Founded in 1971, The New School is Northwest Arkansas’ premier independent school providing a student-centered, innovative education for more than 400 students in preschool through grade 10. With a low student-to-faculty ratio, our students are known and cared for by an excellent faculty in an encouraging atmosphere. The school’s curriculum is focused on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM). Settled on a beautiful 26-acre wooded campus that is Natural Wildlife Habitat certified, facilities include a 350-seat auditorium and dance and art studios. In 2016, The New School raised more than $14 million for a 65,000 square foot expansion. The new spaces, which open Fall 2017, include an Academic Center housing the Middle, Junior High and Upper Schools, an Innovation Center housing a maker space, robotics lab, woodworking shop and cybercafe, and an Athletic Center housing a gymnasium, locker rooms, and a strength and conditioning facility.
The New School Overview
|Physical Plant||158, 000 SQFT|
|Operating Budget||$6 Million|
|Upper School Faculty with Advanced Degrees||91%|
- TheBestSchools.org ranked The New School’s Lower School as the best elementary school in the United States.
- Celebrate Magazine ranked The New School’s Middle School as the best middle school in Northwest Arkansas.
- The New School is a participating school in the nationwide Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) funded by Google and in partnership with the Scott Family Amazeum.
Recent Student Accomplishments
- 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 The New School 2016-2017 seventh grade students qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
- The LEGO Robotics team competed at the FIRST LEGO League World Class State Championship and won first place in the presentation category.
- One student was the state champion in the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics Geometry competition.
- Two students were nominated for the 2016 Broadcom MASTERS national Middle School Science Competition (two of only four students in Northwest Arkansas).
- Ten New School middle school students participated in the MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition at the University of Arkansas with students placing 2nd and 15th overall in the Individual Competition. Six students advanced to the State Competition with two placing 6th and 11th overall, out of more than 100 students.
- First and second place of all schools in the state for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. In 2014 students read 128,283 minutes, in 2015 read 180,901 minutes and in 2016 374,733 minutes.
The New School’s 2018–2019 student body had parents from 34 different countries including:
|Australia||El Salvador||Pakistan||United Kingdom|
|Czech Republic||Marshall Islands||Trinidad and Tobago|
The New School's 2018-2019 student body had parents from 23 different states.
During the 2018-2019 school year, 1 in 5 New School students receives financial assistance.
Accreditation, Memberships, and Affiliations
The New School is one of the few accredited early childhood programs available to families in Northwest Arkansas and one of only five schools in the state that has been awarded full accreditation by Independent School Association of Central States (ISACS). This accreditation demonstrates that The New School’s programs are comparable to those of the most prestigious independent schools in the nation. The New School is also a member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association (ANSAA), the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and the College Board.