What is Future School?

Future School is an open enrollment 10-12th-grade public charter school in Fort Smith Arkansas. We are a Big Picture Learning School  (www.bigoicturelearning.org). In addition to meeting the state standards for graduation from high school in academically rigorous classes with a small student to teacher ratio, we focus on four pillars of academic success for our young adults. They are Internships, College, Advisories, and Non-cognitive skills (“I CAN”).

What are your strengths as a school community? Why choose Future School?

  • Student Choice: Provide opportunities for students to make informed choices about their education and develop their voices as young leaders and agents of change.
  • Personalized Curricula: Students work with their advisor, mentor, and family to design and implement a personalized learning plan customized to their interests, learning style, and goals.
  • Project-based Classrooms: Hands-on, project-based learning instructional model is intentionally cross-curricular and addresses real-world scenarios to connect with Fort Smith businesses and community organizations wherever possible.
  • Integrated Technology: Students use technology as a 21st-century tool in all aspects of their education through one-to-one student devices, integrated technology in coursework, and technology-focused electives such as robotics.
  • Real-world Internships: Internships, culminating with a final student portfolio, complement time spent in the classroom by connecting a student’s education with career exploration, goal setting, and real-world experience.
  • Cross-sector Partnerships: Collaborate with K-12 educators, higher education, businesses, and community organizations to cultivate college, career, and world-ready graduates through mentorships, adjunct facilitators, clubs, and unlimited potential partnerships.

When will advisors be assigned?

Future School advisors will be assigned to students during the first week of their enrollment.

What Electives does Future School offer this year?

Business/Marketing- business startup Art 1
Outdoor Recreation and Environmental Management Psychology Semester 1/
Sociology Semester 2
Web Design & Coding Advanced Art Techniques
(Art 3)
Creative Writing Econ Semester 1/
Civics Semester 2
Music (general performance) Transitional Math
(college math)
Music Performance and Production (theater) Dance (PE)
Home Economics/Family Consumer Science Cheer (have Quincy approval)
ACT Prep (11-12) Basketball (have Eric’s approval)
Composition 1 & 2 (11 & 12)
(For college credit)
Approval needed
UAFS program
Art 2

What extracurricular activities and clubs does Future School offer?

Ladies of Excellence Cooking
Ethics/Debate ESports
Culture Club Ambassadors of FS
Technology Quiz Bowl
National Honors Society Yearbook
Art Club Green Team (aquaponics, gardening, composting, RRR
Fitness Club Skateboarding
Chess Pre-Medical – Science Careers
Cosmetology Drama Club
Study Hall Basketball Practice (coach approval needed)
Mentor for Young Men Interact (business networking)
Crochet – Crafts Gay-Straight Alliance
Aikido Biking

How will transportation be handled?

We will provide, at no cost, a Fort Smith public bus pass to all students who request them. And as a close-knit community, carpooling and other methods of helping each other out are encouraged.

What’s the dress code?

The school’s dress code will be professional. Students may wear shorts, jeans, slacks, skirts, dresses, buttoned shirts, and appropriate t-shirts. The school will provide one Future School T­-shirt which can be worn as “casual” wear. Student internships may involve their own appropriate work wear which will be communicated by the mentor.  Skirts and dresses and shorts must be no shorter than 3” above the knee. Leggings must be worn with a shirt, skirt, or dress that meets the 3” rule.

Reasonable exceptions to the dress code may be made at the discretion of administration for costumes, uniforms, or clothing worn by a student while participating in a school-sponsored activity or event.

This policy shall not be enforced in a manner that discriminates against a stu­dent on the basis of his or her race, color, religion, sex, disability, or national origin.

The following is a list of infractions concerning students’ dress which are considered in violation of the student dress code:

  1. Bare feet. Wearing appropriate footwear is required.
  2. See-through clothing
  3. Bare midriff
  4. Alcoholic, drug advertisements, or profanities
  5. Tank tops with less than 3-inch shoulders or large armholes
  6. Gang-related attire
  7. Clothing that reveals undergarments
  8. Bagging/ sagging pants
  9. Skirts/ dresses/ shorts that are shorter than 3” above the knee
  10. Sleepwear

In the event a student’s parents cannot be reached, students will be provided something to wear by the school. Repeated infractions will be subject to disciplinary action.

What are the hours of the school day? Can I drop my students off early?

The building opens at 7:45 am. Students must be in the class by 8:45 am or be counted tardy. Students may be picked up at 3:30 pm. Building closes at 5:00 pm.

Will lunch be offered?

Yes. We have a full on-site lunch program. Students may bring their lunch or purchase from the school lunch program. The Federal Title 1 Free and Reduced Lunch Program is available to assist the student with costs to meet nutritional needs. Information on eligibility is available in the main office.

Can students order food or have food dropped off?

Students may not order food to be delivered to Future School. Deliveries will not be accepted. Food may be dropped off and picked up by the student in the office at the beginning of the lunch period. Students may not pick food up from the Front Office before the start of the lunch period. Students will not be able to take their lunch into classrooms after the lunch period is over. If lunch is being dropped off, please provide ample time for your student to eat before lunch ends.

What is the visitor policy?

Visitors over 18 may come on campus after checking into the office and getting a visitor’s badge. There will be no student visitors on campus during class time unless it has been cleared by the Principal or Superintendent. Visitors under 18 may only be on campus with administrative approval if they are considering enrollment or visiting for a specific purpose, such as a presentation or program. ALL visitors MUST have a visitor’s badge at ALL times.

Do students have open campus lunches?

As the year progresses, students will have the opportunity to earn open campus lunch. This requires meeting a variety of academic benchmarks as well as demonstrating trustworthiness both on campus and off campus at an internship site. Finally, parent permission must be granted (and a permission form signed) prior to a student being allowed to leave campus during the lunch period.

Where is the school?

622 N 7th St. (Old Girls Club/Belle Grove Community Center). We have modulars located in the back with 5 classrooms, 3 classrooms in the STEM Center, 4 new classrooms in the Rock Building, and a gymnasium. We will continue to expand the school through construction as we grow..

What is the school’s cell phone policy?

Because phones so easily become a substantial distraction for individual students and class as a whole, mobile phones are not allowed during class time, unless students are specifically given teacher permission. If the phone is out and causing a disruption to the student or anyone else, it will be confiscated. 1st offense – The phone will be returned after class. 2nd offense – The phone will be returned from the office, end of the day. 3rd offense – A parent must pick up the phone from the office.

What are expectations for parents/guardians?

It takes a village to raise a child. We believe that parents/guardians are our greatest partners in serving students. We encourage parents to be involved in as many aspects of school as possible. We rely heavily upon the involvement of our community to support students, and that begins with parents/guardians. Please consider how you can volunteer your talents to support your child and their school! Everyone has a unique gift to share with our school community!