Jerry Dickson, Principal


Andrea Moore, Assistant Principal

Jennifer Gray, Director of Early Childhood Education

1600 Country Club Rd.
Paragould, AR 72450

Phone: 870.240.2201
Fax: 870.240.2203


The Paragould Primary is located in the northeast corner of Arkansas, approximately twenty miles from Arkansas State University. Our community is progressive and moving in the right direction. According to the 2010 Census the population of Paragould has increased by more than 18% over the past decade. We are proud of local businesses, historical landmarks, and recent construction projects. This includes the construction of our preschool through grade one building which opened in August, 2013. Paragould’s recent investment in education is making a positive difference for students, parents, and teachers.

Our faculty and staff consist of 72 teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, food service workers, and custodians. We implement a well documented, systematic and continuous improvement process for improving student learning and the conditions that support learning. Our commitment to continued growth and development is reflected in efforts to network with colleagues through grade level meetings, professional learning teams, and the response to intervention process.

We focus on the development of the whole child, encompassing the social, emotional, physical and cultural needs alongside the academic and intellectual progress of our students. The driving force of what we do comes from knowing our students; their needs, characteristics and wellbeing. We recognize the fact that teachers must not only know subject content, but also the students with whom they wish to teach that content. We believe that positive relationships are an essential part of a productive learning environment.

We feel strongly that optimal learning outcomes require strong home-school partnerships. We recognize the responsibility of teachers to provide families with an understanding of instructional programs and the strategies that they can use to help their child be successful. Programs that encourage families to support their children’s education in meaningful ways have been designed and will be implemented throughout the school year. Our faculty and staff are committed to the process of productive communication, collaboration, and shared decision making.


  1. A standards-based reports card for grade one students

  2. Before and after school opportunities

  3. Interactive whiteboard with projection systems in all classrooms

  4. Mobile computer labs equipped with iPads for each grade level

  5. Partnership with the Henry Wrinkles Foundation

  6. Three playgrounds, interactive play equipment, a trike path, and two greenhouses

  7. Wireless internet access throughout the building


The parents, staff, and administration of the Paragould Primary School are committed to continuous improvement grounded in the belief that we must work collaboratively to educate every child so that they will reach their highest potential. Students will master the curriculum in a family atmosphere that embraces a culture of caring. Challenging programs in a safe, organized, and stimulating environment will inspire all students to reach our high academic and behavior expectations.