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
Natasha Lenox, 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
Taryn Echols, Principal

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

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




Administrative Leadership

  Dr. Mike Hernandez Superintendent
  Jim Gentry Deputy Superintendent
Athletic Director
  Doug Upshaw Associate Superintendent
of Administrative Services
  Dr. Stephanie Nehus Associate Superintendent
of Learning Services
  Dr. Anne Gentry Federal Programs Director
  Bobbie Morrison Special Education Director
  David White Chief Financial Officer
  Charles White Legal Counsel
  Melissa Edwards District Instructional Specialist
  Bryce Walker Director of Technology

School Board Members

  Debbie Ugbade President
  Steve White Vice President
  Ann Hill Secretary
  Bob Freeman Member
  Dino Lenox 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: http://www.hssd.net


  • 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)