Faces of Arkansas: The Face Of Education, Thaden School


Thaden School is an independent school in Bentonville, Arkansas serving grades 6-12. The school opened in fall 2017 with 50 students and will grow incrementally to an enrollment of 525. Thaden currently has more than 300 students and celebrated its first graduating class in 2021.  


Thaden School was born with a history that continues to enrich the character and content of the school’s connection to this community. The 30-acre campus, nestled in the heart of Bentonville’s Market District, was formerly the site of the Benton County Fairgrounds. Prior to that, it was the site of Bentonville High School in the early 1920s when its namesake, aviator Louise Thaden, was a student there. From the choice of physical location to the architecture and design of its indoor and outdoor spaces, the features of the campus ensure that students develop a real and enduring sense of place. In addition, Thaden’s program recognizes that learning is strongest at schools where students have abundant opportunities to make real connections to the world around them.


The school offers a challenging and balanced educational program that ignites a passion for discovery and learning, prepares students to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, and purpose to become responsible global citizens. In these and so many other ways, Thaden School gives students roots and wings — strong foundations in the history and culture of their community, and soaring aspirations for the future. 


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