Future School of Fort Smith (Future School) relentlessly empowers every student to shape their future and community through engaging them in high quality, professional educational experiences. We are the only public school in Arkansas to provide personalized, comprehensive advising coupled with professional internships and tuition-free college experience for every student.
In September 2014, a group of community and business leaders in the Fort Smith area partnered with our founding school leaders, Trish Flanagan and Boyd Logan, to build an accessible, innovative and creative education option for families in Fort Smith. By the Fall of 2015, we had organized a team to research, design, and implement our operations plan. We received approval from the Arkansas Board of Education to proceed with the educational venture and curriculum plans. Finally, we secured and renovated a community center and opened our doors for high school students in historic downtown Fort Smith on August 22, 2016.
We accomplished what most thought impossible: the graduation of our first class in May 2019! From 2016 to 2019 we tripled our student enrollment, jumping from 58 to 230! We earned a ‘B’ on the state report card in year one and graduated our first class of 80 students who earned an average of 13 college credits per student at no cost. We secured over 130 internship sites in Fort Smith and created a community of diverse, talented and kind young people who tell us they have a ‘family’ at school. We stand in awe at the astounding success of our initial years of work!
Future School's Pillars — ICAN
Future School of Fort Smith is proud to be a Big Picture Learning School (BPL). BPL was established in 1995 with the mission of putting students directly at the center of their own learning. As the first Big Picture Learning school in Arkansas, Future School of Fort Smith is blazing a trail of innovation. To learn more about our national network of schools, check us out at bigpicture.org
Culture & Community
As an active, engaged learning community we commit to the following norms: