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There is no doubt that Van Buren is a community that has invested greatly in education. This supportive characteristic is felt at all levels of learning in Van Buren, from the early childhood stage to secondary education and graduate studies.

Van Buren School District (VBSD)

VBSD, a progressive school district, serves the community by providing a learning environment that enables students to attain their full potential, promoting lifelong learning. Eight schools compromise the district, including six elementary schools, two middle schools, a freshman academy and the Van Buren High School. The district is large enough to supply ample learning resources, but small enough to provide valuable individualized attention.

Supplementing traditional curriculum are programs that are designed for gifted and talented students, workforce education opportunities, a special education program, an alternative education program and a long list of extracurricular activities. These programs were created to give students endless opportunities to be successful inside and outside the classroom.

University Studies


Neighboring University of Arkansas - Fort Smith is a four-year university that offers a wide range of bachelor’s and associate’s degree programs, along with courses that lead to technical and proficiency certificates. In addition, UA - Fort Smith houses the center for Business and Professional Development, which offers open enrollment, professional development courses in order to help the employees that build a business. The Western Arkansas Technical Center is also located here, providing high school junior and seniors with a unique opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school. The curriculum serves as an extension of the high school offerings by providing students with hands-on training in technical fields.

Arkansas Tech University - Ozark Campus also serves the region, offering high-quality technical education and training. Associate’s of Applied Science degrees, Associate’s of General Studies and Technical Certificate programs are here to provide students with the knowledge and skills, which will result in well-paying and challenging careers. The faculty is knowledgeable and friendly, making it a terrific choice for higher education.

Webster University - Fort Smith also serves the area, offering classroom and online maters programs. Studies range from Master’s of Business Administration, Management and Leadership, Resources Management, Resources Development, and Information Technology Management.

John Brown University Fort Smith Center offers degree completion program in Organizational Management and Early Childhood Education. Graduate studies range from Community Counseling, Global Continuous Improvement, International Business, Leadership and Ethics, Leadership and Higher Education, Marriage and Family Therapy, and School Counseling. Adult & Continuing Education

The Edward F. Thicksten Continuing Education Center provides adults, particularly the undereducated and disadvantaged, a full-time program that provides educational opportunities. While the center is a component of the VBSD, enrollment is open to any Crawford County resident and outreach classes are available at various locations throughout the county. Programs offered are Adult Basic Education, General Adult Education, English as Second Language, Adult High School Diploma, Microcomputer Technology and Community Services. The mission of the adult education center is to provide opportunities and open doors for adult learners to achieve success in their life though education.

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