Soirée Kids: Educational Empowerment

Dr. Janice Warren, assistant superintendent for equity and pupil services at PCSSD, discusses school choice and the registration process.

Q: What is school choice?

JW: School Choice allows students to transfer from one district to another district based on Arkansas state law. This means that a guardian can choose for his/her child to attend a school district that is outside of their residential zone, if there is space at the desired school. In Arkansas, families must attend school in their designated attendance zone based on where they live unless accepted through School Choice. The School Choice application period is open from January 1 – May 1 every year.

Q: How do current PCSSD families re-register if they plan to return to PCSSD next year?

JW: Current students enrolled in PCSSD will automatically be re-enrolled for the 2024-2025 school year. Parents don’t have to do anything!

Credit: PCSSD

Q: If I am zoned to attend a school in PCSSD, when can I apply for the next school year?

JW: Registration for Pre-K is open starting January 8. New student registration opens March 4, 2024 for kindergarten through 12th grade. Equity and Pupil Services will begin accepting permits May 13, 2024. Families can access the registration portal on our website at

Q: Why should families choose PCSSD?

JW: PCSSD is committed to providing all students with learning experiences that prepare them for college or career readiness. We hope you will consider sending your children to PCSSD. 

PCSSD serves 25 schools in Maumelle, Little Rock and Sherwood. Those 25 schools include 16 elementary schools, four middle school campuses, one junior high campus and four high school campuses.

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