An Invitation to Apply for the Position of Superintendent of Schools
Employees, Parents, and Friends of Hot Springs Public Schools...
Troy Basketball: Lady Trojans Focused and Working for the "Gold"; Will play for the 5A State Championship.
Lady Trojans Find Gold, Win Class 5A State Championship!!!!!
Hot Springs School District Students Gear Up For State-Mandated Tests!
Hot Springs School District continues to encourage everyone to "Read to a Child Twenty Minutes a Day!".

Trojans Take 5A South Conference Title!!

The 2014 Hot Springs High School Trojan football team defeated cross-town rival and fellow 5A South conference member Lakeside by a score of of 53-30 in the regular season finale.  The victory secured a first place finish and outright conference... READ MORE [+]

Trojans are State Playoff Bound!

Hot Springs High School clinched a 5A State playoff spot Halloween night by posting an impressive victory over Camden Fairview, 38-20.  The Trojans, 5-4 overall, moved to 5-1 in conference play with the regular season finale against cross-town rival... READ MORE [+]

Trojan Homecoming 2014 Celebration!

The Joe Reese Memorial Stadium was packed October 17 as the crowd welcomed the Hot Springs High School's 2014 Homecoming Court to the Tommy Holt Memorial Field.  Heralded with energy and enthusiasm in the days prior to the culminating crowning of... READ MORE [+]

Gardner & HSMS hold "EAST Night Out"!

EAST Night Out is a national "open house" celebration of our EAST programs, where family, friends and the general public are invited to see how students are making a difference in their community and celebrate the work already underway. During EAST... READ MORE [+]

Oaklawn VPA Magnet Fall Family Fun Day

Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet School recently hosted a Fall Family Fun Day.  The day's activities began with an informational parent meeting to present the school's "Report to the Public" .  Upcoming PARCC assessments, Benchmark and... READ MORE [+]

ALE Staff recognized by Wal-Mart #261

Wal-Mart Store #261 (Central Avenue) representatives were on hand at Hot Springs School District's ALE-Summit/Vista campus recently to recognize the staff as part of its Teacher Rewards Program.  A teacher appreciation assembly was held to formally... READ MORE [+]

THV11 Hometown Hero Gerald Hatley

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (KTHV) - The transition to high school can be an exciting time for some, but for others, it can be intimidating. "There's a lot of kids, and the hallways are really crowded, so it was scary to me,” explained Tavonia Smith. “It was... READ MORE [+]

Gardner EAST Monarch Butterfly Project

The Gardner STEM Magnet EAST students are participating in a Monarch Butterfly project. Working with Robin Gregory and Jeff Hayhurst from Native Expeditions, Angie Babbit from Monarch Watch, and Mitzi Cole of the US Forest Service, the project... READ MORE [+]

Cheering on the Trojans!

The Hot Springs Trojans maintained their focus and "finished" for their first 2014 5A South conference win against Watson Chapel.  The Trojans will be on the road at Hope and DeQueen before returning to Joe Reese Memorial Stadium for... READ MORE [+]


The Office of Education Policy (OEP) at the University of Arkansas has announced that Park Magnet School has won a "High-Achieving Overall School" Outstanding Educational Performance" award highlighting the highest-performing schools in Arkansas... READ MORE [+]

Oaklawn VPA Magnet Rewarded by Sam's

Sam's Club #4825 recently recognized Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School's K-4 staff with $50 Reward Cards, school supplies and other treats through its Teacher Reward program.  The Sam's Club/Walmart program is designed to thank... READ MORE [+]

Freshman Convocation 2014

Hot Springs High School hosted its second annual Freshman Convocation recently in the Johnny Mae Mackey Theater. READ MORE [+]

2014 Trojan Football

The 2014 Trojan Football season began with a controlled scrimmage Tuesday, August 26 at the Tommy Holt field of the Joe Reese Stadium against Little Rock Christian.  The Trojans will continue to compete in the 5A South... READ MORE [+]

College & Career Awareness Day

The 2014-2015 school year marks the third anniversary of the College & Career Awareness campaign.  Originally announced as a Safe Schools-Healthy Students Initiative, the project has become somewhat of a tradition, with all students and staff... READ MORE [+]

2014-15 First Day Excitement!

