News Release: Fort Smith Public Schools Now Accepting School Choice Applications


For Immediate Release:
February 12, 2021

Contact:​ Darian Layes, Executive Director of Student Services​ or (479) 785-2501, ext. 1253

Fort Smith Public Schools Now Accepting School Choice Applications
Deadline Set for May 1, 2020

Fort Smith, AR, February 12, 2021​ – The Fort Smith Public Schools is now accepting applications for students wishing to participate in the School Choice Program. School Choice is the program authorized by the Arkansas General Assembly in The Public School Choice Act of 2015 which allows parents to apply for their child’s admission to participating school districts other than the one in which they reside. The Fort Smith Public Schools District will accept eligible students from other districts under the School Choice program during the 2021-2022 school year.

Application forms are available at the Office of the Director of Student Services, Fort Smith Public Schools, 3205 Jenny Lind Road, Fort Smith, AR 72902-1948, when completed on or before May 1, 2021. No application may be accepted beyond this deadline.

You can also download the 2021-2022 School Choice form​ and send it to the Office of Student Services through mail or email.

Mailing Address
Fort Smith Public Schools
Attention: Student Services PO Box 1948
Fort Smith, Arkansas 72902

Email Address
Darian Layes, Executive Director - Student Services

Parents may indicate a school preference, however, assignments will be made on the basis of space availability and program availability. Secondary school choice students entering Fort Smith Public Schools will be assigned to Northside High School or Southside High School.

Elementary and middle school students will be assigned to schools based on capacity. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance or rejection by July 1, 2021. Students who reside outside the state of Arkansas or who are currently expelled from school for a drug or weapon violation are not eligible for participation.

If you have a question about School Choice, please contact the Student Services Office at 479-785-2501.

About Fort Smith Public Schools

From unmanned aerial systems programming to unforgettable kindergarten trips to the farm, Fort Smith Public Schools provides incredible opportunities and strong instruction for each of the almost 15,000 students in its 19 neighborhood elementary schools, four junior high schools, two senior high schools, one alternative learning center and one adult education center. With nationally recognized schools, students, educators and organizations, Fort Smith Public Schools are always the best choice. For information, visit