ForwARd’s Work In Crossett


Crossett is located in the southeast region of Arkansas. With a population of more than 5,000, the community’s largest industries are manufacturing, retail trade and healthcare/social assistance. Crossett School District is comprised of four schools: Crossett Learning Center, Crossett Elementary School, Crossett Middle School and Crossett High School.

Community metrics

  • 27%

    Third Grade Literacy

    Based on the ACT Aspire Achievement Score (2016-2017)

  • 30%

    Eighth Grade Math

    Based on the ACT Aspire Achievement Score (2016-2017)

  • 88%

    High School Graduation

    Based on the School Report Card

  • 54%

    College Enrollment

    Based on LEA Information

Our Work

The overall focus of Crossett’s community plan is to provide support to teachers and increase retention, align high school curriculum with the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Technology-Crossett welding program, and strengthen Pre-K curriculum.

Teacher Retention

Crossett School District has focused on creating a culture in which teachers are able to voice their opinions about what works well or need to be improved. The District encourages teachers and other personnel to be involved in developing its vision for the future.

Career-Focused Curriculum Alignment

The District hired a career coach to assist students in college and career preparation, and as a result, students in 9th through 12th grade with focus on seniors. The Career Coach role will be to assist high school level students identify specific career pathways based on their interests and outline action steps to prepare for those careers and/or college.

Because manufacturing is a large employer in the community, Crossett High School has implemented the Fuji Automatic Numerical Control (FANUC) robotics program to provide training for students in integrated vision systems (iRVision), programming a large controller and Roboguide simulation.


In 2018, the District implemented the Wilson’s Foundation Phonics Program/Wit & Wisdom Language Arts Curriculum for Pre-K students. This curriculum provides assistance in phonics, spelling and handwriting.

Looking ForwARd

Crossett School District is focusing on a number of items in the foreseeable future – one of which is Project Lead The Way, a STEM program that provides students in grades Pre-K to 12 the opportunity to solve real-world problems through hands-on application of skills and knowledge acquired in the classroom. Through the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, the school district’s goal is to have 80 percent of all Crossett preschoolers in iLibrary within three years.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, the District also plans to expand the Summit Learning initiative to 7th through 9th graders, providing both academic and non-academic (i.e., mentoring, projects and self-directed learning) support to these students. Projects students work on will require them to use knowledge and skills gained in the classroom and apply to real-world problems. Self-Directed Learning is a learning cycle students are guided through by teaching them how to set goals, make plans, demonstrate skills/knowledge and reflect. The District will also be adding a national pre-apprenticeship program, which will assist in career-focused curriculum alignment by further developing students’ skill sets that are relevant to the industries in Crossett.