BACK TO SCHOOL: Lakeside School District

First day of school: Aug. 22

Open house: Lakeside Primary and Intermediate schools: Aug. 18, 2-6 p.m.; Lakeside Middle and Junior High schools: Aug. 18, 3-7 p.m.; Lakeside High School: Aug. 18, 4-8 p.m.

About: The Lakeside School District serves an area of 61 square miles and is located around the city of Hot Springs. Lakeside School District and its individual schools have received many national and state awards and distinctions in academics. "We have four priority goals for students at Lakeside schools: to maximize individual student potential, to enhance a positive, safe and healthy school climate, to maintain fiscal responsibility, and promote interaction between the school district and our community. With a total enrollment of over 3,500 students, and over 300 dedicated professional and support staff, children are given the individual attention they need in order to excel. Lakeside schools are an enriching and safe place for our students to learn and grow. Thank you for the opportunity to share in your child's education. At Lakeside, Kids First is our motto! We believe in showing up and working hard every day and expect the same from our students. Cultivating this strong work ethic will help our students succeed in whatever area they decide to pursue. Thank you to our parents, patrons, and community members for your continued support as we work together to prepare our students for their future," its website says.