Education

From highly ranked private and public schools to hands-on, experiential learning opportunities, we are committed to inspiring and fostering a lifelong love of learning in individuals of all ages.

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HIGH SCHOOLS RANKED AMONG TOP 10% IN NATION

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EARLY CHILDHOOD

Helen R Walton Children's Enrichment Center

Helen R. Walton Children’s Enrichment Center (Bentonville)

A non-profit organization providing high-quality early childhood education for children ages six weeks to pre-kindergarten. The center’s goal is to build a foundation of lifelong learning for young children in a nurturing, healthy, research-based environment focused on intentional play, exploration, and family well-being.

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Jean Tyson Child Development

Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center (Fayetteville)

A preschool and research facility located on University of Arkansas’ campus, the center provides high-quality education to children from infancy through age 5 and has been recognized as a model program for early childhood education.

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Montessori Education (Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale)

An increasingly popular alternative to traditional schooling in Northwest Arkansas, Montessori emphasizes a child-centered approach that fosters independence, creativity, and critical thinking skills.

Goddard School

The Goddard School (Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers)

The Goddard School is a nationally acclaimed early childhood education institution with over 550 locations in 38 states. Believing that children learn best through experience, Goddard uses current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.

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PUBLIC & CHARTER SCHOOLS

Arkansas Art Academy

Arkansas Arts Academy (Rogers)

A K-12, lottery-based, open-enrollment public charter school focused on artistic excellence through the integration of exceptional Visual and Performing Arts Pathways in combination with high academic standards in all core content areas.

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Ignite

Bentonville Ignite Program (Bentonville)

This program provides students with real-life, relevant learning experiences in collaboration with regional businesses, non-profits, and industry professionals in order to prepare them for opportunities in the community and beyond.

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Don Tyson School of Innovation

Don Tyson School of Innovation (Springdale)

This private, independent preK-12 school offers a challenging and innovative curriculum focused on developing critical thinking, creativity, and a love of learning. The New School is ranked No. 1 in the nation by The Best Schools on their list of 50 Best Private Elementary Schools in the U.S.

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Ignite

Haas Hall (Bentonville, Fayetteville, Rogers, Springdale)

Haas Hall is a public charter school providing a rigorous, college-preparatory education to students in grades 7-12. The school has consistently been ranked as one of the top high schools in Arkansas and the nation, and its graduates have gone on to attend some of the most prestigious colleges and universities in the country.

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Hope Academy

Hope Academy (Bentonville)

Specializing in trauma-centered education, Hope Academy provides a uniquely crafted environment that allows children from trauma to flourish. Through evidence based practices, the school provides an environment conducive to social/emotional development and academic success.

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Lisa Academy

LISA Academy (Rogers-Bentonville, Springdale, Fayetteville)

A tuition-free, K-12 charter school with a 95%+ graduation rate, LISA Academy has been successfully offering its proven, rigorous, STEM-focused college prep education to families across Arkansas since 2004.

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Founders Classical Academy (Bentonville, Rogers)

A K-12 public charter school committed to providing students with a well-rounded, classical education in the liberal arts and sciences in order to foster intellectual excellence, wisdom, and virtue. The school’s mission is to prepare students to be responsible citizens and lead prosperous lives in a free society.

Fayetteville Virtual Academy

Fayetteville Virtual Academy

The Fayetteville School District provides an online, tuition-free public school that serves students in grades K-12. In 2016, Fayetteville Virtual Academy opened as the first district charter conversion online public school in the state of Arkansas. In 2018, FVA earned an ‘A’ rating from the Arkansas Department of Education and is recognized as the highest performing virtual school in the state.

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INDEPENDENT & PRIVATE SCHOOLS

The New School

The New School (Fayetteville)

This private, independent preK-12 school offers a challenging and innovative curriculum focused on developing critical thinking, creativity, and a love of learning. The New School is ranked No. 1 in the nation by The Best Schools on their list of 50 Best Private Elementary Schools in the U.S.

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Providence Academy (Rogers)

Providence Academy (Rogers)

An independent Christian K-12 school serving college-prep education to equip students with a biblical worldview. Through rich and rigorous academic offerings and a classical curriculum, students leave Providence uniquely equipped for college and leadership in the modern world.

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Shiloh Christian (Rogers, Springdale)

Shiloh Christian (Rogers, Springdale)

A prestigious private school, Shiloh offers a challenging and comprehensive educational program that integrates faith and character development, with a strong emphasis on academic excellence, athletics, and fine arts.

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Thaden School

Thaden School (Bentonville)

An independent college preparatory school offering a rigorous and innovative curriculum for students in grades 6-12. With a mission to provide students with an education that is both challenging and inclusive, Thaden School focuses on developing critical thinking, creativity, and a love of learning in its students.

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Ozark Catholic Academy

Ozark Catholic Academy (Tontitown)

Ozark Catholic Academy is Northwest Arkansas’ first independent Catholic high school, offering classes for grades 9-12. OCA’s philosophy is to foster an educational culture of discipline and excellence that cultivates the whole person— intellectual, spiritual, moral, and physical.

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HIGHER EDUCATION

John Brown University

John Brown University (Siloam Springs)

A private, Christian, liberal arts university, John Brown is Arkansas’ top-ranked university (The Wall Street Journal) and top-ranked regional university (U.S. News), with more than 2,200 students from 36 states and 38 countries.

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NWAC

Northwest Arkansas Community College (Bentonville)

A two-year institution of higher education with an enrollment of over 8,000 students, NWACC offers a variety of associate degrees, technical certificates, and workforce training programs to help students achieve their educational and career goals. As a comprehensive community college, NWACC is committed to providing affordable and accessible education to the residents of Northwest Arkansas.

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University of Arkansas

University of Arkansas (Fayetteville)

Thanks to its ‘students-first’ philosophy, the University of Arkansas is consistently ranked among the nation’s top public research universities. With over 200 academic programs across 10 colleges and schools, it offers students a wide range of opportunities to pursue their academic and career goals. The university’s culture is built upon its core values of curiosity, creativity, character, and our shared humanity.

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HOMESCHOOLING

NEARLY 5% OF STUDENTS IN THE NORTHWEST ARKANSAS REGION ATTEND HOMESCHOOL.

Homeschooling means that students receive instruction from their parent or guardian. There are no academic requirements for homeschooling and homeschoolers may take academic courses at public schools. Public schools must allow homeschoolers to participate in interscholastic activities, and private schools may allow participation as well.

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