Rain did not dampen the smiles and excitement of both students and staff Monday, August 18, as Hot Springs School District kicked off the first day of the 2014-15 year . Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School staff member, Jamie Pearce... READ MORE [+]

Welcome Back! 2014-15 Begins!

The Hot Springs School District staff began the 2014-15 year with an opening session August 11 at the high school's Mackey Theater. The session, serving as the start of a five day professional development week,  focused on building a... READ MORE [+]

HSSD Recognizes Retirees

The Hot Springs School District faculty and staff concluded the 2013-2014 year with its annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast on Monday, June 2, 2014.  The event honored the staff members employed for 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years and the 20... READ MORE [+]

Sam's Club Member of the Year

The Hot Springs School District was recently chosen as the recipient of the 2013 Sam's Club Business Member of the Year.  The award was presented to HSSD Superintendent Joyce Craft by Cheryl McDonald, Sam's Club #4825 Director of Personnel. The... READ MORE [+]

HSSD 2014 Teacher of the Year

The Hot Springs School District's individual campus nominees for Teacher of the Year were announced at the annual Awards and Recognition Breakfast held June 2 at Hot Springs High School.  Local businesses, including Adrianne Kahn Fine Jewelry, Bubba... READ MORE [+]

New Immunization Requirements 2014-15

IMPORTANT NOTICE TO PARENTS/GUARDIANSThe new Immunization Requirements for the 2014-15 school year may affect your child. Please read the new requirements carefully.  This will affect MANY STUDENTS in our district.  Contact your County Health... READ MORE [+]

Summer Food Service Program

Hot Springs School District is pleased to be sponsoring The “Summer Food Service Program”.  Breakfast and Lunch will be served at no cost to anyone 18 years old and under beginning June 2, 2014, Monday - Friday.  (Except on July 4 No meals will be... READ MORE [+]

HSHS Boys Soccer Team is State-Bound!

The Hot Springs High School Boys Soccer team will be the second seed from the 5A South Conference at the State Tournament.  The Trojans, 12-4-1 overall and 5-3 in conference play will travel to Harrison to take on Sylvan Hills at noon Thursday... READ MORE [+]

HSSD College and Career Day

The Hot Springs School District provided a College & Career Day May 2 for all of its campuses.  All Kindergarten - 4th grade students participated in a "Careers on Wheels" event at the Hot Springs Municipal Airport, 5-8th grade students attended... READ MORE [+]

Skills USA State Photography Winner

Jamie Loe, a sophomore at Hot Springs High School is this year's winner of the SkillsUSA State Photography competition which was held at the Hot Springs Convention Center on April 15. Jamie will go on to represent Arkansas in the 50th annual... READ MORE [+]

HSIS Destination Imagination Team

Hot Springs Intermediate School's Destination Imagination Team is Globals bound!  The team, along with team manager Michelle Moore, worked all year using critical thinking, problem solving and communicating skills to produce a creative and unique... READ MORE [+]

FREE Community Meals

Anyone 18 years or younger may receive a hot meal for free at Langston Magnet School and Hot Springs Middle School from 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm until the end of the school year on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Langston Aerospace and... READ MORE [+]

Christian Boekhout, Geography Bee Winner

Christian Boekhout, an 8th grade student at Hot Springs Middle School  won the state Geographic Bee and will represent the state of Arkansas for the 4th year in a row.  The national competition will be held in the coming weeks in... READ MORE [+]

HSSD First Annual Trojan Trot

The First Annual Hot Springs Trojan Trot, postponed from last Fall due to inclement weather, was held Saturday, March 15.  The 2 mile Fun Run/Walk course was located on the campus of Hot Springs High School with proceeds benefiting the HSSD... READ MORE [+]

5A South Basketball Champions

The Hot Springs Trojan basketball team won the 5A - South Championship with a 12-2 record. The Trojans, 17-8 overall, will represent the conference as the top seed in the state tournament.  READ MORE [+]

5A-South Conference Champions

Hot Springs High School's Senior Girl's, undefeated in the 5A-South Conference at 14-0 and 20-5 overall, will advance to the 5A State Tournament in Alma. READ MORE [+]

Jr. Trojans are 2013-14 5A SW Champions!

