Conway, the county seat of Faulkner County, is located in Central Arkansas, 30 miles north of Little Rock on Interstate 40. Other major highways serving Conway are US highways 64 and 65. Conway is nearly equidistant from the four corners of the state. Arkansas, the northeastern of the four states comprising the West South Central area (Texas, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Arkansas), lies on the western bank of the Mississippi River and is separated from the Gulf of Mexico by Louisiana. This central location makes Conway a moor distribution and service center for the Central Arkansas population. Within a 500 mile radius there are 17 states and 24 metropolitan areas which include over a third of the nationís population.
Major nearby cities include Little Rock, 30 miles southeast; Kansas City, 405 miles northwest; Atlanta, 523 miles east; New Orleans, 437 miles south; Oklahoma City, 348 miles northwest; Dallas, 307 miles Southwest; St Louis, 360 miles northeast and Memphis, 139 mile northeast.
The total population of the city of Conway is over 52,500 according to a special 2005 census. The population of Faulkner County is 86,014 according to the 2000 census. There are approximately 13,000 students residing in Conway during the academic year. The city of Conway and Faulkner County are classified among the fastest growing areas in Arkansas.
Conway ranks at the top of the class when it comes to offering its residents quality education. The areaís educational needs are served by the public school system, a parochial school system, private church affiliated schools, two colleges and one university.
Pre-Schools & Kindergarten
The Conway area has many up-to-date pre-school facilities. The Conway district has 15 pre-schools. The Childrenís Center, Early Childhood Center-Home Away From
Home, First Presbyterian Christian Pre-School, Gladyísí Lilí Angels Child Care & Learning Center, Kiddie Kare Christian Child Care, Kingís Kare Christian 4 Dee Ln, Little Dumplings, Little Starts Childcare & Early Education Learning Center, Meadowlake Day School, Ms Carries Day School, Quality Child Care Inc, Sugar Bear Childcare, Wee Care Center of Conway, Wee Care Learning Center and Woodland Public.
The Conway School District has eight (K-5)
Elementary schools: Ellen Smith, Florence Mattison, Ida Burner, Julia Lee Moore, Sallie Cone, Marguerite Vann, Jim Stone and Theodore Jones. There are five secondary schools: Carl Stuart Middle School and Bob Courtway Middle School (6-8),
Ruth Doyle Intermediate, Conway High School East (9-10) and Conway High School West (11-12).
Ratings for area schools can be found at the web site www.as-is.org. The district also serves students and adults of Conway and surrounding districts through an area Vocational Education Center located at the Conway High West campus complex.
Basic literacy services and GED preparation are offered at the Conway Adult Education Center.
Conway Private Schools
Conway also has a private school, St. Joseph School. It is fully accredited at all levels (Kindergarten through 12th grade) by the Arkansas Nonpublic Schools Accrediting Association (ANSAA) - which is affiliated with the National Federation of Nonpublic School State Accrediting Associations and approved by the United States Office of
Education. St. Joseph School is the first K-12 program in Arkansas to receive this certification. Also, Conway Christian School located at Second Baptist Church, with offices on Factory Street, is a Kindergarten through Grade 6 private school with Preschool available for three and four year olds. Conway Christian is a part of the Arkansas Baptist School System.
University of Central Arkansas - Originally established as Arkansas State Normal School in 1907; UCA later changed its name to Arkansas State Teachers College. In 1967 it became the State College of Arkansas and in 1975 it gained university status and became the University of Central Arkansas. (Phone: 501-450-5000) UCA has an enrollment of approximately 11,000 students.
Hendrix College - Hendrix College is a co-educational, four-year, liberal arts college, which was founded in 1876 in Altus, Arkansas, it has been associated with the Methodist Church since 1884. Hendrix moved to Conway in 1890. An undergraduate community of approximately 1,000 students, the college is a recognized leader among independent colleges in America. Hendrix offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in 23 majors. (Phone: 501-329-6811)
Central Baptist College - Central Baptist College, formerly Central College, was established in 1952. It is sponsored by the Baptist Missionary Association of Arkansas. CBC offers Associate of Arts degrees in Business, Education,
General Education, Mathematics, Music, Office Administration, Pastoral Studies and Religious Education as well as a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Bible with emphasis in Missions, Pastoral Studies and Religious Education and a Bachelor of Science in Church Music and Youth Ministries. (Phone: 501-329-6872)
There are also numerous colleges in Little Rock 31 miles southeast of Conway, offering a variety of degrees.