Empowering and Inspiring Each Student

The New School, founded in 1971 in central Fayetteville, is located on a beautiful 26-acre secure wooded campus where students ages one through grade 12 become lifelong learners guided by our core values of curiosity, character and community.

At The New School, we promote a child’s social-emotional growth, intellectual development and creativity. Our children learn in a positive environment with careful direction and guidance from teachers who care and know each child. The New School is committed to selecting outstanding teachers and supporting our educators with the highest quality of professional development.

Students at The New School are encouraged to explore and inquire in an environment enriched with opportunities in the arts and athletics while being challenged in academics.

Our rich extended day program, which is included in the cost of tuition, and summer camps provide opportunities for students to discover and develop their passions while building community among peers. 

We are grounded by our school community that allows each child and family to be connected and valued. Our school programs promote kindness and cooperation among the school community and throughout the world beyond. Our students are inspired to become good citizens with a sense of responsibility and respect for others. 

We are committed to giving all families the opportunity to explore the potential of an independent school. With different academic scholarship opportunities and a financial assistance program available, students are accepted based on their academic, leadership and character. The New School accepts students based on academic potential, leadership and character, not the ability to afford full tuition.

Families considering application to The New School are strongly encouraged to take a personal tour with our Director of Enrollment and Admissions. Parents can use the form linked below to request a tour date.

If you would like to request more information, please email or call. 

From our Graduates

Not All Schools are the Same

Independent schools are often described as schools that offer an education for the real world. We believe that our graduates are socially well-adjusted and are better prepared to enter the workforce or excel in post-secondary education. Visit the National Association of Independent Schools website for more information on the value of an independent education.

Independent schools are governed by their own boards of trustees. They are financed by tuition payments, charitable contributions and endowment revenue, receiving no government funding. They adhere to rigorous accreditation standards.

What does this mean for parents, students and The New School?

Application and Admissions Process

The New School seeks to enroll students in our early childhood education, lower, middle, and upper schools who will benefit from our mission and program. The goal is to select a well balanced and diverse student body composed of students who will be successful at The New School.

Families considering inquiring or applying to The New School are strongly encouraged to take a personal tour with our Director of Enrollment and Admissions. 

Schedule Your Tour

If you have questions about The New School or our Admissions Process, please contact our Director of Enrollment Jack Sweeney at (479) 521-7937 or admission@thenewschool.org. 

Admissions Policy

To apply to The New School create an account through Blackbaud, The New School's school management software, and submit your application. 


Financial Assistance, Tuition Assistance and Scholarships

An education from The New School is an investment in your child’s future. Providing an independent school education requires careful planning and commitment, however, the need for tuition assistance should never discourage a family from applying for admission. The New School wishes to attract a culturally and economically diverse student population.

More than 12% of our students receive some form of tuition assistance.

The Board of Trustees has budgeted to increase opportunities for even more families. Our admissions team works alongside The New School's Head of School to provide our excellent educational opportunities to all students regardless of the financial resources of their families.

Tuition at The New School includes more than just your student's education.

In addition to the best possible instruction from our high-quality faculty, tuition includes:

  • Access to all of The New School's facilities including our Innovation Center, Makerspace, Arts Annex, Gymnasium, Playgrounds and 26-acre campus 
  • Before-School Care from 7:15-8:30 a.m.
  • After-School Care from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Afternoon Snack
  • Benton County Bus, morning and afternoon bus service
  • Clubs and extracurricular activities
  • Arts and Athletics Programming 
  • Community events including Back to School Bash, Blue and White Day, Annual Fun Run and Spring Party (cost of entrance to fundraising events is not included in the cost of tuition) 

The New School offers financial assistance and several tuition assistance policies for students entering kindergarten through grade twelve.

The need for financial assistance should never discourage a family from applying to The New School. 

Tuition Assistance Policies

Applying for Tuition Assistance

We partner with School and Student Services (SSS) in our financial aid process. To begin your financial aid application, you will complete the SSS Parents’ Financial Statement (PFS) then submit the required documents for our school indicated below.

We will communicate our financial aid decision to you following your application. To make our decision, we use the information from the PFS as a starting point and consider our school policies, practices and available budget.


The New School Policies and Reports