In just his first year as head coach, LaMont Page led the Junior High Boys Basketball team to a second straight 5A Southwest Conference Championship. The Trojans entered the final game of the District Tournament on the heels of a 16 game winning... READ MORE [+]

MS EAST Students Help Children in Sudan

Hot Springs Middle School EAST Students are raising money to send water to people who are in need of water in Sudan. Click on the link below to learn more. Thank you for supporting our effort. READ MORE [+]

2013 Spa City Classic Champions

The Hot Springs Lady Trojan basketball team was presented the Spa City Classic Championship trophy by HSSD Superintendent Joyce Craft at Summit Arena on Monday, December 30 after defeating Central Arkansas Christian, 44-40 in the finals. ... READ MORE [+]

2013 Kameron Hale Tournament Champions

The Jr. High Trojan Boys' basketball team won the Kameron Hale Invitational Tournament over Christmas break. The Jr. Trojans went 3-0 in the tournament beating Central Arkansas Christian, Bryant, and tournament hosts Lake Hamilton in the... READ MORE [+]

Oaklawn and Park earn "Achieving Status"

Hot Springs School District celebrates the accomplishments of Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts and Park International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme Magnet Schools for their “Achieving” status from the Arkansas Department of Education on... READ MORE [+]

Jr. High Football - Conference Champs

It's been almost 40 years since Hot Springs High School has claimed a Jr. High Conference Championship, but that feat was accomplished by the Class of 2017 with a 45-7 win over the DeQueen Leopards on Halloween! Finishing with an overall record... READ MORE [+]

EAST students work on 3-D school model

EAST students work on 3-D school model By: JAY BELL - The Sentinel-Record READ MORE [+]

Park IB Magnet Ranked #1 in the State

Out of 239 School Districts with 468,000 students, Park IB Magnet ranked #1 in the State. The ranking was provided by the University of Arkansas' Office of Education Policy due to being the top performing Elementary School in the state based on... READ MORE [+]

College Shirt Days


HSSD Receives Grant from ARCF

Hot Springs School District is excited to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant award from the Arkansas Community Foundation.  This grant will help support the district's Summer Programs for at-risk students. READ MORE [+]

Special Message from the Superintendent

The Hot Springs School District holds the safety of its staff and students' first and foremost.  Following are the steps we have in place related to safety and security. READ MORE [+]

Park IB Magnet a 2011 Exemplary School

Congratulations to Park IB Students and Parents.  Park IB Magnet ranked in the top one percent on recent Arkansas Benchmark examinations and became one of nineteen public schools throughout Arkansas school districts to be designated as a 2011... READ MORE [+]

U.S. News Top High Schools

U.S. News and World Report has ranked the best high schools in the country and Hot Springs High School is among the best in the state.  U.S. News put Hot Springs High School in its list of top 10 schools in Arkansas. Click Here To Read More READ MORE [+]

HSHS students convert car to solar power

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Students from Hot Springs stopped by Today's THV to give us a hands-on look at their solar powered car. The car was initially broken when the school first received the car. Students fixed it and then converted it to solar... READ MORE [+]

Common Core State Standards Initiative

The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world... READ MORE [+]


The mission of the Hot Springs School District is to assure that all students have the essential skills to
compete in a global society, value and respect diversity and possess the ethical standards of integrity.



  • Prepare all students, consistent with their ability and potential, to be productive citizens in a democratic and diverse society.
  • Implement instructional practices and programs that enable students to meet established standard of achievement and foster life-long learning.
  • Develop an instructional climate centered around dignity and respect.
  • Meet or exceed state and federal guidelines for student achievement.

Human Resources

  • Implement practices to support and assist teachers and support staff in the instruction of positive learning for all students.

Health and Safety

  • Seek to maintain a safe, disciplined and healthy environment that nurtures physical, mental and emotional well-being, and the development of social and character competencies.

Community Relations

  • Establish positive and effective communication initiatives to build an awareness of the Hot Springs School District.


  • Improve administration and management of student learning environments and facilitate effective communication.

Budget and Finance

  • Provide accurate and professional financial information. Plan for future school district/school needs, assess past financial performances, and optimize the sharing of information.


