Why The New School

Leading Innovative Learning

The New School (TNS), located in Fayetteville, Arkansas and founded in 1971, is Northwest Arkansas’ premier independent school. TNS provides a student-centered, innovative education for more than 400 students in Early Childhood through Grade 12. With a low student-to-faculty ratio of 8:1, 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.

Located on a beautiful 26-acre secure wooded campus, facilities include a 350-seat auditorium and dance and art studios. The New School raised more than $14 million for a 65,000 square foot expansion opened in August 1, 2017. The new space includes an Academic Center housing the Middle and Upper Schools, an Innovation Center housing a makerspace, robotics lab, wood-working shop, cybercafe and an Athletic Center with a gymnasium, locker rooms, and a strength and conditioning facility.

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.

2018 - 2019 School Profile  


Who We Are:

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

School Recognition

  • 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.

Tuition Assistance

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.