Stuttgart schools emphasize parent involvement

Stuttgart has a wide variety of education options to fit every person’s need, and all offer the highest standard of excellence. The local community is dedicated to providing ongoing support to teachers and students in Stuttgart.

Public K-12
The Stuttgart Public School District has 1,821 students and employs more than 156 teachers. The district has four school campuses. These include Park Avenue Elementary School, Meekins Middle School, Stuttgart Junior High School and Stuttgart High School.
In 2011, the school district hired a new superintendent, Dr. Melvin Bryant, who brings a wealth of educational experience and knowledge to the job.

“Educating a child is a cooperative effort involving the teacher, the child, the parent, and the community,” Bryant says.

The Stuttgart School District plans to implement the nationally-known Leader In Me program at Park Avenue Elementary School and Meekins Middle School. The program emphasizes not only student responsibility, but parent involvement.

“As educators we must be able and willing to bring parents into the picture,” Bryant said. “The teacher who sees the parent as an important part of the learning process, and who can work toward effective communication, will be a step ahead of the rest. In general, both teacher and parent want only the best for the student and, by working together, issues in the classroom and at home can be identified and managed.”

The Stuttgart School District has continued to invest not only in its teachers and students, but also its schools. In recent years, district has completed a new 80,000 square foot addition to Park Avenue Elementary School and completed an extensive remodeling of Meekins Middle School.

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Christian Education
Stuttgart has three parochial schools that offer Christian-based education.
+ Holy Rosary Catholic School is open to students of all faiths and offers a Christian-based education for students in kindergarten through 5th grade.
+ The mission of St. John's Lutheran School is to provide an excellent Christ-centered academic education for students in kindergarten through the 5th grade.
The Lutheran School system is an integral part of the American educational system. The elementary schools of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod date back to the decade between 1830 and 1840, when a number of Lutheran congregations were organized in the Midwestern states and established Christian day schools for their children.
+ Grand Prairie Christian Academy is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International and offers a Christian education for students in kindergarten through the 12th grade.

Stuttgart has a community college

Stuttgart is home to a two-year community college. Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas is a three campus university with more than 2,000 students.
Campuses are located in Helena, DeWitt and Stuttgart and PCCUA is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The university was founded in 1965 and the Stuttgart and DeWitt campuses joined in 1996.
Facilities in Arkansas County have grown to include day and evening classes in Stuttgart and general education programs in DeWitt.
The Stuttgart campus is equipped with nine traditional classrooms, two science labs, six computer labs, a large technical training lab, two compressed video labs for distance learning, a library, large lecture room, bookstore, and offices.
Soon after the DeWitt campus joined PCCUA, a 14,000 square foot addition was built and 15,000 square feet of existing space underwent renovation. The addition included five classrooms, two distance learning classrooms, library, and student center.
In 2003, the college as a technology training center in Stuttgart. Local industry uses the new center for ongoing workforce training.
In 2007, the National Guard Armory in DeWitt was leased to PCCUA as a headquarters for the agriculture program.
Phillips Community College-UA has always been a leader and innovator in higher education in Arkansas. PCCUA has grown from an original enrollment of fewer than 250 students in 14 program areas to over 2,000 students in academic, occupational/technical, and continuing education programs.
New programs are continually being researched and planned so that PCCUA will remain responsive to the needs and interests of the people of Eastern Arkansas and on the Grand Prairie.
At PCCUA students may obtain an associate’s degree or certificate in such marketable fields as Practical Nursing, Phlebotomy, Welding, Cosmetology and Pre-Engineering.
 Students may also choose to pursue a more academic degree in such subjects as Speech and Drama, English, Math or Political Science – degrees that could lead to a four-year university transfer.
PCCUA offers distance learning, adult education and continuing education options as well. The  buildings and facilities are constantly being redesigned to include additional classrooms, labs and offices.
 Students who wish to attend PCCUA, but lack the finances or feel impeded by a disability, may benefit from the Student Support Services program. Through this program, eligible students who are low-income, disabled or the first in their family to attend college can receive numerous support services.
These may include financial counseling and aid, study-skills instruction, career counseling and tutoring, all free of charge.
In the Fall of 2003, Dr. Steven Murray was named chancellor of Phillips Community College. Dr. Murray is the college’s third chancellor.
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