Acorn High School (Mena, AR)


  • Name:Mrs. Kathy Rusert
  • Title:Science Teacher

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Acorn High School
  • Address:143 Polk 96
    Mena, AR 71953
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:479-394-5544

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User Phone

  • Direct phone:479-394-5544
  • Mobile phone:479-216-1168
  • Home phone:479-394-4176
  • Other fax:479-394-6687

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  • Mission:
  • Acorn High School enables students to reach their highest potential by establishing curricula to meet/exceed government standards for education; provide enrichment programs to develop mental, physical and social skills; and collaborates to create an environment for the success of all students.

  • Overview:
  • Acorn School is a small rural Pre-K through grade 12 public school located in the Ouachita Mountains on the western edge of Arkansas. We are one of two schools in the Ouachita River School District. Much of the district lies in the remote Blackfork Mountain range of the Ouachita Mountains. Students who ride the bus to school from this remote area are on the bus over 3 hours every school day.

    Due to the low economic status of our students, all students receive lunches and breakfasts at no charge. According to the 2010 census for Mena, AR, the per capita income was $14,710 with only 52.3% of the population employed. Many families receive income from farming (cattle, chickens or timber) or farming-related occupations.

    This project is needed to provide meaningful, relevant opportunities for student learning.

  • History:
  • From Wikipedia:
    Since 1876, several schools existed in the area near the modern school, first known as "Goardneck." In subsequent years, various buildings were erected to serve as the school building for the lcoal community renamed as "Acorn" due to the bundance of oak trees. The first graduating class of Acorn High School was 1916 with two students.

    In 2012 Acorn High School was nationally recognized as a selectee in the first-ever U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School (ED-GRS) recognition award program. The school campus includes a 15 acres (6.1 ha) outdoor classroom that includes a vegetable garden and a greenhouse, and students established a protection program for an endangered Ozark Chinquapin tree discovered on the campus. Acorn High School teacher Kathy Rusert was honored as the 2012 Rural Teacher of the Year Award by the
    Arkansas Rural Education Associtaoin and was one of five educators in the nation named a 2012 National Project Learning Tree Outstanding Teacher. Acorn High School was listed and unranked in the U.S. News and World Report Best High Schools 2012 report.

  • Year established:1876
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:7
  • Advisory board size:
  • Staff size:150


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Not Applicable
  • IRS Section:Unknown
  • IRS Subsection:None
  • Tax ID:14-1907772

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