Hot Springs High School   
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

701 Emory Street
Hot Springs, AR 71913
Phone: (501) 624-5286
Lloyd Jackson, Principal

Hot Springs Middle - MYP World Class School
700 Main Street
Hot Springs, AR  71913
Phone:  (501) 624-5228
George Wilson, Principal

Hot Springs Intermediate - MYP World Class School
Phone:  (501) 620-7851
Becky Rosburg, Principal

Park IB - PYP World Class School
617 Main Street
Hot Springs, AR  71913
Phone: (501) 623-5661
Diane Smith, Principal
Becky Rosburg, Executive Principal

Gardner STEM Magnet
525 Hammond Drive
Hot Springs, AR  71913
Phone:  (501) 620-7822
Cathy Johnson, Principal

Langston Aerospace & Environmental Magnet
120 Chestnut Street
Hot Springs, AR  71901
Phone:  (501) 620-7821
Terry Lawler, Principal

Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet
301 Oaklawn Boulevard
Hot Springs, AR  71913
Phone:  (501) 623-2661
Debbie Kopf, Principal

Alternative Learning Environment School
220 Tom Ellsworth Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71901
(501) 620-7830
Kelley Deardorff, Principal




Administrative Leadership

  Joyce Craft Superintendent
  Jim Gentry Assistant Superintendent
Athletic Director
Student Services Director
  Dr. Anne Gentry Federal Programs Director
  Dr. Janice McCoy Academic Operations Director
  Bobbie Morrison Special Education Director
  Dr. Stephanie Nehus Special Projects & Secondary Curriculum Director
  Doug Upshaw Human Resources and Communication Director
  David White Business Manager
  Barbara Norwood Child Nutrition Director
  Kelley Deardorff Alternative Learning Environment Director
  Charles White Legal Counsel
  Dr. Ann Webb Mathematics Specialist & District Testing Coordinator
  Melissa Edwards Literacy Specialist

School Board Members

  Nathaniel Freeman President
  Debbie Ugbade Vice President
  Ann Hill Secretary
  Karen Reese Member
  Steve White Member

Contact Us

  Phone Number: 501-624-5286
  Fax number: 501-620-7829
  Address: 400 Linwood Avenue
    Hot Springs, AR 71913
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  On the Web:


  • Second largest district in Garland County
  • 6th largest employer in Hot Springs
  • 2014-2015 Enrollment
  • Average Class Size


  • Staff

Student Demographics

  • White
  • African American
  • Hispanic
  • Asian
  • Native American
  • Hawaiian / Pacific Islander

Where You Can Find:

  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years, Middle Years, Diploma Programmes
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Navy JROTC
  • Elementary Orchestra, Dance, & Band
  • Space Camp - Huntsville, AL
  • Magnet Schools
  • EAST & EAST Core
  • Family Outreach Center

Intensive Support System

  • Coordinated School Health
  • Intervention Specialists
  • Homeless Liaison
  • Human Service Workers
  • School Resource Officers
  • Alternative Learning Environment


  • AdvancED SAC CASI District Accreditation
  • NCEA Higher Performing School (2010,2011)
  • Magnet Schools of Excellence & Distinction
  • International Baccalaureate World Schools (K-12)
  • AR Art Education Association Administrator of the Year
  • Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2009)
  • Glenn Hendricks  Magnet School of Merit
  • Hogan & Hartson Magnet School of Merit
  • NASA Explorer School
  • National Board Certified Teachers
  • Distinguished Educator Awards
  • The Pygmalion Award
  • AR 2014 Alternative Learning Environment Teacher of the Year
  • Highest Performing Elementary School on the AR Benchmark for 2 Consecutive Years (2013,2014)
  • AR 2013 Regional Finalist Teacher of the Year
  • Award Winning EAST Programs (K-12)
  • Model Technology Classroom (Middle School)


 A message from our Superintendent 

Joyce Craft
Email Joyce Craft

Assistant Superintendent

Athletic Director
Student Services Director
Jim Gentry
Email Jim Gentry

Business and Finance

David White
Email David White

Director of
Academic Operations

Dr. Janice McCoy
Email Janice McCoy

Director of
Special Education

Bobbie Morrison
Email Bobbie Morrison

Director of
Federal Programs

Dr. Anne Gentry
Email Anne Gentry

Director of
Child Nutrition

Barbara Norwood
Email Barbara Norwood

Director of
Special Projects
& Secondary Curriculum

Dr. Stephanie Nehus
Email Stephanie Nehus

Director of
Human Resources
& Communications

Doug Upshaw
Email Doug Upshaw

Instructional Specialist
for Literacy

Melissa Edwards
Email Melissa Edwards

District Testing Coordinator &
Instructional Specialist
for Mathematics

Dr. Ann Webb
Email Ann Webb

Director of
Alternative Learning
(Summit/Vista/Job Corp)

