A+ Schools engages school communities in transformative experiences through ongoing professional development opportunities during a three year implementation process. Joining the ARA+ network requires a significant time and resource commitment from a school’s entire staff in order to achieve whole school transformation. Interested schools should follow this 5-step application process prior to applying to join the ARA+ network.
We will select 5 schools to join the ARA+ network every year.
The due date for applications to join the 2019-2020 network is Monday, April 15, 2019.
Begin your investigation into what ARA+ can do for your school community. Explore this website, and contact us if you have additional questions. We can travel to your school to meet with your superintendent, principal, and interested staff members.
If you are interested in applying to the Arkansas A+ Schools network, please proceed to step two.
Once your school has secured 85 percent staff approval, you may complete and submit the application by the due date.
Final application due date: Monday, April 15, 2019
Arkansas A+ Schools is assisted by a selection committee made up of individuals representing ARA+ Schools and the National A+ Schools Consortium (NASC). The ARA+ Selection Committee will review all completed applications and select schools to join the network based upon leadership, passion for the project, evidence of collaboration, evidence of commitment, opportunity for the school, geographic location, representation of the AR population and a sense of community.
The ARA+ staff will notify selected schools with a formal invitation to join the ARA+ network.
The number of schools accepted is determined by the quality of the applications and the resources of ARA+ Schools to effectively meet the needs of schools added to the network.
Schools that are not accepted are encouraged to continue communication with ARA+ to request assistance in applying in a future year.