Education / Schools

The Newport Special School District’s mission is to “Empower students to be lifelong learners and decision makers.” The District has a long history of academic excellence and award-winning student clubs and organizations. They provide an environment for the students that offers a challenging curriculum along with a sense of responsibility. For more information visit the school’s web site –

Arkansas State University-Newport was founded as White River Vocational Technical School in 1976. In 1992 the school merged with ASU-Beebe becoming the ASU-Beebe/Newport campus. In April of 2000, the Arkansas Board of Higher Education gave its approval for ASUN to become a stand alone campus. By 2002, ASU-Newport became a stand-alone college. Jackson County residents also supported the institution by passing a half-cent sales and use tax dedicated to the school. Since becoming a stand-alone college, enrollment at the school has tripled and the college now has three campuses – the main campus in Newport, one in Jonesboro and one in Marked Tree. For more information visit the college’s web site –