Our Vision

To be the leader in innovative education
 

Our Mission

Inspiring students to explore, create, contribute and achieve
 

QUICK FACTS

  • Founding Date: 1971
  • Location: Little Rock, Arkansas (population 175,000)
  • Size of Campus: 32 acres
  • School Colors: Navy blue and gold
  • Religious affiliation: As an independent, non-sectarian school, PA embraces all faiths, races and cultures.
  • Accreditation: Independent Schools of the Central States (ISACS), Arkansas Non-Public Schools Accrediting Association (ANSAA)
  • Memberships: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), Arkansas Activities Association (AAA), The College Board, Cum Laude Society 
  • Grades: Preschool (2.5 years) through the 12th grade
  • Enrollment: Approx. 1423
  • Number of Community Service Hours Completed By Students: During the 2015-16 School year, PA Upper School students donated 11,866 hours to community service.
  • Diversity: Minority enrollment for 14-15: 21.3% school-wide (30.7% in Early Childhood, 17.8% in Lower School, 21% in Middle School, and 18.8% in Upper School). International enrollment is 1.7%.
  • 17 countries are represented in PA's enrollment
  • Percentage of Students Accepted to College: 100%
  • College Scholarship Monies: Over 13.6 million offered to the class of 2016

ACADEMICS

  • Top 25% of PA students score 30-36 on the ACT
  • Middle 50% of PA students score in the 23-30 range on the ACT. The national average is 21; Arkansas state average is 20. 
  • PA's top 25% of students scored in the following ranges in each of the major categories on the SAT: Reading (669-800), Math (689-800), Writing (667-800)
  • PA's SAT average is 1802. The national average is 1498
  • 34 National Merit Semi-finalists
  • Cummulative National Merit: 140 National Merit Semifinalists, 22 Commended Students, 2 Hispanic Scholars, 3 National Acheivement Scholars 
  • 22 Advanced Placement Courses Offered
  • 16 Honors/Pre AP Courses Offered
  • 76% PA students achieve 3 or better on AP exams 
  • 54% of PA students achieve a 4-5 on AP exams
  • 17 Advanced Placement National Scholars
  • 69 Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction
  • 39 Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor
  • 59 Advanced Placement Scholars
 
  • Curriculum overview: college-preparatory curriculum, integrated with core values of respect, responsibility, integrity and excellence. PA offers a diverse and rigorous curriculum in the core disciplines, as well as art, chorus, band, drama, speech, foreign languages, technology and web design, journalism, creative writing, economics and physical education.
  • Honor Societies: Cum Laude Society, International Thespian Society, Mu Alpha Theta, National Beta Club, National Hispanic Honor Society.
  • PA's acceptance rate to the nations most competitive schools is far above the nation average. Contact the College Counseling Office for more information. 
  • PA's student publication rate for the prestigious scholarly journal Concord Review is 25% as compared to the 6% national publication rate. Follow this link for more information. 


FINE ARTS

  • Drama – courses offered cover dramatic literature and history, scenic design, costuming and performance, as well as repertory classes for students who are interested in performance in the fall play and the full-scale musical theatre production in spring.
  • Band - concert & jazz bands.
  • Visual Arts – art history, as well as beginning, intermediate and advanced placement design, studio art and ceramics.
  • Choral - auditioned concert choir, PA Sounds & Bella Voce, and non-auditioned choral groups, the Harmony Boys and Harmony Girls.
  • Learn more about our Fine Arts Programs by visiting our CREATE webpage.


ATHLETICS

  • 35 state championships in school history.
  • Sports include:Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball, Spirit Squad, Swim, Tennis, Trap Shooting, Wrestling.
  • For more information about our sports program. Visit our Athletics website.


ADDITIONAL LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Junior College Trip
11-day college trip allows juniors to visit up to 20 colleges and universities across the U.S.
Overnight learning experiences offered (grades 5-11):
Overnight learning experiences includes trips to Williamsburg, Virginia, New York, Washington, Dallas, Camp Winnamocka, Memphis and Blanchard Springs.
Publications: Yearbook, Middle School Memory Book, Upper School Newspaper, Middle and Upper School Literary Journals.

Core Values

RESPECT

Authority
Community
Others
Self 


RESPONSIBILITY

Accountability
Commitment
Perseverance


EXCELLENCE

Academics
Arts
Athletics
Personal Conduct 


INTEGRITY

Courage
Fairness
Honesty
Trustworthiness 
 

HONOR ABOVE ALL

College Acceptances of Recent Graduates

Agnes Scott University
American University
American University of Beirut (Lebanon)
Appalachian State University
Auburn University
Barnard College
Bates College
Baylor University
Belmont University
Boston College
Boston University
Brigham Young University
California Polytechnic State University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Clemson University
College of Charleston
Colorado College
Colorado State University
Cornell University
Dalhousie University (Canada)
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Dickinson College
Drexel University
Drury University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emory University
Furman University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Georgia Tech University
Hampden-Sydney College
Hampshire Collge
Harding University
Harvard University
Hendrix College
High Point University
Howard University
Indiana University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
Kent State University
Lehigh University
Louisiana State University
Loyola University/New Orleans
Ludwig Maximillian University, (Munich, Germany)
Lyon College
McGill University (Canada)
Miami University
Middlebury College
Millsaps College
Missouri State University
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northwestern University
Ohio State University
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University
Ouachita Baptist University
Pepperdine University
Princeton University
Purdue University
Randolph College
Rhodes College
Rice University
Rose-Hulman Institute
    of Technology
Samford University
San Diego State University
Savannah College of Art 
    and Design
Skidmore College
Southern Methodist University
Spelman University
Spring Hill College
Stanford University
St. Louis University
Stony Brook University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A & M University
Texas Christian University
The Citadel
Trinity College
Tulane University
Tufts University
Union College
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
U.S. Military Academy
U.S. Naval Academy
University of Arkansas/Fayetteville
University of Arkansas/Little Rock
University of British Columbia (Canada)
University of California/Berkley
University of California/ Irvine
University of California/ Los Angeles
University of California/ Riverside
University of California/ Santa Barbara
University of Central Arkansas
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
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University of Georgia
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Memphis
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University of Missouri (Kansas City School of Medicine)
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University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Oxford (England)
University of Pennsylvania
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University of Rochester
University of San Diego
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University of the South (Sewanee)
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University of Tulsa
University of Vermont
University of Victoria (Canada)
University of Virginia
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