Tennie Russell Primary Enrollment

Tennie Russell Primary School is an Arkansas Better Chance for School Success
(ABCSS) Pre-K school. ABCSS is a state grant program that targets 3 & 4-year-old children who
live in families with incomes at or below 200% of the federal poverty level.

Contact Information
1110 Bella Vista Rd, Bentonville, AR 72712
Phone: 479-696-3775
Fax: 479-271-1177
Principal: Lori Passmore
Registrar: Tammy Hanna

Tennie Russell Primary Enrollment Information and Application Link:

Tennie Russell Primary School Offers:

  • Enrollment for 259 preschool children, with priority given to children who will be 4 on or before August 1st. Those who will be 3 are enrolled as space allows.

  • High quality preschool education for children ages 3-5 at NO COST to eligible families.

  • A P-4 licensed, certified Teacher and a degreed or credentialed Assistant in each classroom

  • Pre-K instruction for 178 school days following the Bentonville Public District Calendar

  • An on-site school registered nurse

  • A free before-school program to meet family needs, 7:15-7:45.

  • Full day of learning- Learning day schedules are 7:45-2:45.

  • An afterschool program for 4-year-olds that is open until 5:30 pm for a cost of $55.00 per week, per child

  • Developmental, Hearing and Vision screenings

  • Low teacher-student ratios (1-10), classroom size of 20 children

  • Federal Food Program approved Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack

  • Developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the Arkansas Early Childhood
    Education Frameworks and focuses on development of the whole child: socially, emotionally, physically and cognitively

  • Staff who continuously acquire 30+ hours of professional development each year.

  • Services that garnered a 3 out of 3 star rating from the State of Arkansas’ Better Beginnings Quality Rating System

  • Family resources such as Snack Packs for Kids, parent educational meetings and referrals to local agencies when needed

Why Preschool Counts

Research shows that a child’s early care and education play a critical role in a child’s brain development. The developing brain is affected by every experience and interaction, both positive and negative. Positive learning environments for children produce tremendous brain development and positive, nurturing relationships at these early ages are essential for healthy social-emotional development.