Award Year: 2016

Des Arc Elementary School

2100 Hickory Street
Des Arc, AR, 72040-3128

(870) 256-4128

Mrs. Dena Rooks, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Des Arc School District

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We strive to maintain collaborative relationships that facilitate success of all students through providing educational opportunities that promote academic, social, physical, and emotional development.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 88%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Des Arc Elementary students and staff are a-MAZE-ing!

Des Arc Elementary students and staff are "a-MAZE-ing"!

Des Arc Public Schools are located in Des Arc, Arkansas, a small farming community at the heart of Prairie County. The school began in a two-story house and was widely acclaimed for its organization and excellence in education. Today the district includes three campuses, an ABC pre-kindergarten, K-6 elementary, and a 7-12 high school. With an enrollment of 262 students, Des Arc Elementary School (DAES) prides itself on its positive, efficient, and student-centered atmosphere, much like the days in that tiny schoolhouse of 1870.

DAES' mission states staff, parents, and students will work together as students learn the skills necessary to become competent citizens. This mission centers around collaborative relationships for student success.

The success of the school is attributed to the commitment to meet individual needs of all students. Teachers, instructional coaches, and administrators work together to analyze student data. Data is used to pinpoint strengths and weaknesses in student skills, as well as obtain pros and cons in instructional delivery. Individualized assistance is given to students and teachers in need. Teachers are trained to monitor and adjust lessons and instructional practices based on students' depth of understanding. Students benefit from the expertise of administration, classroom teachers, specialty educators, and interventionists, each of whom partner with families to provide resources necessary ensure students reach maximum potential.

Meeting student needs requires dedication, organization, and teamwork. Stakeholders remain committed to student growth and high achievements at DAES. This commitment is the reason Des Arc Elementary is a National Blue Ribbon School.