The Bentonville School District, one of the fastest growing districts in the state, serves more than 16,600 students from Bentonville, Cave Springs, Centerton, Vaughn, Highfill, and portions of Bella Vista and Rogers. With plans to open two new schools by 2020, there are currently 21 campuses throughout the district: 11 elementary schools, five middle schools, three junior high schools, and two high schools. In August 2016, the district opened its second high school Bentonville West to serve students in Centerton and parts of southwest Bentonville.
One of the top three highest performing school districts in the region for achievement and student growth in 2016, Bentonville schools have a high standard of quality in all areas, including academics, athletics and the arts. Students here consistently score well on the state’s benchmark
exams, and the district has a strong gifted and talented program. Again in 2017, Niche.com named Bentonville Public Schools the best school district in Arkansas. A U.S. Department of Education Blue Ribbon School, Bentonville High is also regularly recognized in U.S. News & World Report’s national listing of Americaâs Best High Schools. In addition, the Class of 2016 earned more than $13 million in scholarships.
The Bentonville School District takes pride in providing exceptional, engaging educational opportunities for preschool children at its Early Childhood Center. For pupils in 2nd through
5th grades, the TREC Center for Gifted and Talented Education provides a full-day pullout program for qualified students who are challenged to Think, Research, Explore and Create (TREC). Older students are served through various programming options including the Honors Program, Pre-AP and Advance Placement courses, and the International Baccalaureate Program.
The English as a Second Language (ESL) program proudly supports students and families who know or have been exposed to more than one language. Students with learning disabilities or other learning difficulties can find the necessary support structures through the district’s Special Services offerings. The entire school system works so that all students have their academic needs met. Bentonville’s award-winning athletics and arts programs; including football, swimming, choir, band, forensics, cross country, tennis, wrestling, cheer and volleyball teams have all brought home state trophies in recent years. It is not uncommon for students to find ways to participate in both the arts and athletics if they so choose.
At the core of their mission is a deep commitment to balance that takes many forms: a challenging and innovative curriculum that integrates the sciences and the humanities through three signature programs (Wheels, Meals, and Reels); indoor and outdoor teaching spaces where sustainability is a tangible part of the lesson; hands-on programs for civic engagement that enable students to apply their academic skills and knowledge to real issues in their community; and athletics and physical education programs that build confidence and character through competition and meaningful participation. The all-inclusive indexed tuition program further enhances the quality of a Thaden education by creating a diverse learning community where many perspectives, talents, and interests come together. In these and many other ways, a Thaden education helps students achieve a dynamic and enduring sense of balance that prepares them for college and the opportunities of our rapidly changing world.
The school is named in honor of Iris Louise McPhetridge Thaden (1905-1979). Born and raised in Bentonville, she was a proud Arkansan and one of the greatest aviators of her time. Her pioneering and innovative spirit, at once regional and global in its orientation, will inspire our efforts to create a school that gives students roots and wings, enabling them to build strong foundations and reach new heights as they pursue their dreams and make their futures.
The second oldest and one of the largest charter schools in the state, the Arkansas Arts Academy in Rogers, formerly the Benton County School of the Arts, provides an excellent academic base to all of its students in grades K-12. The curriculum is designed to provide a continuum of education by using the mediums of art, drama and music. The academy is a state and federally funded school with an enrollment open to any child within the Northwest Arkansas area.
Haas Hall Academy in Bentonville is an open-enrollment charter school for grades 7-12 with an accelerated college preparatory curriculum. An aggressive alternative to traditional learning, it provides a small, personalized academic environment for student scholars. Now with four campuses across Northwest Arkansas, Haas Hall has both a 100 percent graduation and college-acceptance rate, and ranks in the top five percent of all public high schools in the nation.
Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy in Bentonville opened in 2013 serving grades K-10, with a goal of eventually serving students through grade 12. The academy provides a rigorous classical liberal arts program along with a strong foundation in the core subjects of English, History, Science and Mathematics. The academy is a tuition-free, open-enrollment public school of choice.
In addition to one of the most highly recognized public school systems in the state of Arkansas, there are also many opportunities for post-secondary education including a community college, two four-year institutions within a 30-mile radius and several other opportunities for enriching the mind through education.
Bentonville School District
500 Tiger Blvd., Bentonville
410 SE Staggerwing Ln., Bentonville
Arkansas Arts Academy
2005 S 12th St, Rogers
Haas Hall Academy
2600 SE J St, Bentonville
Northwest Arkansas Classical Academy
1302 Melissa Drive, Bentonville
St. Vincent de Paul Catholic School
1315 W Cypress St, Rogers
Walnut Farm Montessori School
4208 E Central Ave, Bentonville
Shiloh Christian School
1707 Johnson Rd, Springdale
Life Way Christian School
351 W Centerton Blvd, Centerton
Northwest Arkansas Community College
One College Dr., Bentonville
University of Phoenix
903 N. 47th St., Suite 104, Rogers
1803 Phyllis St., Suite 202 Bentonville
688 Millsap Rd, Suite 200, Fayetteville
University of Arkansas
1125 W. Maple St., Fayetteville
John Brown University
2000 W. University St., Siloam Springs
Northwest Technical Institute
709 S. Old Missouri Rd., Springdale
3704 W. Walnut, Rogers