Conway makes the grade with multiple education opportunities: home to nationally recognized public schools, three colleges and universities and thriving private schools, Conway is Arkansas's education capital.
Students at Conway High School-West began the school year in a new, three-story, classroom building. The 165,000-SF structure is the first phase of a $40 million reconstruction project for Conway High School-West. The new facility is more than twice the size of the former high school building, providing additional space for classrooms, science laboratories, offices and a lecture hall.
The school year also marked the opening of the Carolyn Lewis Elementary School. The new, $15 million facility is located on Old Military Road. ConwaySchools.org
ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC SCHOOL
For more than 130 years, St. Joseph School has provided quality, Catholic education to students in Conway. The ultimate goal of the school is to integrate faith and learning in order to develop the whole person: soul, mind and body.
Primary and elementary students score in the proficient range on the Stanford Achievement Test, while ACT scores are well above state and national averages.
More than 90 percent of St. Joseph's graduates pursue higher education at universities nationwide and through specialized training institutes in various industries. The school is accredited by Arkansas Non-Public School Accrediting Association and is a member of the National Catholic Education Association. StJosephConway.org
CONWAY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
Conway Christian School provides a comprehensive education for more than 500 students in preschool-12th grade. Representing more than 65 churches, the school strives to provide an environment where students can grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally.
Conway Christian High School students consistently score high on college entrance exams, and the school boasts multiple National Merit Scholarship finalists.
The school's athletic and activity programs are part of the Arkansas Activities Association, and all of its sports teams have seen postseason play.
Conway Christian School is accredited by Arkansas Non-Public School Accrediting Association and Christian Schools International and its preschool is state licensed. ConwayChristianSchool.org
UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL ARKANSAS
UCA offers 136 academic programs, including 80 undergraduate programs, 31 master's programs and five doctoral degree programs. Faculty and students are involved in the larger community in a variety of ways beneficial to both Conway and the university.
With an enrollment of more than 11,000, UCA's student body represents 61 countries, 42 states and each county in Arkansas.
Campus life outside academics includes:
more than 200 student organizations;
15 intramural sports activities;
a 72,000-SF health, physical education and recreation (HPER) center with plans for expansion
NCAA Division I athletics
appearances by nationally known performers, minority and international student programs, theater and art productions, and much more. UCA.edu
Hendrix College is a national leader engaged in liberal arts and sciences education. With nearly 1,500 students from more than 40 states and many foreign countries, Hendrix is nationally recognized for its innovative curriculum and opportunities for unique engaged learning experiences through Your Hendrix Odyssey: Engaging in Active Learning.
Hendrix recently completed a $100 million comprehensive campaign the largest fundraising effort in the College's 135-year history.
Through the campaign, Hendrix significantly increased student financial assistance; endowed academic, co-curricular and student life programs that have become national models in American higher education; and completed state-of-the-art campus facilities, including a new wellness and athletics center and student life and technology center.
In addition to the impact of its faculty, staff and students on the local economy, Hendrix has developed land adjacent to campus into The Village at Hendrix, a New Urbanist neighborhood featuring mixed-use (residential and commercial) spaces.
The Village also provides public green space for community events and new dining, retail and employment opportunities. Hendrix Creek Preserve, a beautiful and one-of-a-kind ecological, educational and recreational space, is open to Village residents and the public.
At no cost, the community can also enjoy all of Hendrix College's artistic, athletic and cultural entertainment events on the beautiful campus in the center of Conway. Hendrix.edu
CENTRAL BAPTIST COLLEGE
Central Baptist College is a four-year, private, liberal arts college owned and operated by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. The college offers 24 bachelor's degrees, 20 minors and associate of arts degrees in several emphases.
In the fall of 2011, CBC launched an accredited online degree program. Though the college has offered classes in the distance delivery method for some time, the Online Studies program gives students the ability to earn their entire degree online.
Working adults will be able to study and learn on a flexible schedule.
In addition to increasing its educational offerings, CBC plans to expand its facilities and grow its student body as part of a 10-year campus master plan.
The goal of "Vision 2020: A Miracle in the Making" is to complete 10 major construction projects by 2020 to accommodate a projected enrollment of 2,020 students. The David T. Watkins Academic building opened in the fall of 2012 and is the first major project of the plan. The three-story, 38,000-SF academic building will set the standard for future development on the campus. CBC.edu
RELATED ARTICLE: Athens of the South
A college town since 1890, Conway was historically called "The Athens of Arkansas." Its three institutions of higher education provide a wealth of academic and cultural opportunities to students and the community at large.
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