Our Vision

To be the leader in innovative education

Our Mission

Inspiring students to explore, create, contribute and achieve


  • 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


  • 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. 


  • 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.


  • 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.


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.

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College Acceptances of Recent Graduates

Alabama A&M University 
Arkansas State University
Arkansas Tech University
Arizona State University 
Auburn University
Barnard College
Baylor University
Belmont University
Boston College
Boston University
Bowden College
Bradley University 
Brigham Young University
Brown University
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Case Western Reserve University
Chapman University
Claremont McKenna College 
College of Charleston
College of William and Mary
Colorado College
Colorado State University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Davidson College
Drexel University
Drury University
Duke University
Eckerd College
Elon University
Emerson College
Emory University
Furman University
Georgetown University
George Washington University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Grambling State University
Hampton University
Harding University
Harvard University
Henderson State University
Hendrix College
Howard University
Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
Lake Forest College
Lewis & Clark College
Louisiana State University
Lyon College
Loyola University/Chicago
Loyola University/New Orleans
Marist College
Miami University
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Millsaps College
Missouri State University
Montana State University
New Mexico Institute of 
Mining & Technology
New York University
North Carolina State University
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oklahoma City University
Oklahoma State University Ouachita Baptist University
Pepperdine University
Pittsburg State University
Purdue University 
Rhodes College
Rider University
Rice University
Rollins College
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Samford University
San Diego State University
Savannah College of Art 
and Design
Southern Methodist University
Southwestern University
Spelman College
Stanford University
St. Louis University
Stony Brook University
Swarthmore College
Syracuse University
Temple University
Texas A & M University
Texas Christian University
Texas Tech University 
Trinity University
Tufts University
Tulane University
U.S. Air Force Academy
U.S. Coast Guard Academy 
U.S. Military Academy
U.S. Naval Academy 
University of Alabama
University of Arizona
University of Arkansas/Fayetteville
University of Arkansas/Little Rock
University of British Columbia (Canada)
University of California/Berkley
University of California/Davis
University of California/ Los Angeles
University of California/San Diego
University of California/ Santa Barbara
University of Central Arkansas
University of Chicago
University of Colorado
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
University of Kentucky
University of Massachusetts
University of Memphis
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Mississippi
University of Montana
University of Nebraska
University of N. Carolina/Chapel Hill
University of Northern Colorado
University of Notre Dame
University of Oklahoma
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania
University of San Francisco
University of Southern California 
University of the South (Sewanee)
University of Southern California
University of Tennessee
University of Texas/Austin
University of Texas/Dallas 
University of Tulsa
University of Vermont
University of Virginia
University of Wisconsin
Vanderbilt University
Villanova University
Wake Forest University 
Washington University
Wellesley College
Wesleyan University
West Virginia University 
Wheaton College