Forest Park Elementary School

                                                                                                             
Grade Levels: PreK-5                                                                     
Enrollment: 460
 
1600 North Tyler Street
Little Rock AR 72207
Telephone:  501-447-4500 
Fax: 501-447-4501
 
Principal: Theresa Courtney-Ketcher 
 
PTA President: Lauri Allison
 

Forest Park Elementary School is a friendly and nurturing neighborhood school right in the heart of Little Rock!  It is nestled in the charming Heights community.  Forest Park celebrates 100 years of education excellence and proudly serves 460 students in Pre-K through 5th grade many of which follow their parents and grandparents in the Forest Park legacy.  We have a “small town” environment in the middle of the “big city.”  We encourage good old fashioned wholesome values while embracing 21st century learning!  The Forest Park community consists of dedicated high performing students, parents, and staff! 

Forest Park Elementary School is a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.  In 1982, the U.S. Department of Education created the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program which has honored America’s most successful public and private schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' academic achievement.  Forest Park was awarded this distinguished honor during the 2012 -2013 school year.  We are proud to fly our National Blue Ribbon School flag as a mark of excellence in education and a tribute to our students, parents, and staff whose hard work has earned us this notable recognition!

The mission of the Forest Park Elementary community is to provide progressive and differentiated instruction in a nurturing environment that develops a life-long love of learning and prepares students for the future. 

Forest Park has an outstanding educational program.  Under the guidance of strong leadership and a dynamic staff, Forest Park’s educational program is based on Common Core Standards and the most current pedagogy methods to ensure that all students achieve maximum success.  The curriculum includes comprehensive literacy with phonics and whole language instruction, hands-on math cognitive guided instruction connecting problem solving and computation, experiment based science lessons, and integrated social studies and history lessons.  The curriculum also includes weekly foreign language, art, music, and library information literacy lessons. 

Forest Park’s educational program also includes integrated technology embedded within the curriculum through the use of Smart Boards, Smart Response Systems, iPods, a Mobile MacBook Lab, and classroom student computer stations.  Students also participate in several internet based skill enrichment software programs.  The Accelerated Reader program motivates reading practice while building comprehension and vocabulary skills for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students.  STAR Reading Assessment designed to evaluate students’ individual reading progress.  Starfall encourages letter recognition and phonics for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First Grade students.  Reflex Math encourages math fact fluency for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade students.  Gizmo, a repository of math and science simulations, inspires mathematical and scientific inquiry and understanding for all students.  Stock Market Game through Economic Arkansas promotes the learning of economic and financial concepts for Fifth Grade students. Students also participate in filmmaking opportunities using Apple’s iMovie which is a video editing software application that allows students to edit their own educational movies.

Forest Park offers a variety of educational clubs and experiences that support life skills and encourage team work, good sportsmanship, and life-long learning!  Students have the opportunity to participate in Chess Club, Library Book Clubs, Drama Club, Birthday Club, Peer Helpers, Student Council, Safety Patrol, Geography Bee, Spelling Bee, Quiz Bowl, Science Fair, Kid Science Challenge, and National History Day Project.

Forest Park Elementary School provides the strong foundation in preparation for higher education, life-long learning, and future success!

History:  Forest Park Elementary School was built in 1913.  Despite its age, Forest Park is very attractive and has a continuous conducive learning environment.  Many children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren continue the legacy of attending Forest Park which sets the tone for a very friendly atmosphere.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Uniforms:  Forest Park students wear uniforms.  Girls wear white or forest green polo style long or short sleeved shirts or white button down short or long sleeved cotton shirts (no t-shirts).  Girls wear navy, khaki, or selected Forest Park navy plaid pants, shorts, skorts, skirts, dresses, or jumpers.  Boys wear white or forest green polo style long or short sleeved shirts (no t-shirts).  Boys wear navy or khaki pants or shorts.  Most Fridays are “Spirit Days!”  Students may wear a Forest Park t-shirt with blue denim shorts or pants on “Spirit Days.”  “Free Dress Days” are allowed periodically.  Students may wear school appropriate clothes of their choice on “Free Dress Day.”  “Spirit Days” and “Free Dress Days” will be announced.