Award Year: 2013

Central Park at Morning Star Elementary School

1400 SW Liberty Avenue
Bentonville, AR, 72712-7851

(479) 696-3200

Stacee Freeman, Principal at time of Nomination

Bentonville Public Schools

School Website


To prepare students to achieve the high standards needed to meet the challenges of tomorrow.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 82%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 10%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Central Park is one of ten elementary schools in Bentonville, Arkansas. Bentonville is the home of Wal-Mart and continues to grow in population yearly. Bentonville Public Schools grew by more than 500 students this year and currently has over 15,000 students. Central Park is the largest elementary in Bentonville with a population of 828 students in grades kindergarten through fourth.

Central Park is a partnership composed of students, staff and parents. Together, we have set a high level of expectation for everyone at Central Park. Not only are our students held to high standards, but our faculty is held equally accountable for high expectations regarding their own teaching and learning to further their knowledge of better teaching practices.

Central Park holds an extremely high rigor of expectations for its students. Central Park's goal is for all students, 100% of them, to master their grade level standards on a proficient to advance level of understanding. Our staff is dedicated and committed to meeting each student's individual academic needs to help assure success. Through a focus of Professional Learning Communities, individualized instruction, and ongoing assessments, such as MAP and STAR, Central Park guides each student to his/her highest potential. Our parental support plays an equal amount of dedication to our performance level. Learning is a high priority both at school and at home.

A focus on fine arts is another strength of Central Park. A school ballet is performed in the spring with around 200 students participating. Gator Gallery focuses on painting, personal profiles etched in pencil and class art projects that are auctioned off. Our music department performs a junior broadway musical yearly with fourth grade.