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The Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (ASB or ASBVI), is a state-run public school in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States, serving blind and vision impaired students of kindergarten through high school grades through residential, day school, and part-time enrollment programs.

Arkansas School for the Blind
Address
2600 West Markham Street

, ,
72203

United States
Coordinates34°45′09″N 92°18′13″W / 34.752592°N 92.303484°W / 34.752592; -92.303484Coordinates: 34°45′09″N 92°18′13″W / 34.752592°N 92.303484°W / 34.752592; -92.303484
Information
TypePublic/Blind
Founded1859
Opened1859
School districtArkansas School for the Blind
NCES District ID0500035[1]
Teaching staff32.31 (on FTE basis)[1]
GradesPK-12
Enrollment95[1] (2010–11)
Student to teacher ratio2.94[1]
Color(s)     Black
     Gold
SportsTrack and Field, Wrestling, Goalball, Cheer
MascotLion
Team nameArkansas School for the Blind Lions
AffiliationsNorth Central Association of Schools for the Blind
Arkansas Activities Association
Website

Opened in 1859, the school was founded as The Institute for the Education of the Blind by Reverend Haucke, a blind Baptist minister. Originally located in Arkadelphia, Arkansas, the school moved in 1868 to Little Rock in the facility now used as the Arkansas Governor's Mansion. By 1877, the school was renamed to its present-day Arkansas School for the Blind. On October 9, 1939, construction of the school's new campus at 2600 West Markham Street was complete and dedicated to Helen Keller, who was in attendance.

SchoolsEdit

Located within the same campus facilities are the following schools:

  • Arkansas School for the Blind High School—serves approximately 50 students in grades 7 through 12.
  • Arkansas School for the Blind Elementary School—serves approximately 50 students in prekindergarten through grade 6.

Extracurricular activitiesEdit

The Arkansas School for the Blind mascot and athletic emblem is the Lion with black and gold serving as the school colors.

AthleticsEdit

For the 2012–14 school years, the ASBVI Lions compete in the 1A Classification—the state's smallest classification—within the 1A Region 5 Conference, as administered by the Arkansas Activities Association in competition with the state's public and private schools. Also, ASB is a member of the North Central Association of Schools for the Blind.[2] The Lions compete in track and field (boys/girls), wrestling, goalball, and cheer.[3][4]

Clubs and traditionsEdit

ASB students participate in a variety of clubs and organizations including Art Club, band, choir, Student Council, FBLA, and FCCLA.[2]

Notable alumniEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for ARK. School For The Blind". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Arkansas School for the Blind". North Central Association of Schools for the Blind. Archived from the original on 15 April 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  3. ^ "School Profile, Arkansas School for the Blind". Arkansas Activities Association. Archived from the original on 5 March 2016. Retrieved 21 December 2012.
  4. ^ "Athletics". Arkansas School for the Blind. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2012.

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