The Magnolia School District is located in rural southwest Arkansas. Magnolia is a city of approximately 11,000 residents and the district encompasses 387 square miles with approximately 17,000 residents. Student population is just over 2,700 students in grades kindergarten through twelfth with an additional 120 pre-kindergarten students. The district is staffed by 236 certified teachers and administrators.
The Magnolia School District has high expectations for students and offers a comprehensive rigorous academic program with necessary interventions, support systems, and state-of-the-art technology so that all students can be successful. While the focus of the district’s vision and mission revolves around academic achievement and success, the district recognizes the need for a broad educational experience which includes vocal and instrumental music, visual arts, physical education, library media, instructional technology, health, and foreign language. Students also have opportunities to take technology courses, such as EAST, Cisco, and IT Essentials. These courses prepare students for careers in technology.
Rigorous coursework is available to all students in a variety of curricular areas. Magnolia High School has been selected by the Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science, Inc. (AAIMS) to participate in a grant funded by the National Math and Science Initiative. The purpose of the grant is to train teachers of Advanced Placement (AP) courses in the content areas of mathematics, science and English and, also establish an incentive program for teachers and students.
Beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year, the goal of AAIMS and the Magnolia High School was to increase the number of students enrolling in Advanced Placement courses, particularly students from underrepresented populations, into AP classes and increase the number of qualifying scores earned on AP Exams. Research indicates that students completing an Advanced Placement course(s) are better prepared for college and are more likely to graduate with a degree.
Magnolia School District is one of 539 schools districts across 44 of the 50 states in the U.S. and Canada honored by the College Board with placement on the 3rd Annual AP District Honor Roll. The award is for simultaneously increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.
All students are encouraged to complete the Arkansas Smart Core Curriculum. Only students whose parents waive the student’s rights to the Smart Core Curriculum are allowed to graduate with the Core curriculum.