Harrisburg School District (Arkansas)

Harrisburg School District (or Harrisburg Public Schools) is an accredited public school district based in Harrisburg, Arkansas, United States. The school district encompasses 58.77 square miles (152.2 km2) of land[citation needed] in Poinsett County, Arkansas, including Harrisburg, Fisher, Waldenburg, and Weiner.[2]

Harrisburg School District
207 West Estes
Harrisburg, Arkansas 72432
United States
District information
Established1897 (1897)
AdvancED (2009–)
NCES District ID0507350[1]
Students and staff
Teachers123.85 (on FTE basis)[1]
Staff261.85 (on FTE basis)[1]
Student–teacher ratio11.18[1]
Other information

The district from its five facilities provides comprehensive education for pre-kindergarten through grade 12 and is accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and has been accredited by AdvancED since 2009.[3]



According to the district's website, by 1897, it became evident that Harrisburg needed a new school building. A two story brick building was constructed on Brooks Street. It was a grammar school including grades one through nine. This building served school children in Harrisburg until March 1919 when a much larger two-story brick building was constructed on South Street. From September 1918 until March 3, 1919, students attended classes in churches until the new building was completed. For more than 50 years this building served as a place of education for students in the Harrisburg School District. For 30 years it was the only building on campus.

Consolidation in the Harrisburg School District began in 1945 with Greenfield District followed by Bethel, Whitehall, Wyley Crossing, Bolivar, Burrow, Pleasant View and Valley View. Average daily attendance rose from 317 in 1943-44 to 937 in 1959-51. Whitaker and Weona School District were shut down and joined the Harrisburg School System.[citation needed]

On July 1, 2010, Weiner School District was annexed by the Harrisburg School District.[4]

Harrisburg School District now consists of 4 schools.



Secondary schools:

  • Harrisburg High School, serving more than 325 students in grades 9 through 12.
  • Harrisburg Middle School, serving more than 350 students in grades 5 through 8.

Elementary schools:

  • Harrisburg Elementary School, serving more than 400 students in pre-kindergarten and 4.
  • Weiner Elementary School, serving more than 150 students in kindergarten through 6.

In 2012, Harrisburg Elementary received a Bronze Award in the HealthierUS School Challenge that recognizes excellence in nutrition and physical activity by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.[5]

Weiner High School was previously a part of the district until 2013, when it closed.[6]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Harrisburg School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  2. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Poinsett County, AR" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 4, 2021.
  3. ^ "Institution Summary, Harrisburg School District". AdvancED. Retrieved December 4, 2012.
  4. ^ "Consolidation/Annexations of LEA's (1983-June 30, 2012)." Arkansas Department of Education. Retrieved on July 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "HealthierUS Schools Challenge, Arkansas Award Winners". Food and Nutrition Service. Retrieved February 8, 2013.
  6. ^ Lesnick, Gavin (March 11, 2013). "Board votes to close Weiner High School". Arkansas Online. Retrieved May 25, 2018.

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