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PK-5
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Jacksonville, AR
Students enrolled: 257

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4150 Arnold Dr
Jacksonville, AR 72076

(501) 988-4145
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December 09, 2014
Behavior clip boards that humiliate children to enforce good behavior should be outlawed. Every wrong move they make they are sent to move their clip down in front of the entire class. And these clips have each child s name on it so everyone knows what number you re on. My child told me, I guess I m just a bad kid. I expected more from a blue ribbon school. The principal ignored my concerns. I have seen a teacher make a child cry. I saw a lady working in the cafeteria speaking rudely to a child that wasn t doing anything wrong. I am looking to move my child to another school.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
hools off base. We expected so much more from an 'on base' school. This is not a DoD school and falls under PCSSD, which is probably the worst school district in the area. The principal at ADE has no leadership skills whatsoever, and it s

- submitted by a teacher
July 28, 2014
If you are PCSing to LRAFB, save yourself the headache and disappointment and look into Cabot schools or other schools off base. We expected so much more from an 'on base' school. This is not a DoD school and falls under PCSSD, which is probably the worst school district in the area. The principal at ADE has no leadership skills whatsoever, and it shows in the constant unprofessionalism of the majority of her teachers (not all of them of course) and extremely high rate of disciplinary problems in this school. The amount of yelling that goes on in this school by the teachers towards the students is unbelievably high. The majority of the teachers lack classroom control due to the high rate of discipline problems which occur daily, leading to constant classroom distractions for your student.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
The principal and majority of the teachers at this school are very unprofessional. There are a few great teachers at Arnold Drive (Mrs. Gabaldon, Mrs. Havens, Mrs. Cambridge), but the principal does not accept teacher requests, so it is very difficult to get the right teacher for your child. There is an incredible amount of yelling going on by so many of the teachers in order to gain control of their students. The amount discipline problems at this school is extremely high! If you have an above average student (based on grades and learning ability) they will most certainly not be challenged. This school wastes more time in a day than they spend educating.

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2014
The staff and leadership is very unprofessional. The treat the children as if they are in prison by punishing them as a whole instead of individually which gives the well behaved children no reason to be consistent with their behavior. They make the children walk on a line. This school is mostly military kids however the kids didn't join the military. Very disappointed in this school- it's ran down and the majority of the teachers suffer from burn out. The principal takes no responsibility. The school has a few exceptional teachers such as Mrs Havens, but it's sad that most of the staff outweigh the few shinning stars that they have at this school. Very disappointed and wouldn't recommend to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2014
ADE is a grand school. This is our 3rd year and we have 4 there. I love the school. My wife and are satisfied

