Northwest Arkansas’ variety of K-12 educational options ensures that you can find the right school for your unique student. Our region boasts high-quality traditional schools as well as small specialized schools. The majority of our students attend public schools, but there are also students who attend private schools or homeschool.

Public Schools

Most students in Northwest Arkansas attend public schools. Although the region has grown a lot, our schools are still relatively small. The large districts in enroll between 300 and 1,500 students per grade, while the smaller districts enroll 150 or fewer students per grade. The region has traditional high schools that bring the community together for Friday Night football games, as well as schools specialized on arts or the classics. All districts have an average class size of fewer than 20, which allows students get the personal attention that they need to succeed. You can find out more about specific Northwest Arkansas schools below.

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THIS REGION HAS DISPLAYED A STRONG COMMITMENT TO PROVIDING ACCESS TO EXCELLENT EDUCATION IN BOTH PUBLIC AND PRIVATE OPTIONS IN NORTHWEST ARKANSAS.

Private & Charter Schools

Northwest Arkansas private, independent, and charter schools maintain the region’s standards with a commitment to excellence in education.  We have a variety of independent and parochial schools in the region including:

  • Thaden School is an independent school located in Bentonville that opened in the fall 2017 with support from the Walton Family Foundation. Clayton Marsh, a former deputy dean at Princeton University, serves as head of school.
  • Shiloh Christian, a parochial school, offers rigorous curriculum for its students, including advanced placement courses in five subjects and college credit classes in five subjects, as well. Students who graduate from Shiloh are prepared for the future.
  • Haas Hall Academy is a accelerated, college-preparatory, open-enrollment public charter high school in Northwest Arkansas serving scholars grades 7-12.
  • Ozark Catholic Academy is Northwest Arkansas’ first and only Catholic high school that opened in 2018. It is centrally located in Tontitown to serve the entire Northwest Arkansas community.
  • The New School, a independent school serving students from toddler age through high school, was ranked #1 in the nation on the prestigious 50 Best Private Elementary Schools list.

RootED Northwest Arkansas, a local non-profit organization that focuses on serving all parents of children in grades K-12, has created a list of independent, charter, private and virtual schools—which you can find below.

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Private Schools

Northwest Arkansas private, independent, and charter schools maintain the region’s standards with a commitment to excellence in education.  We have a variety of independent and parochial schools in the region including:

  • Thaden School is an independent school located in Bentonville that opened in the fall 2017 with support from the Walton Family Foundation. Clayton Marsh, a former deputy dean at Princeton University, serves as head of school.
  • Shiloh Christian, a parochial school, offers rigorous curriculum for its students, including advanced placement courses in five subjects and college credit classes in five subjects, as well. Students who graduate from Shiloh are prepared for the future.
  • Haas Hall Academy is a accelerated, college-preparatory, open-enrollment public charter high school in Northwest Arkansas serving scholars grades 7-12.
  • Ozark Catholic Academy is Northwest Arkansas’ first and only Catholic high school that opened in 2018. It is centrally located in Tontitown to serve the entire Northwest Arkansas community.
  • The New School, a independent school serving students from toddler age through high school, was ranked #1 in the nation on the prestigious 50 Best Private Elementary Schools list.

RootED Northwest Arkansas, a local non-profit organization that focuses on serving all parents of children in grades K-12, has created a list of independent, charter, private and virtual schools—which you can find below.

Explore School Options

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.

If you have questions about homeschooling in Arkansas, visit the Home School Office website below. 

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