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Superior public and private schools within the Benton are at the forefront of providing early education for the very young to higher learning for the older.

Developing students into successful members of society is the mission of Benton Public Schools. By creating an environment that strives for excellence through constant improvement and encouraging ethical and honorable behavior within the classroom and beyond, the staff works to create opportunities for all students to succeed. Extracurricular activities are also integral to the District’s efforts to provide a well-rounded educational experience for its students.

Through the joint efforts of the school district, the Benton Area Chamber of Commerce, and sponsoring financial sponsor Everett Buick-GMC, students in grades nine through 12 are recognized each year as Arkansas Scholars. Graduating Arkansas Scholars are awarded white cords and receive financial scholarships from participating colleges.

Students who are looking for quality education in a small school environment need look no farther than Bauxite, Harmony Grove, and Glen Rose. These districts are within a 10-minute drive of Downtown Benton and offer quality education as well as many extracurricular activities.

Superintendents from the seven school districts in Saline County have been working together with the Saline County Economic Development Corporation in a Feasibility Study for a Saline County Career and Technical Education Campus. Many county business representatives have also been involved in the study by identifying both current and future skills and experience level needs as part of the early research and needs assessment that has been ongoing in 2015. Stantec Architecture of Berkley, Michigan, a leader in career technical centers, has been hired as the consulting group for this project.

Benton residents don’t have to travel far for higher education. At our local University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) campus, Benton students can earn an Associate of Arts in general studies and then complete a four-year degree at the UALR main campus. A four-year degree in E-commerce was added in the fall of 2012.

Pulaski Technical College – the largest, most rapidly growing two-year institution in Arkansas – offers more than 50 associate degrees and certification programs for students wishing to enter the workforce post-graduation or go on to a four-year university program. Its newest campus, Pulaski Technical-South, on I-30 between Benton and Little Rock, offers a wide variety of general college curriculum and developmental education courses. New to the college is the recently built Culinary and Hospitality Building.

With four universities and a major university teaching hospital all within an hour’s drive or less, Benton residents have many options for pursing undergraduate or graduate studies.

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