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2014
My oldest daughter has been at this school two years and I am thoroughly disappointed in the administration as well as the 3rd grade teaching. The principal is highly unprofessional and blames parents & students for issues ranging from paperwork misplaced by the previous office assistant to learning disabled/ADHD children being bullied (i.e. its the child's fault they are being bullied). My 3rd grader is behind and is given no assistance at school. The ONLY reason I would give it a 2nd star would be the pre-K teachers (Ms. Harris & Ms. Alexander) are fantastic but that program is run by the state.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
This schools rating needs to be adjusted. The 10 that it currently has absolutely does not reflect it's current test scores. My daughter has been attending this school for two years now and her father and I am appalled at the incredibly low standards enforced by it's principal. Parents are allowed to act inappropriately around students and verbally abuse teachers. Teachers' hand are tied and are unable to enforce any kind of decent standards among the parents and problem student. We would not recommend any parent enroll their children at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2013
We are new to Arnold Drive but so far have been really impressed (surpassed my expectations) . The principal made us feel very welcome and took the time to understand each of our children's needs. Caliber and rigor of teachers is very impressive. Most important, our kids are happy here! I look forward to seeing them flourish this school year.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2013
My daughter is in her second year at ADE and we absolutely love this school. The principal and staff are wonderful and very professional and truly care about the kids. We volunteer often and see what a great school this is firsthand. We definitely recommend ADE!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2013
Everyone has their own opinion, but I unfortunately did not have a good experience at ADES. We came from overseas and lived on base to have our daughter go to this school so highly rated on great schools. Well, not to get into too much detail I ended up homeschooling my daughter shortly after the 2nd session started. My daughter's self esteem was going down and she was not liking school anymore. Every time I went to the school all I heard were teachers yelling at students. I felt more focus was done on discipline rather than teaching. My daughter's teacher was one that punished the whole class when the same group of kids were the ones misbehaving. I'm not giving the whole school an F but I felt more could have been done to help get this class under control. This specific teacher just seemed over the school year at the beginning of it.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
My daughter is about to start her second year at ADE and her father and I could not be more pleased with our experience so far. I volunteer at the school weekly and have found the teachers and principal to be amazingly patient, kind, understanding, and excellent at teaching. What's even better is that they are constantly working to make the school even better for the students and their families. I would definitely recommend this school to families who are PCSing into the area.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
I am a parent of three at Arnold Drive. I do not agree with the negative remarks made about the school. I have volunteered frequently over the last several years, so I am there often. My children have had 7 of the teachers and we adore them! I don't care if a teacher wears jeans or even flip-flops--what matters is that they are planning instruction and teaching my children...and they ARE! The teachers are not going out to PE where they would need sneakers, and the uniform is a district policy for elem. students to cut down on problems. Teachers have to set appointments due to the district policies this year- I don't have a problem with that either. I don't show up at the doctor or lawyer's office and expect to see someone without an appt. Teachers work late, take work home, and still try to manage time for their own families. I applaud their efforts and think some of you need to walk a day or two in the shoes of teachers/staff anywhere before you complain. And I don't really think the ones complaining are in the handful of parents that are at all the school events volunteering. You seem to be looking for mistakes and problems...but not helping find solutions.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
I totally disagree with the TWO negative comments below. Arnold Drive is an AMAZING SCHOOL with incredible new teachers and returning staff. Like the person said, under all the negativity, the school is a breath of fresh air for students and families who deal with so much change in their lives. I have absolute faith and trust in the staff at ADE who actually teach the state curriculum and are held at a high standard just like any teacher should be. Those teachers are who helped your child improve in the skills you mentioned. Teachers can't wear stilettos and dress suits all the time. Raising voices, isn't ok. I do agree with that. However, I haven't heard any abusive language used by teachers there. If you want to criticize their professionalism, step in their shoes first. I am there often and I am appalled at the way some parents represent the military as well as being a parent to a student you are supposed to be a role model to.. Always be an advocate to your child, but like I said, before you criticize, really think about it. I couldn't be more proud of ADE staff and admins with how they portray their loving dedication and professionalism towards their students.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2013
The comment regarding the professionalism of the staff at Arnold drive elementary is right on. The staff members are a walking contradiction...do as I say, not as I do. If the students are to act/dress a certain way then the staff better do it themselves. My child has benefited from the curriculum and is improving with math, science. But I shouldn't have to"lie" to my child when staff members don't follow the rules or dress code but my child does.

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2013
There's been a steady decline of professionalism @ Arnold Drive Elementary (ADE). Staff members consistently wear jeans,t-shirts, sweat-shirts, sneakers & flip-flops. ADE staff raise their voices @ students & speak using pompous tones daily. ADE staff gather in hallways & openly criticize other parents & students. ADE administration discourages teachers from an "open door policy". ADE mandates that parents make an appointment w/ teachers for ALL discussions. An ADE staff member is posted in hallway w/ the duty of keeping parents away from teachers & classrooms. PCS to LRAFB: This is NOT a military friendly staff. ADE staff has little experience w/ military lifestyle. Staff seemed confused when I updated our "emergency contact" info. Being the ONLY other adult in a child's life (because 1 parent's deployed & no family near-by) is a notion that's COMPLETELY lost w/ ADE staff. We expected MUCH more. Our current teacher is great. And there are other great teachers there. But the staff - generally speaking - is A HOT MESS!!! ADE is a small school - DONT expect a "sense of community". District zoning states that my neighbor ISNT authorized to attend ADE. Yes, we both live on-base.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
I am the grandparent of an Arnold Dr. Elementary student. As a parent and retired educator I am well aware of the importance of home-school communication. A school calendar is the very LEAST that a school can provide as communication of important dates and events to parents and the community. Many parents today turn quickly to the Internet for the utmost current and accurate school information. I have attempted to get important calendar information from the Arnold Dr. website on many occasions only to find a totally blank calendar! Most school districts REQUIRE their individual schools to maintain a current calendar online for easy access.

