Smart Core is Arkansas’s college- and career-ready curriculum for high school students.
College- and career-readiness in Arkansas means that students are prepared for success in entry level, credit-bearing courses at two-year and four-year colleges and universities, in technical post-secondary training, and in well-paid jobs that support families and have pathways to advancement. To be college- and career-ready, students need to be adept problem solvers and critical thinkers who can contribute and apply their knowledge in novel contexts and unforeseen situations. Smart Core is the foundation for college- and career-readiness. All students should supplement with additional rigorous coursework within their career focus.
Successful completion of the Smart Core curriculum is one of the eligibility requirements for the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship. Failure to complete the Smart Core curriculum for graduation may result in negative consequences such as conditional admission to college and ineligibility for scholarship programs.
A Smart Core Informed Consent Form shall be completed for each student in grades 7-12 whose parents/guardians want to enroll the student in the Smart Core curriculum, using the form designated by graduation year of the student. A Smart Core Waiver Form shall also be completed for any student in grades 7-12 whose parents/guardians want to waive the Smart Core curriculum and enroll the student in the Core curriculum, using the form designated by graduation year of the student.