Manila School District

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Manila School District
419 East Olympia Street
Manila, Arkansas 72442

United States
District information
MottoA Great Place To Be
SuperintendentPam Castor
NCES District ID0500046[1]
Students and staff
Teachers81.26 (on FTE basis)[1]
Staff173.26 (on FTE basis)[1]
Student-teacher ratio12.74[1]
Athletic conference3A Region 3 (2012–14)
District mascotLions
Colors     black
Other information

Manila School District (or Manila Public Schools) is a public school district based in Manila, Arkansas. Manila Public Schools serves more than 1,000 students and employs more than 170 faculty and staff on a full time equivalent basis for its three schools and district office; the school district encompasses 134.66 square miles (348.8 km2) of land in Mississippi County as one of the county's six school districts and serves all or portions of the communities of Manila, Etowah, West Ridge, Leachville, Osceola, and Lepanto.


Early history[edit]

In the late 1880s, Manila’s first school was located about a half mile north of its present location on Olympia and Davis streets. Students were taught in a one-room schoolhouse by teacher Benjamin Bollinger, with most students only completing a few grades at the little elementary school. Then, on May 21, 1926, Manila graduated its first class of five seniors.[2]

Current history[edit]

The Etowah School District consolidated into the Manila district on July 1, 1986.[3]

Manila School District and each of its three schools are accredited by the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and has been accredited by AdvancED (formerly North Central Association) since 1966.[4]

The Manila School District is one of 35 school districts listed as "Achieving" (the highest rating) by the Arkansas Department of Education in support of Adequate Yearly Progress and Augmented Benchmark Examinations.[5]

Manila High School is nationally recognized as a Bronze Medalist in the Best High Schools Report developed by U.S. News & World Report.[6]


  • Manila High School, serving grades 9 through 12.
  • Manila Middle School, serving grades 5 through 8.
  • Manila Elementary School, serving prekindergarten through grade 4.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Manila School District". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  2. ^ "Manila (Mississippi County)". The Encyclopedia of Arkansas History & Culture. December 8, 2011. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  3. ^ "ConsolidationAnnex_from_1983.xls." Arkansas Department of Education. Retrieved on October 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Institution Summary, Manila School District". AdvancED. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  5. ^ Howell, Cynthia (January 30, 2013). "35 labeled 'achieving' of 239 school districts". Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Retrieved March 6, 2013.
  6. ^ "Best High Schools 2012". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved November 19, 2012.

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