- submitted by a community member
January 17, 2012
Excellent atmosphere and impressive staff. My child attended from Kindergarten through Fifth grade. High expectations from teachers, poor substitutes was a consistant concern but the staff more than made up for the limitations of fill-in instructors. Blue Ribbon school for test preparation but with home studies incorporated into our family structure the concepts tought in school to pass the test were solidified.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2011
ADES has been named one of the best Elementary schools in the COUNTRY. Both my kids came up through ADES starting in 1998-2007 with no problems. I am on campus every week and I know that the teachers are awesome. I think the complainers were isolated incidents and are looking for a sounding board, The staff at ADES are Unsung heros!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2011
I have been happy with this school. the teachers really care as well as the rest of the staff. it will be hard to move on to middle school. i love the fact that the school is on the base, very safe. If you are coming to LRAFB i recommend that you try to get a house on this side of base. my son walks to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2010
Absolutely, one of the BEST schools in the state! Great teachers, principal, and PTO. We will truly miss them all as we move on next year. I highly recommend this school to anyone coming to LRAFB.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
Arnold Drive has great students, parents and teachers who really care about each other. Test scores show that we are ranked number 4 in the state. We are a small school but big in spirit.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 16, 2009
Parental support, community environment, parents, kids and staff are all wonderful at Arnold Drive Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2009
My kid attended this school last year and we really liked it. The teachers and office staff were very caring and they wanted what was best for the kids. My kids came in durning the middle of the school year and the teachers tired very hard to make them feel welcome and to catch them up with the class. I have looked at other schools in Jacksonville and this is by far the best.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
I run a military child's organization for the base and the school districts in cabot. I cannot tell you how wonderful ADES is. They have worked with me to help the organization for the military children grow, they have worked with me to help start the first Month of the Military Child Fair on LRAFB, they have been actively involved with all the children's activites and ADES was rated the TOP (let me repeat) the TOP school in the district for Reading and Math and received several awards this past year. The school does not turn down special needs children on purpose, they DISTRICT does not equip the school with the appropriate training or facilities for special needs, Pulaski County is horrible, but this school works VERY hard to help the children and the parents.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
My child attended this school from k-3 grade. What a great experience. All of his teachers supported his learning and encouraged him to always to his best. My child has a lot of positive experiences from his time here at Arnold Drive. The only reason my child does not attend now, is we moved out of state.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 07, 2009
If you are relocating to LRAFB. Plan to budget for a private school. Unless you need a Military Academy for your little ones. This school is an Arkansas State Test Prepartory School, ONLY. The school-to-parent communication is very poor. The school lacks positive nurturing of students. If you must live on base don't be fooled put you child in a private school .

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2008
My daughter went to this school for her pre-k year. And it was possibly one of the worst years of both of our lives. The teachers didn't know how to interact with the children or the parents, the principal and school councilor were unfeeling and not helpful at all. The PTO was unorganized and they didn't keep us updated on what was going on, and the meetings were short and pointless.The class was unorganized, the kids were out of control. It was a mess. We changed schools and were much happier now.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2008
This is one of the best schools in the district and is known as a school that is high achieving. Just taking a look at the Benchmark Exams proves that!!! School is for learning and my son did that. He attended this school for his 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade years. He is in 6th grade this year and was well prepared. I'm proud to say that he made all A's on his report card the first nine weeks. Thanks to all of the teachers in laying a foundation for my sons educational endeavors!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
September 12, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2007
So far I am really a bit disappointed in this school, esp being on a military base. The academics seem good and the teachers are friendly, but there are so many restrictions placed on the children: strict uniforms, no playing cops-n-robbers using fingers as guns, they must be quiet all the time (even at lunch), and very little playtime. Children can't be children! I agree that education is important, but so is being a child and they will grow up soon enough! Not only that, but these kids have military parents who deploy and they need to be themselves to cope! Never in all the schools I have attended when I was a military child did I deal with this, and I turned out to be a very successful network magazine editor, I guess being myself in the schools was not so bad. Why start now?

