For many great reasons, Northwest Arkansas has gained national attention. The region is ranked among the nation’s fastest-growing places, and it’s continually named one of the country’s best places to live by several publications and organizations. The accolades don’t stop there. The education system in Northwest Arkansas also shares the national spotlight! 

According to an annual education report published by U.S. News & World Report, there are seven schools (both public and private) in the region that rank in the top 10 percent of the nation. And, the top-ranked high school in Arkansas is located in Fayetteville, immediately followed by Bentonville. Top test scores, great attendance, and low dropout rates are some of the more notable achievements you can expect from nearly every school in the area. 
 
A strong school system is one of the many reasons we love building in Northwest Arkansas. We’re proud to support the families of these schools and give them beautiful places to call home.
school kids at a locker

A Wide Range of Options


Many families like to have a choice when it comes to their child’s school, and there’s a growing range available in our region. In addition to traditional public schools, Northwest Arkansas offers open-enrollment charter schools, conversion charter schools, schools with religious affiliation, independent schools, and prep-track schools. Even when it comes to higher education, there are four institutions to choose from: University of Arkansas, John Brown University, Northwest Arkansas Community College, and Ecclesia College. 
 

Sizing Up Each District


Buffington Homes has communities throughout all of Northwest Arkansas, so no matter where you choose to buy or build your home with us, you’ll be in a great school district with a bounty of resources. 
 
  • Fayetteville School District is highly rated with more than 9,500 students in its nine elementary schools, three middle schools, two junior highs, one high school, and a virtual academy (K-12).
  • Rogers School District serves more than 15,000 students in its 16 elementary schools, four middle schools, three high schools, and an alternative school.
  • Bentonville School District has grown dramatically in the last decade and is now one of the largest in the state with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students in 22 schools.
  • Springdale School District surpassed Little Rock as the largest school district in Arkansas with more than 23,000 students, including pre-kindergarten. The district has 18 elementary schools, four middle schools, four junior highs, and four high schools.
school kids in a cafeteria

Investments in the Future


To accommodate the growth of the region, new schools continue to open. The 2019-20 academic year marks the opening of Evening Star, the 12th elementary school in the Bentonville School District and Fairview, the 16th elementary school in the Rogers School District. Both are built with technology, safety, and growth in mind – and both are close to Buffington communities!

Ongoing investments in education help well-established schools have the same level of quality as newer schools in the area. Rogers is currently investing $25 million into renovating three of its oldest buildings. Springdale completed 17 significant projects over the summer. Fayetteville recently added much-needed parking spaces at the high school. And Bentonville recently unveiled a new facility for its Ignite program, which offers classes in eight career fields.
students with computers
Northwest Arkansas has a strong tradition of education and a lasting commitment to our future generations. And as this region continues to grow, we’re excited to keep building beautiful, quality homes that families, teachers, and others in our community can enjoy for years to come. 

which schools are near our communities?

Keep Learning!