What are Attendance Zone Schools?
School assignments in the LRSD are made based on geographic attendance zones for elementary schools (grades P4 - 5th), middle schools (grades 6th - 8th) and high schools (grades 9th - 12th). Each residential address in the district is tied to these zones, although there are areas of the city of Little Rock that are not part of the LRSD. For assistance in determining which zone schools serve your address, you can contact the Student Registration Office or utilize the "Find Your School" tool. All students who register are automatically assigned to their attendance zone school. Parents are invited to contact their zone school to arrange a tour, seek information about specific programs or meet the principal.
What if we move to a different area within the school district?
Address changes processed during the school year oftentimes entail a change in schools if the family has moved outside of the attendance zone for the original school. An exception is made for any address changes processed during the fourth 9 weeks grading period. Students who move during this time period are allowed to complete the school year as long as the parent can provide transportation back to the original school. Additionally, most students who are attending schools outside of their attendance zone (magnet schools, transfers, etc.) will not be reassigned due to an address change. Each parent is expected to contact their child's school and process the necessary paperwork whenever the family moves to a new address.
What pre-school options are available for my child?
Because the LRSD recognizes the impact early childhood experiences can have on a child's later success in school, we offer P3 classes at 5 elementary schools free of charge, and a free P3 class at Rockefeller Early Childhood Magnet. We have P4 classes at numerous attendance zone elementary schools. In order to register a P3 or P4 student, the parent needs to complete a Pupil Information Form, Home Language Survey form and a other early childhood forms, including a Four-Year-Old or Three-Year-Old Application. A child must be 3 years of age by August 1, 2014 to attend the P3 program and must be 4 years of age by August 1, 2014 to attend the P4 program for the 2014-15 school year. These classes are taught by certified teachers, assisted by classroom aides, and feature developmentally appropriate activities for three and four-year-old children.
These P3 and P4 classes operate during normal elementary school hours and are free of charge. After school daycare may be available for a fee. Parents should contact individual schools to check on daycare options.
Where demand exceeds the number of seats available, a priority system will be used in making school assignments. Placement priority is given to:
- students who live in the attendance zone and have siblings enrolled in the school
- students who live in the attendance zone but do not have siblings enrolled
- students of employees at the school
- students who do not live in the attendance zone but have siblings enrolled in the school
- students who do not live in the attendance zone and do not have siblings enrolled in the school
Parents interested in applying for their child to participate in a LRSD P3 or P4 class should complete the registration paperwork during the January/February registration period for the school year beginning in August and provide proof of income with the application. Applications accepted after the initial registration period will continue to be processed and placed on waiting lists for the schools for which they have applied. No district transportation will be provided for P3 or P4 students.