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2006
This is a very good school with teachers who care and do their very best for each of the children. The Principal is very involved in both the life of the community and with the District, and she is well respected by both the teachers and the District employees. Students receive fair grades and are not just promoted because they showed up. Good school, high standards.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
I have 2 children attending this school and I am more than satisfied with the education they are receiving. Both of my kids are thriving there. I have found the Principal to be very approachable and involved in the success of each student. Here is some advice I offer to all parents of school-aged children...become involved in your child's school! Take the time to get to know the teacher, take an interest in your child's day-to-day schedule...it takes both the parents and the teachers to ensure success.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
I am a parent of 2 children at Arnold Drive Elementary School. I have had nothing but wonderful experiences with the teachers and principal. I know that rumors fly and things get blown out of proportion sometimes, especially here on our military base but the bigger person finds out the truth. There are some amazing teachers at this school. Teachers that choose to teach at Arnold Dr. for our children. FYI - when you go to a magnet school or private school... they have problems too and at a private school you are paying for them!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
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December 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
I would not recommend this school to anyone. My children have been going to this school for one school year.The teacher felt that my children was improving in reading. But the principle felt like she wasn't ready for the next grade. The principle didn't listen to anyone of my concerns and told me that I had to pay for a tutor during the summer in order to consider to retest before the next school year. I'm looking for private school or a magnet school that will be able to put my child needs first then theirs. Anyone who is thinking of senting their child/children here, think again please. Teachers have more personal problems between themselves that they don't think of what the children my hear come out of their mouths. Teachers have agruments in front of students,I have also witness teachers calling students names to the faces.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
I am so glad the school year is over, my kids along with many other childrens parent have spoken with will be going to a magnet school next year. The principal is not involved and anytime I have called the school I am told she is not there or is unavailable. I had issues that I tried to talk to her about and was basically blown off. Thank Goodness for the magnet schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2005
I would recommend Arnold Drive to any parent who wants a high-quality education for their child. Who also wants an administrative staff who truly cares about your child and the education he/she needs. My children have been attending this school for 2 1/2 years. If I have any concerns it is always handled in a timely manner. The principal is there if needed are she returns her phone calls promptly. There are so many good things going on at Arnold Drive. No school is perfect but this one comes pretty close to it. Keep up the Great Work at Arnold Drive!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2005
the administration is very disorganized and has no heart or feeling for the children. The admin. begs you to sign in to the 'volunteer' book just for you to eat lunch with your child so they can get an award for parent involvment not for you to have quality time with your child. I have been at this school 2 years and it has NEVER been what can we do for your child but how much money can we get out of your pocket and what can you do for our school. do not attend here.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2004
Would never recommend this school! I have had problems with this school for 3 years. It started when my child's kindergarten teacher had some type of nervous breakdown and was out for the first part of the semester where they were supervised by volunteer parents (not taught).and eventually the last semester had a teacher come in. This year among the most recent of events there is a head lice incident going around which no one was informed about and so it is going untreated. When you call to talk to the principal she is always univailable. I always receive request for money or the same PTO(needs money) memo 3 or 4 days straight but when asked about a head lice note the principal had not gotten around to it, according to a teacher I would have nevr found out if I had not 'heard it through the grape vine.

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Arnold Drive Elementary School
4150 Arnold Dr, Jacksonville, AR  72076
(501) 988-4145
Last modified Arnold Drive Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Arnold Drive Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top