Imboden is a rural community of about 700 people located in Northeast Arkansas, and the Imboden Area Charter School, Inc. (IACS) is an open enrollment charter school, located in Imboden, that was organized as a nonprofit corporation by community volunteers in an effort to offer a high quality educational program to students in the area. The school opened in August, 2002 and has just celebrated its 14th birthday! The long term vision is to develop and operate a system that can be duplicated with confidence in other rural communities as either conversion or open enrollment charter schools.
Imboden Area Charter School serves students from grades kindergarten through eighth grades and draws its students from the local and surrounding school districts as well as home-schools. Historically, students have been served from Biggers, Black Rock, Bono, Cave City, Cherokee Village, Delaplaine, Hardy, Hoxie, Imboden, Lynn, Maynard, Ozark Acres, Pocahontas, Portia, Ravenden, Ravenden Springs, Smithville, Strawberry, Swifton, Walnut Ridge, Warm Springs, and Williford. Long range plans include expanding through twelfth grade.
The key factors for success are a performance management system based on the Baldridge Criteria, parent participation, multiage grouping, differentiated learning, a rigorous curriculum, and technology integrated into curriculum, instruction, and assessment.