Kelley Deardorff
Email Kelley Deardorff

Hot Springs
School District

Chuck White
Email Chuck White

Hot Springs High School
Campus/Building Principal

Lloyd Jackson
Email Lloyd Jackson

Hot Springs High School
9th-10th Grade Principal

Gerald Hatley
Email Gerald Hatley

Hot Springs Middle School
Campus/Building Principal

George Wilson
Email George Wilson

Hot Springs Middle School
8th Grade Principal

Kip Spainhour
Email Kip Spainhour

Hot Springs Middle School
7th Grade Principal

Linda Barrett
Email Linda Barrett

Hot Springs Intermediate
Park Magnet School

Executive Principal
Becky Rosburg
Email Becky Rosburg

Oaklawn Visual and Performing Arts
Magnet School

Debbie Kopf
Email Debbie Kopf

Park Magnet School
Diane Smith
Email Diane Smith
Cathy Johnson
Gardner STEM
Magnet School

Cathy Johnson
Email Cathy Johnson

Langston Aerospace and Environmental
Magnet School

Terry Lawler
Email Terry Lawler

Summit Alternative Learning
Environment School

Kelley Deardorff
Email Kelley Deardorff

Hot Springs School District Central Office
Ph: 501-624-3372
Fax: 501-620-7829
Hot Springs High School
Ph: 501-624-5286
Fax: 501-620-7820
Hot Springs Middle School
Ph: 501-624-5228
Fax: 501-620-7828
Gardner STEM Magnet
Ph: 501-620-7822
Fax: 501-620-7837
Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet
Ph: 501-623-2661
Fax: 501-620-7834
Hot Springs Intermediate School
Ph: 501-620-7851
Fax: 501-620-7855
Park Magnet an IB World School
Ph: 501-623-5661
Fax: 501-620-7855
Langston Aerospace and Environmental Magnet
Ph: 501-620-7821
Fax: 501-620-7836
Summit School
Ph: 501-620-7830
Fax: 501-620-7833
Child Nutrition
Ph: 501-623-6562
Fax: 501-620-7838

Hot Springs School District Central Office
400 Linwood Ave. (Jones Building)
Hot Springs, AR 71913
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Hot Springs High School
701 Emory Street
Hot Springs, AR 71913
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Hot Springs Middle School
701 Main Street
Hot Springs, AR 71913
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Gardner STEM Magnet
525 Hammond Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71913
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Oaklawn Visual & Performing Arts Magnet
301 Oaklawn Blvd.
Hot Springs, AR 71913
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Hot Springs Intermediate School
617 Main Street
Hot Springs, AR 71913
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Park Magnet an IB World School
617 Main Street
Hot Springs, AR 71913
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Langston Aerospace and Environmental Magnet
120 Chestnut Street
Hot Springs, AR 71901
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Summit School
220 Tom Ellsworth Drive
Hot Springs, AR 71901
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Child Nutrition
140 N Border Terrace
Hot Springs, Arkansas 71901
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Event Date
Good Friday - Make Up Day Fri, Apr 3, 2015
School Board Meeting
Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, June, August, September, October, November, December on the third Tuesday 12 times except Tue Sep 16 2014, Tue Feb 17 2015. Also includes Tue Sep 23 2014, Thu Feb 19 2015.
Tue, Apr 21, 2015 - 5:00 pm
Interim Reports to Parents Wed, Apr 22, 2015
College Awareness Day
Repeats every month on January, February, March, April, May, August, September, October, November, December on the last Tuesday until Wed May 20 2015 except Tue Dec 30 2014, Tue May 26 2015. Also includes Tue Dec 16 2014, Tue May 19 2015.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015
College Awareness Day Tue, May 19, 2015
School Board Meeting Tue, May 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm
Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL Mon, May 25, 2015
Make Up Days Tue, May 26, 2015 to Thu, May 28, 2015
Last Day for Students Thu, May 28, 2015
End 4th Quarter Thu, May 28, 2015
End 2nd Semester Thu, May 28, 2015
Report Cards to Parents Thu, May 28, 2015
Professional Development Fri, May 29, 2015
Teachers Last Day Fri, May 29, 2015
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