Friendship Aspire Academy Little Rock

Our mission is to provide a world-class education that motivates students to achieve high academic standards, enjoy learning and develop as ethical, literate, well-rounded and selfsufficient citizens. Friendship Aspire Academy seeks to fulfill this mission by providing students a high quality, liberal arts education focused on preparing students with the academic and life skills needed to be successful in college and beyond.

Friendship Aspire Public Charter School Pine Bluff campus - slow growth

Opening Fall 2019

accepting applications now

Friendship Aspire Academy - Little Rock will open with an enrollment of 160 students in grades K-1 in August 2019. Over 5 years, the school will grow by 80 students a year to a full enrollment of 480 students in grades K-5. We are accepting applications now for the School Year 2019-2020 kindergarten and first grade lottery. The lottery will be held April 1, 2019.

Programmatic Features of the School

Friendship’s philosophy is that all students can achieve at high levels when provided with a consistent message of achievement from all stakeholders, strong organizational leadership to promote and maintain rigorous instruction, and research-based curriculum that engages learners. Therefore, Friendship builds schools by first engaging families and students in a vision of the future that emphasizes the skills required for college and career success. Staff are then trained in the most effective research-based practices for differentiating student learning and fostering creativity, creativity, and critical thinking.

Friendship Aspire Public Charter School Pine Bluff campus - slow growth

fun facts about FRIENDSHIP

20+

Years in existence

5,000+

Students

15

Schools nationwide

100%

College acceptance rate

160

k-1 seats open in August 2019

Top 25

In 2017, Friendship was named one of the Top 25 high performing charter schools in the nation

Friendship’s philosophy emphasizes a three-pronged approach that allows all students to achieve at high levels.

A consistent message of achievement from all stakeholders.

Strong organizational leadership to promote and maintain rigorous instruction and a quality learning environment.

Research-based curriculum and instructional methodology that engages learners.

A key feature of the pedagogy used to support the Friendship mission is that it is student-centered. Shifting the emphasis from the "teacher and instruction" focus to the "student and learning" focus means redefining the role of the teacher (Tomlinson, Wiggins, and McTighe, 2004). Friendship’s professional development program supports teachers in making the shift to managing classrooms that exemplify this set of behaviors.