The New School

The New School Photo #1 - The New School educates students ages one through grade 12 to become lifelong learners guided by our core values of curiosity, character and community.
The New School Photo #2 - Our graduates are confident and engaged learners who are prepared for continuing education or wherever life takes them.
The New School Photo #3 - The New School is located in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas, part of the larger Northwest Arkansas community. Our 26-acre campus includes 4 buildings, 4 playgrounds, athletic center, innovation center, tinkering studio, maker space, amphitheater, indoor auditorium and a large wooded area. We are also a certified Natural Wildlife Habitat.
The New School Photo #4 - 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.
The New School Photo #5 - Our Athletic Center, developed in 2017, provides a state of the art Weight Training Facility and includes a full gymnasium.
The New School Photo #6 - Throughout each division, students are encouraged to pursue music and art to become curious and creative learners.
The New School Photo #7 - We start our students out with music class beginning in preschool where they learn to creatively express their emotions in an environment that is safe and encouraging.
The New School Photo #8 - The New School has gone 1:1 in 1st through grade 12. Our students in grades 1 through 4 each have an iPad to use that they can take with them to all of their classes. In grades 5 through 12, each student is assigned a MacBook Air, which is an essential part of most of their academic pursuits.
The New School Photo #9 - Using STEAM education, our students will leave The New School with a better understanding of their drive in engineering and encourage them to become lifelong learners who enable themselves as world citizens.
The New School Photo #10 - The Tinkering Studio is a shared workshop where parents, teachers and students in kindergarten through grade 4 explore learning that combines science, technology, engineering, and art in playful and inventive ways, encouraging students to tinker, experiment, and be creative!
  • The New School is a coeducational, independent school with more than 400 students from one-year-olds to upper school.
  • The School`s mission as an independent school is dedicated to inspiring a love of learning and empowering students to reach their potential for academic achievement, creativity and citizenship.
  • The New School is located on a spacious 25-acre campus at 2514 New School Place in beautiful Fayetteville, Arkansas.
  • In 2015, (TBS) awarded The New School first ranking on the prestigious 50 Best Private Elementary Schools national list. The school was named the top school for its academic excellence, extracurricular richness, geographic and demographic diversity and reputation. The New School was also awarded The Very Best Middle School from Celebrate Magazine through community voting.
  • A 35,000 sq. ft. Academic Center, 8,000 sq. ft. Innovation Center, and 18,000 sq. ft. Athletic Center will open Fall 2017.
  • In 2014, the school added a 350-seat auditorium, 12 new spacious preschool classrooms, an expansive creative play center and gross motor center, increased and renovated space for all programs.

School News

  • What is an independent school? - 10/05/2020 - Here in Northwest Arkansas, Independent Schools are not as common as in other parts of the country. Director of Enrollment and Admission Jack Sweeney answers the question on the mind ...moreof many prospective parents, "What is an independent school?" hide
  • New School in Fayetteville celebrates first graduates - 05/16/2020 - FAYETTEVILLE -- A pandemic couldn't stop The New School from holding its first high school graduation ceremony, albeit in a different way than was originally planned.

    Friday's ceremony ...moreallowed family members to watch their seniors receive diplomas while respecting social-distancing guidelines. Six boys and five girls make up The New School's first graduating class. hide
  • The New School Senior Recognized as National Winner for Technological Achievement - 01/17/2020 - The New School senior Natalie Friede was named winner of the National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Award for Aspirations in Computing (AiC.) 
  • Lang listening, learning in first year at Fayetteville's New School - 01/06/2020 - FAYETTEVILLE -- Nancy Lang has been all ears in her first year as The New School's head of school.Lang has been on a "structured listening tour," holding small group ...moremeetings with parents, students and staff members to better understand the nearly 50-year-old private school, she said. hide
  • Meet Nancy Lang - 11/04/2019 - Nancy Lang moved to Northwest Arkansas to be The New School`s head of school because of its educational philosophy."Students are known, valued and academically challenged. I love seeing curiosity, engagement ...moreand learning in action everyday," Nancy says.Nancy started her role as head of school on July 1, 2019. She says what she loves most about being part of The New School is the community. hide

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-10
ADD/ADHD SupportYes
Year Founded1971
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$100
Summer Program Cost NotesThe cost of summer programming differs based on camps selected each week and student grade.

