The Eight A+ Essentials

A+ Essentials™ — A Set of Commitments

Arkansas A+ Schools Fellows train schools how to operate using each of the Eight A+ Essentials every day. The A+ Essentials act as a framework to guide planning and reflection for Arkansas A+ schools.


Valued as essential to the learning process, taught daily and included in planning


Linking core classes to promote meaningful experiences and spark enthusiasm for learning

Experiential Learning

Hands-on real world application of learning objectives, using differentiated instruction to support innovation and critical thinking

Multiple Learning Pathways

Provide opportunities for information to be absorbed in a variety of ways

Enriched Assessment

Evaluates achievement by allowing students to demonstrate mastery through multiple measures


Strengthens ownership across the school community while promoting broad-based leadership and intentional connections


Organizes time, space, technology and resources to support transformative learning


Teachers and students are respected, and the creative process is highly valued