In 1971, The New School opened in Fayetteville, Arkansas as a non-profit organization with twenty-four students age three to six. Today, the school has over 300 students ranging in age from 12-months-old to our 13-year olds in 7th grade. Over the past 35 years, our school has seen substantial growth, but the philosophy and mission of the school have stayed very much the same.
The New School was founded by a group of local families who desired a quality early childhood education program for their children and generations to come. In the early years, full and half day schedules were available along with before and after-school care so as to accommodate families where both parents had careers.
In 1980, a permanent home was built for the school, and over the years many additions have been made in order to accommodate increased enrollment as well as the addition of grade levels and programs. In 1990, a Capital Fund Drive was initiated to add facilities for the elementary program. In 2001, a middle school was added to the campus. This past September, we opened a new Administration and Preschool building, nearly doubling the school's square footage. To date, our campus includes the Administration and Preschool Building, Main Building for elementary grades K-2 and corresponding enrichment classes, the Walker East Annex for grades 3 through 7, and the Baledge Arts Annex for our upper elementary and middle school arts programs. All of our expansions have been undertaken with our mission and our philosophy in mind.