To minimize errors, we recommend only one account for a school. The account can be created by anyone in the school who will be completing the application online. However, notifications and all automated emails will be sent to the Principal, Superintendent and the email registered with the account.
The site will allow a view-only account for principals, superintendents and administrators.
After completion of the Intent to Apply form, an automated email is sent with a link to create a new account. If you did not receive the email, you can access the link to create accounts from the Check Status button for Intent To Apply.
Accounts for Designation & Renewal Applications have to be requested. Please contact our office.
Accounts for Principals, Superintendents & Administrators have to be requested. Please contact our office.
Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2801 states that a School of Innovation (SOI) is a school that “transforms teaching and learning,” and defines innovation as “a new or creative alternative to the existing instructional and administrative practices.” SOI-designated schools are engaged in practices that are intended to improve academic performance and learning for all students. Arkansas school administrators who aspire to lead a School of Innovation are encouraged to design new and creative alternatives to the existing instructional and administrative practices in their schools.
The first step to becoming a School of Innovation is the submission of an Intent to Apply Form to the ADE Office of Educational Options. This generally occurs in October and is followed up with a required technical assistance meeting to review the application process and requirements in the law. Technical assistance continues throughout the application process with on-site support and trainings by the Office of Innovation for Education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The final application is reviewed by a team of educators and submitted to the Commissioner of Education.
Designation as a School of Innovation occurs after successful implementation has been demonstrated. A school is recommended for designation as a School of Innovation based on an ADE team review of that implementation. The Commissioner of Education makes the final approval for designation as an Arkansas School of Innovation, and School of Innovation status is granted for a four-year period.
For more information, please contact:
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
For Application Support & Feedback, email - Marsha Hash (firstname.lastname@example.org)
For Questions or issues with the portal, email - Santhosh Anand (email@example.com)
Phone: (479)575 4499
Fax: (479)575 7791