Bentonville Public Schools

Bentonville Public Schools At-a-Glance

Mission Statement History

Vision Statement: Excellence With Every Step

The Bentonville Public Schools are dedicated to

  • Creating and maintaining exemplary programs for teaching and learning
  • Educating all students for a successful future in a changing world
  • Preparing the youth of our community to become caring, contributing citizens.

The Bentonville Public Schools District began in 1841 as a subscription school. In 1872 the first public school was built. Today the District encompasses more than 142 square miles.

The Bentonville Public School District has always experienced rapid growth. The rapid growth and increase in student population has challenged the district to meet facility needs.

Bentonville Schools have successfully met these challenges of change throughout history.

District Overview Graduates

  • 2012-2013 Enrollment: 14,852
  • Per Pupil Expenditure: $7882
  • Teacher/Student: 1:14
  • Operating Budget 2012-2013: $130,150,818
  • Millage Rate: 43.7
  • Number of Schools: 17 (10 elementary,
    4 middle, 2 junior highs, 1 high school
  • Students Graduating in 2012: 703
  • Graduation Rate: 90%
  • Total Scholarships Accepted in 2012: $6,877,920
  • 2011-12 National Merit Finalists: 7
  • AP course Offerings: 22
  • AP Students in 2012: 1,226 (9-12th grade)
  • AP Exams Taken: 2,144
  • AP Scores of 3 or above: 57%
  • AP Scholars: 10
  • ACT: 23.1 average composite (state average 20.3, national average 21.1)
Demographics Staff
  • African American: 3%
  • Asian: 6%
  • Caucasian: 78%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 0%
  • Hispanic: 11%
  • Native American: 2%
  • Countries of Birth: 45
  • Native Languages: 48
  • Percentage of students eligible for free
    and reduced-price meals: 28%
  • Certified Teachers: 1065
  • Support Staff: 717
  • Administrators: 68
  • Advanced degrees: 636 or 56.1%
  • National Board Certified: 98
  • Average Teacher Salary: $56,130
  • Starting Salary: $45,035