White County, Arkansas, was created by an Act of the Legislature on October 23, 1835. The town of Searcy was born on November 23, 1837. Records testify that Searcy, seat of White County, Arkansas, has long
been a center of education and culture. In the year 1851, the Searcy Male Academy was organized. It was conducted by school commissioners appointed by the "town counselors" until August 6, 1870, when the district was organized as Searcy School District No. 19. By Act 141 of the General Assembly of the State of Arkansas, effective April 5, 1905, Districts 19 and 104 were abolished and "School District of Searcy" was formed by the union of the two districts. Throughout the years, additional territory has been added to the original Searcy School District through the consolidation process. Searcy School District now comprises 162 square miles. The District operates 38 school buses, employs approximately 450 administrators, teachers, and staff members and has a total enrollment of over 4,000 students.
The Searcy Special School District seeks to prepare responsible, productive citizens in schools where the abilities of every child are understood, nurtured, and developed.
The Board of Directors believes that students should complete school in full possession of skills, knowledge, and insights necessary for responsible, productive participation in society. Consequently the board has adopted the following educational outcomes for students in graduating from the twelfth grade in the Searcy Special School District:
1. Mastery of reading, writing, listening and speaking skills, mathematics computation, scientific facts; critical and creative thinking; study skills; and problem solving strategies.
2. Ability to use instructional technology tools at an effective, efficient level.
3. Ability to use knowledge of historical, geographic, political, cultural, literary, and scientific information.
4. Ability to locate and use needed information from print and nonprint resources to expand knowledge and insights.
5. Ability to be a self-directed lifelong learner, demonstrating self respect, self understanding, respect and tolerance for the view of others, and appreciation of arts and humanities.