Recognizing Great American Schools for over 30 Years

Immaculate Conception Catholic School – Fort Smith, AR

Award Year 2013

Immaculate Conception Catholic School

223 South 14th Street

Fort Smith, AR 72901-3806

Phone: (479) 783-6798

Sharon Blentlinger, Principal

304 Students, Grades: PreK – 6

Choice School

School Website

Catholic Diocese of Little Rock



Immaculate Conception Catholic School develops the whole child, instills Gospel values, inspires a love of learning and promotes academic excellence in a diverse, nurturing community.

Student Demographics

  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White/Caucasian: 73%
  • Hispanic: 16%
  • Asian: 5%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Other: 4%
  • ELL: 23%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 17%
Students at Immaculate Conception School learn how to solve algebraic equations using math manipulatives.

Students at Immaculate Conception School learn how to solve algebraic equations using math manipulatives.

The environment at Immaculate Conception Catholic School in Fort Smith, Arkansas, is one that every parent would want their child to experience. Led by experienced staff with advanced degrees, a diverse student body is surrounded by God’s love and feels security and acceptance on a daily basis. Educating elementary students since 1930, the school’s mission is dedicated to faith, community, and academic excellence.

Teachers utilize best practices and emerging innovative techniques to assist each student in cultivating his/her God-given potential. Every classroom is equipped with cutting-edge technology that enables students to experience hands-on interactive learning. This remarkable setting is responsible for a stellar history of achievement in academic growth and success. In the past decade, 24% of the National Merit Scholars in Fort Smith were alumni of the school.

Based on the belief that parents are the first and primary educators of their children, parental participation is not only expected but embraced. There are over 34 parent-led committees who personally commit to hundreds of volunteer hours each year so that school programs, student-life, and governance is a shared responsibility between families and staff.

Through processes such as “The Leader in Me,” students develop skills and leadership qualities that prepare them for success in academics and life. Children create class mission statements, choose personal and academic goals, and serve in leadership positions throughout the school community. Outreach to local charities and organizations is highly valued within our Catholic school culture. To this end, students select and organize monthly service projects to develop this ideal.