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Whether public or private, the K-12 schools in the Arkansas River Valley region are an excellent place for the region’s youth to obtain a quality education.

Public Schools

Russellville School District

The Russellville School District has received recognition for being one of the top 30% of the school districts in the US from Expansion Management Magazine’s annual ‘Education Quotient’ school rankings. What makes the recognition more impressive is that only three other districts in Arkansas received the honor. Additionally, Russellville was the only Arkansas School District in the 9th Annual AP District Honor Roll that consists of districts in the U.S. and Canada that simultaneously achieved increases in access to Advanced Placement courses for a broader number of students and maintained or improved the rate at which their AP students earned scores of 3 or higher on an AP exam. 

Atkins School District

Atkins School District is located approximately twelve miles east of Russellville. Atkins Schools provide a fundamental yet challenging and expanded curriculum through a variety of delivery methods including the use of the most recent technology available. Their goal is to educate students to be ready for college, career, and citizenship.

Dardanelle School District

Dardanelle Schools are a focal point for the community. They are safe, positive places that encourage “self-growth”, student achievement, and lifelong learning. The partnership of school and community provides the resources to meet the needs of all students and expand the classroom into the community.

Dover School District

The Dover School Board commits to the following core beliefs: Strong Instructional Leadership, Clear and Focused Mission, Safe and Orderly Environment, Climate of High Expectations, Frequent Monitoring of Student Progress, Positive Home-School Relations, Opportunity to Learn and Student Time on Task. 

Hector School District

Hector School District is located in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains, and the largest land based school district in Pope County. Hector Schools have teachers who have the best interest of the students at heart and a support staff that enhances those students' experiences. They have an excellent academic program throughout the schools that have been recognized for their outstanding performance over the past decade. 

Pottsville School District

"Big Enough to Challenge, Small Enough to Care."  Three Pottsville schools were honored by the Arkansas Department of Education with the prestigious School Reward and Recognition Award in 2018 based upon high ACT Aspire results, graduation rate, etc. Enrollment this year is at an all-time high, and that's attributed to the Pottsville family consisting of students, parents, faculty and staff, and the community who work together to challenge and to inspire the best education possible. 


Private Schools

St. John Catholic School

  • The curriculum is taught to comply with education standards set by the State of Arkansas
  • Courses are offered in computer science and conversational Spanish

Valley Christian School

  • Accredited through National Private School Association
  • State certified teachers implementing an A Beka Christian curriculum.
Events in Russellville
Events in Russellville

Business Assistance

Did you know Russellville offers business assistance programs? Learn more about how we can help make your business a success.

The people and opportunities in this community are what drew me to Russellville, and that is what continues to keep me here.

Megan Ayres-Moore, Park Interpreter, Lake Dardanelle State Park

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708 West Main Street, Russellville, AR 72801

Phone: 479-968-2530

Russellville is a great place to visit and call home!

Live, Work & Play

Do you love the idea of walking down the main street in the morning, grabbing a cup of coffee at your local coffee shop and heading off to work only to finish your day in your kayak, taking a quick hike or bike ride? If so, Russellville is the place for you. With our increasing number of urban shops and living area, our growing cultural atmosphere, amazing schools and an increasing number of job opportunities, Russellville has something for everyone.