Student Body

Total Students415 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade The New School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers33 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio13:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Number of AP Courses8 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Computer Science, AP Human Geography, AP World History
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$11,500
Tuition NotesTuition varies by division. Tuition and fee schedules available on the website.
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$8,500
Admissions DirectorJack Sweeney
Admissions AssociateRachel Bruton


Total Sports Offered13 sports
SportsArchery, Basketball, Bowling, Cheering, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Mountain Biking, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballArcheryBasketball,
Cross CountryDance,
GolfMountain Biking,
TennisTrack and Field,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.14 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Computers, Engineering Club, Girl Scouts, MathCounts, National Honor Society, Quiz Bowl, Student Council

Arts and Music Programs:
Art & Ceramics, Choir/Band, Drama/Acting, Piano, Rock Band, Violin

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • Established in 1971, The New School is a coeducational, independent school with more than 400 students from one-year-olds to upper school. The School`s mission as an independent school is dedicated to inspiring a love of learning and empowering students to reach their potential for academic achievement, creativity and citizenship. The New School is located in the heart of Fayetteville, Arkansas, part of the larger Northwest Arkansas community. Our 26 acre campus includes 4 buildings, 4 playgrounds, a 350 seat auditorium, a dance studio, an outdoor amphitheater, an expansive creative play center and a large wooded area. We are also a certified Natural Wildlife Habitat. A 35,000 sq. ft. Academic Center, 8,000 sq. ft. Innovation Center, and 18,000 sq. ft. Athletic Center opened Fall 2017.
  • Number of students: 440
  • Ages taught: 12 months-Upper School
  • Our families represent 33 states and 23 different countries.
  • Faculty: 63 full time, 52 part time
  • Administrators: 7
  • Staff: 11
  • Our students are provided with a wide-array of daily Enrichment activities. All students, beginning with 3-year-olds, are provided lessons in Spanish, Art, Music, and Physical Education.The afterschool program furnishes further opportunities in both Arts and Athletics, with offerings including Ceramics, Dance, Violin, Piano, Guitar, Choir, Disc Golf, Yoga, and Basketball.
  • Accreditation
  • ISACS (The Independent Schools Associational of the Central States)
  • ANSAA (Arkansas Nonpublic School Accrediting Association)
  • Arkansas Better Beginnings: 3 star

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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (5 reviews)
My family has been a part of the TNS community for almost 4 years now. My children started in the ECE program and have now grown into the lower school. It is amazing to see and experience the genuine care and excitement the faculty and staff have for my children, no - for ALL the children. I am talking from the Head of School to the maintenance staff. The cafeteria staff through the general day to day administration staff who wouldn`t normally know our children. This place knows their names, knows their ongoings and knows their hearts! During this crazy time of uncertainty, not once have I had to question if they are placing the children first. Not once have I had to question a decision being made concerning my children`s safety or the staffs safety. They have thought of everything to care for the whole child... General health screenings, sanitizing, social distancing, safe nutrition and mental well being are all being cared for. YES, we pay tuition, however there are substantial opportunities for scholarships to assist we`re needed. The bus provided for Benton county families is a great help and before and after school care for working families, such as ours, has been a great relief.
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We love The New School, and it's a place our daughter absolutely loves being every day. The teachers are fantastic, the environment is welcoming, and the facilities are incredible. Our daughter is taught as an individual - not just part of a group - and the teachers really know her abilities. We also love that the school offers arts and athletics in addition to their stellar academics. For working parents, the after school care is especially helpful, and we've always appreciated the extracurricular activities they offer. It's a wonderful place!
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The New School has been a home away from home for our family over the past decade .The nurturing environment, strong academic curriculum, and great teachers are what truly set The New School apart. The New School has encouraged my daughters to be independent thinkers and excel both academically and in extracurricular activities. Without a doubt, The New School is the best option for families in Northwest Arkansas.
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The New School is by far the most innovative, nurturing, challenging place for my child. I can't say enough good things about The New School. Their care and training has transformed my son's learning experience, where he feels confident to strive for the best he can be. Thank you, New School!
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I have 3 children who attend The New School in Fayetteville, Arkansas. We have been through pre-school, elementary, and junior high. The teachers are the most valuable asset the school has. When they tell me how their day went, my kids faces light up about the teachers who influenced them so positively.We are currently involved in basketball, guitar, and piano, which are offered as extracurricular activities on The New School campus. Getting all the enrichment they can absorb at one location, which means I am not driving across town to several different lessons. They are learning Spanish, and 3-D printing, and how to support other children who are in need. They take field trips to watch drama productions, and to see our state capital, and to attend Space Camp. It's truly an incredible place for children to learn and grow.
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