About Thaden

We provide a balanced and challenging education that ignites in our students a passion for discovery and learning, prepares them to succeed in college, and inspires them to lead lives of integrity, purpose, and responsible global citizenship.

Independence pilots our course.

We have named our school 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 – inspires 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.

We are independent.

Independence is our greatest strength. It sets us apart. Independence is freedom – the freedom to think critically and explore new ideas. We ask the hardest questions, and explore the answers with those different than ourselves. We are not beholden to the path. We chart our own way.

We are balanced.

We strive for balance in everything we do. When a person achieves balance, it frees them to focus their thoughts and energy more effectively. Balance is a great liberator. We look for balance in the diversity surrounding us and we show that through our teachers, our students and the curriculum we teach. Balance allows us to invest in ourselves so we can be self-sufficient in the future.

We are curious.

Answering questions is easy. Asking questions, really important questions, is much more difficult. The soul of academic learning begs so much more from us than simply memorizing facts. We encourage students to ask questions that will help uncover the meaning and application of everything we teach. A constant state of curiosity is what makes us grow.

We are brave.

Bravery is important. It pushes us forward with the determination to move into something unknown and learn through our experiences, whether in academics or athletics. It helps us push ourselves away from average thinking. We understand that failing can be part of the process, but we know it takes bravery to keep trying and to keep learning.

Diversity & Inclusion

At Thaden School, the diversity of our learning community is essential to the quality of the education that we provide. In keeping with this principle, we do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, ethnic origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or other protected classes in the administration of our policies, practices, programs, and other matters.