Why The New School

Leading Innovative Learning.

At The New School, we know we’re educating students for a world they don’t yet see. A new world. We’re preparing them for jobs that may not exist. New careers. And we’re exposing them to ideas that stretch their minds. New ideas. Our core values exist not just to tell us what we stand for today, but to guide us into the “new” during seasons of growth.

Curiosity — Our students’ curiosity guides them to new places. They discover new talents, overcome struggles and move into the world as curious learners ready to tackle whatever new challenge comes their way.

Innovation — Our students create new solutions every day. This innovation begins at an early age at TNS, a place where computer programming languages are taught beginning in 1st grade and technology is integrated at every level of the curriculum to expand learning opportunities and to encourage problem solving, systematic reasoning and collaboration among students and faculty, as well as connect with real world experts. Needless to say, our students innovate to overcome any new obstacle placed in their way.

Respect & Citizenship — New faces, new experiences, new outlooks. This is what our students can expect at TNS. The New School is a place that values the addition of new ideas, new faces and new experiences as guiding developmental milestones in a child’s education, in and out of the classroom. As one parent said, “I feel so blessed and thankful to have found this school. We moved here from a cosmopolitan area and was afraid he wouldn't fit in, but I found The New School to be diverse and extremely welcoming.”

Excellence — Without embracing what’s new, innovation stalls and students never reach excellence. By embracing what’s new while utilizing what’s proven, our students strive for excellence in the classroom, on fields of play and in our community. By striving for excellence in these areas, our students and faculty don’t fear new challenges, but embrace these new opportunities.

Community — In Northwest Arkansas, we enjoy a community of “new” at every turn. Since our founding in 1971, our community has more than quadrupled in population, bringing new commerce, new people and new ideas to a diverse and vivid community. At The New School, we’re proud to be part of the community, bringing new ideas to the education landscape and empowering our students every step of the way.

At TNS, we are a learning community continually excited about welcoming new faces.

As one parent said, “When I initially became interested in my children attending TNS it was for their excellent didactic reputation, and while the academic curriculum is second to none, we have found so much more here: we have found a place where my children feel known, safe, secure, and loved; they can be themselves and feel accepted; they can be both creative and studious; they are cognitively challenged, while also having fun!”

For more than 45 years, The New School has embraced the new, preparing students for the future. TNS is a coeducational, independent school with students from toddler age through high school. The New School community empowers each student through a well-rounded experience and inspires a love of lifelong learning. The New School is located on a spacious 25-acre campus at 2514 New School Place in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Who We Are:

  • Adaptable
  • Intelligent
  • Innovative
  • Approachable
  • Progressive
  • Nimble
  • Leading
  • Successful
  • Confident
  • Risk Taking
  • Welcoming

What's New at The New School?

  • In 2016, TheBestSchools.org (TBS) ranked The New School #1 on the prestigious 50 Best Private Elementary Schools national list. The school was named the top school for its academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographic and demographic diversity and reputation.
  • In 2016, The New School was also ranked The Very Best in Preschool, Elementary, Middle and Jr. High School from Celebrate Magazine through community voting.
  • A new Upper School offers Advanced Placement courses and a mentored Independent Study Program.
  • A 36,000 sq. ft. Academic Center, 9,000 sq. ft. Innovation Center opens Fall 2017
  • An 18,000 sq. ft. Athletic Center opens Fall 2017.
  • In the high school's first year, New School freshmen achieved an 80% pass rate on AP exams whose national average pass rate was 56.5%.
  • Eighty percent of 2016 7th grade students qualified to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program, which is above the national average.
  • Our families represent 34 different countries around the world and 42 different states in the USA.
  • 12 percent of our students receive tuition assistance.
  • 1:1 iPads in the classroom for 1st-3rd grades, Chromebooks in 4th-5th grades and MacBooks in 6th grade - Upper School.
  • Computer programming languages are taught beginning in 1st grade.
  • The tinkering studio is a place where students can gather to create, invent, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials. In this unique environment students can investigate electronics, robotics, sewing, woodworking or programming.
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