AR Scholars Banquet
Arkansas Scholars™ is a program that gives students good reasons to do well in high school. Students are asked to meet a set of criteria that will prepare them for both the workplace and additional education after high school. The program is centered on academic achievement for a broad range of students.
Students are asked to reach the following four goals for the ninth through twelfth grades:
1. To make semester grades of “C” or above in all academic courses.
2. To achieve a 95% or better attendance record.
3. To take the Smart Core curriculum to graduate from high school and to prepare for post secondary education or technical training, including: • English I, II, III, IV • 3 units of science (from biology, chemistry, physics, and physical science, lab based). • 4 units of math (algebra I, geometry, algebra II and an advanced math course) • 3 units of social studies (to include world history, U.S. history, civics/government) • Complete the balance of state mandated high school graduation requirements.
4. To complete high school in eight consecutive semesters.
Graduating seniors who achieve all of these specific goals are designated as Arkansas Scholars and invited to a recognition event. Certificates of achievement are presented. Also, participating local employers agree to request high school transcripts and recognize the Arkansas Scholars designation on students’ school records. With this growing practice, Arkansas Scholars becomes a factor in employment
Arkansas Scholars is beginning to make a difference. More students are taking advanced courses and school attendance by participating students has improved. The subtle results from Arkansas Scholars are even more significant. A large percentage of “average” students begin to see themselves in a different light. Academic achievement is no longer the exclusive domain of the top students. Further, by taking more challenging courses and working to make acceptable grades, these teenagers are in a better position to consider college or technical training after high school.
The key to success for this program is cooperation. Business and education leaders work together to deliver a clear, effective message to students.The Heber Springs Area Chamber of Commerce provides the energy and coordination to get it all done. Stronger ties develop between the business community and schools as a result of this experience